AST (Alliance of the Southern Triangle)

A.S.T., Stories of Progress, 2016, 00203_ (video): 00:07:12; 00203_ (video): 00:02:03, two-channel projection and video, with sound by Tara Elizabeth Long and Andrew Byrd


AST (Alliance of the Southern Triangle) is a collaborative consisting of artists and architects Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia Margarita Hernandez, and Elite Kedan. AST hypothesizes South Florida’s secession from the entire State of Florida in light of its policies regarding climate change. AST poses questions about the region’s future through reimagined artistic strategies in a global context. 

Diann Bauer is an artist and writer based in London. Her works have been screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain (London), The Showroom (London), The Drawing Room (London), Deste Foundation (Athens), The New Museum (NYC), White Box (NYC), Socrates Sculpture Park (NYC). Bauer studied art and architecture, receiving a BFA from Cooper Union and MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College. In addition to AST, Bauer is also involved in the collaborative groups Laboria Cuboniks, which redefines a feminism adequate to a global 21st century and with whom she wrote and published Xenofeminism, A Politics for Alienation (2015), and The Office for Applied Complexity, a platform for research and development that traverses conceptual terrains with an aim to construct new models for work between art, science, technology, and power. This project is an expansion of Fixing the Future of which she was also a member.

Felice Grodin is an artist with a background in architecture based in Miami, FL. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and her Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. Her practice is focused on alternative landscapes that span both the micro and macro scale. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Diana Lowenstein Gallery (Miami), Manifest Research Gallery and Drawing Center (Cincinnati), Tampa Museum of Art, Girls’ Club (Fort Lauderdale), Locust Projects (Miami), Museum of Art + Design (Miami), and Design Matters Gallery (Los Angeles). Her exhibition project Residential Properties, which was awarded a WaveMaker grant, explored the cross section of real estate speculation and art through commissioned site-specific interventions. She is a member of the Miami-based group Fall Semester, an artist-run collaborative that brings together theorists, critics, researchers, and interested individuals to engage in contemporary discourse and culture. She has also contributed essays to various publications including The Miami Rail.

Patricia Margarita Hernandez is a curator, researcher, and producer who is dedicated to unconventional theoretical and practical methodologies that circumvent traditional art formats. Working across new media, sound, performance, and exhibition making, her work has focused on immaterial labor, techno-animism, and city development within a neoliberal schema. She co-founded and directed the end/SPRING BREAK (2009-2015), producing over 300 events in over 40 locations throughout South Florida communities. In 2015 she co-founded Waterfront, a research platform that produces exhibitions and events in order to investigate the relationships between contemporary art, real estate development, and emergent markets. Hernandez received her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in May 2016. 

Elite Kedan is an artist and registered architect based in Miami, FL. Her work employs architecture, sculpture, installation, programming, and publication to explore the intersections of technology and process with public space, historical context, and meaning. She has participated in residencies at the School for Poetic Computation (NYC), Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Program under Jessica Craig-Martin (New Smyrna Beach, FL), and Everglades National Park as part of the AIRIE program. Her publications include Provisional – Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice USA (Princeton Architectural Press) and Everglades Atlas. Kedan has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Cornell University and graduate degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and currently teaches in the School of Architecture at Florida International University (Miami).