I’m in Miami for a spell. Here, art is a lifestyle; you’ll find sunshine and art wrapped in an intimate embrace. My journey starts with NEWT Miami, founded by Montreal’s own Dejha Carrington and Kelly Nunes.
Synesthesia is the word being used to describe what’s happening on the Intercontinental’s 19-story LED wall. The NEWT project illuminates Miami’s crepuscular horizon with light and sound from sunset until dawn. Onlookers from all around the city are listening to a synchronized musical composition live from their smartphones. What they are experiencing is personal, but the project is inspired by Newton and his idea of every colour having a corresponding sound.
While NEWT is considered an experiment in light, colour and sound, with a combination of rapid motion animation and original music composition, it is really about connection and speaks to a new age of intimacy. At any given time tonight, you’re connected to someone who is looking and listening to the same thing you are—oddly comforting, yet romantic.
NEWT launched on November 10th at 7:20 PM. On launch night, the Nu-Deco Ensemble played the NEWT composition in sync with the wall, before everyone headed inside to sip on the Sir Isaac Newton cocktail. The following day, over eighty yogis brought their mats to Bayfront Park to meditate facing the installation. NEWT isn’t over! They’re dominating Miami’s skyline until Sunday night. If you’re in Miami, visit www.projectnewt.com to get in on the NEWT Week action. If not, visit them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram.
After two nights of watching the wall, I found myself thinking of fireworks, wine and picnic baskets, before it hit me: “This is so Montreal!” NEWT is about community and connection; it coalesces Montreal’s festival culture and Miami’s affinity for art. It just goes to show, you can take a Montrealer out of the city, but they sprinkle that Montreal flavour everywhere.