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"Ancestral Journeys" at New Media Festival 2010 (5th edition)
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"Ancestral Journeys" at New Media Festival 2010 (5th edition)

9/11/2010 to 11/15/2010

When: Reception: 10/9/2010
From 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Hardcore Art Contemporary Space
3326 North Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida  33127
United States
Rochi Llaneza

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Ancestral Journeys

Xavier Cortada explores the complex relationship between human genetics, identity and human history, particularly human migration from its origins in East Africa.

This work is part of a multi-year project informed by the scientific research of population geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells and National Geographic's Genographic Project. The evolving body of work has been shown at the Museo de las Americas in Denver and at the Miami Science Museum and Deering Estate, locally. 

Maternal Lineage:

Paternal Lineage

Ancestral Dinner Party: September 11, 2010

Hardcore Art Contemporary Space

Ancestral Dinner Party: September 11, 2010
Had dinner last night with food Mo (El Salvador), Mike (Puerto Rico), Patrick (Peru) and I "hunted and gathered" throughout the day. The last common ancestors (M89) the four of us share did the same thing in the Middle East 45,000 years ago...

Ancestral Dinner Party: 9-11-2010
Ancestral Dinner Party: 9-11-2010

October 9th reception:

September 11th opening:

New Media Festival 2010

HACS will open the season 2010-11 with its 5th year installment of the New Media Festival presenting the works of local and international artists as in past. Among the artists: Jonathan Rockford with a solo exhibition, New York based Miru Kim and Gladys Triana, local Miami artists Xavier Cortada, Venessa Monokian, Antonia Wright, Ruben Millares among others. Also showing at the NMF, a representation of video artists from Rome’s MACRO.

There will be a DNA performance by Xavier Cortada of his "Ancestral Journeys” piece at the October 9th Wynwood Gallery Walk. Other performances will be expected


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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in HollandHawaiiNew HampshireLatvia and Taiwan

Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the The FIU | College of Architecture + The Arts.  FIU | CARTA engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture + the arts to createinnovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2,500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty, in nationally ranked programs, in the heart of Miami — one of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at