Top image via Alli Coates’ Tumblr; This post by Kelly Lovemonster
I couldn’t tell if the black plastic garbage bags draping the walls were a part of the artistic vision of Bushwick Gone Basel, or if it was an aesthetic decision made on the part of the random Miami dive bar where the event was taking place, the Cucu’s Nest. Either way it was working. It was the last night of Art Basel and the artists and community of Bushwick, Brooklyn had taken over this hole-in-the-wall and made it feel New York cool.
In its manifesto the collective promised that its “TAKEOVER WILL CLIMAX WITH A PRESENTATION OF THE BUSHWICK UNDERGROUND. SELECT AND ENIGMATIC PERFORMANCE ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, VISUAL ARTISTS, AND PERSONALITIES WILL BE SHOWCASED ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH AFTER CRASHING PARTIES AND RUBBING EGOS OF THE ART WORLDS BIGGEST PLAYERS.”
I mean, that’s basically what happened.
Some of the evening’s highlights were the world premiere of Signe Pierce and Alli Coates‘ film short “American Reflexxx.” This dynamic piece is set in the vacation destination of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the vibe held an eerie similarity to our current scene at South Beach. The video accurately and terrifyingly highlighted American mob mentality, our country’s love of slut shaming, and our phobia of anything “other”. It was pretty much one of the coolest things I saw at Basel.
And can we talk about SSION and Lauren Devine’s wild holiday performance, captured above? This was obviously a highlight, and so seasonally festive.
And AHDM4U wellness correspondent and rapper Ben Woozy made an appearance. Oh, and don’t worry about his whole arm-in-sling situation above. Woozy just dislocated his shoulder on a casual speedboat ride to a private island, true story. Basel always lives for our Woozy, and his phoenix moment was definitely a highlight for all of us just trying to function at the end of a considerable party weekend.