Pleasure, Fear & the Pursuit of Happiness
temporary public textual intervention at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and Bass Museum of Art
Miami Beach, FL
Pleasure, Fear & the Pursuit of Happiness was based on thoughts and memories, real and invented, collected from Miami Beach locals and visitors. This was done through on-site questionnaires at the museum, and through informal surveys and casual conversations in and around Miami Beach. The collected text was then edited—words and phrases were extracted and remixed. The resulting non-linear narrative served as an open-ended journey, which pedestrians were invited to navigate as they walked the garden. Dozens of round text decals populated the garden’s pathways and the museum's interior terrace for about six months, functioning as triggers into alternate imaginaries. This project, presented by the Bass Museum of Art along with Miami Beach Botanical Garden and ArtCenter/South Florida, was part of tc: temporary contemporary, a city-wide temporary, public art program initiated by the Bass Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.