Rewind: Refraction x Miami Art Week
More like a collective experience than a traditional exhibition, the vibe in Miami was about bringing the Refraction Festival to life—and with over 2500 people in attendance, the energy was palpable.
Taking place over two days, with over 30 visual artists and 15 musical acts, Refraction aims to challenge the framework and systems of contemporary culture — Miami Art Week is the perfect platform from which to achieve that mission.
Behind the good vibes, internet stations are having something of a crisis. But recent Refraction grant recipient Miami Communiity Radio believe that web3's community focus holds the key to longterm sustainability.
The global reach of Refraction's Season 02/03 Creative Grants points to a potential future for web3: a diverse group of voices, existing in both real and virtual space, creating projects that transcend current conversations around creativity on the blockchain.
Joel Eel of Perpetual Care comes through with the first in our seasonal mix series. Intimate and warm, filled with moments of beauty and surprise—this is the sound of a community coming together to create, as he puts it, "our own universe of sound."
For our latest Berlin event in partnership with the Tezos Foundation and Infite Objects, Tabitha Swanson curated 16 artworks from the Refraction collection, describing the magic of memories, dreams, and experiences refracted through the digital lens.
The 24 selected proposals included a sustainable fashion label expanding into digital wearables; an in-person web3 flea market in Miami; an on-chain Romeo & Juliet-style play co-written with GPT-3; a project to bring community radio on-chain, & more.
The ocean is the site of rebirth, a place of curiosity and a home for an alternative, Afrofuturist ideology that continues to pulse through Black culture. In her mix for Refraction, Father Dukes explores the resiliency of culture, and music as a force of vitality and creation.
For over three decades, visual artist Abu Qadim Haqq has created artworks for Detroit techno and adjacent electronic music that depict entire worlds, decolonial incursions beyond human experience, fragmented within the space and format of vinyl records.
Bringing together artists that explore the natural and geological worlds, unexpected glitch and non-human intelligence. Fuelled by irreverence, playfulness and humour, ‘Surveyors of Magic’ offers a space to explore and rebuild.
For this season's theme of Minted Chaos, Refraction and Pure Rave are partnering on an audio experiment inviting the extended Refraction community to create their own Chance Dance audio piece in Pure Rave style. Selected tracks will then be published on Nina Protocol.
While Pure Rave cites experimental turntablists like Christan Marclay and Maria Chavez as influences, they also are working within the rich history of Detroit electronic music, with an origin story linked to the Motor City's robust and historic dance music scene.
Centered on the work of eight digital artists, including the decolonial textual work of RIKKA and Jean Petra's sci-fi hyperpop, and soundtracked by eight incredible DJs, Refraction worked with Brazilian collective MAGMA to create an immersive, energetic, and thoughtful night in São Paulo.
Crossing both geographies and genres, and mixing DJing, live sets, and everything in between, Refraction's two-night event at Berlin's Panke Culture was a series to remember. Listen to the recordings here.
Partnering with two of Miami's most forward-thinking party crews, Safe and Jezebel, Refraction's most raucous party to date was held in Miami on March 19 at The Boombox. Revisit the mixes from Danny Daze, Sel.6, and Amelia Holt & Yumi.
Working at the boundaries of hip-hop, deconstructed club, and stoner electronics from the likes of 063N13, JWords, dreamcastmoe, LATASHÁ, Prefuse 73, and Aluna, the ZeroSpace lineup complemented the visual world that reflects the diversity and vision of the Refraction community.
With crates full of the wiggly, funky house—and a Korg keyboard to jam over top—Atlanta's Byron the Aquarius took over Vancouver's Paradise for an unforgettable night of jacked up sounds. Revisit the magic with an exclusive mix he recorded for Refraction.
Internat radio stations have popped up in cities on almost every continent, dedicated to platforming a diverse array of sounds from places big and small, bringing local micro-scenes to the entire world.
FLEX AVE showcased Flex Dance Music icons Epic B, Hitmakerchinx, and Uninamise, who set the stage for the subculture's distinct contortionist choreography, tracing the kinetic connections across Black music history while building Afrofuturist worlds of sound and dance.
The advent of web3 presents an opportunity for alternatives that exist outside of this imaginary stranglehold but, in order to start thinking about music outside of our current model, we need to start thinking about the value of music differently.