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Opening April 3rd, 2024, 6-10 PM. 3816 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX

'Future Reefs' is the latest chapter in an ongoing research project connected to the postnatural ecologies of coral reefs, and the sophisticated technologies being implemented at oceanic restoration sites, in an effort to accelerate the coral’s adaptation to the changing climate. The exhibition looks closely at the technique of acoustic enrichment, through a series of sculptural sound-based works that invite the viewer to experience the language of coral creatures and the fading voice of a soundscape predicted to disappear within the next century. As part of the exhibition, Picnic Curatorial Projects will be donating a portion of the exhibition budget to Reef Renewal USA to help fund coral restoration and research. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to actively contribute to these efforts.

Miguel Sbastida (1989, Madrid) works at the boundary of visual arts and environmental studies to create interdisciplinary installations, situated performances and films that challenge the cultural constructions of our relationship to nature and unveil the interconnected processes of climate breakdown.

Sbastida graduated from an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) with the full support of a scholarship from La Caixa Foundation. He completed a BFA at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (2007-12) after his BFA studies in Holland (2011) and Canada (2012). His work has been shown internationally at individual and group exhibitions, including the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Museo Centro Gaiás, Spain; Locust Projects, Miami; Korea Foundation Gallery, Seoul; CDAN Museum, Spain; CCE Montevideo, Uruguay; Boghossian Foundation, Brussel and the Netherlands Institute for Media Art, Amsterdam among others.

His work is included in the collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Joan Flasch Collection, Asia Culture Institute of South Korea, Harvard University, DKV Collection, BilbaoArte Foundation or the Oneminutes Foundation Netherlands.