On the occasion of Miami Art Week, artist, and award-winning stage designer, Es Devlin, presents ROOM 2022, a site-specific art installation at the Miami Beach EDITION from December 7–10, 2017. The work utilizes the physical characteristics of hotel design to explore the psychology of human experience within these spaces, and the everyday acts of magic and imagination that allow them to function.
Spanning over 7,000 square feet, the large-scale immersive installation begins with a re-imagined hotel room and ends in a vaulted elliptical mirror maze. Along the way, visitors navigate through layers of choral corridors and a flooded, color-saturated zoetrope. Featuring elements of surrealism and wonder, ROOM 2022 invites its visitors to imagine a new version of the familiar hotel ecosystem. ROOM 2022 is commissioned and presented by American Express Platinum.
“Hotels work because everyone in them takes part in a heroic act of collective imagination,” explains Devlin. “We all tacitly agree to suspend our disbelief and subscribe to the illusion that the walls between us are soundproof and life proof and that each room is its own isolated world that can be restored to order by invisible magic while we are out. In ROOM 2022, I invite the ‘guests’ to participate in a collective exploration and reimagining of this familiar system.”
Throughout her career, Devlin has worked in close collaboration with other artists in a variety of media. She is known internationally for her award-winning stage sculptures created in partnership with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Adele, and The Weeknd, as well as for her work on the world’s most celebrated performance stages including The Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, and Barbican Theatre. In 2016, Devlin expanded her art practice to create her first solo installation titled, MIRROR MAZE, exploring the complex interplay between scent and memory, which was presented by Chanel and drew thousands of visitors to a warehouse building in Peckham, London. Devlin’s work has appeared in exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries (2017) and V&A in London (2017). In spring 2018, she will present a new installation in New York City’s meatpacking district.
Janey Whiteside of American Express says: “At American Express, we are committed to enhancing our Card Members’ travel experiences and believe that art and culture play an important role in enriching these journeys. As champions of art and the imaginative possibilities that artists bring to life, we are delighted to support Es Devlin’s installation at the Miami Beach EDITION. We know the immersive art experience will inspire and engage visitors during the exciting week of art events in Miami this December.”