This public textual intervention consists of the placement of a series of texts on some of the waking paths at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Texts are based on thoughts and memories—both real and invented—collected from Miami Beach locals and visitors. This work, its non-linear narrative and disjointed structure, will offer visitors/pedestrians an open-ended journey, a textscape or mental mapping to accompany them as they walk, functioning as triggers into alternate thoughts, and tapping into alternate imaginaries. As in some of my previous projects, this work has been created using a “sampling” approach to cultural production. Through it, I continue to explore the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, language, displacement, memory and noise.
The collection of text involved on-site research and collection of material via printed matter and casual conversations. Text was also collected through the use of question-cards that were handed out to Bass Museum visitors at the front desk and during Beats After Sunset in October and November 2012. Once edited, the text functions as a collection of disparate voices, pointing to a specific geographically/culturally-based context offering a poetic and fluid space of interpretation. The title of the project, Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness, responds to the major themes encountered during research and collection of text.