The conversation on Thursday night at Miami Art Basel had an emphasis on growth, green or otherwise.
“A lot of artists find technology sort of threatening,” Xerxes Cook, who co-founded the iPad-only Post magazine with Alex Dellal, explained over the Ever Manifesto dinner at The Webster in Miami.
“Some artists think that if you put your work online, it will get ripped off or reproduced without your consent. But technology is what builds us up as a culture,” Cook continued. “We shape our tools and our tools shape us. Because we invented the car, the car invented the suburbs. You know, we grow with technology.”
The creators of Ever Manifesto certainly hope so. The ecologically minded and sporadically published publication helmed by Alexia Niedzielski, Elizabeth von Guttman and Charlotte Casiraghi is in its second incarnation, this time guest-edited by Stefano Tonchi and focused on bamboo. “We wanted to take away the cliché of eco-fashion,” von Guttman explained of the project. “You can make beautiful products out of sustainable materials. You can change and adjust your habits and still live well.”
In fact, the chairs hoisting up revelers like André Saraiva, Olympia Le-Tan, Aaron Young, Elettra Wiedemann and Julie Gilhart were made of bamboo. Ever-present party pair Johan Lindeberg and Waris Ahluwalia arrived late, onto their second (or maybe even third?) dinner party of the evening. “Now I sort of wish I’d brought the chocolate thing they were serving at the last one,” Ahluwalia mused as their arrival coincided with the entrées’.
Niedzielski raised a toast to highlight all the contributors: “We couldn’t have done any of it without you,” she explained, “Thank you for believing in us.”
As far as saving the earth, Laure Heriard-Dubreuil felt like the fete itself was a step in the right direction: “I try to be sustainable,” she explained. “But, you know, I already feel like a better person just for hosting this party, because of all the good things that they’re doing. But I suppose in a way, The Webster is sustainable because things you buy here you keep forever, you pass on to your sons, your daughters. So, yes, we’re very sustainable.”