First Fridays at ICA Miami
ICA Miami stays up late on First Fridays, the museum’s signature after-hours event offering experiences for visitors of all ages—film screenings, exhibition tours, concerts, performances, and more! First Fridays at ICA Miami are free and open to the public. This month we welcome international electronic artist PLOY, a special dance performance by Ke’ron, and sets by LOKA and Roiju.
PLOY, the pseudonym of South London-based artist Sam Smith, emerged onto the UK electronic scene in 2016 with his debut release, Sala One Five, on the renowned Hessle Audio label, followed by a series of EPs on Batu’s Timedance imprint. Ploy’s unique sound has a place among modern electronic music’s most innovative, receiving remix treatment from the likes of Beatrice Dillon and Peder Mannerfelt. In addition to regularly performing in Europe’s top venues, PLOY has been a featured guest on the Electronic Explorations podcast, hosted multiple broadcasts from NTS, and has held a week-long residency on Rinse FM.
LOKA (Miami, FL)
Yesenia Rojas, AKA LOKA, is a Cuban-American artist, composer, and DJ who uses sound to explore ideas of erasure in all border spaces. In her sound art, she investigates intersections of power and struggle, states of energetic transformation, the distortion of memory in black and indigenous bodies, internal and external ancestral histories, and the ocean. Her work has been featured in publications such as DAZED, i-D magazine, DJ MAG, and The Guardian. She’s activated spaces and performed at MoMA PS1, ICA Miami, The Norton Museum of Art, and more. In 2021, she composed the original score for Helen Peña’s “When Angels Speak of Love,” which premiered at the Third Horizon Film Festival and The New Orleans film festival shorts programs. Later that year, her sound design for GeoVanna Gonzalez’s ”Lost Underground” was screened at NADA Art Basel Miami. In 2022, she composed original music for the WNBA’s short film “We Are the W,” and designed the sound for Performance Space New York’s 2022 Spring Gala: Angels in New York.
Ke’ron (Brooklyn, NY)
Ke’ron (she/they) is a movement artist, choreographer, and poet currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. A Sam Houston State University Alum, she has set and presented work and performed in the greater Houston Area. She was awarded Dance Source Houston’s Spark Dance Grant in 2021, and has most recently presented work as an emerging choreographer with Mare Nostrum’s Emerging Choreographer’s Series in NYC. Their art, being heavily influenced by their activism, pulls from a wide range of disciplines and seeks to cultivate a shared sensitivity towards the human condition. Each piece of poetry and movement exploration is designed to invite the audience into a realm in which mind, body, and spirit are unified toward personal and collective liberation.
Taking her name from the ancient “unfriendly sea” of Greek mythology, Axine M explores sound across a variety of genres and electro-acoustic techniques. Sharp Life, her last self-released EP, probes the fragile nature of reality, lyrically exploring depression through collaboration with a combination of text-generating neural networks. She has released tapes on Toronto’s Summer Isle and Embalming Lately, a label that she co-runs. As a DJ, Axine M has published mixes with c-, BIZAARBAZAAR, FOIL, and recently, Anima Planet.