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ICA Ideas: K-HOLE Miami Report


As part of K-HOLE’s residency with ICA Miami, co-founders Dena Yago and Sean Monahan conducted market research over the course of three days that used the city as a case study. In the tradition of science fiction, K-HOLE looked to specific cases of speculative real estate development, communities, and historical events in Miami. On the final day of K-HOLE’s residency with ICA Miami, Yago and Monahan presented research and discussed findings in an interactive workshop.

Research conducted by K-HOLE in Miami was included in K-HOLE #5: A Report on Doubt. Download it here. (PDF)

K-HOLE is a trend forecasting group founded in 2010 by Gregory Fong, Sean Monahan, Emily Segal, Chris Sherron and Dena Yago, a group of New York-based artists, designers, brand strategists and writers. Using the specific language of the marketing and advertising industry, K-HOLE addresses how brand and consumer experiences are constructed, and explores the plausible limits of corporate and consumer strategy. Core to the project, reports circulate amongst the art and marketing worlds in an effort to better understand how information flows between both, and elucidate how decisions are made on a large cultural scale.K-HOLE’s work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, NY; the Serpentine Galleries in London, UK; the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden, DE; Kraupa Tuskany Zeidler in Berlin, DE; MoMA PS1 in New York, NY; and the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Dena Yago (b. 1988) is an artist based in Los Angeles and a founder of K-HOLE. Her solo work has been exhibited at Cubitt Gallery in London; Boatos Fine Art in Sao Paulo; White Flag Projects in St. Louis; and the Kunsthalle Bern.

Sean Monahan is an artist and writer based in New York. He is a founder of K-HOLE. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. His work has been exhibited at Suzanne Geiss Company, New York; M HKA, Antwerp; and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York. In 2015, Fast Company named him one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business. He has spoken at Art Basel Miami Beach, Museum of Art and Design, MoMA PS1, DLD New York, and Tag CDMX.