Carlos Raúl Villanueva, the architect of modern Venezuela, said once to calm the rural context he was working on, that people would eventually catch up with the advances of architecture and art he was promoting. He brought to Venezuela major international artists to integrate their works into his architecture, and started a local tradition that lasts until today. Gió Ponti, also working in Caracas in the 1950s, said once that modernism can flourish better in the tropics, because architecture can be simply a wing under which to live, not anymore a bunker against the weather. Jaime Gili will illustrate in 20 minutes a special trip to a different kind of modernism, an essay on integration of the arts, and why the dream should still be alive for some. Jaime Gili is a London-based visual artist born in Caracas from Catalan parents. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1998 and a PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2001. He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including COMMA at Bloomberg Space (London), 6 Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre), Expander at the Royal Academy (London), Jump Cuts at CIFO (Miami), and Bill at Pittier at Kunsthalle Winterthur. His work has been contextualised as continuing a tradition of Latin American abstract art, especially the Venezuelan optical and kinetic legacy, with an input from popular art and London’s energy. Amongst other public art commissions he has worked on recently, he won an international competition for one of the world’s largest paintings, and the first to be thought for satellite view. The tops and sides of 16 large oil tanks along the Fore River in South Portland, Maine will be painted with his site-specific design.