In Detroit, a multitude of artists are connecting, collaborating and co-creating; practicing the most powerful art of conversation while working in spaces that break down the walls between people, erected by conditioned assumptions. Using the readily available tools and spoils of over-consumption, artists are questioning, intersecting and responding in unexpected ways.
Some examples of these intersections include: international artists working with local artists and creating larger-than life depictions in Murals in the Market; other artists are having conversations with family and questioning their involvement in the city, as explored in The Fate of Machinery; and others are catalyzing neighborhood story saving events like Core City Stories. There will be an international dance party as part of an exhibition at N’Namdi Center in collaboration with Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit, where life-size, real-time projections will allow folks in Detroit to dance with partners in Harare. Bonfire at Dabl’s African Bead Museum, while other artists will be celebrating Oktoberfest, and yet others will lend their talents to Food Justice Fridays and AfroJam and the whole urban ag scene. And what about those spaces that are set as interactional installations of uplifting community wealth? Lots of those too… Free Market of Detroit will be hosting pop-up swaps in schools, churches, community centers, as well as at the Popps Packing Barter Bazaar, and yes there’s The Free Store … and so much more...