DLECTRICITY, a free nighttime festival of art + light in Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor, will again bring thousands of people into Midtown Detroit September 22 & 23, 2017!
The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art campus will feature projects by Michaela Mosher, Jasmine Murrell, and Jeffry Chiplis
Curated by Michaela Mosher
Main Gallery & Rose Gallery
PRIMETIME is an exhibition of video art and installations by local artists, featuring special live performances of Neither There, Nor Here by multi-media theater company A Host of People.
PRIMETIME includes artwork by:
Oren Goldenberg and Chris Tysh
Kaio Huvaere and Matteus Huvaere
Clifford B. West and Harry Bertoia
A Host of People (Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker, with Torri Lynn Ashford, Aja Salakastar Dier, Karilú Alarcón Forshee, Chantel Gaidica, Chris Jakob, Billy Mark, Dorothy Melander-Dayton, Sam Moltmaker, and Maddy Rager)
Neither There, Nor Here is an original, multimedia, interdisciplinary memory play-meets-cooking show directed by Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker and created by A Host of People. NTNH focuses on the experience of people with liminal identities of race, gender, culture and sexuality. Via personal stories, memories, and family artifacts, it investigates those who live between so-called traditional binaries to create their own culture as they move beyond more typical either/or identities, all through the lens of a cooking show where the performers prepare dishes representative of their mixed identities.
MICHAELA MOSHER is a multi-disciplinary video artist. Originally from Flint, MI, she currently lives and works in Detroit. She holds a bachelors in Fine Art from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (class of 2012). She had a solo show at CAVE (Detroit) in 2014 and her work has been exhibited at numerous venues such as Public Pool (Hamtramck), Re:View Contemporary Gallery (Detroit), MOCAD (Detroit) and others. She also organizes and collaborates on music/dance/projection installations and performances with local artists. Michaela Mosher is the Exhibitions and Gallery Manager at The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, where she has worked since 2011.
31. Ancient Future / Immortal Uterus
by Jasmine Murrell
Ancient Future is a multimedia light installation performance. The viewer will first see the installation through the front window of the building and upon entering inside the building they will be greeted by activated light headdresses. Performers will wear the light headdresses during scheduled performances. Outside of the performances, the viewer will have the opportunity to adorn themselves with the light headdresses. The illuminated headdresses draws connections to ancient hair forms and styles that mimic shapes, patterns and planets found in outer space.
The large-scale installation Immortal Uterus was inspired by the massive laboratory production of the first immortal cells. These ‘immortal’ cells were stolen from African-American sharecropper Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells in her cervix and used for a multi-billion dollar industry that supported the first vaccinations for polio and countless other medical breakthroughs. The vast, sculpture was woven together from yards of nameless VHS film. The replication of Lacks’ cells was transformed into the idea of an anonymous, massive black womb into which the viewer could enter, as if entering another world. Inside the installation also emitted a sound that was created to constantly multiply, crescendo into infinity.
JASMINE MURRELL is a Detroit native interdisciplinary artist. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Hunter College. Her works has been exhibited nationally and internationally for the past decade, in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Bronx Museum, African-American Museum of Art, Art Basel, MoMA and the Whitney Museum. Her work is an expansion of the black body, which aims to cultivate this vast story of not only resilience but also resounding sublime vitality in the face of annihilation.
Performances: Friday + Saturday at 9:00pm
18. Neon Repoetry
by Jeffry Chiplis
West side exterior wall
Jeffry Chiplis creates sculptures involving light and drawing appropriated from ready-made sources. Having accumulated a vocabulary of letters and words in the making of these artworks, his reassembled words have become “Neon Repoetry”. The neon and argon gas filled tubes are removed from their original context and given multiple meanings. Chiplis looks for words that function as nouns and or verbs. In composing his texts, Chiplis welcomes open interpretation. Recycle the recycled in upcycled ways.
JEFFRY CHIPLIS was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. The artist currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he has spent more than half his life. He has been making sculpture from recycled neon and argon tubes for more than two decades and been featured in Art in America magazine. He has shown his work in New York City, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Krasl Art Center as well as many other locations. The artist also did a residency at Mikulov, Czech Republic. The captured inert gas sculptures are in collections around the country.
Inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY presented two major light-based art + technology festivals in 2012 and 2014. Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), the spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration took place along the Woodward Corridor. Attendees were immersed in a landscape of light through groundbreaking installations of video art, 3D video mapping, lasers, interactive design and engineering, and captivating performance.
In 2014, DLECTRICITY showcased over 40 internationally acclaimed, local, and emerging artists from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Attendance doubled from its inaugural year–from 75,000 in 2012 to 150,000 in 2014. Participants in the Light Bike Parade also more than doubled and drew over 3,000 individuals in this 4-mile route.
DLECTRICITY was inspired by Detroit’s very own Electric Park, formerly located on the site of what is now Gabriel Richard Park. From 1906 until 1928, Detroit Electric Park served as a major attraction, beginning as a trolley park and later expanding into an dazzling amusement park with the development of electrification.
DLECTRICITY 2017 is presented by DTE Energy Foundation.
The DLECTRICITY 2017 Curatorial Committee:
DLECTRICITY is chaired by Marc Schwartz, Founder, Art Detroit Now. The DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee, including Detroit-based curators and arts professionals, consists of:
- GEORGE N’NAMDI, COMMITTEE CHAIR – N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
- MICHELLE PERRON – Director, Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs, College for Creative Studies
- MARSHA MIRO – Founder, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
- ELYSIA BOWORY REEDER – Executive Director, MOCAD
- LARRY BARANSKI – Director of Public Programs, Detroit Institute of Arts
- J. FIONA RAGHEB – Curator, Designer, Writer
- CHRISSTINA HAMILTON – Director of Visitor’s Programs, Stamps School of Art & Design
- ANNMARIE BORUCKI – Special Projects Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
- ALIVIA ZIVICH – Partner, What Pipeline Gallery
- MARC SCHWARTZ
The Curatorial Committee is charged with responsibility of selecting artists and projects to be placed on the facades, grounds, and surrounding buildings of the hub institutions in Midtown including:
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Wayne State University
- College for Creative Studies
- C.H. Wright Museum of African American History
- Michigan Science Center
- Detroit Historical Museum
- Detroit Public Library
- Cathedral Church of St. Paul
- The Hannan House
- First Congregational Church of Detroit
- Detroit Artists Market
- Garfield Lofts
- N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
DLECTRICITY aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for stimulation and discussion about the impact of art on public spaces.