JUNE 14-JULY 14: WORK IN PROGRESS,
CHARLES H. WRIGHT AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM (DETROIT)
Beware of the Dandelions is an immersive environment built on the aesthetics of hiphop designed to embody the communal lessons found within complex sciences. Through interactive hip-hop performance, handcrafted songs, video projection mapping, creative technologies, and performative installations explore the relationship between art, music, science and social justice movements. Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs and decentralized community-led social justice movements, the project provokes audience members to participate through physical and vocal responses, feeding their own concepts into improvised sections that support the premise that change occurs through critical connections rather than critical mass. Beware of the Dandelions leaves participants with an opportunity to investigate a new theory of change for the world.
Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, and creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia.
Complex Movements collective members are recipients of a 2012 MAP Fund grant, Michigan ArtServe/Creative Many’s Community Supported Art project, and winners of ArtPrize’s juried time-based performance category. They are also the recipients of an inaugural NET/TEN Seed grant and the 2013 Creative Capital grant. They have presented their work at the Detroit Science Center for Kresge’s Art X Detroit festival, Re:View Gallery, the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Microfest, Cranbrook Art Museum, and SiTE:LAB at the old Grand Rapid’s Public Museum during Artprize.
Summer 2013 Complex Movements is presenting a preliminary showing and performance of Beware of the Dandelions at Detroit’s own Charles H Wright African American History Museum, in partnership with the Allied Media Conference.