On top of hosting a full exhibition season at detroit contemporary this year, we continue our bi-monthly Performance Laboratory and dance night, Magic City Soul Club, on the first Saturdays of every month. The summer of 2012, detroit contemporary paired with 16 young adults from the Fresh Eyez program at the Downtown Boll YMCA who were paid by the City of Detroit to work for 6 weeks on the building of an outdoor community garden. They designed and constructed a 92-ft. concrete mosaic pathway, a pergola made of salvaged lumber from the old Detroit Veterinary Sanitarium built in 1896, reconstructed the front fence as a one-of-a-kind architectural work of art, and created new storage spaces, while working on side-projects for the future like opening an arcade/barbershop in the neighborhood for recreation in the community and jobs for young adults, beginning development on a computer game about Detroit, and writing premises for screenplays.
Utilizing art to create positive social change has long been the motto for CAID and detroit contemporary and the organization continues to make strides wholeheartedly through voluntary effort. In addition to the exhibition and series scheduled, detroit contemporary is host to many live music, dance, poetry, and theatrical performances throughout the year. The venue is also home to the new employee-owned Detroit Broadcasting Company (DBC), which filmed it’s first full-season program, a talk-show featuring Detroit artists, musicians and activists in 2011 called Tonight@theCAID. The show was filmed in front of live-studio audiences and broadcast on the web. Future programming is in the works for a youth-hosted cooking show, a Detroit-based sitcom, and production of local independent films and documentaries.
Visit detroitbroadcasting.wordpress.com for more info and video archives.
These are the two series we have at detroit contemporary for the 2012-2013 Season. Performance Lab runs bi-monthly, and MCSC runs monthly on the “first Saturdays” of each month.
The Performance Laboratory
The Performance Laboratory is an interdisciplinary performance series at detroit contemporary focused on providing a forum for new short works and works in progress. Occurring the third Friday of every other month, the series features 5-8 artists per episode whose work explores and investigates the dynamics of what live performance is and what it can be. Since its establishment in March 2011, the Performance Laboratory has featured artists and performers from Detroit and its surrounding areas, including works by Melanie Manos, Carrie Morris, James Cornish, Ben Hernandez & Kathy Leisen, Aimee Adams, Patrick Elkins, Jessica Bonenfant, Emilia Javanica, The Hinterlands, Craig Johnson, Tzarinas of the Plane, Josh Berkowitz, Kristi Faulkner Dance and Mary Beth Carolan.
Encouraging original works and the exploration of new ideas, the Performance Laboratory aims to facilitate impassioned dialogue around the possibilities that lie within performance. Our goal is to establish a consistent venue for ideas to be shared and developed, new artistic partnerships to be made, and a supportive and diverse community to gather.
The Performance Laboratory is still accepting submissions of new performance works for our next episode in October. To see photos of past events find us at http://theperformancelaboratory.wordpress.com/.
Magic City Soul Club
The origins of detroit contemporary’s Funk Night began in Christmas of ’99, with Brad Hales (of People’s
Records) and Scott Craig spinning an end-of-year holiday party at the Rosa Parks venue. That led to
the first “Free Funk Friday” in January of ’00, which indeed became Funk Night. Brad Hales, paired with
neighborhood DJ, Breck T. Bunce, of Woodbridge, is back at dc on the first Saturdays of each month,
bringing along surprise guest djs from around the globe for Magic City Soul Club. The dance floor rolls out
at midnight, and doesn’t roll up until 4.