Dlectricity 2021 presented by DTE Foundation
Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), this spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration takes place in Detroit’s Cultural Center and DTE’s Beacon Park. Three installations will be at The Wright -- Facing Change: Documenting America's In Our Image, New D Media's Bird of Paradise, and Logan Dandridge's Men Who Devour Themselves in Mirrors.
Attendees are immersed in a landscape of light through groundbreaking installations of video art, new media, lasers, interactive design and engineering, and captivating performance!
Mask Required Within the Art Installation Zone (Regardless of Vaccination Status). Social Distancing Encouraged.
In Our Image
In partnership with Rising Voices and WDET 101.9 FM, this installation looks across the last two years, presenting pre-pandemic stories of individuals in our city, personal diaries of the early days of COVID-19, local and national news coverage, and personal and collaborative documentary projects. This collection of works by Detroit-area artists including Documenting Detroit Emerging Photography Fellows and Alumni reflects who we were before the world changed, and how we’ve grown as individuals and as a community.
Image by Yvette Rock, 2019 Documenting Detroit Fellow, from her project ‘Motherhood,’
Men Who Devour Themselves in Mirrors
In this exhibition, rhythmic gestures are used as a research method to consider how technology is employed for self-fashioning. In making visible both the restrictions and the freedoms of digital culture, artist Logan Dandridge explores how identities and histories are created, transformed, or invented. For some, technology is a means to an end: a memoir, a fictional history, an intimate view of a person’s life. Others interrogate the power relations of these same tools, from “big data” consumer portraits to facial recognition software. The exhibited work manipulates technologies to narrate, alter, augment, or invent new identities and histories – to imagine another world.
Bird of Paradise
The Wright Museum is transformed into a living vision of the revolutionary jazz scene in Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, Detroit’s thriving black neighborhoods of the 1940s.
What begins as a stylized resurrection of long lost nightlife in Paradise Valley soon becomes a soaring, hypnotic journey through time and space, shape and color, when the legendary Charlie “Bird” Parker comes to play. Through his music, the architectural facade itself becomes an instrument of memory, resilience, and liberation.
For a full list of installations, click here.