2012 Exhibition

For two electrifying nights in 2012, DLECTRICITY brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 35 projects by local, national and international artists. 25 of those projects were selected from an open call.

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Mama Three Eyes & Yaga Baba

3. Mama Three Eyes & Yaga Baba

All Shadow Puppet performances are free and located within the DIA at Prentiss Court.

Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 10 PM: “Mama Three Eyes”, a shadow puppet play featuring the Hindu goddess Kali, the Divine Mother, is for a general audience, from older children to adults. Some Hindus see the goddess Kali as the preeminent deity in their pantheon. She is THE creative force in the universe, but is so powerful she could also destroy it. “Mama Three Eyes” explores myths and legends surrounding the mysterious, monstrous, and motherly Hindu goddess Kali. Viewers will see her save the world from a band of mischievous demons at the dawn of time. When a flying saucer full of aliens touches down in Detroit on December 12, 2012, will she be our savior again? This program runs around 30 minutes long.

Saturday at 8 PM: “Yaga Baba”, a shadow puppet play based on the Russian fairy tale, Baba Yaga, is for a younger audience including families with children. Suzy wants to baby sit her little brother Michael all by herself but her Mom says she is too young. When her Mom unexpectedly has to go into work one Saturday, Suzy gets her wish. Everything is going fine until Michael wanders off on his own. Is Suzy brave enough to go get him from Miss Yaga’s creepy front porch? This performance runs around 20 minutes long.

Artist Credit

Tom Carey

Tom Carey

Tom Carey was born and raised in Detroit MI. He spent the 1990’s destroying his hearing at basement punk shows and studying painting at Wayne State in Detroit, then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia PA. After experiencing a moment of great lucidity while drinking with a group of Radical Mummers on the banks of the Schuykill River, he moved his young family back to Michigan in 2003. He was able to obtain a secure job with benefits at the Stooges Wax Museum in Ann Arbor and have been residing in that fair city since 2005. The great mid-western magus Cary Loren asked him to create shadow puppets for a live presentation of Loren’s double LP ‘Children of Mu’ in the summer of 2008. Carey immediately became smitten with the medium and have since created a number of live performances and videos utilizing shadow puppets, and light projections created with two overhead projectors. He also continues to produce drawings, relief prints, and artist’s books that have been shown in galleries since 2000. His dream project is to do an all night shadow puppet play based on Maya Deren’s ‘Divine Horsemen’ at the Belle Isle Casino with music by Griot Galaxy. http://www.rustynailstudio.blogspot.com/