DLECTRICITY™ will again bring thousands of people into Midtown Detroit September 22 & 23, 2017!
LOCATION: The Detroit Institute of Arts “Electric Park” at Woodward and Kirby
The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow uses light and analog overhead projectors to create a series of interactive display booths that pair the visual iconography of old-style amusement parks with Detroit-centric content. Based on painted sideshow banners by artists like Fred Johnson and Snap Wyatt, the Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow booths use hand-cut silhouettes to cast oversize images of Detroit-inspired sideshow characters (The Man of Steel is Ford power-lifting a Model-T by its axel; the Fire Eater is the Nain Rouge; the World’s Tallest Man is Dave Bing, etc) on carnival cutout displays. Each display is staffed by a sideshow barker encouraging viewers to “STEP RIGHT UP!” and choose the character they wish to pose as, taking Polaroid photos for viewers to keep as a souvenir.