Martin Creed Returns to MOCAD!

Martin Creed’s piece “Work No. 790: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” (2007) will return to the façade of MOCAD for Dlectricity 2017!

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of MOCAD’s founding. The first time the piece was shown, as part of one of MOCAD’s earliest exhibitions in 2007, it reminded people to stay positive despite the negative perceptions of the city. Now, brought back as part of Dlectricity, the sign celebrates Detroit’s thriving art community and looks forward to the future with hope.

Martin Creed is a globally renowned artist based in London who won the Turner Prize in 2001. “EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” has been shown in locations around the world and will remain on the façade of MOCAD after the end of Dlectricity.

If you happen to be in Europe, there are plenty of opportunities to see Creed’s work in action this summer. Be sure to catch him at the Edinburgh International Festival putting on live performances August 4-28, or check out Creed’s permanent installation on the Scotsman Steps in Edinburgh, a restoration and public art piece.

Between now and May 2018, see his sculpture “Work No. 2814” on display in a tree at the corner of Bishopsgate and Wormwood Street in London as part of London Sculpture in the City 2017.

He will also be performing as part of CHART Art Fair, opening September 1 in Copenhagen.

Support for this facade installation is generously provided by the Applebaum Family Compass Fund, the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation, Spectrum Neon, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise.

Check out this interview with Creed about his residency at the Edinburgh International Festival here and here.

Check out MOCAD’s press release about the return of Creed’s piece here.

Check out Creed in his own words here.

D MET Design: Back for Round Three!

D MET Design returns for a third Dlectricity!

“{The Amazing!} House of Fog: il Cinema Nebbiosio,” brings the fun-house to the 21st century using light and technology. Inspired by amusement park attractions from a time when electric light and motion pictures were things of wonder, “{The Amazing!} House of Fog” is intended for people of all ages to enjoy the beauty and miracle of technology.

Led by husband and wife team Joel Schmidt and Liz Skrisson, D MET has won awards for their home, commercial office and retail interior design. Schmidt also works as a lecturer in Architecture at the University of Michigan, and Skrisson is LEED accredited in Building Design and Construction.

You can see their award-winning design and architecture work on display around the city. Check it out at 4130 Cass Avenue (exterior architecture and interior architecture of La Feria Spanish Tapas), Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. (architecture, interior design, furniture design), and Canine to Five Doggy Daycare (façade renovation).

You may remember their projects “Mike Teavee: ‘Am I coming in Clear?’” from Dlectricity 2014 and “Frontier Town: A Tent Camp for Children in the Urban Wild” from 2012.

D MET’s project will be located in the family-friendly “Electric Park” zone on the lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts at Woodward and Kirby. Thank you so much to the DIA for hosting this project! Other projects in “Electric Park” include Carrie Morris’ “The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow” and Arts & Scraps’ “Light as a Shadow.”

Check out an interview with Joel and Liz from Dlectricity 2014 here!

Philadelphia to Detroit: Klip Collective Coming to Dlectricity

Klip Collective is a Philadelphia-based experiential art collective that works to combine live-action narrative with visual projection. They create interactive, experiential and virtual reality experiences.

Some of their recent art commissions include trailers for the Sundance Film Festival and a residency at BOK, a technical-school-turned-creative-hub in Philadelphia. Klip also created a 3D mapping installation at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA spreading over the landscape and leading viewers on an immersive journey. Check it out here, and pictured at left! Check out another Klip 3D mapping project from 2015 at Philadelphia City Hall here.

This year, the collective has been featured in Entrepreneur and The Philadelphia Inquirer for their work in virtual reality with Honeygrow, a restaurant using a Klip-designed program to train new employees.

Combining technology and art in an elegant way, Klip Collective is a natural fit for Dlectricity. Their project “The Librarian” will bring a parable for the Information Age, an interactive story projected onto the façade of the Detroit Public Library about a chaotic shift for a librarian that unfolds for observers through x-ray viewers.

Be sure to stop by and check out the relief wall they created on view at the House Industries exhibit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, through September 4! By scanning pages from the exhibition catalogue (they also designed the bracing pattern on the cover), they were able to projection map the content onto the wall. If you can’t make it there, check it out on the project on Instagram as well, @klipcollective.

Thanks so much to the Detroit Public Library for hosting this project!

Jasmine Murrell–an Artist to Follow Right Now!

Jasmine Murrell is coming to Dlectricity 2017, and she is definitely someone to keep your eye on right now. A native Detroiter, Murrell participated in a group show at Detroit Artists Market in January of this year. In February, she was named one of Time’s “12 African American Photographers to Follow Right Now.” In March, she participated in New York’s all-woman “Whitney Houston Biennial,” a salon-style show that is an alternative to the Whitney Biennial and contemporary art survey shows that overwhelmingly represent male artists. Murrell currently has work on view in the Bronx Museum’s “Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial.”

“Ancient Future,” one of the works Murrell is bringing to Dlectricity 2017, is inspired by the indestructible spirit of the black body despite trauma, subjugation and historical erasure. Shedding a light on ancient hair forms through contemporary light-activated headdresses, the pieces will be used during scheduled performances and then viewers will have the chance to try the headdresses on themselves.

“Immortal Uterus,” Murrell’s other work, takes its name and inspiration from the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American sharecropper whose cervical cancer cells were stolen and used for research that led to the first polio vaccine and countless other medical breakthroughs. Her cells created a multibillion dollar industry and saved millions of lives, yet she and her family received no compensation or recognition.

A vast sculpture made of yards of nameless VHS film, “Immortal Uterus” is intended to replicate both the anonymity and scale of the contributions Lacks made to modern medicine. The anonymous, massive black womb envelops viewers up entry as if passing into another world. A sound is emitted inside the installation, created to constantly multiply and crescendo to infinity, just like Lacks’ cells.

Murrell’s work will be on display at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. Thanks so much to the N’Namdi Center for hosting this awesome project!

Check out a questionnaire with Jasmine Murrell here


The Light Bike Parade Returns to Dlectricity 2017

The Dlectricity Light Bike Parade is back on September 23 @ dark/around 8pm!

A parade of riders, a mobile art installation, a 4-mile ride through Midtown Detroit FREE to the public, and a show of light bike artistry for everyone to enjoy—the Light Bike Parade is one of the highlights of Dlectricity and your opportunity to be part of art in motion.

The parade starts on the campus of Wayne State University, winding its way through Midtown where the public will line the streets and enjoy the light show.

Start planning your bike light decorations now—our judges will select the best decorations in these categories, with PRIZES for the winners:

  • Most Creative Adult Bike Light Display
  • Most Artistic Bike Light Display
  • Most Creative Youth Bike Display (under 12)
  • Most Unique Bicycle Helmet Decoration
  • Best Team Themed Bike Light Exhibit (between 4-6 bikes)
  • Most Original Family Bike Light Exhibit (Adult/Kids)

Come with your bike already illuminated, or grab a limited light kit the day of the ride (available to those who pre-register and on a first-come, first-served basis).

In 2014 we had over 1,500+ bikes participate in the parade—we expect similar numbers this year.

Please register officially online at EventBrite:

On-site registration begins at 6:00pm. The staging area is Wayne State University’s Gullen Mall. The route is not yet finalized, but the parade will begin when it gets dark, around 8:00pm.

The Dlectricity Light Bike Parade is sponsored by Shinola Detroit and Wheelhouse Detroit.

Interested in volunteering for the Light Bike Parade?

We have a number of positions to cover, including:

  • Bike Parade Set Up/Clean Up: Assist with set up for bike parade registration and clean up of bike parade start location once ride commences.
  • Registration/Check-In: Registration check-in and light kit distribution.
  • Info Booth/ Participant Support: Interact with riders as they prepare and wait for the ride to commence. Provide answers to any questions, help with decorations, and get riders lined up once decorated.
  • Ride Monitors: Ride with parade to keep speeds down, as well as check and assist with any safety issues.
  • Route Street Monitors: Support riders crossing at key intersection and assist riders in maintaining a flow within the group.
  • Parade Clean-Up: Follow parade route and assist with pick-up of debris left along the route.

To sign up or for more information, please email or call: | (313) 420-6000