DLECTRICITY™ took place during September 22 & 23, 2017, in Midtown Detroit and showcased 36 artists from Detroit and around the world from the DIA to MOCAD.
LOCATION: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art | Movement Center
Ancient Future is a multimedia light installation performance. The viewer will first see the installation through the front window of the building and upon entering inside the building they will be greeted by activated light headdresses. Performers will wear the light headdresses during scheduled performances. Outside of the performances, the viewer will have the opportunity to adorn themselves with the light headdresses. The illuminated headdresses draws connections to ancient hair forms and styles that mimic shapes, patterns and planets found in outer space.
The large-scale installation Immortal Uterus was inspired by the massive laboratory production of the first immortal cells. These ‘immortal’ cells were stolen from African-American sharecropper Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells in her cervix and used for a multi-billion dollar industry that supported the first vaccinations for polio and countless other medical breakthroughs. The vast, sculpture was woven together from yards of nameless VHS film. The replication of Lacks’ cells was transformed into the idea of an anonymous, massive black womb into which the viewer could enter, as if entering another world. Inside the installation also emitted a sound that was created to constantly multiply, crescendo into infinity.