August 24, 2017

The Seussian Arkestra Returns to Dlectricity Bigger and Better!

The hit installation “Seussian Arkestra,” from Noel Night 2015 will return bigger and better to Dlectricity 2017! Jake Chidester + Alisyn Malek are back, building on the piece to present “The Expanded Seussian Arkestra.”

“The Expanded Seussian Arkestra” is a sculptural installation, combining the whimsical aesthetic of Dr. Seuss with the sonic expression of legendary jazz composer Sun Ra’s Arkestra ensemble. The installation is an interactive experience where each sculpture brings a different sound to create the overall composition.

Chidester and Malek own Corktown Studios, an artist collective and exhibition space in North Corktown. As stated on their website, “Corktown Studios, in conjunction with complementary rejuvenation projects in the neighborhood (hospitality, housing, agriculture) aims to contribute to the emerging identity of the area as a diverse and accessible hub for community-oriented creatives.”

Chidester also works as an architect and designer. He recently co-designed Bedrock’s new headquarters. Malek was one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Twenty in their 20s” in 2014 for her impressive schedule of working as an investment manager for GM Ventures and simultaneously running a gallery. With a background in engineering and a foot in both art and business, she is certainly one of the most interesting creatives in the Detroit scene today. Check out another article about Malek here.

Also be sure to check out the pair’s WAWAD wire car in the online gallery here!

Thank you so much to Clark Hill for their generous support of this project! The project will be located on the grounds of the Rackham Building at Woodward and Farnsworth.