Imaging Detroit is a collective event and a public assemblage. Between September 21st and 23rd, 2012 the Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation will host an unprecedented open assessment and contemporary anthology of Detroit as local and global image. This 48-hour long temporary screening, exhibition, and performance venue - in Detroit and on Detroit - will serve as a catalyst for the exploration of the city’s manufactured meanings. Invited DJ’s (discourse jockeys) will help mix the discussion for the occasion.
Imaging Detroit is free and open to the public.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
We are delighted to extend an invitation for public participation.
Imaging Detroit casts its call widely. The project seeks to collect and juxtapose both an anthology of existing visual documentation on Detroit and alternative visions that have not been made public, or are yet to exist. Videos, films, slides, photographs, and performance proposals are welcome.
Detroit’s image is not neutral. Layered, complex, and charged, it occupies an unparalleled locus in the global imaginary. And while this fact is not new, its power is unequivocal, situating Detroit as a symbolic test site for the reconfiguration of the collective urban experience. In this scenario, the cumulative image precedes the city, conditions our very perception of it, and suggests that the self-reflexive embrace of this effect may have transformative potential. Imaging Detroit is a platform for the exploration of the generative competencies of the city as representation, in all of its dissonance, hybridity, permissiveness, serendipity, mutable anatomy, and cultural possibility.
Proposals are due on August 3rd, 2012. Send us a single page with no more than 200 words. Include a title, your media and scale or length of your work. Indicate if there are any specific requirements for staging or viewing the material.
We are accepting projected media in a number of categories: low-tech short shorts, short, medium-length, and feature. Content may include: documentation, direct cinema, visual anthropology, docufiction, salvage ethnography, performance, experimental narrative, agitprop, still photography, new forms of visualization, other. Please provide a link to a preview.
Final submissions due on September 1, 2012.
Imaging Detroit is supported with funding from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning