MOCAD is creating a book called POST-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX in celebration of locally-made objects. By simply filling out this questionnaire completely, you will be included.
CALLING ALL MAKERS, INVENTORS, PROBLEM SOLVERS, FABRICATORS, MODIFIERS, CREATORS, BUILDERS, CONJURERS, PRODUCERS, SCIENTISTS, STORYTELLERS, MYTH-MAKERS, URBAN LEGENDS, TINKERERS, VISIONARIES & HOBBYISTS!
Submission Deadline is July 29, 2012. Inquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 313-832-6622.
Please submit an image of your work to email@example.com.
Post-Industrial Complex is an in-depth survey of contemporary small-scale fabrication and creative service development within the city of Detroit, celebrating the vitality and necessity of the art and industry of the everyday. From the utterly banal to the opulent –the paperclip to the chandelier– each component of the exhibition contributes to the polyphony of Detroit. The exhibition serves as both still life and group portrait of our fair city.
Often defined and mythologized by its production, failures or possibilities, rarely is Detroit catalogued and surveyed free of easy characterizations or the contagion of hope. This exhibition is about Detroiters and the stuff they make, and not about today’s hot topics: the auto industry, urban farming or economic recession.
The multi-disciplinary exhibition is comprised of locally-made objects and video interviews with makers and inventors. Programming will include live conversations with community members in a living room-type environment within the exhibition, tours of the exhibition by a variety of local innovators, makers, and labor historians.
Post-Industrial Complex is a celebration of local innovators and their wares. The exhibition will include a catalog including everything surveyed during the research phase of the exhibition, from which the exhibition is produced, as well as narrative texts and critical essays by local and national writers.
The exhibition contributes to the current conversation about the role contemporary institutions play within their communities. Here the museum culls the craft and intellect from surrounding neighborhoods to create an exhibition that is uniquely engaged in its surroundings.
Creative production is not the sole domain of artists. Nor should it be limited in such a way, but rather considered a vital component of all design and production across disciplines and the backbone of innovation. It could be argued that anyone in the city of Detroit is an artist, solving problems creatively and often collaboratively in response to or regardless of the city’s health. Through the exhibition’s de-contextualization of objects and narratives, perspectives are re-oriented and the spotlight cast upon makers, stories and solutions.
In light of the persistent global economic crisis and big media’s insensitivity to nuance, the exhibition foregrounds the value of labor and small-scale innovation oftentimes overlooked in the rush of late Capitalism. The exhibition interrogates the roles and responsibilities of institutions and citizens to their communities, and proposes new possibilities for communicating, organizing and valuing labor. Post-Industrial Complex is about the rich narratives that surround labor, be they the practice of art, the production of zippers or the editing of instructional videos.
Photo: Fiat factory Lingotto, engineer Giacomo Matte-Trucco, completed 1926, Turin, Italy. Courtesy of the Fiat Company.
VERTICAL URBAN FACTORY
Vertical Urban Factory features the innovative design of factory buildings that are both urban — located in cities or shaping cities — and vertical — multistoried and dense. Included are significant examples from around the world, spanning the Modern era to the present.
By examining the significance of these spaces, this project points to the impact of global economies on local industries and aims to stimulate ideas for the sustainable reintegration of the factory into the urban fabric.
Vertical Urban Factory is an independent project and exhibition curated by architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support is generously provided by The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and the Taubman Foundation. Major funding for MOCAD's exhibition and public programs is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts. Additional funding for institutional growth, capacity building and educational initiatives is provided by the McGregor Fund, Erb Family Foundation and Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by Leveraging Investments in Creativity, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.