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MOCAD hosts musical, literary and artistic events throughout the year. Check back often or contact us at info@mocadetroit.org if you would like to be kept up to date on upcoming events.

All events are free and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, à qui avec Gabriel (Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014)

Tuesday, September 16, 8pm
Admission: $12 ($8 for MOCAD Members)

MOCAD is honored to be just one of four North American venues hosting these venerated members of Japan's underground music community, compelling artists who touches on the fringes of rock with a lyrical, naivist bent, crossing folk, improvisation, and a gleefully embracing the unpolished.

Ché-SHIZU’s improv-folk music embraces simplicity in their compositions, led by the melodies of Chie Mukai’s voice and erhu (a distinctive two-string bowed instrument).
Maher Shalal Hash Baz is the artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo, a Japanese composer and musician. The group formed when Kudo met euphonium player Hiroo Nakazaki, revealing a shared interest in the music of Mayo Thompson and Syd Barrett. Kudo resists defining his gleeful, intense, naive music, which frequently features large ensembles of untrained musicians that embrace error, structure, and structurelessness.
à qui avec Gabriel is Japanese accordionist Aki and her instrument, Gabriel. Her stylistic palette is eclectic, drawing in shades of jaunty European folk music, the elegant minimalism of Erik Satie, and uniquely lighthearted melancholia.



Modern Love Tour 2014 with Andy Stott and Demdike Stare

Wednesday, September 17, 8pm
Admission: $12 pre-sales, $15 at the door
Tickets Available Here

We Are All Machines, Nospectacle and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD are excited to announce a very special label showcase and Detroit debut of Modern Love (Manchester UK) artists Demdike Stare and Andy Stott. Both produce Dub Techno with traceable Detroit and Berlin inspirations, but beyond that, throw all definitions out the window.

Demdike Stare's (Miles Whitaker and Sean Canty) sonic journeys head deep into Arabic, Turkish, Persian and North African traditions, take detours into black magic and Burroughsian cut-up techniques, before elevating into states of dark beauty. Their records feature samples from psych-rock, free jazz and various library recordings. In case you're wondering: Demdike was the most notorious of the Pendle coven of witches, put on trial in northern England in the 1600s. Yes, her. Records you should own: Forest of Evil, Elemental, and their ongoing Testpressing series, which explores a more rugged terrain in their sound production. Check out their catalog of releases at - http://www.discogs.com/artist/1551592-Demdike-Stare

Andy Stott combines Chicago influences (House, Footwork) and Detroitish dubs with Jungle and Warehouse techno styles in his live performances. His records are experiments in tone, texture and tempo, and they groove. The 2012 LP Luxury Problems is considered a masterpiece of multi-genre meditation, but the 2011 EPs We Stay Together and Passed Me By are just as great. All make essential listening for serious electronic music fans. See all of Stott's solo output at - http://www.discogs.com/artist/317019-Andy-Stott

Opening the show is Windsor's Christopher McNamara, performing original dub ambient and space disco productions and mixing live video. McNamara has played with the groups Nospectacle and Thinkbox at the Movement and MUTEK festivals. He is a lecturer in film studies at the University of Michigan.

All three performances are live and all include video projections. Due to the graphic nature of some of the video pieces, we recommend that no one under 18 attend the show. Darkness falls on the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit at 8pm on Wednesday, Sept. 17th 2014. Sponsorship support is courtesy of Kraftwerk Berlin, Electronic Beats, Tresor Records, Detroit Threads, and Paxahau, producers of Detroit's yearly Movement Festival.



Awesome Tapes from Africa + Bambuti featuring Efe

Thursday, September 18, 9pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MOCAD Members)

While studying hip-hop in Ghana, Brian Shimkovitz quickly realized that most people outside of Africa have little to no idea of what life there is actually like, even when it comes to music. Although a small handful of African artists gain exposure outside the continent, much of the music that everyday people listen to at home, work, parties, and in the club remains a mystery. Using a hefty stock of cassette tapes acquired during his studies, Shimkovitz launched the blog Awesome Tapes from Africa, sharing hard-to-find musical gems with audiences outside of Africa.

With Bambuti, the Detroit-based drum and dance troupe that blends traditional African drumming and dance of many African groups.



Other Markets: Thinkarchitecture

Wednesday, September 24, 4pm
Admission: Free

Peter Mortenbock and Helge Mooshammer, working collaboratively as Thinkarchitecture, will discuss their most recent project which examines how informal markets intersect with global governance. Based in London and Vienna, their research and curatorial work focuses on sites of global deregulation around the world.



Xylouris White & Peter Jefferies

Saturday, October 4, 8pm
Admission: $12
Purchase Tickets Here

Xylouris White brings together two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, drummer of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three, and Giorgos Xylouris (Psaragiorgis), the master lutenist described as “the future of Cretan music.” Together Xylouris White have created a new and compelling blend of melody and rhythm. Even to watch them absorbed in their music is an exhilarating experience. Jim and Psaragiorgis first played together in Melbourne. Since then they have been on a wonderful journey across three continents. Although these new experiences have added many riches, neither has lost touch with the best of their diverse traditions.

Appearing with one of the great songwriters of the international rock underground, Peter Jefferies creates extraordinary music, the kind that places him among peers like Nick Drake, John Cale, and few others. Writer Mike Wolf says, "In a sandy voice that soothes and slashes, Jefferies offers a compassionate, piercingly lucid view of the endeavor of life, all our pain and small glories rendered in tones both harrowing and tender. On piano, drums and percussion, he pounds out melodies that roar, sweep and lilt."



Home Movie Day
Uncommon Odysseys

Saturday, October 18, 11am
Screenings Noon - 4pm
Admission: Free

Do you have old home movies in your attic or basement that you haven't seen in years, or ever? Home Movie Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of amateur films, and this year, it's coming to Detroit. Share your home movies - and watch movies from others - in the comfort of a "living room" in the Mobile Homestead as we munch on popcorn and share memories of the past. We'll provide the expertise to evaluate, clean, and project your films - you just bring down the movies you want to share. So dig through those boxes of birthday parties, vacations, sledding, and parades - we want to see it all. Experts will be on hand to offer information for preserving and digitizing your films.

Formats supported: 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm (sorry, no video - film only!)

Film drop-off for inspection: now through October 16th at the MOCAD admission desk.

**It's *highly* recommended that your drop off your films at MOCAD in advance to ensure careful inspection and to prevent damage. Otherwise, please drop your films off no later than 11am the day of the event.

Co-sponsored by Mothlight Microcinema and 7Cylinders Studio




Amie Siegel
Uncommon Odysseys

Saturday, October 18, 1pm
Admission: Free

For the past decade and a half, Amie Siegel has worked between film, installation, photography, and performance, questioning the tropes of cinematic forms. Amie Siegel’s conceptual films and multichannel installations have been described as “uncanny reflections on absence, historical disorientation, and nostalgia.” Her work investigates issues concerning cultural memory, identity, and the cinematic portrayal of place. This free talk is co-presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art




Random International
What It Isn't

Sunday, October 24, 7pm
Admission: Free

London-based Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental creative practice, best known for the immersive installation Rain Room. Founders Stuart Wood, Flo Ortkrass, Hannes Koch and their colleagues take science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, with work that invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena — with the viewer an active participant.



Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli perform Williams Mix Extended, plus "Music-Mushrooms-Manuscripts: John Cage at Cranbrook"

Sunday, October 26, 7pm
Admission: $10 ($5 for Members)

Williams Mix Extended is a new interpretation of John Cage's Williams Mix, performed by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli. Approaching the original score from a contemporary perspective, they establish a relationship between early tape music and current digital production, allowing for original parameters of the score to be realized within the context of recent audio technologies. The performance will be presented in octophonic sound.

The performance will be preceded by “Music-Mushrooms-Manuscripts,” a talk about John Cage’s 1974 visit to Cranbrook, by Shelley Selim, the 2013-2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at the Cranbrook Art Museum.



Harrell Fletcher

Saturday, November 8, 1pm
Admission: Free

People’s Biennial co-curator Harrell Fletcher helps us evaluate the relationship between art making, museums, and everyday life, specifically here in Detroit. Presented at MOCAD by The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.



Anab Jain
Superflux: Design for Anxious Times

Friday, November 14, 6pm
Admission: Free

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. Through their work and approach, Anab helps shape the studio's vision as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Jain wants designers to adopt new roles as sense-makers, translators and agent provocateurs who can open up an informed dialogue that will help shape better futures for everyone.



Heirloom Staff creation with David Philpot

Sunday, November 16, Noon - 4pm
Admission: Free

David Philpot’s remarkable staffs and assemblage works evoke power, ceremony and splendor. Join us as David leads the group in creating staffs and mosaic art, embellishing objects with beads, buttons, trinkets, faux jewels, shells, clocks, and found objects. Participants may bring old “junk” jewelry and watches to create a personalized totem or memory collage, and there will be lots of great stuff provided to create amazing art with this legendary mosaic artist. Aaron Parrot performs on the steel drums and leads hands on demonstrations with the instrument and its musical stylings. Topsoil Cafe will serve a special kid-friendly menu.


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 for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 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.