A traveling showcase of films and installations that reflect on art as a form of dissent comes through Detroit tomorrow for a one-night-only presentation that will incorporate a group of subversive local artists.
COLLECT CALL will be held at the K.O. Gallery in Hamtramck. The showcase is anchored by new work from the activist-art collective
Local work to be included in the exhibit’s Detroit stop includes a virtual reality film experience, “#Frozen_in_a_Detroit_wonderland,” by Ryan C. Doyle. Filmmaker Oren Goldberg’s compilation piece of rituals surrounding the demolition of the Brewster-Douglass Towers will be on display, along with bricks from the buildings that once made up the public housing complex. Artist Amy
For curator Shirley, who is accustomed to showing his own films outside train stations or in backyards, "The showcase is an opportunity to bring artists from different walks of life into settings where maybe they wouldn’t traditionally be seen."
He says he strives to incorporate local talent in whatever screenings or shows he puts on around the country so the audience can feel as if they're a part of the experience.
"It’s good to have the outside influence, but when you create a platform that has nontraditional artists and voices that are usually unheard being exhibited along with your peers and contemporary artists in your own environment, it allows you to feel empowered in a way that it's like well I have a voice too, I have a story," he says.
COLLECT CALL takes place
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