Last weekend, M O D C a R, the Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation, presented Imaging Detroit, an event celebrating alternative interpretations of the city and its regeneration. Taking place as a temporary installation in Detroit’s Perrien Park, the event featured a 2-day forum, art, performance, and publications, including a book I designed for the studio I taught with Toni Griffin in Spring 2011 at Harvard GSD, Detroit, Interrupted: New Geographies for the American City.
Imaging Detroit, equal parts international film festival and pop-up agora, aims to spark a conversation about the many ways Detroit has been portrayed over the last decade. It stages public debate and open speculation on how the power of image making may be projected toward the production of a new urban imaginary. In assembling a varied collection of works and guests, Imaging Detroit reveals the possibility of an ephemeral urbanization. The pop-up agora offers the city a 36-hour assembly and debate, turning Perrien Park into a vibrant civic space, complete with screenings, conversations, exhibit, food and leisure.
To see more about the Detroit, Interrupted studio, visit the GSD page at http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/courses/details.cgi?term=201040&course=STU-01408-00 or view our publication here (warning: it’s an 80 MB file).