The future-focused humanitarianism of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the central leitmotif in both of Edgar Arceneaux’s works. In the film A Time To Break Silence, presented here as an installation, he specifically links two events from the 1960s as a means to ruminate on their legacies and implications for the future of American cities. The work is titled after Dr. King’s last major speech, “Beyond Vietnam”, in which he decries US involvement in the war as an “enemy of the poor”. King was killed exactly one year later, in 1968, two days before Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in Washington, DC. In Arceneaux’s film, Dr. King reprises his speech in Detroit’s St. Annes church, which figures as a timeless ruin, while a prehistoric man named Stargazer fossicks. Both 2001 and Dr. King’s speech address technology in terms of a tool or weapon duality, a link amplified by Arceneaux’s collaboration with Underground Resistance, Detroit techno music innovators who produced the soundtrack for the film.