1. Get In My Car & Drive: Nowhere in Detroit (Episode 1)


    from Kristen Gallerneaux / Added

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    This is an ongoing film series about the material and artistic byproducts of a supposedly declined city, and how the creative thinkers who traverse its everyday challenges have learned to harness this energy to create seemingly incongruous works of a celebratory or humorous nature. Young artists and curators working with and influenced by the social fabric of the city have learned to embrace Detroit’s potentially negative facets, and I believe their work is so enmeshed with the city’s fabric that it is the only place their current modes of artistic research and production could occur. In short, Detroit seems to produce strong artists who take risks, both physically and socially. This film is a labor of love, an outcome of my fieldwork as an artist and a folklorist. It will continue to grow and mutate with no fixed idea for its final outcome. Two additional segments are in the editing process, and I hope to continue to fly home to film other segments as my meager budget allows. Future installments will include the work of Stephen Schudlich, Alana Bartol-Vince, and Nathan Vince.

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    • Creative Catalyst: Detroit and the Abandoned Packard Plant


      from Sharad Kant Patel / Added

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      Artist perspective on decay vs creation within Detroit. Interview footage shot and recorded by Sarah Nesbitt. Edited by Sharad Kant Patel Featuring artists Scott Hocking, Paul Kaiser, Amanda Krugliak.

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      • Flux Detroit - Chapter 4


        from Christina Fleuron / Added

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        Flux Detroit is a documentary in 6 chapters. Chapter 4 tells the story of a recent influx of artists and young college graduates. In chapters 1- 6 local residents, former automobile workers, grassroots activists, urban planners, artists, local politicians, and corporations as well as small business owners give voice to their concerns and dreams. Flux Detroit is a exploratory mini-series showcasing the city and its inhabitants, new as well as natives. Context: Detroit is the largest city in Michigan State. Once a major engine of the automobile industry and home to Motown, today large parts of the city is depopulated, and the city government is on the verge of bankruptcy. The state governor declared a financial emergency in March 2013, appointing an emergency manager. City-wide, average residential vacancy is almost 30 percent, while large areas of the city lie empty. Detroit's population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years - today only only 707, 000 residents remain. However, downtown Detroit has experienced a 59% increase in an influx of college-educated residents under the age of 35.* Stories of a growing arts scene, D.I.Y. culture and new investment flowing into the center of downtown are occupying mass media headlines. The New York times alone published ten articles in 2012 heralding Detroit's revitalization. *US Census bureau 2010.

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        • Mark Dion's "Waiting for the Extraordinary"


          from Sharad Kant Patel / Added

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          VIDEO CREDITS: Director / Cinematography / Edit / Sound / Music - Sharad Kant Patel Artist Mark Dion has exhibited internationally, including the Tate Gallery and Museum of Modern Art. In the fall of 2011, he created an interactive installation in the Institute for the Humanities gallery at the University of Michigan. In his research, Dion discovered a curious system from the origins of the University of Michigan: Judge Augustus Woodward’s “Catholepistemiad” of 1816, outlining his dreams for the university and its 13 professorships, each titled with an invented mash-up of Latin and Greek words. Using this system as a starting point, Dion began a scavenger hunt for objects and props, some serving as set dressing, others featured, through digitally scanned and cast replicas, as revered symbols of the antique system. He simultaneously began construction of a detailed two-part setting: a convincingly institutional waiting area and it's adjoining trophy room. The final experience pokes fun at the notion of institutional idealism bottlenecked with controlled accessibility. This short film by Sharad Patel portrays world famous artist Mark Dion’s creative process and the experience of his installation. The film begins with split screen documentation, echoing Dion’s exhibit style of distinct categorical compartments (sometimes organized as Cabinets of Curiosities). This documentary style quickly transitions into a vivid recreation of the finished installation experience using narrative and surrealist cinematic vocabulary. The worn aesthetic of the second half echoes the out-of-date props and furniture in the installation, and also references Dion's preference for old-fashioned organic/chemical photography. Performers in the installation: Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen and Laura Gilmore Artists assisting Dion: Institute Curator and performance artist Amanda Krugliak, artists Scott Hocking and Lily Cox-Richard. More work from this filmmaker: www.krop.com/sharad/

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