Complex Movements

Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective developing interactive performance work that illuminates connections between complex science and social justice movements to support the transformation of communities.

Much of their work is inspired by the writings, philosophy and experience of 99 year old Detroit based activist Grace Lee Boggs. Complex Movements is additionally supported by a circle of advisors, and several organizational partners.

Complex Movements' current work Beware of the Dandelions is a mobile art installation that functions as a performance, workshop space, and visual arts exhibition. The piece is created from the intersection of disciplines including: community organizing, design, hip-hop and electronic music, architecture, and theater. The experience occurs inside a 400 square foot polyhedron dome-like pod structure. The performance and generative design are projected onto the surface of the pod to create an immersive visual and sound experience that incorporates science-fiction, projections, songs, and interactive game elements.

Complex Movements engages communities to expand their strategies for organizing around local and trans-local social justice issues. Beware of The Dandelions is scheduled to tour to Seattle, Detroit, Dallas, and Miami.

Complex Movements has presented work at the Detroit Science Center, the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Microfest, Cranbrook Art Museum, Freedom Dreams/Freedom Now conference (Chicago), Allied Media Conference, SiTE:LAB, Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History, Under The Radar (NYC), One Mic Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival (DC), and Facing Race conference (Dallas).

Lead Artists
Collaborative Team
  • Sage Crump - producer/cultural strategist
  • Aaron Jones - architect
  • Nizar Wattad - story consultant
  • Heidi Boisvert - experience designer
  • Tim Kvasnosky - music and sound design consultant
Advisory Circle

Grace Lee Boggs and the Boggs Center / Meg Wheatley / Badr Albanna / Kathie Sanchez / Kweli Tutashinda / Salina Gray / Rha Goddess and Move The Crowd / adrienne maree brown / Jenny Lee / dream hampton / Shira Hassan / Alexis Pauline Gumbs / Gibran Rivera / Paula X Rojas / Patrisse Marie Cullors / Mark-Anthony Johnson / Micha Cardenas / Una Lee / Michael Premo / Movement Generation 

Partner Organizations

Detroit: Allied Media Projects (presenter) / Talking Dolls / Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition / The Raiz Up / Underground Resistance/Submerge / Detroit Future Youth

Dallas: SMU Arts and Urbanism Initiative (presenter) / Mothers Against Police Brutality / American Indian / Heritage Day Committee / Susu Eco / North Texas Dream Team

Seattle: On The Boards (presenter) / Uzuri Consulting and Productions

 

Articles

Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements (Colorlines)

NET/TEN Shareback: Invincible - How Do We Make Work That's Healing Rather Than Retraumatizing? (Network of Ensemble Theaters)

Photo gallery (Michigan Radio Picture Project)

 

Upcoming Events

  • February 20 March 1 community residency in Dallas, Texas. Presented by SMU Meadows Arts and Urbanism Initiative.
  • April 16 - May 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington at On The Boards. More info.

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Grants & Awards

NEFA
NEA
Creative Capital
ArtPrize