Detroit Metro Times: Complex Movements present Beware of the Dandelions

Posted on October 11, 2016

Complex Movements was recently interviewed for the Detroit Metro Times.

October marks the ambitious project's homecoming after residencies in Seattle and Dallas. It's taking place in Complex Movements' new permanent home Talking Dolls, which they share with an artist collective of the same name. Twenty performances, four installation viewings, and 10 community events will occur over the course of the month.

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Creative Capital: Complex Movements Honor Decentralized Networks and Resilience

Posted on October 11, 2016

Complex Movements was recently interviewed for Creative Capital.

' “How do we build movements where there are many leaders?” wonders Carlos Garcia in a recent interview. That’s just one question at the heart of Beware of the Dandelions by the Detroit-based collective Complex Movements. The Creative Capital-supported project is a traveling, video installation pod which is activated through community and audience engagement, hip hop and science fiction narrative that mutates depending on where it’s performed. The collaboration started out of a conversation that stemmed from dissatisfaction that live hip hop was limited to the usual on-stage performance. The group—made up of Invincible/ill Weaver, Waajeed, Wes Taylor and Carlos Garcia—decided to explore social injustice they experience in Detroit and critical theory they were reading about through a multi-disciplinary project. Beware of the Dandelions has traveled to Seattle and Dallas, among other cities, but it premieres Oct 6-31 at Talking Dolls, as part of a “homecoming” to their native Detroit. An album by the same name is also available for sale. To get a better idea of what the project as a whole is, we caught up with the group.'

Read the full interview here.

Independent Magazine: 10 Filmmakers to Watch: Complex Movements

Posted on April 14, 2016

Complex Movements was recently added to the list of "10 Filmmakers to Watch" by The Independent Magazine. The team sat down with The Independent to talk about what makes Complex Movements unique.

"The Beware of The Dandelions community engagement strategy begins with building community cohorts and advisory circles consisting of artists, organizers, and other community members in host cities to ensure local relevance and deepen impact. Through these community cohorts we listen and learn about community resistance and resilience in the face of challenges and exchange stories and strategies between each city and Detroit. The community cohorts co-curate and co-facilitate the activities and workshop that take place during the engagement and work with us to intentionally invite communities that are typically excluded from traditional arts institutions."

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Theater Jones Review: Complex Movements: Beware of the Dandelions | Ignite/Arts Dallas

Posted on April 07, 2016

Janice L. Franklin recently reviewed Beware of the Dandelions for Theater Jones. See what she had to say below:

" Detroit's Complex Movements offers an unforgettable immersive performance and visual art experience with Beware of the Dandelions in Fair Park, in SMU's Arts and Urbanism initiative. 

 “We all carry the weight of long term neglect.” It is impossible to overstate the power of the words spoken by Invincible. It is not simply the word choices but the tone and vocal inflections coupled with the rhythmic sense that reverberate like shock waves to the senses. “Forcing me to pay for my defiance.” The ‘beyond the barbed wire’ segment is aptly metaphorical, brilliantly seamed together in a way that is direct and unflinching in its pointedness. Waajeed’s bass accompaniment is sheer perfection, the music redirecting the audience’s pulse rendering all compliant and in full surrender to the textures and the beats. One can only imagine how many hours were spent modeling, building the animation, creating all of the imagery that causes the audience to pay attention to every detail. Thousands of hours. The work in Beware of the Dandelions is rigorous, intelligent, and provocative. "

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HowlRound: Complex Movements' Beware of the Dandelions

Posted on November 19, 2015

Author and scholar Jeff Chang covered Beware of the Dandelions in HowlRound. In the piece he gives an in-depth account of the performance from a participant's perspective, and weaves in context from members of the Complex Movements advisory circle, such as Patrisse Marie Cullors, Walidah Imarisha, Adrienne Maree Brown, Charity Hicks, and Grace Lee Boggs.

He writes, " way to describe Beware of the Dandelions is that it is a performance piece that becomes an engine for much more, including activities that build networks of solidarity within the community beyond the art space. It is a narrative, concert, visual installation, architectural piece, and convening space to distribute revolutionary ideas and activate creative ecosystems and economies of change."

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Complex: Complex Movements Is a Detroit Artist Collective That You Need to Know

Posted on November 19, 2015

Complex covered Complex Movements' residency in Dallas earlier this week:

"Complex Movements is a rising artist collective out of Detroit that's making major noise right now. The group consists of the very talented InvincibleWaajeed​, Wes TaylorCarlos Garcia, and additional contributions from Sage Crump and Aaron Jones. As one, the group brings together their communities through multimedia interactive performances that explore the connections of social injustice and complex science."

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Theater Jones: Complex Like That

Posted on November 19, 2015

Theater Jones recently published an in-depth interview with three members of Complex Movements, Sage, ill, and Waajeed. In the article, the team discusses some of the principles and philosophy underlying the Beware of the Dandelions project, as well as the emergent connections between Dallas and Detroit that they have encountered.

"One of the things we appreciate about this project is how layered it is. In the midst of talking about getting to the real stories of a place and what is happening there, we had no idea of Dallas until this project. It has been amazing to learn about the history of activism in Dallas and to establish connections with people."

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