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."

Read the full article here.

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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. "

Read the full article here.

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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, "...one 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."

Read the full article here.

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."

Read the full article here.

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."

Read the full article here.

SMU Meadows School of the Arts: "Complex Movements, 2015 SMU Meadows Prize Winner, to Present Free Interactive Performances"

Posted on November 10, 2015

SMU Meadows School of the Arts recently published an article exploring the work of Complex Movements in anticipation of the art collective’s upcoming residency in Dallas. Check out the article for a great introduction to Complex Movements’ approach to interactive performance installation and community engagement.

“The work of Complex Movements exemplifies an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, alongside placing community at the core of their practice. We are interested in presenting various models to our students and to the city at large of work that reflects these myriad artistic forms and events,” said Clyde Valentín, director of the Meadows School’s Ignite/Arts Dallas initiative, which oversees the Meadows Prize.

Read the full article here.

Invincible named 2015 United States Artist Fellow

Posted on November 10, 2015

Emergence Media artist Invincible has been named a 2015 United States Artist Fellow. Fellowship winners in nine disciplines will be receiving fifty-thousand-dollar unrestricted grants. Thirty-seven recipients in total were chosen from over 400 nominated artists living in the United States and US Territories. Congratulations to Invincible and Complex Movements for their hard work!