Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective supporting the transformation of communities by exploring the connections of complex science and social justice movements through multimedia interactive performance work.
Complex Movements' current project Beware of the Dandelions is a mobile art installation that functions as a performance, workshop space, and visual arts exhibition. The piece intersects 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 premiered through a three city tour to Seattle (Apr/May 2015), Dallas (Nov/Dec 2015), and Detroit (October 2016). Original music from Beware of the Dandelions was released digitally and on vinyl in October 2016.
The collective's work is inspired by the writings, philosophy and experience of Detroit based activist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), as well as grassroots networks in Detroit.
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), Facing Race conference, On The Boards (Seattle), and at Dallas' Fair Park in conjunction with Ignite/Arts Dallas.