Complex Movements

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 premiering through a three city tour to Seattle (Apr/May 2015), Dallas (Nov/Dec 2015), and Detroit (Summer 2016). Original music from Beware of the Dandelions will be released digitally and on vinyl in 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.

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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
  • Knoxx - videography
Lead Organizational Partners

Emergence Media / Dirt Tech Reck / Allied Media Projects / Talking Dolls Studio

Additional Partner Organizations

Detroit: 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

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 / Sarah Gonzales / Ashley Sparks / Tunde Olaniran


View more Complex Movements videos


HowlRound: Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions

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

Theater Jones: Complex Like That

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

The Politicized Theater of Detroit-Based Collective Complex Movements (The Stranger)

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)

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