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  • October 8 – November 05, 2021
  • Friday – Saturday
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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    In celebration of its affection for Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community, Red Bull Arts presents Monolith, a series of site-specific installations created by Detroit-based women and queer artists and practitioners, on view October 8 – November 5, 2021.

    Curated by Jes Allie, Monolith explores how four touchstones of our contemporary landscape (incarceration, grief, reproductive rights, and technology) permeate our interior lives. Each of these artists interrogates monolithic forces in everyday existence and encourages us to consider how we work towards cultivating a collective future. Artists Jex Blackmore, Jova Lynne, Maggie Nguyen, and Lauren Williams challenge traditional modes of thinking by creating alternate narratives and perspectives across mediums. Each newly presented project proclaims their creators’ nuanced values, interests, beliefs, and visions for the future. Leveraging Red Bull Arts Detroit’s Eastern Market building for the final time, the installations will be built in response to the unique spaces that have defined the program’s home. Monolith investigates the monumental within the mundane and subverts the singular gaze to celebrate contemporary art in a city run on inspiration and community.

    After ten years, Red Bull Arts will close the physical exhibition space and artist residency in Detroit. The program will present a series of digital projects through the end of the year and will continue to partner with community organizations in 2022, including Art Mile, Bulk Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), and Underground Resistance. Over the coming months, the team will donate the space’s equipment and materials to local organizations.

    //Public Programs\\

    Opening Reception | Friday, October 8, 5-9PM

    RSVP HERE

    Join us for re the opening reception of Monolith at Red Bull Arts Detroit on Friday, October 8th from 5 – 9PM. Artists and curators will be present, and refreshments will be provided.

    Self-Possession Ritual | Thursday, October 28th, 9pm

    RSVP HERE

    Jex Blackmore will lead a “self-possession” ritual meditation focused on healing our sexual bodies, honing sensuality, and liberating the physical from the political. Participants will enter a space of communal psychic pleasure and reflection and leave with a guide for solo practice.

    A Cathartic Exercise in Rage – White Fragility, Black Humanity, Red Room | Thursday, November 4th, 6pm

    RSVP HERE

    A Cathartic Exercise in Rage is a durational participatory performance that invites self-identified persons of African descent to revel in the catharsis of the expression of our rage. This one night only event is intended for Black folks to come and exercise our rage as a ritual in a safe space. The exercise will be followed by libations and conversation about black life in rage.

    //Exhibition Highlights\\

    Lauren Williams | Making Room for Abolition

    Lauren Williams is an artist-in-residence at the Detroit Justice Center exploring abolitionist imaginaries, realities, and the spaces inbetween. Making Room for Abolition is an installation of a living room that evokes critical conversations around what stands between us and a world without police and prisons. Situated in a domestic space, Making Room draws attention to our home’s most quotidien objects and sounds and acknowledges how our homes and belongings reflect the world outside, especially in a city so deeply shaped by over-policing and carceral politics as Detroit. This experience is a provocation, not a vision, intending to posit possible futures; hint at how abolition demands that we evolve through time; and pose questions about an abolitionist world through the lens of a home.

    Jova Lynne | Hopes Garden

    Jova Lynne presents Hopes Garden, an installation inspired by Alice Walker’s womanist prose collection, “In Search of Our Mothers Garden.” Rooted in the artistic cannon of Camp, Hopes Garden invites viewers into the artist’s family album. Through found imagery and archival research, Lynne shares her experience of the opaque nature of navigating memory, loss, and grief in honor of her late mother-Hope. Presenting photography, video and large scale objects that subvert the traditional material forms of steel, porcelain and plastic, Hopes Garden is a tactile experience that explores the Black Mother as muse–while ruminating on the possibility of life after Hope.

    Jex Blackmore | Sin is in the Blood

    Jex Blackmore presents a series of installations which center on intimate confessions of the politicized sexual body. This series will include her endurance film, Mandatory twenty-four hours (minimum) in a hotel room (2020), which provides an interior examination of punishment imposed on pregnant bodies seeking reproductive healthcare. The film will be accompanied by a series of large scale sculptures, photographs, and literature exploring the relationship between persistent theocratic power and the policing of sexuality as a means of social and psychic control.

    Maggie Nguyen | Sympath

    Maggie Nguyen explores the relationship between technology and human emotion through sound in her interactive experience-driven installation. Through Sympath, the use of sentiment analysis technology and microcomputing, Nguyen has created a code and instrument that generates music and environmental effects based on the sentiment of the user’s submitted text. The code assigns each word a positive or negative value, generating drone sounds and light temperatures of different intensities based on the average score of positive and negative words used, allowing the user to create music from their written thought.

In celebration of its affection for Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community, Red Bull Arts presents Monolith, a series of site-specific installations created by Detroit-based women and queer artists and practitioners, on view October 8 – November 5, 2021.

Curated by Jes Allie, Monolith explores how four touchstones of our contemporary landscape (incarceration, grief, reproductive rights, and technology) permeate our interior lives. Each of these artists interrogates monolithic forces in everyday existence and encourages us to consider how we work towards cultivating a collective future. Artists Jex Blackmore, Jova Lynne, Maggie Nguyen, and Lauren Williams challenge traditional modes of thinking by creating alternate narratives and perspectives across mediums. Each newly presented project proclaims their creators’ nuanced values, interests, beliefs, and visions for the future. Leveraging Red Bull Arts Detroit’s Eastern Market building for the final time, the installations will be built in response to the unique spaces that have defined the program’s home. Monolith investigates the monumental within the mundane and subverts the singular gaze to celebrate contemporary art in a city run on inspiration and community.

After ten years, Red Bull Arts will close the physical exhibition space and artist residency in Detroit. The program will present a series of digital projects through the end of the year and will continue to partner with community organizations in 2022, including Art Mile, Bulk Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), and Underground Resistance. Over the coming months, the team will donate the space’s equipment and materials to local organizations.

//Public Programs\\

Opening Reception | Friday, October 8, 5-9PM

RSVP HERE

Join us for re the opening reception of Monolith at Red Bull Arts Detroit on Friday, October 8th from 5 – 9PM. Artists and curators will be present, and refreshments will be provided.

Self-Possession Ritual | Thursday, October 28th, 9pm

RSVP HERE

Jex Blackmore will lead a “self-possession” ritual meditation focused on healing our sexual bodies, honing sensuality, and liberating the physical from the political. Participants will enter a space of communal psychic pleasure and reflection and leave with a guide for solo practice.

A Cathartic Exercise in Rage – White Fragility, Black Humanity, Red Room | Thursday, November 4th, 6pm

RSVP HERE

A Cathartic Exercise in Rage is a durational participatory performance that invites self-identified persons of African descent to revel in the catharsis of the expression of our rage. This one night only event is intended for Black folks to come and exercise our rage as a ritual in a safe space. The exercise will be followed by libations and conversation about black life in rage.

//Exhibition Highlights\\

Lauren Williams | Making Room for Abolition

Lauren Williams is an artist-in-residence at the Detroit Justice Center exploring abolitionist imaginaries, realities, and the spaces inbetween. Making Room for Abolition is an installation of a living room that evokes critical conversations around what stands between us and a world without police and prisons. Situated in a domestic space, Making Room draws attention to our home’s most quotidien objects and sounds and acknowledges how our homes and belongings reflect the world outside, especially in a city so deeply shaped by over-policing and carceral politics as Detroit. This experience is a provocation, not a vision, intending to posit possible futures; hint at how abolition demands that we evolve through time; and pose questions about an abolitionist world through the lens of a home.

Jova Lynne | Hopes Garden

Jova Lynne presents Hopes Garden, an installation inspired by Alice Walker’s womanist prose collection, “In Search of Our Mothers Garden.” Rooted in the artistic cannon of Camp, Hopes Garden invites viewers into the artist’s family album. Through found imagery and archival research, Lynne shares her experience of the opaque nature of navigating memory, loss, and grief in honor of her late mother-Hope. Presenting photography, video and large scale objects that subvert the traditional material forms of steel, porcelain and plastic, Hopes Garden is a tactile experience that explores the Black Mother as muse–while ruminating on the possibility of life after Hope.

Jex Blackmore | Sin is in the Blood

Jex Blackmore presents a series of installations which center on intimate confessions of the politicized sexual body. This series will include her endurance film, Mandatory twenty-four hours (minimum) in a hotel room (2020), which provides an interior examination of punishment imposed on pregnant bodies seeking reproductive healthcare. The film will be accompanied by a series of large scale sculptures, photographs, and literature exploring the relationship between persistent theocratic power and the policing of sexuality as a means of social and psychic control.

Maggie Nguyen | Sympath

Maggie Nguyen explores the relationship between technology and human emotion through sound in her interactive experience-driven installation. Through Sympath, the use of sentiment analysis technology and microcomputing, Nguyen has created a code and instrument that generates music and environmental effects based on the sentiment of the user’s submitted text. The code assigns each word a positive or negative value, generating drone sounds and light temperatures of different intensities based on the average score of positive and negative words used, allowing the user to create music from their written thought.