Total Detroit

Total Detroit
My teenage years were spent in Detroit. A city in continual decline. One that refuses to lose itself to those who fetishize its ruins. It’s been 10 years since my return. I do it carefully. Can I speak for this place where I no longer live? Yes. And I’m taking you with me.

“[Detroit] belongs to those who have memories of it, and make memories in it.” -Liz, a Detroit resident, New York Times, Aug. 4, 2010.

I invite you to walk with me in Detroit. We’ll start in New York and hop on a plane to the Motor City. I’ve got some shit to work out--you too? Pack your baggage. We'll come back with less.

For 3 days and 2 nights, we’ll sculpt, listen, light and sing. We’ll give ourselves to decay and possibility through techniques derived from cultural anthropology, performance art and experimental theater. We will make monuments with our bodies in response to public spaces; project words on to abandoned buildings to give them voices; volunteer at an urban farm to feed the hungry; and cleanse one another with the help of Tanaka Min ritualistic practices.

Caretaker: Tracy Hazas

Airfare, accommodations and van transportation are included in the price of this walk.

This walk holds 8 people and has been generously subsidized by anonymous donors. "Total Detroit" is sold out but please attend "Mass".

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Hillary Miller interviews Niegel Smith and Todd Shalom about "Total Detroit" for the academic journal, Radical History Review Fall 2012

Special Thanks: Alex Gutierrez; Robert Morgan; Danya Abt; Melanie & Miles Faison; Shane Bernardo; Alison Lewis; Dan Seybold; Eric McGill; Jedd Flanscha; Rebecca Hart; Shannon Ferrante and Andrew Moore.

During "Total Detroit", at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 6th, Niegel Smith will present "Mass", a participatory sculpture for the Detroit public.

All ages.
Starting at MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
Duration: 90 mins. White clothing is encouraged.