UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Alum Will Martin is working with the Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation (MODCaR), a non-profit research organization currently based in Detroit, is interested in the representation of urban conditions, and in analyzing the role of visual media in its effects on cities’ form, identity and culture. To that end, we’ve launched a new initiative. It’s called Imaging Detroit. Equal parts film festival and pop-up agora, it will be a two-day event, September 21 & 22, 2012 that aims to bring together the most compelling contemporary representations of a city whose image often precedes it.
The event – on Detroit and in Detroit – will consist of a full breath exploration of Detroit’s local and global image, illustrated by the continuous (and sometimes parallel) screenings of every documentary made on Detroit over the past decade. This is a call to join us: artists, filmmakers, videographers, photographers, new media artists welcome. Proposals are due August 3rd. Final submissions will be given on September 1st.
The screenings and exhibition will be interspersed with conversations between urban specialists, filmmakers, Detroiters, economists, policy makers, activists, and other expert DJ’s (Discourse Jockeys). We aim to construct a framework where public debate and speculation on the power of image-making may be projected toward the production of a new urban imaginary.
The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Cultural and Representation is a nomadic research organization predicated on the idea that urban experience is conditioned by images. We study how images of cities are produced, diffused, and perceived. We understand that image-making patterns are unstable, semantically charged, and that the representation of place may precede or surpass aspirations toward authoritative transcription. Our charge is to explore visual narratives at the national and international scale and to render explicit the complex relationship between experience, the constructed image, meaning and the public. For more details please visit us at http://www.modcar.org.