DEPE SPACE Artists in Residence
Sept. 7-20 2012
Evelyn Funes Davidson and Julia Vallera
In 1964 Dancing in the street (by Martha and the Vandellas) was Detroit-based Motown’s own signature song that was supposed to be an innocent dance single but quickly was adapted as an anthem for social change, often being played while organizing demonstrations. Corporate greed, job displacement, rise in crime and many other factors have left Detroit still in need for social change. Making the unplanned message of Dancing in the street one that still resonates even today.
With this project we created a dialogue as well as provide a much a needed rejoiceful outlet through dance and music and gathered people in a city so spread out. The project took place for three weeks on the streets of Detroit, MI.
In August 2012 Evelyn and I put out a call for musicians to remix the original 1960’s Dancing in the street and we found a talented group of hip hop artists that are also dedicated activists in the Detroit area. With a few of our guidelines, Booker Snow, Minister Blak and MC Goodson made a track that samples the original song while incorporating their own lyrics. For two weeks in September, we will bring the re-mix version of “Dancin’ in the streets” and visit different neighborhoods where we will create impromptu, colorful dance floors. As we interact with people and explain the project, we invite them to participate by dancing, talk about their vision of social change or write a message directly on the dance floor. All interactions will the public will be documented through video and photos and all participants will receive a Dancin’ in the street T-shirt and invite for all MOCAD Depe Space events. At each location we will leave dance floors as remnants of our interactions and passerby’s will be able to read messages that participants wrote and follow the Dancin’ in the street blog.
Depe Space Transformation
Gradually we transformed the DEPE Space Lab by displaying a map of all our dance interactions/dialogues, video footage and photographs from these outings and any other artifacts that supported the project. At the Depe Space at Mocad you were able to listen to the original Dancing in the street song and the new re-mix by our musical collaborators.