Hey Detroit – You Should Listen When Broken City Lab Talks to You


In September to November 2009, people in Detroit, MI and Winsor, Ontario will be seeing messages like this projected in the night sky:


Broken City Lab – a “creative research group” – will be shining these kinds of messages on the CIBC building for all of Detroit to see.  Broken City Lab is from Windosr, a city that is also bearing the brunt of the really excellent business dealings of the “big three” auto giants.  BCL uses art as a means to “tactically disrupt and engage the city, its communities, and its infrastructures to reimagine the potential for action in the collapsing post-industrial city.”

Broken City Lab calls this project “Cross Border Communication:”

Cross-Border Communication an interventionist performance series based on the desperate need to communicate with Detroit, Michigan from Windsor, Ontario.

Using a 6000 lumens projector, Broken City Lab will transmit a message to Detroit once a week for 45 minutes from September to November 2009. Each week will feature a different message that we write and project onto the CIBC building, located at Ouellette Avenue & Riverside Drive in Windsor and clearly visible from downtown Detroit.

I think this is a pretty great idea beyond its artistic implications. Isn’t it a shame though that people have to communicate with the “forces that be” in this way?

Thanks, PSFK!

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