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?