We believe that the continued progress of Detroit may be augmented through the exhibition of the region’s exemplary creative talent on the global stage. The CAMP (Community Arts Moving Projects) program aims to facilitate this by giving Detroit artists, makers and thinkers the opportunity to create beautiful and inspired projects that will be displayed at Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival before they are relocated into our neighborhoods.
We are challenging creators to make pieces that will reflect the heart and future of Detroit while taking advantage of the unique resources available to the city.
It is with great excitement that we announce CAMP 2014, our 5th year in operation!
Like the previous year, we have teamed up with Opportunity Detroit in a big way to provide support to the CAMP crew leading up to Movement. This, following Movement, the CAMP artwork will be re-installed in various locations around downtown Detroit through Labor Day! Whooooop whoop!
Diligent observers may have noticed that we forwent the open call for entries this year. This was in response to a condensed project timeframe, and should not be taken as a wholesale shift in the program’s commitment to Detroit’s artistic community at large. We plan to bring the open call back with more excitement and hoopla in the 2015 season. If you wish to be involved in CAMP in any capacity please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMP always has and will be an experiment in creating monumental works of art in the constantly changing and shifting environment that is Detroit. It’s always been a challenge to stay flexible, expect the unexpected, and be ready for whatever may come our way. As a result, we have been lucky enough to work with some of the most hard-working and talented artists, engineers, architects, producers, and movers and shakers in the city of Detroit— if not the world. The people who surround us inspire us to keep moving, to keep working towards respect among communities, and to keep fighting for a better life for artists. Our combination of grit, passion, and tenacity— along with a bit of old fashioned love and mentorship from some dear friends— has brought us to a very, very good place and we are forever grateful to everyone who has participated in and supported the CAMP program.
Here’s to a spectacular 2014 Season with many more years to come. We will announce this years selected projects with-in the week!
The Good-Time Floral-Bloom Spatial-Equalizer Canopy a viscerally engaging, audio-responsive light and color sculpture dazzled at movement. As long as gates were open crowds surrounded the piece filling the circle with incredible break dancing. The LEDs at the top of each mylar cone, controlled by Arduinos, reacted to the music coming from the underground stage creating an all encompassing experience.
This year CAMP and the Detroit Techno Foundation gave kids from the Mount Elliot Maker Space (Mems) and the 5 Elements Gallery a backstage tour of the festival! Mems leader, Jeff Sturges, and DTF Executive Director/Main stage manager Tom Newman explained how the various speakers, amps, and lights worked in addition to the power the rigs draw, how the sound is mixed and how the stages are constructed. The kids even got a chance to catch up and chat with our canopy team, learning about the important role Arduino’s played in their sound reactive piece. CAMP is super pumped to help inspire the next generation of makers and hope that in the future we can work with this talented group on a collaboration!
Phew, thanks for hanging in there while got a little rest this past week! Movement was just so much awesome. I think by now the whole crew are feeling good and ready to make some awesome things happen at Orion! Whoop WHoop!