Motor City’s technological legacy arrives at the Detroit Historical Museum
When the Electronic movement music festival launched in 2000 as part of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), no one knew the impact and legacy that would follow.
Over the course of two decades, the once-free experimental event has grown into a local treasure that draws culture and music lovers from around the world to hear the sound of Detroit in the city where it was born.
“There is a lot to do with the sound of the festival – the excitement of being there and bringing this home to Detroit ”. – Rita Sayegh, curator
With the 2020 edition of the festival canceled due to the coronavirus, her spirit lives on with new exposure to the Detroit Historical Museum in the city’s cultural corridor near Wayne State University.
Listen: Curators of the new electronic music exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum talk about the city’s musical heritage.
“2000/2020: Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the electronic music festival in Detroit » brings together photographs from a variety of perspectives – the sight of the artist, the feeling of being wrapped up in an audience watching the action take place to make clients feel the energy of the Movement festival itself.
“At the Detroit Historical Museum, we tell all the stories ”, says Tracy Irwin, responsible for exhibits and enrichment at the Detroit Historical Society, which manages the museum. “It’s a very strong community story. [Part] like this started in Detroit. We are known for it. We travel the world to represent it and people love this festival. We thought this exhibition was a great time to do it, so that people can experience a little taste of it, even in these difficult times ”.
Irwin produced the exhibit alongside curators Rita Sayegh and Tim Price, who both brought a rich knowledge and personal connection to the festival and the musical genre itself.
Sayegh and Price say the exhibit covers performers and music, but also a wider culture, audience and fan experience, which is amplified by curators calling for festival-goers to be part of the living exhibit by submitting their favorite moments.
“It has a lot to do with the sound of the festival – the excitement of being there and bringing it home to Detroit, ”says Sayegh.
The exhibit is also part of the Detroit Historical Museum’s Outdoor Techno Series that features live concerts DJ sets, food trucks and socially distanced dance. One of the events is scheduled for saturday 10 october and is free and open to the public. DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale is programmed to perform.
A collection of programming that coincides with the exhibition will run throughout next year until the 2021 edition of the Movement electronic music festival tentatively scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
As reluctance persists to enter the spaces in the event of a pandemic, Irwin says the Detroit Historical Museum conservation team has taken the necessary steps to ensure a safe and health-conscious visit, adding that “everyone was gracious in wearing his masks and respecting others. people space.
“We really discussed whether we should do it now or wait until the festival returns next year, but now is an important moment,“Irwin says,” The legacy of music in Detroit and with this festival it’s really about bringing people together – even if it’s with 100 people throughout the day. It makes you feel alive.