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Voice of the City


A contemporary Vaudeville-inspired performance/installation using local pop cultural and subculture to examining Detroit’s shifting identity in the early 21st Century. After two weeks of live pop-up performances that mixed Motown, the 1970s tv dance show The Scene, new takes on classic Detroit jit, Frank Pahl’s one-man-band, and old jokes with new faces, this gallery in a former department store in downtown Shanghai left became a dressing room for visitors to create their own performance material.

Created by Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Haleem “Stringz” Rasul; Featuring the work of Frank Pahl; Scenic design by Zeb Smith; serious thank you to Tian Mansha

Created for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s entry for the 2012 Shanghai Biennale Detroit Pavilion (Curated by Rebecca Mazzei)

Named one of the Top 5 Pavilions of the 2012 Biennale by BlouinArtinfo.