Dig Deeper In Detroit: Inspiring Events During Movement

Movement is upon us. Detroit is near. Not only does that mean exploring stages within Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, but also a domino of parties in between. A full list of the Movement Afterparties can be found here. However, there are also some other inspiring happenings throughout the next several days that explore more facets of techno’s art and culture in different formats. Here’s a little guide to some of the events, in case you want to take a peak into something different this Memorial Weekend.

Wednesday, May 25




✦ 313ONELOVE Book Release
6–8 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201)
Free ($5 suggested donation) | Facebook event page
Just before the festival begins, Berlin-based photographer Marie Staggat will celebrate her book release of 313ONELOVE which has been deemed “an extensive picture love letter to Detroit’s influential electronic music scene.” In her book she uses 170+ photos to capture the historical significance of Detroit’s house and techno scene. She shot close-up portraits of the DJs and producers to depict their tools of creative output.


Marie Staggat


Thursday, May 26th


Alan Oldham


Return to the Future: Art of Techno Gallery Pop Up
Noon–8 p.m.
Apothecarium (5101 Trumbull St., Detroit, 48208)
Free | 18+ | Facebook event page
Ever been curious about the visual side of techno? This event will showcase artwork from Alan Oldham [DJ T-1000] and Abdul Haqq. At the opening reception on Thursday, there will be an opportunity to meet the artists. They will discuss being a part of the birth of Detroit’s techno, including their involvement with Underground Resistance. An opening Movement Reception will take place on Friday, May 27 from 7 p.m.–midnight with artist interviews by Carleton Gholz from the Detroit Sound Conservancy. On Saturday, May 28 the gallery will be open from 2–8 p.m. and on Sunday there will be a BBQ from 4-7 p.m. Comics, prints, and paintings will be for sale. Presented by Oldham Industries, Pure Comics, and Pure Sonik.

Friday, May 27


Plastic Dreams: The Forgotten Future of the Vinyl Format
2–4 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201)
Free ($5 suggested donation) | Facebook event page
Join this panel discussion that will explore the resurgence of vinyl and the impact this output has had on the music industry, especially on a local level. Panelists will include Kai Alce (Owner, NDATL Music), Anna Atanassova (Owner, Paramita Sound), Dave Buick (Vinyl Release Specialist, Third Man Records), Andy Garcia (Archer Record Pressing), and Mark Sandford (FIT Distribution).

Carl Craig In Conversation
7–9 p.m.
The Underground at Detroit Institute of Music Education (1265 Griswold St., Detroit, 48226)
Free | Website event info
Detroit legend Carl Craig will be hosting a free masterclass at the Detroit Institute of Music Education. This event will be open to the public, so get there early to save a seat. Learn more about DIME at www.dime-detroit.com.

Saturday, May 28


Girls Gone Vinyl


Girls Gone Vinyl 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser
11 a.m.–8 p.m.
MIX Bricktown (641 Beaubien St., Detroit, 48226)
$10 | Facebook event page
You won’t find this event on the official list of Movement afterparties however it’s one you may be interested to add to your list. Girls Gone Vinyl will be an official project party which will raise funds to send young women to DJ school at the Music Industry Academy. Additionally, Girls Gone Vinyl is working on educating others about the true story of women in DJ culture around the world. Lineup will include Alison SwingNicole Jaatoul (Choice), Adia, SchmadiaMarissa GuzmanDJ HolographicSuperDrePilar, CoteKora Noir. The event will also host the young lady they sent to DJ school this year, Jada Tabbs aka DJ 007.

Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson in Conversation
2–5 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201)
$5 (free for members) | Facebook event page
Juan Atkins, Derrick May (MOCAD board member) and Kevin Saunderson are legends to the invention of Detroit techno. The three artists will discuss the music and the culture surrounding it, followed by a Q&A session.

If there is an event that you think should be added to this list, email information to alicia.sequencer@gmail.com.

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