Friends of Modern
& Contemporary Art

Donald Sultan: Oranges on a Branch March 14, 1992

Memory Cloud: Detroit

Friday, Sept. 30th
Saturday Oct. 1st
Sunday, Oct. 2nd
8:00 p.m. each night
DIA Woodward Entrance

For three nights the sky above Woodward Avenue will be filled with bellows of smoke and light as the artist studio Minimaforms will transform the Detroit Institute of Art into a transient light environment enlivened by text conversations. This illumination will appear as "virtual ink"communicating messages collected from Detroit residents. The ephemeral clouds will act as smoke signals, each cloud carrying a unique message and story. Memory Cloud: Detroit is a platform that offers the people of Detroit an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the city.


This interactive space will animate the DIA Woodward Entrance with stories collected from the public. During the two weeks leading up to the event, messages consisting of memories, stories and personal aspirations for the city of Detroit will be collected and archived on-line at Each individual expression will be part of a continuous story about the city, a narrative written by participants over the duration of the project transforming the steps of the DIA into a dynamic space for communication. Audience members will also be able to contribute messages via text-message during the performance each night. These collected text messages will be added to the Voice of Detroit archive, becoming part of an evolving diary and a voice that will speak of Detroit’s past, Detroit’s present and Detroit’s future.


On September 24, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will host a haiku workshop lead by poet Terry Blackhawk, founding director of Inside Out Literary Project. For further information go to


Minimaforms, an experimental architecture and design studio founded by Theodore and Stephen Spyropoulos, has staged performances around the world. Their work appears in collections at the FRAC Center (France), the Signum Foundation (Poland) and the Archigram Archive (The United Kingdom). Currently, their work is also on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their exhibition “Talk to Me,” concerning design and communication.


This event is sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts, funded by the Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman Fund and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, in cooperation with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Kunsthalle Detroit.
photo credit: Memory Cloud: Trafalgar Square, London 2008 by Jiinyi Hwang