Tyree Guyton, artist and founder of the internationally acclaimed Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI www.heidelberg.org) and Jenenne Whitfield, executive director, have elected to partner on a dynamic project for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale, Re-Living the City, called Power to the People, an installation designed to expand the imagination of creativity.
The philosophy behind Power to the People is to explore the idea of empowering citizens to think creatively about what is possible for themselves and consequently their immediate environment. Ultimately Guyton’s method of using art and creativity is employed as a catalyst to raise the level of consciousness and recharge the human spirit.
The project will consist of having a frame of a house constructed out of repurposed or recycled wood that will span approximately 24 feet height X 20 Feet width X 20 length. The house installation will feature a roof that is turned asymmetric so as to present a structure off balance (see example figure A).
Example Figure A
They requestedthe UABB to have the framed structure constructed prior to their arriving in Shenzhen. The structure should be created from repurposed or reused wood, if at all possible. Once the house installation is constructed, the exterior will be transformed using select materials of various forms. Some of these materials will be shipped from Detroit and some will be found in Shenzhen. (see example figure B)
Example Figure B
It has not yet been determined how the inside of the installation will function or if indeed it will serve a function. Part of their work process is to allow the creative process to unfold in an organic way and to be open to incorporate the unexpected including the culture of Shenzhen. They look forward to the opportunity to see and feel the space, the community of artists and the residents in Shenzhen.
About the Heidelberg Project in Detroit: Recognized as one of the most powerful art environments in the world, the HP is a non-profit community arts organization. It is located in an urban area of one of Detroit’s most challenged neighborhoods. From its humble beginnings in 1986, the Heidelberg Project has grown to international prominence anchoring work in: reinvention and revitalization of urban spaces (e.g. cities), local literacies and geographies of urban neighborhoods, politics of creativity, urban renewal and education, urban ecology, environmental justice through public art, “Imagineering” New Communities and Neighborhoods and Art as Medicine for Communities.
The Heidelberg Project is a game changing invention in the 21 st century. It has brought diverse people together, sparking creative imagination and positive action. Today the Heidelberg Project is recognized as an international Detroit Landmark.