In the rare grassland ecoystems of America, an unlikely duo stalks the prairie dog towns. North American badgers (Taxidea taxus) work with coyotes (Canis latrans) to hunt rodents who nestle below ground in a complex system of burrows that makes them tricky prey to hunt. Driven by a stressful physical environment and complementary predatory strategies, this carnivorous team creates a formidable hunting presence. Coyotes chase the rodents above ground until they scamper into their burrows, at which point badgers claw their way through and end the chase. Meanwhile, a badger’s failure to catch its prey below ground benefits the swift coyote, who thrives in the expansive plains. Together they become an efficient hunting pair with more gain than if they had attempted to hunt solo.
Intra- and inter- species partnerships are everywhere.
Origins & Endings: Experiments in Collaboration explores what happens when human strangers (Homo sapiens) form collectives and produce new works of art.
Saturday // May 11, 2013 // 8PM – 12AM
The Jam Handy Building // 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202
Earlier this year we selected thirteen artists to participate in our latest project, Origins & Endings: Experiments in Collaboration. The event will kick-off CR’s annual fundraising effort and will showcase the work of an incredibly diverse group of creatives. By luck of the draw we placed the participants into four collectives and commissioned them to create a visual installation and a corresponding performance piece. I have had the pleasure of connecting with each of these collectives recently and I am thrilled with their concepts and progress - more on who these artists are and what they have been up to soon!
lo•ca•tion // noun
- A particular place or position.
- An actual place or natural setting in which a film or broadcast is made, as distinct from a simulation in a studio.
JAM HANDY: A perfect combination of Detroit history and creative energy.
We are excited to announce the Jam Handy as our venue for Origins & Endings. Once a film production studio, this massive building plays host to many arts and culture events in Detroit including, Detroit Soup and productions from new CR client The Hinterlands. The building is named after Henry Jamison ‘Jam’ Handy, 1904 Olympic Medalist, filmmaker, and prankster (his wiki reveals a spicy disruption during his time as an undergrad at The U of M). One of his better known films created at the studio, Detroit: City on The Move (1965), was a promotional film made for the City of Detroit, an unsuccessful bidder for the Olympic Games. With views of city highways, automobile manufacturing, a diverse population, and social activities, all shot prior to the city’s economic decline.
Now owned and operated by Simeon Heyer, Jam Handy presents Detroit with another deconstructed playground for the arts. We look forward to opening the doors to you this May.
Jam Handy hard at work.