In Retrospect - A Requiem for Douglass (Excerpt)
A Requiem for Douglass is a ritual comprised of many rituals. In Retrospect: A Requiem for Douglass, is a compilation of the rituals created and performed before, during and after the demolition of the Douglass Towers in Detroit, MI. A Requiem for Douglass premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in April 2015 as an interactive video and sculpture installation where participants were invited to take a brick from the remains of the Douglass Towers. The ritual of removing a brick - from a structure built of salvaged bricks from the, and in the shape of the, Douglass Towers - activated three channels of video projection. The projected videos comprised of seven different rituals commissioned and performed onsite during the preparation for demolition. The Douglass Towers were a part of the Brewster Douglass housing projects (the first public housing for low-income residents in America).