The Slideshow Series: ‘God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines’, with Kristian Hill and Jennifer Washington - Red Bull Arts Detroit

The Slideshow Series: ‘God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines’, with Kristian Hill and Jennifer Washington

May 21st, 7-9PM

The new documentary ‘God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines’ follows the groundbreaking Detroit artists who invented Techno, and tracks the socio-economic, cultural, political, personal, and racial dynamics that have impacted and been impacted by the music for the last 30 years. For more than seven years, the filmmakers have been following some of Techno’s pioneers and documenting their history and the history of the music. In a presentation of images and a preview of the work-in-progress film, the film’s Director and Executive Producer will discuss how their project came to be and what they’ve learned through the process of documenting and preserving this history. The Slideshow is intended as an opening for a dialogue and they invite the artists, DJ’s, and community members who created the sound and who champion and forward it today to attend and participate in the conversation.

About the Red Bull Arts Slideshow Series

‘Red Bull Arts Slideshows’ is a programming series between Red Bull Arts Detroit and New York that invites artists, curators, community activists, technologists, scholars, musicians and others, to present an area of interest or expertise.

Employing the customary format of the slideshow as an educational tool to share ideas with an audience, we ask each participant to re-think how they can best engage the public on a topic of importance to them, and to consider how the shape of that presentation has the potential to ignite dialogue.
Slideshows are intimate in nature and take the form of either experimental or straightforward events, including performative lectures, expanded research, poetry readings, sound performances and more.

Past Slideshows include The Temporal Disruptors with Black Quantum Futurism, Downtown ’81: In Memory of Glenn O’ Brien with Kenneth Goldsmith, Alpha’s Bet with Steffani Jemison, and It’s your Death with Charlie Ahearn.

A note on accessing the space:

Because of ongoing construction at our building, stair-less access is currently located on the side of the building facing Orleans St. To access, please ask the gallery attendant at the door on Winder St., email Dino Valdez at, or call 248.238.2651. We apologize for this inconvenience and are able to accommodate stair-less access for planned and unplanned visits by any of the methods mentioned above.

About Red Bull Arts Detroit:

Red Bull Arts Detroit is an experimental, non-commercial arts space offering an artist residency, curatorial and writing fellowships, and local micro-grants. With physical locations in New York and Detroit, Red Bull Arts focuses on extending the boundaries of exhibition making; supporting the production of new work by emerging and established artists; participating in and responding to the needs of local arts communities; and contributing to ongoing dialogue around contemporary issues and thought. The organization is dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of the arts.