Free City 2015: Being Here

July 3, 6 pm-12 am; July 4, 2 pm-12 am

FRIDAY: Spring Grove (2nd St. at Ann Arbor St.); SATURDAY: Chevy Commons (Stevenson St. between University Ave. and Kearsley St.)

The third annual Free City festival takes place on July 3rd during Flint’s Independence Day fireworks through July 4 during commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. Free City 2015: Being Here draws attention to the affects of media on consciousness, at times commenting on our dislocation from physical places, at others seeking transcendent connections by means of chips and wireless devices.

Being Here features projects by Emily Puthoff (Kingston, NY; Wayfinding Series, traveling film series), Garret Linn (New York; minimalist sound wave installation), Eric Barry Drasin (New Jersey; audio-visual performance), Paige Barnett (Detroit; Inside Out Project, large-scale photo installation), Peter Pawlicki (Sterling Heights; meditative labyrinth), FIG Projects (Montreal; Dial-a-City telecommunications performance), Melisa Morgan (Detroit; #POINTBEING social media performance), Kriss Gaynes (Detroit; video and live performance), Gregory Hatch (Columbus, OH; Are You a Pink Collar Worker?, textile performance), and musical performances by DJ Vintage Future, MOG, Apollo’s Din, Handwringer, and Saturday Night Gypsies curated by Jay Rowland and Ariel Sammone.

When & Where:
July 3: 6 pm – midnight; Spring Grove, 2nd Street between Ann Arbor and Hall Street
July 4: 2 pm – midnight; Chevy Commons, Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley, Flint, Michigan

Free City is a large‐scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint‐Chevy manufacturing site along the Flint River for public use. The festival features dozens of music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, and hands‐on workshops – all free and open to the public – to reconnect residents to the Chevy Commons site and its future potential. A critical mass of temporary activities turns the abandoned industrial property into an active public space, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon