In Choir: A Great Lakes Inquiry

Organized by Metabolic Studio in conjunction with their Voices of Detroit exhibition on view now at MOCAD, the program includes dynamic and inspirational performances by community choral groups, important updates concerning water justice issues from Detroit and Flint based activists, and a participatory musical happening with the Spontaneous Combustion Choir.

As part of Voices of Detroit*, “In Choir: A Great Lakes Inquiry” will call on the power of collective voice by bringing together the Wellspring Chorale, Detroit and Flint activists, as well extending a public invitation to join in solidarity and song to declare water as a human right.

This free, community event will feature frontline water defenders testifying to their experiences surrounding water justice and what’s next. A performance by the Wellspring Chorale will open “In Choir: A Great Lakes Inquiry”, and we will close by inviting the public to join the Spontaneous Combustion Choir where we tune our voices to one another and create a beautiful, instantaneous composition.

The Spontaneous Combustion Choir (SCC) is a practice of improvisational choral singing invented by O-Lan Jones, currently a resident composer at Metabolic Studio. The SCC brings community members with a wide variety of singing experience together to create instant, cohesive, unique-to-the-group a cappella choral music. The content of each improvised song will be inspired by poems and sacred texts that have been submitted by Detroit and Flint activists.

*The Voices of Detroit exhibition at MOCAD concerns Metabolic Studio’s five-year inquiry into the world’s largest fresh water supply—the Great Lakes—and the social justice issues surrounding access to this body of water.

Support for DEPE Space is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Metabolic Studio’s Voices of Detroit exhibition @ MOCAD:

DEPE Space: Voices of Detroit



Mar 10 2018


02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

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