REQUIEM FOR DETROIT
RIDE IT SCULPTURE PARK, TONY MIORANA
Julien Temple, 2010 (76min)
Aaron Chilen for Power House production, 2012 (6min)
When the filmmaker Roger Graef approached me last year to make a film about the rise and fall of Detroit I had very few preconceptions about the place. Like everyone else, I knew it as the Motor City, one of the great epicentres of 20th-century music, and home of the American automobile. Only when I arrived in the city itself did the full-frontal cultural car crash that is 21st century Detroit became blindingly apparent. Leaving behind the gift shops of the “Big Three” car manufacturers, the Motown merchandise and the bizarre ejaculating fountains of the now-notorious international airport, things become stranger and stranger. The drive along eerily empty ghost freeways into the ruins of inner-city Detroit is an Alice-like journey into a severely dystopian future. Passing the giant rubber tire that dwarfs the nonexistent traffic in ironic testament to the busted hubris of Motown’s auto-makers, the city’s ripped backside begins to glide past outside the windows.
Tony Miorana talks about building DIY parks and coming to Detroit to start the Ride it Sculpture Park Skate extravaganza in the Power House Productions neighborhood.
SEE IT THROUGH Melodie McDaniel, 2011 (1min) Chrysler Ad, text by Detroit poet Edgar Albert Guest.
Published on Sep 15, 2012