Complex Movements in Dallas: Science, Social Justice, and Multimedia Performance


Imagine walking into a 400 square foot pod to be transported into a sci-fi parable enveloping you with music, projections and a hip-hop laced interactive story experience.  This is just a hint of the flavor of the work from the Detroit based arts collective Complex Movements.  Their touring performance, installation and community workshops, entitled Beware of the Dandelions, is in Dallas for a month long engagement November 19 – December 15, 2015 presented by SMU Ignite/Arts Dallas.  The pod has landed at the Fair Park’s Tower Building 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.

Complex Movements engages communities to expand their strategies for organizing around local and trans-local social justice issues. The collective’s work is inspired by the writings, philosophy and experience of Detroit based activist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), as well as grassroots networks in Detroit.

Check this video of the Complex Movements Collective members describing the immersive lab installation and the connection to social justice movement strategies.

Complex Movements‘ Beware of The Dandelions is a performance-based architectural installation that incorporates music, animation, gaming, projection, science fiction, community stories, workshops, and social justice organizing.

There are a few ways to experience Beware of the Dandelions while in Dallas:


PERFORMANCE MODE: Step into the  post-apocalyptic parable multimedia experience. Check the schedule and reserve your ticket HERE

Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Friday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, November 21, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Sunday, November 22, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Sunday, November 22, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, December 5, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)



INSTALLATION MODE: View the installation of community stories of resistance and participate in the community dialogue.

Susu is honored to host the dialogue on Tuesday November 24 at 6pm.  You are invited to join!

  • Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (hosted by Tisha Crear of SusuEco)
  • Friday, November 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (hosted by Ramon Mejia of SOL/CAIR)
  • Saturday, November 28, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (hosted by Jodi Voice of AIHD/SOL/NICE)




Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75202.

How can neighborhoods grow without displacement? What is the role of arts, media, and storytelling in keeping culture and communities from being erased? At the same time the Bishop Arts district development threatens to displace longtime Oak Cliff community members, residents in Vickery Meadow are facing a lack of tenants rights in their housing complexes. This session will convene members from these and other Dallas neighborhoods, as well as members of Complex Movements from Detroit, to share stories and strategies of how to resist being uprooted while growing the resilience of their communities. Featuring Texas Tenants Union, SusuEco, SOL, Trans.lation, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee, North Texas Dream Team, and more.

More info HERE





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