Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective supporting the transformation of communities by exploring the connections of complex science and social justice movements through multimedia interactive performance work. Our work intersects projections, animations, hip hop and techno music, and community organizing to create mutlimodal performance installations. In addition to touring and performing, we have produced award-winning videos including Locusts, exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit, and The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop.
Wesley Taylor, graphic designer, fine artist, musician and curator. Taylor has a graduate degree in 2-D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches design at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. Taylor’s most recent body of work revolves around the promise of the future. He is co-founder of Emergence Media, along with Invincible.
ill Invincible Weaver, lyricist, organizer, and filmmaker. Weaver is an internationally recognized lyricist who released Complex Movements’ debut album ShapeShifters in 2008. Invincible has worked for more than 20 years with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective that transforms communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity, and collective action.
Waajeed, music producer, sound designer, and filmmaker. Under the tutelage of electronic heroes of Detroit techno, Waajeed found his calling card in hip-hop. Along with luminaries like J Dilla and Slum Village, he pioneered a distinct sound which continues to inform a generation of beat-builders worldwide. He runs both Bling47 and DIRT TECH RECK labels, and has released dozens of critically acclaimed videos and records.
Carlos "L05" Garcia, multimedia artist and performer. As Complex Movement's lead technologist, Carlos brings experience in computer programming, projection, audio and video production, interactive performance technologies. Carlos is a member of the hip hop/electronic duo "Celsius Electronics" and has performed and recorded with Michigan-based and national acts. Carlos Garcia supervises the GroundWorks Media Lab at the University of Michigan.
Sage Crump, creative producer and culture strategist. Sage seeks to expand and deepen the work of artists and arts organizations in social justice organizing. Based in New Orleans but working nationally, Sage’s work amplifies the intentions of her collaborators to create new strategies that intersect art, culture, community organizing and movement building to dismantle systems of oppression. Sage Crump manages Leveraging A Network for Equity for the National Performance Network/ Visual Arts Network. She also produces work with artists, such as Complex Movements and sits on the boards of Women of Color in the Arts, Art2Action, Center for Media Justice, and Alternate ROOTS.
We also collaborate closely with architect and fine artist Aaron Jones.