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Stephen Hobbs

Defensive Architecture

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
6:00 pm


In-person Event

Detroit Film Theater


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Open to the public
Free of charge
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Special Event: Tuesday, September 22 at 6 pm, Detroit Film Theater
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

South African artist Stephen Hobbs uses video, installation, photography, sculpture and curated projects to examine the precarious state of cities undergoing radical physical change. His particular focus is Johannesburg’s architecture and the impact of defensive urban planning on the behavioral aspects of the city and its society. Hobbs’ interest in the politics of town planning and urban design also encompasses the optical and psychological effects of camouflage, as well as the historical role visual design has played in creating deception in the battlefield. His recent projects include an investigation of the historical findings surrounding the spatial planning of WWI and WWII military installations on the continent of Africa and abroad.

Stephen Hobbs at Salt and Cedar Letterpress, Eastern Market After Dark

After presenting his work at the DFT as a part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm, South African artist and urbanist Stephen Hobbs will take part in Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, September 24, from 7 — 11 pm. At the event, Hobbs will produce a suite of three prints in collaboration with Salt & Cedar Letterpress.

Prints coming off the press during Eastern Market After Dark will be available for purchase.
Leon Johnson will offer South African street food for purchase.

Stephen Hobbs at Salt and Cedar Letterpress
Salt & Cedar Letterpress — 2448 Riopelle Street
Thursday, September 24, 7 — 11 pm

In partnership with the Detroit Design Festival with support from Salt & Cedar Letterpress and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).


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