I hope that readers of Absolute Michigan regularly tune into Model D and its other regional publications Metromode (SE Michigan), Rapid Growth (Grand Rapids), Capital Gains (Lansing) and the latest Concentrate (Ann Arbor). They’re really excellent publications that are chronicling the rebirth and re-invention of Michigan in a way that few other media sources do.
The latest issue includes UFOs Land in Detroit: Art Scene May Never Be the Same. It’s the story of UFO Factory, which has its HQ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
A three-person outfit who’s M.O. is simply, “to do cool stuff,” the UFO Factory supports art for art’s sake, not for profit or PR. Take their installation currently holding court over at MOCAD’s “Considering Detroit” exhibition. With nothing more than cardboard walls, silver paint, and a disco ball, they’ve created a space where art is free to hang outâ€”and play nice with others.
“UFO Factory is like the adult Zoot’s,” says Dion Fischer, one third of UFO. He’s referring to the days of the old coffee house on Second where he met his other two partners in crime. “It wasn’t about the moneymaking,” he says. “It was more about the glory of art in the ’90s.”
Here’s the Zoot’s Coffee group on MySpace.