The city is constantly telling us what to do, what to think, and how to act. Using explicit visual language, a multiplicity of billboards, signs, images and symbols invade our public spaces in order to tell us something. YOUR TEXT HERE by Marcos Zotes in Detroit was a project that challenged these ideals, giving the public the opportunity to change their role as receivers to that of the authors by submitting an anonymous text message that is then projected onto the façade of a building.

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YOUR TEXT HERE was part of the inaugural DLECTRICTY, an outdoors light art festival in Detroit last October. The statements were projected onto a large heat production plant, transforming it into a giant illuminated billboard that reflected the thoughts of those in the city. During two nights, thousands gathered in the street as a community, where they publicly shared their feelings, identities, secrets, criticism, wisdom, support, advice, and frustrations – more than 1,000 anonymous text messages were displayed with each message projected for about 10 to 20 seconds on a loop.

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