Detroit Techno Producer Carl Craig Discusses His Latest Art Installation

The legendary Detroit musician explains the creation process for “Party/After Party” at DIA Beacon in New York.

Last year, DIA Beacon, a contemporary art museum in New York, commissioned legendary Detroit techno producer Carl Craig to create a massive sound installation in the museum’s basement. The new work, called Party/After Party, is a sonic environment that is anchored to the museum’s history as a former Nabisco packaging factory, recalling a Detroit techno tradition of reclaiming industrial spaces for radical experimentation. Deeply personal, the work accesses both the euphoria of the club environment and the loneliness that follows the collective experience.

Craig wanted to create a space that represents his experiences performing over the course of his 30 year career. “The vibe of how the room is — it is a composite of the clubs and the warehouses and the festival and all these things that I’ve been so fortunate to DJ at,” he says.

Party/After Party will be on display through July 25.


Listen: Carl Craig discusses the creation process for Party/After Party.


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  • Sam Beaubien

    Sam Beaubien is a musician, composer, producer, and educator in Detroit. He is also the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions.