The P-Funk inspired Mothership is a mobile DJ booth and broadcast module launched in Detroit’s historic North End. Channeling the Afrofuturist sensibility and playfulness of the legendary funk emblem, the Mothership was designed to activate underused architectures and landscapes. It also operates as an urban icon and media tool, making a case for Detroit's locally rooted cultural narratives.


Detroit, Michigan, 2014


Project Leads: Anya Sirota, Jean Louis Farges


Design Team: Andrew Kremers, Ian Donaldson, Peter Halquist


Fabrication Lead: Dustin Brugmann


Production Team: Eric Harman, Eric Howard, Ryan Mason, Annelise Heeringa, Matthew Story, Sydney Brown


Animation: YT Oh, DJ Los (original soundtrack)


Awards: SXSW Eco Place by Design Award, Art + Interaction, 2015


This project was made possible by a grant from the Knight Arts Foundation. Additional support provided by Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and the University of Michigan.