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Matt Buss/Detroit Circus
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Enter your DAMNED statement below. Please note that only text is allowed (no HTML). We prefer that your statement relates to your views of and/or experiences with being a part of DAMNED. Feel free to share any thoughts of attending the DAMNED events, the DAMNED friendships you may have created and and/or how DAMNED may have affected you as an artist.

Being part of DAMNED has been one of the creative highpoints of my career as a circus performer, and is consistently the most fun event to perform at. Year after year these beautiful freaky folks put together one of Detroit's coolest events, and I feel so blessed to have played a part. Because the Enlightenment, Darkness, and Masquerade evenings each have a unique aesthetic and vibe, they allow performers like myself to explore a much broader creative space than is usually available to us. We get to be creepy, sexy, angry, strange, and anything else we're moved to be. We get to be ourselves... or someone else. We get to collaborate with other artists to create spontaneous performance pieces that only exist for a moment. Luckily someone usually gets a picture. In this aerial piece for the Enlightenment, my aim was to embody geometric ideals, fluid movement in space, and the sublime. Of course performing to Dixon's Violin made it easy to channel the sublime. The art, the music, the spectacle, but more than anything the people, make DAMNED my favorite place to be an artist. Thank you so much to everyone who makes it what it is. Until next year you gorgeous weirdos.


Submit up to 3 images of exhibited artwork below. NOTE: All uploaded images MUST have been exhibited at DAMNED.

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Photo by Chris Switzer
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Image 2
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Photo by Ed Ballots
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Photo by Christopher Moeller
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