Berlin, Detroit, and reinvention through “creative industries”: A conversation with Dimitri Hegemann

By Walter Wasacz I first met Dimitri Hegemann last September when we talked over Skype for a feature in XLR8R magazine. The story was about his 22-year-old business called Tresor, a legendary techno label and dance club, which was seeing a resurgence after a few lean years. Two months later we met again in Detroit. He was here introducing himself and his work to Detroiters who did not know what he and other “techno entrepreneurs” had done to help revitalize a city physically torn asunder by Allied bombs in WWII, then fractured and frayed through 45 years of Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 resulted in a decade’s worth of sustained euphoria, inspired by “the New Dance Sound of Detroit.” Hegemann is back in Detroit this week to lead a conference called the Detroit-Berlin Connection happening May 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Get more details about the conference here. We’ve been talking every week for five months. This interview is a product of those conversations. Read the full article here:

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