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Culture Lab Detroit Returns with “The Crisis of Beauty”

Culture Lab Detroit Returns with “The Crisis of Beauty”
Deana Haggag, Hilton Als, Coco Fusco and Mel Chin at Culture Lab Detroit’s 2017 Program Post-Truth
(Courtesy: Culture Lab Detroit)

Featuring forensic architecture, dream hampton, Juliana Huxtable, Amy Sherald, Survival Research Labs, Peter Weller, and Anicka Yi, Culture Lab Detroit returns in 2018 to engage internationally reputed artists, inventors and filmmakers on the theme of “The Crisis of Beauty.”

“It is a new edition of the acclaimed cultural program, which will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism. The theme explores the intricacies of gentrification, gender politics, and unbounded assimilation of technology to offer novel or previously suppressed perspectives,” says the release.

“Detroit has a history of exploring the connections between culture and social progress,” says Jane Schulak, Founder of Culture Lab. “We’re thrilled to bring some of today’s most compelling voices to Detroit to contribute to this vital conversation,” she adds.

Culture Lab Detroit’s two-night discussion series will take place on October 11 and 12, 2018. On October 11, Culture Lab Detroit will host the discussion at The Senate Theater, a historic 800-seat Art Deco theater.  The second dialogue will be hosted on October 12 at The Church of the Messiah, a 142-year-old non-traditional Episcopal church in Detroit’s East Side. These locations speak to the cultural history and vibrancy of Detroit’s diverse neighborhoods.

Earlier Culture Lab Detroit has brought cultural luminaries including Hilton Als, Elizabeth Diller, Coco Fusco, Adam Pendleton, Alice Waters, and many more to Detroit for free public conversations in historic venues, as well as staged public art projects by artists such as Gary Simmons and Matthew Angelo Harrison.

Culture Lab Detroit says, “We use our visionary abilities to imagine, design, and create a better world. Historically, art has been defined by its allegiance to and rebellion from classical ideals of beauty, often in pursuit of mythology, structure, and pleasure. As we navigate an era where virtual reality challenges our concepts of authenticity, artificial intelligence calls into question what it means to be human, political and ecological systems place the body in a state of crisis, and the disavowal of science continues — we have to ask: how is technology shaping the future and what is the role of beauty in those processes?”

“In ‘Seeing and Being Seen’ the allocation of power, formation of communities, and the shape of our individual identities exemplify the unquestionable force of aesthetics. Taking into consideration the potential energy intrinsic to aesthetics of representation, especially as those notions serve to define a set of ‘ideals,’ the artists to a global community of artists, writers, and cultural critics to visualize and redefine modes of recognition and social engagement — to help us see new ways of being in the world,” the release says.

 

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