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Art Agenda

Detroit Roundup
By Rob Goyanes
November 10, 2018
In early October, I went to Detroit for the first time. I was invited on a press trip by Culture Lab Detroit. Positioning itself as a socially conscious arts organization, its annual conference hosts discussions at different sites throughout the city.
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BUST

Juliana Huxtable On Her Genre-Crossing Art, Her "Hibernation" Creative Process, And Instagram Vs. Tumblr
By Erika W. Smith
November, 2018
Juliana Huxtable is wearing blue lipstick, bright pink tights, a plaid miniskirt, and a floral top when she goes onstage at Detroit's Church of the Messiah—a 130-year-old building that's home to a social justice-minded congregation—to speak about "Seeing and Being Seen." She's part of a panel on the subject as part of Culture Lab Detroit; later, she'll end the day with a 1 a.m. DJ set at the nightclub Olympus Hall.
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Artspace

How to Get Away With Stealing Military-Grade Technology: An Interview With Survival Research Labs' Mark Pauline
By Shannon Lee
November 2, 2018
Here, Artspace's Shannon Lee discusses the history of SRL and learns how to get away with stealing military-grade technology with Pauline at Culture Lab Detroit, where Pauline spoke on a panel with Anicka Yi and Eyal Weizman on the Aesthetics of the Future.
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Cool Hunting

ART AS ACTION: FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE PART ACTIVISM, PART RESEARCH AGENCY, PART CREATIVE ENDEAVOR
By Evan Malachosky
October 26, 2018
Forensic Architecture, helmed by Eyal Weizman at Goldsmiths University of London, is an independent research agency working to gather and transfer this archival evidence into architectural renderings and use it in cases against human rights violations and war crimes and in instances where scene recreation is vital to finding the truth.
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BUST

"Detroit Is Not A Blank Canvas": Art And Activism At Culture Lab Detroit 2018
By Erika W. Smith
October 2018
Take it from activist, filmmaker, and writer dream hampton: your conception of Detroit's "rebirth" is probably wrong. "People don't want to talk about race," hampton tells me. "There's this idea that has been given to a whole generation that to talk about race is racism, which is nuts. So they don't want to talk about the idea that a 'rejuvenation' or a 'Renaissance' is couched in this idea that white people are finally moving back to Detroit—spoken or unspoken. Black people have always been here, always been creative, always been creating, and it never stopped."
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Artspace

Culture Lab creates space for dialogue and beauty in Detroit
By Shannon Lee
October 19, 2018
I recently met Ghetto Gastro co-founder Jon Gray in Detroit's historic Church of the Messiah where he was speaking on a panel with performance artist Juliana Huxtable and cultural critic/filmmaker Dream Hampton. Assembled by Culture Lab Detroit, the discussion that night was about representation—"seeing and being seen."
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Curbed

Culture Lab creates space for dialogue and beauty in Detroit
By Christine Hildebrand
October 17, 2018
What is beauty, how do we define it, and how does art alter—or enhance—our perception of what beauty is? In addition to being ethereal questions to answers, all three were posed to a diverse, well-articulated panel during Culture Lab Detroit’s most recent duo of dialogues.
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Cool Hunting

THE PULSE OF THE CITY: CULTURE LAB DETROIT 2018
By Evan Malachosky
October 16, 2018
This past week signaled the onset of Culture Lab Detroit—the annual series of events that magnify the pulse of the city. Organized by Jane Schulak, the organization’s director, and led by community-engagement specialists Ingrid LaFleur (former mayoral candidate and current artist and activist) and Bryce Detroit (entertainment justice activist and founder of Detroit Recordings Company), guests–including life-long Detroiters, visitors, artists, musicians and press alike—converge on the places Culture Lab deems most noteworthy.
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Curbed

Culture Lab Detroit 2018 to explore the Crisis of Beauty
By Robin Runyan
October 9, 2018
How does a screening of the 1987 classic RoboCop fit in with the overall theme of the Crisis of Beauty? Culture Lab Detroit returns this week with panels of artists, inventors, filmmakers, architects, and more to tackle these themes.
According to a release, the Crisis of Beauty programs, “will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism, the intricacies of gentrification, gender politics, and unbounded assimilation of technology to offer novel or previously suppressed perspectives.”
This is the sixth year for Culture Lab Detroit, which aims at connecting local artists with global artists and thinkers through dialogues and creative partnerships.
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NPR

The Actor Behind 'Robocop' On Detroit And Art History
By Scott Simon
October 6, 2018
NPR's Scott Simon asks Peter Weller about his career in art, from playing the titular character in 1987's RoboCop to getting a doctorate in art history... Peter Weller played RoboCop. And today Peter Weller acts, directs and produces. But over the years, he's also become a Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history. Next week, he will return to Detroit to be a featured speaker at the annual art conference Culture Lab Detroit.
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Detroit Metro Times

How Mark Pauline critiques corporate power with an army of otherworldly machines
By Lee Devito
August 16, 2018
"I'd always been kind of an adherent of futurism, even when I was a teenager," Pauline says. "I was always kind of in that zone, always trying to be ahead of my curve."
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artnet news

Culture Lab Detroit Returns with “The Crisis of Beauty”
By Blouin Art Info
August 16, 2018
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.'
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artnet news

The Actor Who Played Robocop Is Now an Art Historian, and He’s Returning to Detroit to Face a New Threat: 'The Crisis of Beauty'
By Taylor Dafoe
August 14, 2018
It turns out that Peter Weller, the actor who played Robocop, has become an art historian. He went back to school in 2004, at age 57, and earned a Master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University, followed by a PhD in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA in 2013... This fall, Weller will return to Detroit, the setting of Robocop, in his new role. His mission? To introduce the first night of the Culture Lab Detroit conference with a presentation on beauty in Renaissance art.
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artnet news

Culture Lab Detroit announces 2018 line-up, featuring Peter Weller
By Ann Zaniewski
August 14, 2018
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Ask Peter Weller. The actor-turned-art-historian – famously known for playing RoboCop – will be one of a host of internationally known artists, inventors and filmmakers tackling "The Crisis of Beauty" at this year's Culture Lab Detroit. The three-day event scheduled for October kicks off with a screening of the original 1987 RoboCop at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Avenue, Detroit... Organizers said the program will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism, gentrification, gender politics and the assimilation of technology.
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Broadway World

Culture Lab Detroit Announces 2018 Program: The Crisis Of Beauty
By BWW News Desk
August 14, 2018
Now in its sixth year, Culture Lab Detroit returns in 2018 to engage internationally reputed artists, inventors and filmmakers on the theme of The Crisis of Beauty. The new edition of the acclaimed cultural program will explore how beauty intersects with multiculturalism, the intricacies of gentrification, gender politics, and unbounded assimilation of technology to offer novel or previously suppressed perspectives.
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2017 PRESS

artsy

40 Artists Share Their Favorite Shows of 2017
By Margo Wolowiec
December 18, 2017
"During two panel discussions, artists, writers, and architects discussed the antagonisms of our current political climate and possibilities for the future, especially in the arts," says Wolowiec, known for her hand woven, dyed textile works. "I love the challenge of critically dissecting a topic that is so new there aren’t yet cohesive dialogues to talk through it, requiring on the spot thinking and honest self-assessments."
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artnet news

How Social Practice Artists Are Using Creative Problem-Solving to Help Revive Detroit
By Brian Boucher
December 18, 2017
Speaking to a group of visitors at local arts venue One Mile, on a tour of the city organized by the nonprofit Culture Lab Detroit, architect Anya Sirota mentioned that they all heard warning bells when a Craigslist real estate ad used the venue as a selling point, boasting of being “just steps from One Mile.” As a result, the artistic community is trying to think long-term, said Sirota, and buy up land to donate to community trusts, so that no one can cash out to the detriment of locals.
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Elephant

Art and Abandonment in Post-Truth Detroit
By Ariela Gittlen
November 9, 2017
In early October, Culture Lab Detroit, a nonprofit that organizes art-centric panels and projects, held a series of public dialogues on the timely theme of post-truth and its unwelcome relations, fake news and alternative facts. The panelists—author and critic Hilton Als, architects Christopher and Dominic Leong, and artists Edgar Arceneaux, Martine Syms, Mel Chin and Coco Fusco—discussed the question: how can art help us engage a world of contested reality? But these days the subtext of any conversation about art and politics is, of course, can art help us at all?
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Frieze

Post-Truth Detroit
By Wendy Vogel
November 7, 2017
I came to the Motor City under the auspices of Culture Lab Detroit, a non-profit organization that seeks to engage local art and design communities with international artists, architects and visionaries around pressing social concerns. Founded in 2012 by Jane Schulak, a Detroit-born designer whose professional expertise includes stints at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Culture Lab Detroit hosts free annual dialogues with internationally recognized participants.
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