Culture Lab Detroit has announced its 2016 program. Founded in 2013 by Jane Schulak, the organization brings Detroit into conversation with the international art, architecture, and design communities to address hot-button contemporary issues.
This year’s edition of the conference, its fourth, will take place over two nights — Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16, and feature discussions and public art projects addressing the theme of “walls”: architectural structures, historical delineations, societal divisions, theoretical definitions, and so on. Among the participants will be artists Trevor Paglen, Adam Pendleton, and Glenn Kaino, as well as Elizabeth Diller, a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, and Eva Franch i Gilabert, the director of Storefront for Art and Architecture. Former panelists have included David Adjaye, Theaster Gates, Sou Fujimoto, and David Stark, among other noteworthy names.
The first night’s discussion will be moderated by Dennis Scholl, former vice president of the arts at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the following night’s talk will be led by Salvador Salort-Pons, the current director of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Against the background of Detroit’s urban blight and erratic economic and cultural status, panel participants will tackle such topics as social justice, technology in art, and sustainable environmental practices.
— Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)