Let There Be Light!
Known for the hype surrounding its creative community regeneration, Detroit, Michigan would not be the most obvious choice for a museum dedicated to digital, multimedia and light-based art. But the city now boasts the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multimedia and Light-Based art, in one of its most challenged neighbourhoods.
The Kunsthalle is the first museum dedicated to this form of media in the US, and only the second in the world – the first being the Centre for International Light Art in Unna, Germany. As Russian founder Tate Osten suggested: “A cultural and social intervention through an influx of art into the city could draw international attention to Detroit, triggering economic advancement, and begin a new era for the former glorious capital of the automobile industry.”
The museum’s inaugural exhibition has just closed, but Stylus will be keeping an eye on this cultural oddity. For more on Detroit’s creative renewal, see our report Detroit: Blank Canvas for Creativity.