Gary Simmons’ Music Fly-Poster Installation for Culture Lab Detroit

Kicking off the design forum with a large-scale public art exhibition

There’s no denying Detroit’s rich musical history and its global impact on both singers and songwriters. This was one element touched upon when we last attended Culture Lab Detroita multi-day, multi-venue forum on actionable design and creativity in the Motor City. To commence this year’s iteration, artist Gary Simmons has pasted his fly-poster art exhibition, for the first time ever, in a large public space …

Burnside Farm, Detroit

An urban garden, arts center and communal dining establishment in Detroit

If you’re curious to see what a $600 property investment looks like in Detroit, Burnside Farm stands as an exemplary case—a true reflection of the depths of creativity and community amid the sprawling city. This eight-lot urban farm, in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood (located just north of Hamtramck) is comprised of six lots for sustenance and community gardening, one for a farmhouse/home/art studio and the last …

Interview: My Brightest Diamond

A discussion with musician Shara Worden at Culture Lab Detroit's "In Cahoots" performance

Long before attending the filming of My Brightest Diamond‘s La Blogotheque video for “Whoever You Are” at this year’s Sundance, we were impressed by her lush vocals, theatricality and mystic lyricism. Detroit-based Shara Worden (the musician behind the moniker) seamlessly integrates influences and inspirations into genre-defying music. At times, rock gives way to the thoughtful inflections of folk, but all the while there’s an experimental …