"Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit"
By Isaac Diggs and Edward Hillel
Darkroom Detroit is proud to present photographs from the recently released publication "Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit," by Isaac Diggs and Edward Hillel, published by Kris Graves Projects in 2021. "Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit" celebrates Detroit’s techno, house and hip-hop musicians who construct home studios, renovate buildings and sustain community despite increasing pressure from land development and speculation. It sheds a fresh light on the city’s cultural significance and further contextualizes its current resurgence. Readers are invited to glimpse rarely seen aspects of Detroit’s electronic music culture, and to reflect on historic and contemporary places in Detroit’s landscape related to it. Featured musicians discuss their process and the significant link between race, space and cultural production, a theme expanded upon in critical texts by scholars Dora Apel and Carla Vecchiola, and internationally renowned DJ, John Collins.
Artist and educator Isaac Diggs explores the urban fabric of cities in the United States and abroad. He has published books on Lagos and Los Angeles, and his photographs have been exhibited nationally and in Japan. Isaac received his B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University, M.F.A. in photography from Bard College and is core faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work is represented in public and private collections.
Artist Edward Hillel focuses on themes including community, human rights, memory and place. Working in the spheres of archival research, documentary or performance, his process is a form of social practice, questioning hegemonic narratives within a framework of dialogue and collaboration. His work is represented in public and private collections, and has been widely exhibited and
Darkroom Detroit is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to increasing photography access, education, and visual literacy in Detroit. We offer photography classes for all ages and levels, darkroom and digital facilities available to the public, studio space, retail sales and more. We provide access to public photography resources and education in the greater Detroit area, foster local talent, and bring new perspectives in photography to Detroit through our exhibitions and programming. Check out our latest initiative in-person - a vending maching selling film, zines, and limited edition artist items at 2810 Vernor St, in collaboration with Vector Lab Detroit and Inside Southwest.
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Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit, 2021