‘Time and Place’ at Kunsthalle Detroit Museum, Detroit’s newest museum

Detroit, Michigan’s newest museum, the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multi-Media and Light-Based Arts, led by former Russian ballerina and PhD, Tate Osten, announces its inaugural exhibition titled “Time and Place” opening June 10, 2011 and showing through September 10, 2011.

The Kunsthalle Detroit Museum, founded by Tate Osten, a Russian born ballerina and PhD with 15 years professional experience working in the field of film and multi-media projects, is the first U.S. museum of light-based arts and the second of its kind in the world. Opening its’ doors as a U.S. non-profit organization, the Kunsthalle Detroit showcases an expansive array of light-based artworks from around the globe while providing resources and support for artists of light-based mediums.

“Time and Place”, the Kunsthalle Detroit’s inaugural exhibition, launching June 10, 2011 and showing through September 10, 2011, will feature the work of twelve international artists who invoke film, video and light-based multi-media structuring as their primary medium. “Time and Place” addresses the ongoing dialogue between reality and illusion, formation and deconstruction and the concrete and the ephemeral.

Viewers of “Time and Place” will be presented with an array of urban images that are re-mapped and re-presented within an illusionary environment. By introducing virtual reality into the real world, “Time and Place” attempts to capture a state of total recourse, juxtaposing images that shift between real and mythical places, between the screen and the actual sophistication of the city of Detroit. Significant to the “Time and Place” exhibition is the number “twelve” arrived from the historic and cultural significance throughout time. This inaugural exhibition is articulation of the time for change, in the city of Detroit and in the world; from past to present, into the future.

Selected to exhibit in the Kunsthalle Detroit museum’s inaugural exhibition are Rodney Graham, Jonathan Monk, Isaac Julien, Joan Jonas, William Kentridge, Ange Leccia, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Hans Op de Beeck, Diana Thater, Bill Viola, Tim White-Sobieski, with participation of Barnaby Hosking, Cristina Lucas and Bettina Pousttchi.

“One of our main tasks is to facilitate the improvement and dissemination of the Detroit’s arts,” states Osten. “We believe that the art of the United States is a dynamic and powerful expression of the nation’s identity. To accomplish this mission the Kunsthalle Detroit’s created an institution where light-based artists can create and exhibit their work and learn skills that strengthen their careers and expose thousands of people from around the world to renowned light-based art without curatorial bias or commercial constraint.”

Detroit is a city that had abandoned conventional coordinates of time and place and that bases itself on fragmentation and decomposition,” states Osten of her inaugural curatorial accomplishment. “Experimenting with metaphors of time and place and bringing different stories into proximity to one another, the participating artists go beyond the experience of place, time and the self, with disintegration of real city in virtuality, postmodern time and place were transformed by new cultural practices and influenced artistic expression of identity and spatiality,” continues Osten.  “In postmodern society, signs and images collide and create a trans-national imagery. The idea of boundless and undefined locality has led Detroit to a loss of sense of place. With growth of new media, and with the materialization of cyberspace, the experience of time and place in the city has changed. Detroit is a city that is recreating its political and social life and reforming its significant cultural identity.”

Significant to the elaborate architecture of Detroit’s city-scape is the word “kunsthalle”, which derives its meaning from the introduction of a new museum and dates back to the roots of the French and Dutch who established the city of Detroit and built some of its most magnificent architectural structures.

About the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum

Central to the Kunsthalle Detroit Museum’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and appreciation of multi-media and light-based arts within the diverse local, national and international audiences that it serves. Founded in 2010 as a U.S. non-profit organization and educational institution for the development and support of light-based artists, the Kunsthalle Detroit museum is dedicated to being the foremost museum of multi-media and light-based arts in the world. For more information, please visit www.kunsthalle-detroit.org.

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