Digitalia in Detroit
To ensure Detroiters have access to participatory Afrofuture experiences, LaFleur enlisted Lady PheOnix of YES UNIVERSE to bring the traveling exhibition Digitalia to the Belt in downtown Detroit. This will be the first stop on the exhibition tour. Digitalia presents augmented reality artwork by Francois Beaurain and Medina Dugger, Manzel Bowman, KESH, Trevor Stuurman, and Kyle Yearwood.
Prompted by the increasing emphasis on the digital world, this exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between technology, identity, and evolving narratives. In the face of intersecting opportunities and oppressions, these works ask important questions about how digital art can both reproduce and redefine complex notions of Blackness.
Born into a hyper-connected world, many of today’s young Black artists live with liberating social media platforms for self and artistic expression. Unlike traditional modes of visual art, contemporary digital art is widely considered a democratizing medium. In opposition to the limitations of the past, it’s this generation’s fresh perspective on Blackness and use of digital art as a tool to reclaim, rewrite, and rethink history that reconnects us to an essential part of ourselves. Stories are the operating system of the human brain and heart. With new ways of digital expression, we have an increased ability to seek out new representations and narratives to identify with, share and circulate. This exhibition is rich with an economy of ideas that provides a global look at the visual language, and material culture that gives rise to current modes of Black identity…offering a glimpse into a world simultaneously digital and real.