Gallery Operating Hours
Tuesday - Sunday | 1 PM to 9 PM
Closed on Monday
1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
About the Exhibition
The spirit of the hustle has become an unofficial rallying cry for Detroit. Historically, the city has symbolized both the American dream and blue collar grit, developing a reputation for the resilience and determination of its people in the face of everything from the Rebellion of 1967 to auto industry job losses, corruption, inefficient services, economic recession, water shut offs, and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Arts, music, entrepreneurship, and activism are just a few of the ways that Detroit’s people have broadcast their hustle with ingenuity, yearning, and pride.
There are as many different dreams as there are people, and every one of them is a unique story of hustle. What do you need to sustain yourself? What do you most desire? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you up at night? What does hustle mean to you?
All forms of hustle involve art, science, or a combination of both. HUSTLE is a multimedia exhibition of interactive works and participatory experiences that examine the many definitions of survival and success. Central to the gallery is “The Hustler’s Lounge,” a space where Detroiters and visitors can sound off, weigh in, and share their own notions of hustle. A public performance series featuring artists, scientists, makers, artisans, and hustlers from the community will run throughout the course of the exhibition.
All around us, anything living hustles, not only to survive, but to thrive. If a butterfly evolves a color pattern like that of a poison moth, it is called mimicry. Mimicry confers an evolutionary advantage, such as protection from predators. Ecomimesis is an exhibit that showcases another form of biological hustle. Using a virtual reality platform, viewers experience first-hand the responsive evolutionary behavior of horseweed to adapt to our stressful, built environment while competing with other plant species for access to resources such as water or sunlight. With the world’s most excruciatingly slow bitcoin mine, Bittercoin makes the chain of complex transactions that is blockchain technology visible and tangible. Paper accumulates around the machine, printed with a seemingly endless number of calculations, countering the idea of cryptocurrency as a virtual exchange of wealth. Post-Labouratory draws on robotics, economics, and psychology to look at whether crafting your own personal robot, customized to do your job, could eliminate your need to work. It imagines a post-labor future where automated technology would free us up to work only for what we desire.
Hustling is enmeshed in money making, accumulation of assets, and social status. It is entangled in daily cons and exploitation, fakes and phonies, and efforts that destroy. Some forms of hustle lead to greater equity and opportunity in society. Others help speed the dissolution of society and our potential demise. It seems much depends on how we hustle, now and in the future.