In conjunction with Red Bull Radio’s Live in Detroit, photographer Jeremy Deputat and curator Carleton Gholz have put together Artifacts, a photo documentary chronicling the complex and innovative sounds of the Motor City. Below, read the introduction to the documentary and see the photos that are included in the show.
Artifacts is focused on a constellation of objects and what they can tell us about Detroit, a sonic city that seems to only get more interesting as its fans and citizens observe it. All of these objects – regardless of being mint or worn – needed to earn their stories. A few don’t turn on or move without further disintegration, or even have enough original markers to indicate their brand name or use. Dust, bumper stickers, mold and booze have made their mark.
Others seem to have been treated with a soft cloth or held in a shrine within a studio, home or vault. They flip or slip on, ready to glow and glide their owners forward sonically. These tools and the stories they tell – and the ones they could tell if we could only hear – now carry the weight.
The curatorial team chose a few of these objects at the beginning to broadly orient our intuitions. But most of these items came from the owners themselves. They peered into closets, under beds, in drawers, in storage areas, scratched their heads and said, “Well, I do have this…” They chose musical objects that do more than count time. They bring joy, describe ideology, propel thought, intimidate rookies, elevate bodies, acknowledge audiences… and have born witness. - Carleton Gholz