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Jessica Frelinghuysen, Hello?! (detail), 2008–10, steel, nylon, speakers, video projection, color, sound, 36 x 60 x 84".

Jessica Frelinghuysen

Cave Gallery

Jessica Frelinghuysen, Hello?! (detail), 2008–10, steel, nylon, speakers, video projection, color, sound, 36 x 60 x 84".

Covering 138 square miles, Detroit is a spread-out, low-lying municipality. Motor City residents today thus face increasing isolation, as a shrinking population occupies an incommensurately massive, partially abandoned urban infrastructure in which the car is the primary mode of transportation. Not surprisingly, participatory art—often performance- or object-based work designed to produce active and cocreative audiences—has become the antidote of choice for young, local practitioners concerned about this city’s devolving social sphere. There is an artistic emphasis on community building in Detroit, an effort to plant and recycle, to educate others, to employ easily sourced manufactured materials, and to attempt to reimagine relations between the individual and the social body.

In this spirit, Cave Gallery—an artist-run space within a studio building in the northern

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