A photographer has put together Live@I0, a web exhibition that documents the evolution of IO, an intimate music space in Detroit.
Matthew Martin, the photo-artist behind the project, says he chose this medium over just an art gallery show because the Net can handle sound, images and text.
The diversity of people playing at the venue inspired Martin to emabark on this unusual project. "I was invited to the first show of a new venue that was opening in Detroit. The place wasn't officially open yet and the stage was in construction but the owners wanted to get things started. The line-up was peculiar... Struck by witnessing so many genres being displayed in one night, I decided to document this space. I wanted to watch this place evolve."
Martin took pictures
on his Nikon over a period, and also got the owners Carl and Rob to
record their observations. They say they didn't set out to make
money but to create a place where people could hang out and enjoy
playing music. Their unconventional attitude didn't go down well
with the small-town where they had started off, and so they
decided to shift to Detroit.
had assisted in the design of a
in 1993, and then decided it was easy enough to start one of his
own. He wanted lots of people to visit his
place, and his intention was to "create culture". The skeleton of the
Detroit stage was built in October 1998.
"It all depends on whether you consider progress making money or if you consider progress creating a culture," says Carl.
IO's "small is beautiful" philosophy echoes the
sentiments of intimate theatre, and Martin's web presentation is
done with a
elegance. But browsers would appreciate some more details, like the full names of the owners, for instance!
Visit Martin's web