Labs is a pilot programme for projects that trace unusual and innovative lines between art and technology. For 2021, we are housing and nurturing proposals that integrate performance and technology, with a focus on how liveness and audience experience can be remapped across digital, virtual and physical space.
The programme emerged from questions as to how live performances could go on despite the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to reimagine how art and technology could be complementary partners in creating a sense of liveness and even intimacy even with the presence of physical distance.
Yun Teng, Documentation Lead at Feelers:~ Our Labs projects in 2021 place a focus on proposals that integrate performance and technology, testing how liveness and audience experience can be remapped across digital, virtual and physical space. With an emphasis on playtesting, experimentation and development, documentation becomes an important way to trace the process and evolution of each Lab project. Beyond the material outcomes, we place value on the processual, social, emotional, virtual and immaterial aspects of the Labs.