In fact, we wanted to empower artists to be investigators, to conceive experiments that would help us all learn more about the role of our art form in a changing cultural environment. Moreover, we wanted these experiments to be small-scale, easy to accomplish in one year with a small budget. We wanted them to be experiments that we could learn from, replicate, and share - nimble projects that could work on the kind of innovation timeline we see in the technology sector, rather than on the slow-moving path of season planning.
Last fall, we put out a call for proposals and were stunned when we received 140 applications from artists from all disciplines, a staggering pool of fascinating ideas. As we reviewed the proposals, we found interesting clusters of thought -- a large number of applicants designed experiments around bringing people together to eat, many proposals delved into very intimate performance - in someone's home, for an audience of one, or -- in one case -- taking people's pulses and turning them into music. A number of proposals brought performance to troubled streets in different Bay Area cities, while others went far inside, looking at online sites for experiments.
|Susie Lundy talks about her project "Sky Burial" an installation of 131 pairs of wings at the location of each 2012 homicide site in Oakland|
It was challenging to select just ten of these projects and we knew we wanted to keep the other applicants in conversation, as we work to build a network of artists exploring the potential of new kinds of performance.
|Two of the applicants share their work with each other at a convening|
You can read about all ten selected projects on our Triangle Lab website, and watch this blog as well for updates as they develop.
|The Artist-Investigators at our launch event|