Lab 2016: Noontide
The most intensive social sculpture of the Art Monastery, the lab is a 60-day immersive experience. The 2016 Lab incubated 8 participants in a rigorous daily schedule that incorporated meditation, sacred chant, physical training, awareness training, communal meals, cooking, cleaning, gardening, weekly ceremonies, periods of silence, and creative production.
Acknowledging the majority white make up of the local community, the 2016 Lab tackled white privilege, asking participants to examine their own prejudices as material to devise original performance. These works-in-progress were shared with the public, inviting the public to stay for post-performance discussions.
The social sculpture of the Lab functions through the impact on participants, the work that is produced, and on the audiences who experience it.