May 12, 2011

The Arts Collaboration Lab and Performance Space 122 announce Resident Artists for 2011 Lab

Columbia University School of the Arts

The Arts Collaboration Lab and Performance Space 122 are pleased to announce the resident artists for the 2011 Lab:
Writer and director David Levine
Choreographer Emily Johnson
Theater company Temporary Distortion
Performance artist Davis Freeman

All four artists will be in residence at Columbia University in July 2011, developing projects that will later be shown at Performance Space 122, and mentoring students in the Arts Collaboration Lab’s three-week summer program. For full bio information on the artists, please visit the Arts Collaboration Lab website.

The Arts Collaboration Lab is a unique partnership between Columbia University School of the Arts and Performance Space 122, under the leadership of Gideon Lester (Director, Arts Collaboration Lab) and Vallejo Gantner (Artistic Director, Performance Space 122). The Lab is a pioneering intensive summer workshop and residency program for artists and arts students in which students of film, theatre, visual arts, writing and music will work together to develop new cross-disciplinary projects. Professional artists in residence will serve as mentors and guides for student projects, creating a unique and innovative artistic community in the heart of New York City. The Arts Collaboration Lab will inaugurate its pilot season on Columbia’s campus in July 2011.

“The Collaboration Lab will create a one-of-a-kind artistic community in New York City,” said Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts. “Much of the most exciting innovation in today’s art world is crossing over the borders that have traditionally divided genres and art forms. We recognize how important collaborative practice has become, and are eager to extend and support it.”

Run in conjunction with Performance Space 122—New York’s legendary downtown arts and performance center—the Arts Collaboration Lab will be open to 16–20 students from Columbia University and around the globe and provide an intense residency and mentorship opportunity for major professional artists.

“New York City, with its prohibitively high cost of living and limited space, can create barriers for artists to develop new work,” said Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director of PS122. “The Arts Collaboration Lab will provide much-needed time and space for the creation and exploration of new material.”

“The partnership between Columbia and PS122 marries academics and innovation, uptown and downtown, practice and performance in a unique collaboration that we believe will set a new standard for artistic development on one of the greatest arts cities in the world,” said Gideon Lester, Associate Director of The Arts Collaboration Lab and Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. “The Lab will be like a cross-disciplinary petri dish where students and professional artists come together to collaborate, share ideas, and deepen their own artistic practice.”


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