Arts x Tech Lab 2021
The Arts x Tech Lab 2021 is the National Arts Council (NAC)’s inaugural lab that fosters collaboration between the arts and technology sectors. The Lab is designed to empower creatives, artists and technologists to engage in innovative experiments and collaborations. It also aims to build capabilities, co-drive innovation and support changemakers from within the arts and technology sectors.
Technology Partner Keio-NUS CUTE Center, co-designed the Lab and provided technology mentorship and consultancy to the participants of the Lab. The Lab is led by an NAC-commissioned project management team.
Documentation of insights and learnings (e-publication and video series)
The Lab has since been completed and more information about the 10 prototypes, insights and learnings from the participants, the organising team and partners can be found in the e-publication below. The participants and stakeholders have also shared about their takeaways in the Arts x Tech Bytes video series below.
- Episode 1 features Christine Chong from Tusitala Books and Spang & Lei
- Episode 2 features Teo Chor Guan from Keio-NUS CUTE Center and Daniel Tham from National Museum of Singapore
- Episode 3 features Chen Kai Yi from HelloHolo and Chan Li Ping
The Lab’s Focus
The Lab focuses on supporting arts-technology ideas and proposals across six challenge statements which address topics such as reimagining artistic practice, creative solutions to connect people from different communities, blending artistic and heritage experiences, and new perspectives to the National Collection of the National Museum of Singapore. The Lab's participants have addressed one of the six challenge statements.
How the Lab Works
Through an Open Call conducted in early 2021, 10 final participants are selected to take part in the eight-month lab, scheduled from June 2021 across two phases.
Each phase of the Lab is shaped according to the level of readiness of the participants and customised with their proposals in mind. Throughout the Lab, group activities including a mid-point sharing are conducted to support the participants’ learning as well as consultation and guidance offered as needed, on top of funding support for each phase.
In the second phase, participants develop a prototype, proof of concept, work-in-progress experience, or minimum viable product.
The 10 final participants are:
- Architects of Realities
- Bao Songyu
- Chinese Opera Centre
- Christian Teo
- In Tempo Silico
- Justin Loke
- Making do and getting by
- Spang & Lei
- T.H.E Dance Company
- Tusitala Books
Please download the file here for more details about how the Lab works.
For any further queries, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.
Past Activities (Sep 2021 - Feb 2022)
Arts x Tech Lab Connect was a four-part series that offered like-minded arts and technology practitioners to connect and hear about the Lab participants' past or ongoing projects, interests and encounters at the intersection of arts and technology.
Find out more about the presenters and listen to the recorded sessions below.
Arts x Tech Lab Connect #1 (29 September 2021) presenters: Timothi Lim, Jo Ho, Kheong Sen
Arts x Tech Lab Connect #2 (27 October 2021) presenters: Christine Chong, T.H.E. Dance Company (Athelyna Swee)
Arts x Tech Lab Connect #3 (24 November 2021) presenters: Christian Teo, Spang & Lei
Arts x Tech Lab Connect #4 (15 December 2021) presenters: Dirk Stromberg, Xiaocong Ge, Bao Songyu, Alina Ling, Justin Ong, Chan Liping and Ng Fong Yee
Arts x Tech Lab Showcase (15 to 18 Feb 2022)
The Arts x Tech Lab Showcase was a culmination of the 8-month initiative at the National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre. For more information about the participating teams and their prototypes, download the Showcase Booklet below.
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