We would like to respectfully acknowledge that we are living, working and sharing on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Aboriginal Peoples. Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations, and we wish to be consistently engaged in the process while instigating dialogues and sharing activities on Aboriginal Lands.
LABORATORIO Arts Society is a non-profit arts organization based on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. LABORATORIO’s mandate is to foster art works in which a real experience of dialog (of various kinds) can take place. By acknowledging the importance of dialogic modalities of art, LABORATORIO wishes to promote new aesthetic values such as creative improvisation, interactivity and real-time remote interaction.
LABORATORIO springs from the need of integrating the physical space in the performance expanding creative way of thinking and supporting artistic practice intended more as behavior and a vehicle of group meaning where beauty is an activity rather than an entity. New tools, new ideas and new sounds demand a new context in which artistic practices can be elastic, malleable, inclusive, and exchanged and generated in real time. This open-ended ambiguity contradicts the one-way logic of an event (concert, exhibition performance) and suggests another sociology of art and performance where the performer is replaced by a workshop for performers.
We strive for an exciting quality of a collective experience and the palpability of activated creative dialogues among people; dialogues fostered and sustained in their very manifestation. Not that we think this is still a big deal as opposed to problem solving deeper issues and scary disharmonies around the planet; though, trying to reconnect and engage people and diverse communities outside rituals of many fashions and scales, seems very possible and feasible in dialogic forms which don’t strive only for aesthetic achievement but for a truthful and beautiful behavior. While being not just healing or elating (as sounds of emotions can be terrifying), sound and music are among the few channels available to us within which we can escape the cell of the self and experience for a moment the brilliant clarity of another’s consciousness, briefly sensing a connection, a temporary network of experience. And this is a real value, as we understand that the quality of the interaction in which we are part is the result of the value itself, and that we make it happen resounding in a collective creative energy.