Short Essays

Microlabs: Creating interdisciplinary spaces for tricky issues

Microlabs are interdisciplinary workshops that offer small-to-medium arts companies a space in which tricky issues can be floated within an extended network of knowledge. Microlabs act as catchments. They are spaces to stop, gather, exchange, refine, debate, argue, and walk away with a new perspective and better sense of intellectual direction flowing into organisational and artistic practice.

Microlabs generate new forms of knowledge through bringing together participants from diverse fields to investigate questions, themes or issues located at the intersection of research, theory and art practice. Microlabs create open bridges between the arts industry, the academy and disciplines, enabling multi-directional thinking and dialogue between participants acting as knowledge agents.

Agile Opera is a collaborative research project between RMIT University and Chamber Made Opera to develop new operational models for performing arts organisations in Australia, especially those exploring experimental and niche artwork.

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