The Asia TOPA Virtual LAB kept us connected during Melbourne's 8 months of lockdown. Artists from a dozen countries and regions were invited to reach out to one another online, to begin exploring creative ideas or testing concepts with the potential to evolve into intercultural collaborations.
Most of the creative concepts being explored are sourcing texts, imagery, music, dance, theatre and performative installation - intending one day to take formal shape as professional productions performed to an IRL audience. Just two of the LAB projects were conceived from the start to end up as 'online artworks' presented live through the internet to a remote audience whose potential to encounter one another in real time would be through a chat function.
What every participating artist and project shared, however, was the unique and unprecedented experience of creating together in a world of isolation.
The purpose of the 'online outcomes' we are sharing with you here is not to prefigure or double-guess what the long-term outcome might be - not every project will necessarily take flight and the many that do will take months if not years of full time, IRL development to realise what they might yet become.
Rather, we hoped to share some of the conversations, the creative pallet and the imaginative exuberance generated in the LAB as a show of faith in audiences who have equally shared this experience of isolation across geographies and cultures. Good fortune is rarely shared with equanimity and our hearts have beat fast on many occasions learning of the pain of others. Thanks to the generosity of the LAB's artists and the ACM online team we continue to connect and trust in the future through the inexorable drive of creativity.
Discover more about the creative outcomes as part of this iteration of the Asia TOPA LAB Online Outcomes