COFAC CoLab

The COFAC CoLab is an incubator for ideas, projects and collaboration. The lab is a home for interdisciplinary work. It's a hub where ideas can be cross-fertilized and put into motion. Designed as a space where fields of study are porous, the objective is to build new knowledge for an ever-evolving world.

A Call to Knowledge

Every spring the CoLab will put out a call to faculty, students and staff to present a project under the three-year theme. These calls are designed to work in tandem with the overall theme and research at the CoLab–and to bring in new ideas and alternative modes of thought. 

2018-2020 Theme: The Other in All of Us & The Migration of Thought

As scientists begin to piece together humanity’s origin story via DNA/fossils, and old ideas of creation and race are proven false—how do we, as culture and meaning makers play a role in the migration of thought? As economic apartheid, environmental justice, critical race issues, sexuality and gender rights come to light—how do we as appreciators, professors, practitioners and students make our work and ideas accessible as possible, giving a lens to the other in all of us?

This first term will focus on the idea that there is value in seeking out new perspectives and alternative modes to inform art, science and society. CoLab’s interdisciplinary practice takes risks and shares our mistakes. These findings will inform evolving practices and research. The first year will focus on COFAC collaborations, the next year will focus on consortiums across colleges and the third year will open up to incubating ideas around the world.

Current Project: Occupy Now, Fall 2020

In-Person Exhibition: H&H Arts Building, 424. N Eutaw St. On view October 23-December 15, 2020, outdoors only. Please practice social distancing.

Virtual Exhibition: Occupy Now

Live Stream: Theatre Arts Facebook Live, October 23, 7 p.m.

 

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Co-curated by Tavia La Follette and Katie Simmons-Barth, the Occupy Now exhibition provides the opportunity for the COFAC CoLab to move its work downtown and reach a wider audience as a hub for disciplinary work that builds new knowledge for an ever-evolving world.

Occupy Now includes works by art history lecturer Ada Pinkston, theatre arts assistant professor Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe and theatre arts academic program coordinator Katie Simmons-Barth with sound by music assistant professor Diana Saez. The exhibition also includes Black Lives Matter and voting posters created by graphic design students as well as The End is Near: The Nation’s Cartoonists Look at the 2020 Election, a project from the COFAC CoLab curated by Gary Huck and featuring work by more than 30 artists. There will also be sound and live performance by COFAC Innovator-in-Residence Shodekeh.  Read more in TU News.

Viewers may interact with the exhibition in person outdoors from dusk to sunrise along N. Eutaw Street or digitally through the COFAC CoLab. During a live virtual panel on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., the artists will discuss the importance of their work in these times. The Occupy Now window unveiling will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on October 23 via TU Department of Theatre Arts Facebook Live.

VIRTUAL EXHIBiTION:

While we have provided links below for virtual viewing, we highly encourage you to visit the H&H windows to experience the full exhibition. Location: 424 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD.

OCCUPY LOVE, Photos by Katie Simmons-Barth, Video recording by Joseph Ritsch Music written by Sara Bareilles

POSTERS: BLACK LIVES MATTER & VOTE, TU Graphic Design students

WADE IN THE WATER, Kuomboka, A Hybrid Ritual Drama, Mukwae Siyolwe

THE END IS NEAR, Gary Huck & 30 artists from around the world

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, REMIXED, Shodekeh & various artist

HEAVEN IS ALL GOODBYES, PART I , Ada Pinkston

 

2018-2019 CoLab Supported Projects:

First Fellow in Residence

Visiting Artists

Yuko Kaseki

Visiting Artists

Juliana Huxtable explores the intersections of race, gender, queerness, and identity. She uses a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media. Lecture and workshop hosted by the Department of Communication Studies, CoLab, and the Department of Theatre Arts. Kevin O'Connor grew up dancing in a community in Ontario, Canada where he is part of a small collective of settler Canadian and Indigenous artists. His art practice sits at the intersection of anthropology, ecology, embodying/touch practices, post-colonial studies, and site-specific performance. O'Connor held a workshop open to TU and Baltimore community, hosted by the Department of Theatre Arts. Yuko Kaseki, Butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher is based in Berlin. Kaseki co-directed MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions. TU faculty, staff, and students served as a test audience as well as performers for this  immersive production inside of the Baltimore War Memorial. Hosted by the Department of Theatre Arts and, the TU community was also able to attend Kaseki's master-class on campus.

Additional CoLab Projects:

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Superhero Puppets

Every superhero rises out of the ashes of some sort of tragedy. TU students and 3rd graders from Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School created superheroes to address the needs in the community. Superhero puppets were on display in the Center for the Arts 3rd floor, April 30-May 19, 2018.

Contact Information

Program Director

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COFAC CoLab
Tavia La Follette
Location
Center for the Arts, Room 2085
Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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