Artists' labs  

Coming soon: artificial intelligence, 12 - 16 June 2017

The deadline for applications has now passed (5pm on 24 March 2017). 

Our next lab: Artificial intelligence | Monday 12 – Friday 16 June 2017 | Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge), Cambridge UK - Working with our partners, this lab will create a critical context for exploring AI from all perspectives, including the neighbouring areas of data culture and internet of things. There will be a mixture of taught sessions on how AI works, along with an AI ‘jungle’ of devices such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana and WolframAlpha. The lab will be an excellent context for live art, writing, online projects, drama and other hybrid work. 

Click on the Previous labs tab to find out more about the data-culture (January 2017) and virtual, augmented and mixed reality labs (May 2017). 

About - Our labs are part of the in_collusion programme, a three year talent development programme that'll help creative people and businesses to develop new skills and ideas around three emerging technologies - artificial intelligence, data culture, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality. Through a series of national call-outs, we seek artists to take part in our labs - week long development sessions that explore evolving ideas and ways in which artists can engage with technologies/impacts of technologies that are shaping our world. We set the lab against the backdrop of Cambridge as a leading centre of research and development. We invite artists from all disciplines to apply for these exciting lab opportunities. Participants have a unique opportunity to work in an intensive peer environment with artists, academics and computer engineers leading to new pilot projects. 



Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality lab, 15 - 19 May 2017 at Cambridge Junction

Collusion's most recent lab brought together 8 artists from across the UK to delve into virtual, augmented and mixed reality. This week-long development session, held at arts centre Cambridge Junction, was designed by Collusion to be immersive, inspirational and ideas-led.

The artists explored and produced work using new virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies including the HTC Vive using Tilt Brush, 360 cameras and the Microsoft Hololens. Leading experts from University of Cambridge Engineering department, Anglia Ruskin University's gaming department, Sedgwick Museum and established digital artists such as Gibson/Martelli and Kinicho VR joined the artists mid-week to showcase the latest techniques and methodologies. PhD students from Cambridge School of Art with Anglia Ruskin University and young talent from local creative industries attended this inspirational talks track. The event closed on Friday 19th May, where the artists present their experience and ideas to Collusion’s partners and key representatives from Cambridge’s arts and technology sectors.

The participating artists were;
Jo Clements | Marcia X | Mike Faulkner | Lee Mason | Nuria Bonet | Harmeet Chagger-Khan | Emily Bowers | Soa J. Hwang

Here's a slideshow from the VR / AR lab;

Data culture lab, 16 - 20 January 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University

Our data-culture lab selected nine artists from across the UK. The artists heard from a broad range of speakers interested in data culture including Dr David Stillwell (Judge Business School), Dr Trevor Woods (Cambridge Consultants), and Mark Farid (artist, Data Shadow). Practical workshop sessions looked at how data could inform work, for example use of Lidar data in Minecraft and Json feeds for visualising data. The second half of the week focused on converting the information and inspiration into new ideas, which they presented as early ideas to an invited audience on the Friday afternoon which included representatives from Arts Council England, ARM, Cambridge Consultants, GCGP LEP, University of Cambridge Museums, FACT; Furtherfield, local authorities, and FE colleges. 

The participating artists were;
Anna Brownsted | Jane Glennie | Jo Lawrence | Marcus Dyer | Hwa Young Jung | Rosie Munro Kerr | Henry Driver | Richard DeDomenici | Heinrich & Palmer

Check out this slideshow from the data-culture lab;

Our labs are supported by Anglia Ruskin University, University of Cambridge Museums with, ARM, Cambridge ConsultantsArts Council England and the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP.

Real Time Lab, 26 - 30 January 2015 @ Anglia Ruskin University  

Real Time Lab brought together eight European artists from a range of disciplines to engage in an intensive week of activity focussed on the emerging worlds of locative media and internet of things. A key point for the lab was to combine peer interaction with practical development of pilot projects. Artists attending gained insight into each other’s work including data visualisation, graphics for television, performance art, political engagement and site specific responses. You can read  more about Reatl Time Lab here.


Our fantastic partners are;





Media coverage

Programme launch and partner announcement: national press release

Datalab: Cambridge Independent 25 -31 January 2017

Datalab: Cambridge News Business section 27 January 2017