The LAB is part of the educational mission of the Power Plant Gallery. At selected times during our exhibitions cycle, we close to the public and open up our space to graduate students in the MFAEDA program as well as the larger Duke community. Through the LAB we invite students to think about the gallery as an experimental space – a white box in which they can engage with issues of presentation, layout, and ethics. And without an audience involved, we hope it allows for more risk taking and productive failure (two cornerstones of all good art education).
Like many labs, lots of testing. For the arts this comes in as many forms as one might expect. We often see professors using the LAB as a meeting place for students to spread out and test installation ideas, sequence photographs, or layout work. We also often see our MFAEDA graduate students us the LAB to work out their tech needs in advance of their thesis exhibitions (think three channel installation with Matrox and motion sensors). Ultimately, we encourage everyone to move their theoretical thoughts and ideas into practice, discuss the outcome, troubleshoot as needed, and keep creating.
If you're a professor or a student at Duke working in the arts and you would like to engage with the LAB, be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're not sure how you might use the LAB, but you're interested in batting ideas around, shoot us a note anyway.