Collaboratorium brings artists together to create together. Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month and is an 18+ event.
Collaboratorium is an artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus which brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art. Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation. In 2018, Artlink began working with Collaboratorium to hold a collaborative event the third Wednesday of each month.
Brief History (2016-present)
Early in 2016, the artist collective Italian Friend ArtRuckus was formed in downtown Fort Wayne around the idea of creating a space for its founding members to come together and collaborate in a improvised, freewheeling manner. What began as informal, occasional meetings soon grew into weekly artmaking sessions that included a greater number of artists, musicians, performers, and writers. By the end of 2017, over 50 individuals from the Fort Wayne area and beyond had participated in this program, now officially known as Collaboratorium.
Since its inception two years ago, Collaboratorium sessions have resulted in the creation of hundreds of artworks (drawings, paintings, books, sculptures, and more), and over 100 hours of recorded music and performance art. In 2018, Italian Friend will continue Collaboratorium in their new personal studio space with a more ambitious structure. In their space they host weekly sessions, each week having a planned focus on specific media, materials, and/or themes, while the key components of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation remain central.
These public sessions at Artlink center on the visual arts and help Italian Friend share the collaborative ethos and techniques that they’ve developed in the past two years with a new population of artists.