Next Collaboratorium: Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month.
Collaboratorium is a weekly 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.
Collaboratorium is an 18+ event.
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 nearly 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 headquarters with a more
ambitious structure. Each week’s session will have a planned focus on specific media, materials, and/or themes, while the key components of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation will remain central.
In addition, on the third Wednesday of each month, a public Collaboratorium will be held at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery for artists 18 years and older. These public sessions will be centered on the visual arts and will help Italian Friend share the collaborative ethos and techniques that they’ve developed in the past two years with a new population of artists.