Practice

LabSynthE is a creative laboratory in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. We develop works of art that synthesize electronic and poetic transactions for participatory installations. LabSynthE creates intimate experiences for public participation that translate technological interactions through poetic gestures.

LabSynthE has exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Plano ArtFest, the Ammerman Center’s 16th Biennial of Art & Technology (Connecticut), xCoAx gallery exhibition at C ARTEC (Madrid, Spain), RE:SOUND (Denmark), Digital Frontiers (Austin), and A Ship in the Woods (California). We are currently working on projects at the intersection of memory, translation, and poetry. The laboratory is a place where all voices are welcome. We operate like an improvisation group, prioritizing “yes and” as a condition for exchange. LabSynthE is co-organized by Creative Director, participatory artist xtine burrough, Director of Research (Lit Studies Scholar) Dr. Sabrina Starnaman; and from afar, with ideas brought forth by our founder,  sound artist Dr. Frank Dufour.

The group meets weekly for two hours. All graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend and collaborate. We regularly collaborate with The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies; and welcome future collaborations across ATEC, the university, and the community.

EXHIBITS

2019
Syntonic Refuge, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building, Dallas
One Breath Poem, Grey Matter, A Ship in the Woods, Escondido, California
One Breath Poem: Telephone Edition, RE:SOUND Media Arts Histories (MAH), Denmark
Syntonic Refuge, Digital Frontiers, Austin, TX
Imagined Genealogy of Michel Foucault, Participatory Quilt, Parts on display for HIV/AIDS Day, ATEC (and to be sent to the NAMES Foundation in January 2020)
Syntonic Refuge and One Breath Poem: Telephone Edition, BEST Symposium, Frisco, TX

2018
The Radium Girls: A Radically Advancing Tour of Exit Signs, C ARTE C Gallery at Museo de Traje for xCoAx in Madrid, SpainOne Breath Poem: Drinking Edition, Plano ArtFest
One Breath Poem: Holocaust Remembrance Day Edition, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building, DallasThe Radium Girls: A Radically Advancing Tour of Exit Signs, 16th Biennial of Art & Technology, Ammerman Center, Connecticut College

2017
An Audio Quilt of One Thousand Names, created for AIDS Week, Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building, Dallas
Lion’s Breath, Dean Anne Balsamo’s Technoculture large-format class, performance for 150 students
Death Fugue: Participatory Embodiment and Death Fugue: An Uncovering, Translation Conference hosted by graduate students and The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
Your Neighbors’ Weeds,
 CentralTrak, Dallas
Dada Performance, Lion’s Breath, The Radium Girls: A Radically Advancing Tour of Exit Signs, Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building, Dallas
Death Fugue: Participatory Embodiment, Reunion Launch Party, Dallas

2016
100 Years of Dada, The Center for Creative Connections Theater at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas