In June 2020, the Media Lab and Google Arts & Culture Lab came together for Open Lab: Home Sprint, a 48-hour creative exchange between more than 40 artists and creative technologists. Although many of the participants, who came from 11 countries and five continents, had never met before, they quickly formed into interdisciplinary groups to collaborate across fields from choreography to engineering; photography to architecture; sound art to interaction design.
Before the sprint, 14 artists each proposed a project idea that responded to some of the challenges and questions raised by our current extraordinary times. Based on these proposals, the artists were each paired with a group of creative technologists, designers, and/or other artists, and given two days to develop their ideas, without ever sharing the same physical space. Future Sketches head Zach Lieberman oversaw the collaborations from the Media Lab side.
Through this process, the participants began to recreate in virtual space the serendipitous connections between disciplines and unexpected discoveries that characterize the physical spaces of both the MIT Media Lab and the Google Arts & Culture Lab, both of which are currently closed.