Fisher Center LAB is the Fisher Center’s artist residency and commissioning program, providing custom-made and meaningful support for innovative artists across disciplines.
Since its launch in 2012, Fisher Center LAB has supported residencies, workshops, and performances for hundreds of artists, incubating new projects and engaging audiences, students, faculty and staff in the process of creating contemporary performance.
LAB strives to provide artists with the environment, resources, and funding they need to experiment, dream, and fully realize their artistic potential. Where possible, Fisher Center LAB builds long-term relationships for artists, powering their work by taking on administrative and producing support of their practices and companies. Productions developed by Fisher Center LAB often premiere in the annual Bard SummerScape festival, and frequently tour around the country and across the world.
Artists currently under commission from Fisher Center LAB include Pam Tanowitz, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Courtney Bryan, SITI Company, Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo, Raja Feather Kelly, Paul Soileau, Beth Gill, Sxip Shirey and Coco Karol, and Daaimah Mubashshir.
The Fisher Center LAB Biennial is a multidisciplinary festival and commissioning series that explores some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. The Biennial reimagines the Fisher Center as a flexible and inventive site for contemporary performance and installation, and frequently activates other locations at Bard and in the Hudson Valley. The artistic, contextual, and discursive programs are created in partnership with several units of Bard College and the Open Society University Network, and introduces audiences to complex responses to contemporary challenges in the arts and social justice.
Recent editions have included We’re Watching in 2017, which investigated government surveillance, and Where No Wall Remains in 2019, on the subject of borders.
Future editions of the Biennial will focus on such topics as food justice, urbanism and human rights, water and the environment, and indigenous rights and repatriation.