Open Labs


Open Labs is a flexible platform for High Concept Labs’ Artists in Residence to share, test ideas, and develop perspective on their work.


Each month, two or more High Concept Labs and the Monira Foundation collaborate with HCL Artists collaborate to structure an evening that opens their creative process in meaningful ways through work in progress showings, workshops, panel discussions, immersive experiences, and more. Audiences are invited to witness and share back through moderated conversations that nurture a community rich in cultural, artistic, and intellectual discourse. Live events will happen in Chicago on April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, October 14. Recordings of each event will be posted after the event for all to enjoy.


Open Labs #1: April 8 @ 6pm

Featuring HCL Artists in Residence Meredith Haines + Shalaka Kulkarni

Pause in Time Web_JuliannWang

Open Labs #2: May 13 @ 7pm

Featuring Juliann Wang

01 Ayako Kato Inception ETHOS II Photo by Ricardo Adame_1

Open Labs #3: June 10 @ 7pm

Featuring Ayako Kato

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and by a Grant of U.S. Department of Treasury funds through the City of Chicago. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Treasury or the City of Chicago.