In a context as visual and self-aware as CHART, the Collaboratory will invite us to step away from our labels of appearance, status and wealth, and into an open laboratory which allows us to speak our mind, test our ideas and reveal our true opinions.
Here collaboration takes centre stage, with architecture a tool for screening, layering and veiling our visuality - its democratic form giving all voices equal weight. By de-aestheticising a gathering of strangers, the usual event chatter will be converted into meaningful dialogue and debate.
By abstracting our identities to speech alone, perhaps we are enabled to speak a truth that our physicality prevents us from revealing. By re-imagining the terms of our collective engagement, the Collaboratory provides a space in which we can begin the task of open-source co-creation.