Current Awardee

LAIT: Laboratory for Audience Interactive Technologies

John Toenjes

College: Fine and Applied Arts
Award year: 2014-2015

Due to the connectivity, programmability, and ubiquity of modern mobile devices, the theatrical world is on the cusp of a sea change: in the relationship between the audience and the performers, among the performers themselves, and between performers and audience and the theatrical stage itself. The Laboratory for Audience Interactive Technologies (LAIT) will investigate the expressive, informational, and integrative possibilities presented by personal digital devices and technologies such as augmented reality, web and phone apps, and social media/internet connectivity. LAIT will serve as an idea vetting house, an R&D laboratory, and a beta roll-out service for artistic and informational apps for the art and entertainment, installation, education, and information industries.