Minor Aesthetics Lab
The Minor Aesthetics Lab (MAL) is floating and adaptable in–person and virtual laboratory formed by , the Sue Divan Associate Professor of Performance Studies in Theatre & English. Ruiz, a co–series editor for Minoritarian Aesthetics at NYU Press, and author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance, understands aesthetics & politics as dynamically conjoined. Committed to how aesthetics and politics equally provide a blueprint for transformative world–making possibilities, MAL pays close attention to aesthetic practices across minor voices and experiences. Working alongside artists, scholars, pedagogues, cultural workers and art building initiatives across media, MAL follows the traditions of a performance studies analytic to place pressure on conventional constructions of difference.
A multisensory lab for minoritarian aesthetics, experiments, incubations, productions, and creative–theoretical work, MAL, travels across a variety of places such as classrooms, theatre boxes, galleries, public art forums, and online platforms. Working closely with and unanchored to traditional units in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, MAL serves as an experiential learning environment by privileging rehearsal and experimentation; practice–based cultural methodologies; and the building of emancipatory knowledges.
Minor Aesthetics Lab is in part funded by the Mellon Foundation through the Minoritarian Aesthetics Across Difference grant and the Chancellor’s Call to Action grant to address Racism & Social Injustice.