ACT Labs are unique events that explore the intersection of human rights, art and technology, and develop a range of solutions - from immersive, participatory art pieces to apps with a strong art component.
Art is one of the most powerful tools to translate social issues into a language that makes people care and compels us to act. Our format is further empowered by the potential of technology to provide solutions, participation and experiences.
By communicating human rights issues in new, unexpected ways, we create novel avenues to inspire engagement and cultivate support.
It is not surprising then that the event takes its name from the three main areas that intersect: Art, Change, Technology, which together lead to powerful action.
ACT Labs were created by Fine Acts, a global platform for socially engaged creative solutions, in 2017. We explore the intersection of human rights, art and technology, and its potential to instigate social change. Our mission is to design and apply innovative methods and effective tools to raise awareness, trigger action, and foster greater support for social campaigns.
We’ve successfully developed and tested the format and organised a series of events on issues ranging from women’s rights, freedom of speech, LGBT rights, environmental protection, to the shrinking space for civil society.
The resulting ideas from connecting artists and techies have contributed to flipping the narrative on these issues. Now we want to open up the event format and allow for anyone who wishes to explore this approach to do so.
The project is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Human Rights Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.