In the aftermath of failed back surgery in her twenties, Miriam Aziz discovered dance and the role of movement in stabilising and strengthening her spine. She started to experiment with a movement based approach to creativity in professional settings and in 2009, she established Artist (s) at Large® in New York which was a movement based performance art laboratory. The Lab explored the collaborative process of creating performance art pieces during workshops as well as the creation of a piece through a mixed media, inter -disciplinary approach. She used the lab for a law and humanities project about law beyond text called “Lost for Words“. This project has been documented in international peer reviewed journals and an installation piece at the DiMenna Center / BAC, New York in 2012.
Miriam also used the Lab as a platform for movement based workshops for professionals (e.g. the Creative Thinking for Lawyers (CTL) project and “The Art of Advocacy” workshop series for law students and legal practitioners) and individual coaching, believing that movement is a path to unlocking creativity as well as part of a holistic approach to health in the workplace. Workshops have been conducted at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) / NY; the New School for Public Engagement / NY; Université Paris Dauphine; International University College of Turin; Tübingen University School of Law, Germany (Jessup Moot Court Team / 2015); the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany (Jessup Moot Court Team / 2015).
Workshops are now provided by MAstudioLAB, a multi-media arts platform for which Miriam Aziz is the founding director.