testsite, a project of Fluent-Collaborative, situates itself between an exhibition space, an open studio, a temporary residency program and a private home. Participants, usually a writer and a visual artist drawn from far afield or close to home, are invited to create parallel experimental projects through a shared conversation. testsite presents these projects as they are germinating, or at a stage of fruitful exploration and healthy doubt integrated within the corners, shelves, walls and rooms of an intimate space.
testsite is located at 502 West 33rd Street, Austin, TX. During exhibitions, hours are generally Sundays 4-6 pm and by appointment.
Founded by Laurence Miller and Regine Basha, testsite began inviting writers and curators to develop collaborative projects with artists in summer 2003. Miller opened his home on 33rd Street as a kind of experimental space: part exhibition gallery, part open studio, part temporary-residency program and part private home. In the early years, testsite drew many of its writers and curators from Austin and San Antonio. These participants in turn selected artists from near and far. In the years since, testsite has continued to develop experimental projects with local, national and international artists, writers, and curators.