LAb[au]: METADESIGN AS CREATIVE PRACTICE

Date:
19.07.2013
Format:
LECTURES
Place:
STRELKA COURTYARD
Language:
english with russian translation

Tessel by LAb[au] + David Letellier. Photo © David Lettelier

In their talk the members of Laboratory for Architecture and Urbanism LAb[au] explained their approach to the interactive, generative and performative processes in art and architecture integrated into their works.

LAb[au] developed a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach based on different artistic, scientific and theoretic methods, examining the transformation of architecture and spatio-temporal structures in accordance to the technological progress within a practice entitled ‘MetaDeSIGN’. Metadesign [ meta = information about information ] displays the theme of space-constructs relative to information processes – architecture as a code. It concerns the transposition of inFORMational processes in multi-dimensional form.

LAb[au] is an internationally renowned artist group which was founded 1997 in Brussels, Belgium with the aim to examine the influence of advanced technologies in the forms, methods and content of art. Present members are: Manuel Abendroth, Jérôme Decock, and Els Vermang. The name ‘LAb[au]’ merges a phonetic and a written meaning; that of the French / Dutch pronunciation ‘labo’ and that of the German word ‘bau’ referring to its projects’ experimental approach (labo) and construct (bau).

LAb[au] has created a numerous of outstanding projects such as Interactive urban installation Touch, reactive urban work Binary Waves, kinetic installation in Toronto airport Signal to Noise and many more.

Their art works can be found in art is part of public and private art collections worldwide and has been exhibited in some of the worlds most prestigious art venues, among which BOZAR (Brussels, 2009 + 2010), TENT. / Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2006), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2004 + 2005), New Museum (New York, 2003), Louvre (Paris, 2000) and happenings worldwide among which Todaysart (The Hague, 2008), Club|Transmediale (Berlin, 2007), Sonar (Barcelona, 2004) and many more.