icon magazine nr122 - LAb[au]

LAb[au] _ systems art

Mandi Keighran and LAb[au], Manuel Abendroth
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Icon 122: Future 50, August 2013

the interview is illustrated by the following projects:
m0za1que_15x26, permanent kinetic light art installation
Tessel, kinetic sound art installation

about the issue:
For this issue we invited a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think they are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list, which includes many names you may not know, as well as a few you might already have read about in the magazine, has no pretensions to be definitive or hierarchical. It is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world. We hope to visit many of their forthcoming projects in future issues.


LAb[au] uses artistic, scientific and theoretic methods to examine the transformation of architecture and other spaces in relation to technological progress - a practice they call


'MetaDeSIGN'. Much of its work is concerned with defining a new beauty that reflects the sensibility of our time.'The technological developments of the last decades are at the base of the shift from an industrial to an information age,' co-founder Manuel Abendroth says: ' these developments question not only production methods, but involve deep social, political and economic change and as such, are opening a huge artistic field of exploration for new cultural codes and semantics.' Founded in 1997 by Manuel Abendroth, Jérôme Decock, Alexandre Plennevaux and Els Vermang, LAb[au]'s work includes interactive artwork, audio-visual performances and scenographies, for which it develops software and interfaces. The group also runs MediaRuimte, a digital design gallery in Brussels. At this year Venice Art Biennale, LAb[au] showcase PixFlow #2, an artwork comprising computers that display Images generated by calculation errors.

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