LAb[au] (= laboratory for architecture and urbanism) is an art studio founded in 1997, based in Brussels, Belgium. The name 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).
The technological developments of the past fourty years have given rise to a major shift from the industrial to the post-industrial information society, where the unit of information, its processes and systems, increasingly define the notions of body, matter, space and time.
According to this technological progress, LAb|au| examines the transformation of architecture, art and design within a practice entitled ‘MetaDeSIGN’. Metadesign [meta = information about information + design] displays the theme of space and time constructs relative to information processes. It concerns the transposition of inFORMational processes in n-dimensional (visual, sonic, spatial, …) form.
MetaDeSIGN is characterised by the setting of systems, among which LAb[au] is today mainly active within the interactive, reactive and generative realm.
LAb[au]’s art is part of public and private art collections worldwide and has been exhibited in some of the world's 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.
The critically acclaimed studio was one of 2009’s nominees for the renowned contemporary art prize ‘Young Belgian Painters Award’ and one of 2010‘s nominees for the legendary computer arts concelebration ‘Ars Electronica’.
Their work has numerously been featured in press worldwide and their recent monography ‘MetaDeSIGN’ is published by ‘Les Presses du Reel’.
LAb[au] - laboratory for architecture and urbanism
Manuel Abendroth (Germany), Jérôme Decock (Belgium), Els Vermang (Belgium)
founded 1997 and based in Brussels, Belgium
CODE + POETRY, Group exhibition at DAM Gallery Berlin, Germany
WROCLAW CAPITAL OF CULTURE: exhibition binaryWaves at Wroclaw Airport, Poland
Group show at ACI in Gwangju, South-Korea
CHROMATIC MOMENTUM, group show, Muriel Guepin gallery, New York, US
LUMIERE, exhibition binaryWaves, Regent's Canal in London, UK
CALCULATIONS, PERMUTATIONS, NOTATIONS, solo show with The Mayor Gallery, ABPS, London, UK
PROSOPOPEES, group show, 104, Paris, France
EXO-EVOLUTION, group show, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
MIAMI PROJECT, with Muriel Guepin gallery, Miami, US
OSOSPHERE, group show, Strasbourg University, Strasbourg, France
BIAN, exhibition pergola in Colombes / Paris, France
SCOPITONE, group show, Trempolino, Nantes, France
ACCROCHAGE DE GROUPE, group show, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
DA VINCI CREATIVE, group show, Seoul, South-Korea
VIA, group show, MAC, Créteil / Paris, France
EXIT, group show, Sculfort, Maubeuge, France
NOIR ET BLANC, group show, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
BRIGHT MATTER, group show, Muriel Guepin gallery, New York, US
CINETIQUE NUMERIQUE, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Rouge, Vert, Bleu, Blanc, Cda. 9/04, Paris, France
Drawing, Painting, Writing, DAM GALLERY Berlin, Germany
Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Carte Blanche aux Artistes du CLEA, Gare Numérique de Jeumont, France
space oddity, Le-Grand-Hornu-Images, Le Hornu, Belgium
Particle Springs, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
S/N, Pearson International, Toronto, Canada
artificial garden, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Regards sur 8e art, Le Musee urbain Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
Tender Buttons - Becoming Gertrude Stein, resto Overpoort, Ghent, Belgium
Senses!, Natural Science Museum, Brussels, Belgium
Experience Space, DAM GALLERY Berlin
Immersions Digitales, Happen Space, Paris, France
paranoia, Gare Lille Saint Sauveur, Lille, France
Nemo Exp01, atelier GH, Paris, France
f553, l’Aubette, Strasbourg, France
E-volve, DAM GALLERY, Cologne, Germany
from kinetic to digital Art, Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France
West-Arch. The architecture of a new generation, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Creativity World Biennale, Oklahoma, US
inForm, Galerie Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium
diffraction, TAG Institute, Den Haag, Netherlands
Chrono.prints + f555 prototype + notations + Binary Waves notations, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
DNS, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
MetaDeSIGN, Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France
m0t1v, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany (solo exhibition)
Young Belgian Painters Award, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
time | emit, DAM GALLERY Berlin (solo exhibition)
Binary Waves, Art Grandeur Nature Biennale, Paris, France
PixFlow #2, Emocao Art.ificial, Itau, São Paulo, Brazil
Who’s afraid of Red, Green and Blue, Dexia Tower, Brussels, Belgium
12m4s + EOD02, Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France
ƒlux, Gallery Roger Tator, Lyon, France (solo exhibition)
Touch, Architecture of the Night - screening exhibition, NAi, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Touch, Dexia Tower and the Place Rogier, Brussels, Belgium
12m4s + EOD02, Pierre Bergé & associés, Brussels, Belgium
Liquid space, TENT. / Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
12m4s, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium
Point to Line to Plane, computed in seconds, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium
Liquid space 02, MAP, Matrix Art Project, Brussels, Belgium
Polygone Den[c]ity, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, US
electroscape 001, Art Gallery Siggraph, San Antonio, USA
sPACE, Navigable Music, UIA 2002, Chromosome, Berlin
electronic sPACE, le blac, Brussels, Belgium
cinémas du Futur, Via Festival, Pass, Mons, Belgium
fictional sPACE, Sony Pavilion, Cannes film festival, Cannes, France
i-skin, 01+02, Louvre, Paris, France
i-Skin, electronic bodyness, Avignon 2000, Avignon, France
PERFORMANCES / CONFERENCES
STAD EN ARCHITECTUUR, conference at STUK, Leuven, Belgium
ACT: conference, round table and workshop at ACI in Gwangju, South-Korea
KIKK, exhibition, conference and workshop in Namur, Belgium
DA VINCI CREATIVE: workshop in Seoul, South-Korea
RITS: conference, Mechelen, Belgium
MetaDeSIGN, Technarte, Bilbao, Spain
MetaDeSIGN, Urban Screens, Manchester, UK
MetaDeSIGN, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
Man in e.Space, New Territories, Glasgow, UK
Liquid Space, Ballhaus Naunystrasse, Club|Transmediale, Berlin
Man in e.Space, Elektra, Usine C, Montreal, Canada
Man in e.Space.mov, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
MetaDeSIGN, Sonar, Barcelona, Spain
D.O.T.N.A.N.A., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
EN3+4jeuX³, Urban Lab, Bauhaus Dessau, Germany
Liquid Space 01, Resfest + Nabi Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
10th sphere, Atomium, Brussels, Belgium
sPACE, Navigable Music, Center for New Media Culture RIXC, Riga, Latvia
sPACE, Navigable Music, ISEA 2002, Nagoya, Japan
EN3+4jeuX³, Villette Emergences, Maison de la Villette, Paris, France
sPACE, Navigable Music, file 2002, São Paulo, Brazil
sPACE, Navigable Music, OFFF, Barcelona, Spain
Qwartz 7, nomination, Electronic Music Award
Ars electronica, honorary mention
Digital Art – The world of digital art. Wolf Lieser , h.f. ullmann publishing, 2010.
Book: Installation by architects - Experiments in buildings and design by S. Bonnemaison & R. Eisenbach.
Book: iA - interactive architecture, Michel Fox / Miles Kemp, Princeton Architectural Press.
BOZAR Exhibition Catalogue (in the context of the Young Belgian Painters Award), Brussels, Belgium.
Book: Digital Art, by Wolf Lieser.
Book: Media Facades, history, technology, content, by M. Hank Häusler.
Magazine: PLD China No. 31.
Magazine: IA&B, India, Vol. 22.
Exhibition Catalogue: Zones urbaines partagées, Art Grandeur Nature, Biennale 2008, Paris.
Book: Crossover. Kunst, media en technologie in Vlaanderen, Liesbeth Huybrechts (ed.), BAM, 2008.
Book: Bright, architectural illumination and light installations, Frame Publishers & Die Gestalten Verlag.
Magazine: Black Square Magazine, Russia, Oct. 2008.
Magazine: Crawford - where the west begins, issue 06.
Magazine: Creative Review, March 2008.
Book: Space craft, fleeting architecture and hideouts, Hrsg. R. Klanten, Lukas Feireiss.
Magazine: Tasarim, Visual arts magazine Nr. 168, January-February 2007.
Magazine: Tasarim, Visual arts magazine Nr. 151, May 2005.
Magazine: Experimenta, 45, July 2003.
Magazine: l'ARCA nr.176, Italy, December 2002.&nb
CODE + POETRY, DAM GALLERY Berlin, 8 April - 4 June 2016
DRAWING, PAINTING, WRITING, DAM GALLERY Berlin, 1 February - 2 April 2014
EXPERIENCE SPACE, DAM GALLERY Berlin, 20 September - 12 November 2011
E-VOLVE, DAM GALLERY Cologne, 24 April - 24 July 2010
time ¦ emit, DAM GALLERY Berlin, 21 February - 28 March 2009