The Brussels based media art laboratory LAb[au] was founded in 1997 by Manuel Abendroth, Jérôme Decock, Alexandre Plennevaux and Els Vermang, each with diverse backrounds in architecture, visual arts and music. They have since jointly created interactive artworks, audiovisual performances and scenographies, for which it develops its own software and interfaces. LAb[au] also founded the digital arts gallery, Mediaruimte in Brussels in 2003.
According to current progress in information and computation technologies, LAb[au] has developed a transdisciplinary and collaborative methodology and examines the transformation of architecture, art and design within a practice entitled "MetaDeSIGN". Metadesign (meta = information about information) 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.
LAb[au] has exhibited works at Sonar (2004), New Museum (New York, 2003), Nabi Art Center (Seoul, 2003), Bauhaus (Dessau, several times), ICA (London, 2002), Louvre (Paris, 2000), Ars Electronica (1999), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, several times), among many other places.
"Liquid Space" is a series of collaborative design sessions, developed over the last three years by LAb[au], to create immersive and interactive spatial audio-visuals. The event is international in character, with stopovers to date in Seoul, Brussels, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and offers a platform for interdisciplinary design processes and creative exchange between musicians, artists, designers, researchers and inventors.
"Liquid Space 05" at CTM.07 will take place in the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg within an experiment-station made of a 360°-multiscreen-panorama-projection and a surround-audio-system. It comprises a 12-day workshop for selected participants as well as public events such as presentations and performances by members of LAb[au] and participating artists, and an exchange session, to which anyone interested can bring along his/her own instruments and join in to experiment within the workshop environment.
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