The first monographic book of the Belgium interdisciplinary art studio for architecture and urbanism LAb[au].
This publication presents an important selection of artworks created since the founding of the collective in 1997, organized in six chapters qualifying the inherent logics of their production: generative, analytic, performative, reactive, interactive and connective systems.
The theoretical texts give an inside view of system art, between open and closed systems, as being an expression of our time and the aesthetics of an information-based society.
LAb[au], laboratory for architecture and urbanism, is a Belgian interdisciplinary art studio.
Founded in 1997 and based in Brussels, the collective mainly creates interactive artworks, audiovisual performances and scenographies, for which it develops its own software and interfaces.
Their group name merges a phonetic and a written meaning: that of the French / Dutch pronunciation "labo" standing for an experimental approach and that of "bau", the German word for construction. This double meaning crossing of oral and written media stands for a conceptual, methodological and artistic framework examining the influence of advanced technologies on art; it stands for an artistic thinking of art as media. From this perspective their name also references the German Bauhaus which followed similar objectives, as design can be seen as the outcome of a methodological, interdisciplinary and experimental reflection on the influence of the ongoing industrialisation to the language of art.
With a background in architecture their members (Manuel Abendroth, Jerome Decock, Alexandre Plennevaux and Els Vermang) and projects are concerned with the construct of "space"; a practice they qualify as MetaDeSIGN, and which is characterised by the setting of processes and systems, whereby its inherent rules become the major artistic act.