Future 50: LAb[au] 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

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 sensibilities 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 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's Venice Art Biennale, LAb[au] showcased PixFlow, an artwork comprising computers that display images generated by calculation errors.


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