Jerome Decock

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    Jerome De­cock is an media artist and elec­tronic en­gi­neer who is one of the found­ing mem­bers of LAb[au]. Founded in 1997, LAb[au] is an artist group lo­cated in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. It has been founded with the aim to ex­am­ine the in­flu­ence of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies in the forms, meth­ods and con­tent of art. With a back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture their mem­bers and pro­jects are con­cerned with the con­struct of ‘space’ and the way it can be planned, ex­pe­ri­enced and con­cep­tu­alised in an in­for­ma­tion age. Even if their pro­jects can be clas­si­fied as ur­ban­ism, de­sign, art, music or dance they all are grounded on an ar­chi­tec­tural think­ing. The at­ten­tion lies in the re­la­tion be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture, light, mo­tion and sound and ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies. Fol­low­ing the cy­ber­net­ics agenda, the pro­jects of LAb[au] deal with processes and sys­tems based on rules. The set­ting of these rules be­comes the major artis­tic act, the cre­ation process, defin­ing the con­tent and mes­sage of the art­work, it’s ar­chi­tec­ture as code. This method, which LAb[au] qual­i­fies as ‘MetaDe­sign’, is de­ter­mined by the tech­no­log­i­cal and artis­tic pa­ra­me­ters. It fo­cuses on the tran­scrip­tion of in­for­ma­tion and its processes to tex­tual, graphic, vi­sual, sonic, spatial… forms, arte­facts. The group name of LAb[au] in­hab­its a pho­netic and a writ­ten mean­ing – the one of the French pro­nun­ci­a­tion ‘labo’ stand­ing for an ex­per­i­men­tal ap­proach and the one of ‘bau’ (ger­man word for con­struc­tion) for the prag­matic re­al­i­sa­tion of pro­jects. This al­liance be­tween the­ory and prac­tice mo­ti­vated the group to found the gallery ‘Me­di­aRuimte’ in the city cen­tre of Brus­sels in 2003. The gallery work stands for LAb[au]’s typ­i­cal func­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tive agency as for a trans-dis­ci­pli­nary work. LAb[au] showed its work at Kunst-Sta­tion Sankt Peter (Cologne, 2010), BOZAR (Brus­sels, 2009), Emo­cao Art.ficial (Sao Paolo, 2008), Club|Trans­me­di­ale (Berlin, 2007), TENT. / Witte de With (Rot­ter­dam, 2006), Cen­tre Georges Pom­pi­dou (Paris, sev­eral times), Sonar (Barcelona, 2004), New Mu­seum (New York, 2003), Nabi Art Cen­ter (Seoul, 2003), ICA (Lon­don, 2002), Bauhaus (Dessau, sev­eral times), Lou­vre (Paris, 2000), Ars Elec­tron­ica (Linz, sev­eral times), …among many oth­ers.


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