Lab­Cul­ture and the Lim­i­nal


Session Title:

  • Travels Through Hyper-Liminality: Exploring the space where digital meets the real

Presentation Title:

  • Lab­Cul­ture and the Lim­i­nal




  • Panel: Travels Through Hyper-Liminality: Exploring the space where digital meets the real

    Lab­Cul­ture is a unique, ded­i­cated Artists’ space for R&D where ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and ex­plo­ration can take place. This paper will dis­cuss the his­tor­i­cal, con­cep­tual and func­tional stu­dio prac­tice as an ex­am­ple of lim­i­nal space in ac­tion. Using ex­am­ples of Artists’ process and prac­tice, the paper will demon­strate Lab­Cul­ture’s ‘birth’ and his­tor­i­cal role as go be­tween, the con­cep­tual link­ages be­tween cre­ative process and in­sti­tu­tions, and the Lab’s phys­i­cal/dig­i­tal func­tion. It posits that con­tem­po­rary being and self-aware­ness is al­ready dis­tanced from ‘re­al­ity’, “falling through the cracks, in the in­ter­stices of so­cial struc­ture” (Turner). Lab­Cul­ture is a viral struc­ture. It pops up wher­ever favourable, often hosted by part­ner ‘or­gan­isms’. It is du­ra­tional, tem­po­rary, ca­pa­ble of mu­ta­tion. It oc­cu­pies di­verse spaces and sit­u­a­tions. It of­fers phys­i­cal and vir­tual plat­forms for meet­ing and ac­tion. It works at the in­ter­face be­tween in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tice, ar­chi­tec­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment. This paper aims to map the ‘nei­ther here nor there’ of in­di­vid­ual artist’s process and sen­si­bil­ity and offer it as a modus vivendi blue­print for the fu­ture.