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Sensory Threshold LAB 2022 HOLY GRID!


"Architecture is all about serial production. It is already evident in the repetition of elements in ancient temples. Greek temples, for instance, entail several handmade yet serial parts like their columns arranged according to a homogeneous grid. With the industrial revolution, machines took over more and more stages of production. This applies to architectural elements in the same way it applies to a vast number of other products. Many of them, cars for instance, create landscapes of cars. Stored on huge parking lots of the factories, they are waiting to be shipped throughout the world. The ornamentation of the products became more and more subtle, changed, or disappeared entirely. Especially complex ornaments were complicated to manufacture within the factories of the ‘Fordian Revolution’. With the automated serial production of things, the products themselves became sorts of ornaments, arranged in grid patterns like the cars mentioned above, the tiles on your kitchen floor, the windows on the other side of the street, the pavement of the sidewalk you are walking on, the bricks of the building's wall next to you. Now visible in the foreground of our industrially produced world, the grid became an ornament itself, as you can see in this building. But grids do not solely dominate our built environment. They facilitate and rule cyberspace, our communication technologies, and emerge as models as we dive deeper and gain better understanding of how our brain constructs our reality."

"Holy Grid! What’s going on? Is our brain really wired to organise our environment and thoughts into homogenous grids? This is what we want to explore and challenge during this years ST LAB. The participants are invited to initiate collaborative approaches, workshops and lectures to create a vast range of positions towards the theme of the grid. Seriality, industrial production, and eventually the grid moved more and more in the foreground of architectural design. You can see this reflected in the building where Billytown is located. New technologies, like the parametric design, producing variants from complex shapes in series is still based on the mesh - a complex grid. Grids do not solely dominate our build environment. They facilitate and dictate cyberspace our communication technologies and they emerge as models as we dive deeper and gain a clearer understanding of how our brain constructs our reality.

The ST LAB 2022 will take place from August 12th to September 23rd at the gallery of Billytown in The Hague. As in the previous ST LABs the space will be organically transformed into an unforeseen universe, emerged out of the collaboration of the participants. Concept and realization by Katherina Heil and Alexander Johannes Heil.

Confirmed Participants:

Location Billytown (The Hague/ The Netherlands):
Alexander Johannes Heil (Conceptual Artist), Angela Bartholomew (Art Historian), Babette Kleijn (Visual Artist), Farzané Nouri (Sound Artist/ Musician), Iede Reckman (Visual Artist), Jiajia Qi (Visual Artist), Katherina Heil (Visual Artist), Kim David Bots (Artist), Maja Klaassens (Visual Artist/ Writer), Peter van Beveren (Conceptual Artist/ Curator/ The Archives Library), Rik Möhlmann (Visual Artist/ Composer), Sabine Winters (Philosopher/ Founder of Future Based), Tatiana Kolganova (Multimedia Artist).

Location Sala de Espera (Tijuana/ Mexico): Talia P. Gilbert (Visual artist), Andrea J. Moriel (Visual artist), Luis A. Sánchez (Visual artist)

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