A Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Exchange
• ST-LAB 2022 HOLY GRID!
• ST-LAB 2021 OHRIVERSUM
• ST-LAB 2019 COSMOGRAPHIA
Sensory Threshold LAB 2022 HOLY GRID!
OUT OUR SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME!
"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.
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
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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