Lab212 was founded in 2008, by a group of friends who all graduated in Media & Interaction Design at les Gobelins Paris. In 2015, they are Ambassadors representing the artistic field at the Assises de la Jeune Création, for the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Jonathan Blanchet, Juliette Champain, François Chay, Cyril Diagne, Erik Escoffier, Nicolas Guichard, Béatrice Lartigue, Tobias Muthesius & Pierre Thirion.
Using new media, the collective creates installations which explore our perceptions of space and sound. These pieces, in which the visitor becomes an actor, provoke a loss of bearings and offer a sensitive interpretation of impalpable phenomena by giving them a materiality, as through light and sound beams in space (Passifolia, 2020), the force of the wind on the landscape (Nebula, 2018), or the weight of the body in atmosphere (Starfield, 2012).
“Encoding the evanescent relationships between physical and virtual worlds as strings of bits and bytes written in ones and zeros, the French artist collective Lab212 draws on science, videogames and music to build poetic and playful sensory experiences. Using craft and technology to ignite imagination and convey emotions, day-to-day human gestures are magnified to reach the inaccessible, the shifting of the gaze reveals the imperceptible.” Caroline Hirt, Curator
Their works were exhibited at the Barbican Centre (London, GBR), the V&A Museum (London, GBR), the Miraikan Museum (Tokyo, JPN), the Museum of Digital Art (Zurich, CHE), the DMuseum (Seoul, KOR), le Centre Pompidou (Paris, FRA), la Gaîté Lyrique (Paris, FRA).
Lab212 has won several international awards, including from the Sundance Film Festival (New Frontier Selection: Notes on Blindness), Ars Electronica (Interactive Art Honorary Mention: LightType), the Lumen Prize (Performance Award: Portée/).