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REX|LAB is a space for realizing ideas. The tools are robotic actuators and the language is CAD programs and code. Going from idea to tangible object is always a form of translation, and interpretation. With robotics and software these processes are very flexible and subject to exploration. As a medium they both claim universality. Six-axis industrial robots are universal manipulators. Code is universal expression of everything calculatable (turing-complete). This paired with their novel nature leaves much to be found, discovered, and realized.
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Terrestrial Reef Drucken E-Mail

A post-digital installation within the 'Show Garden' silver medal winner GARDENING WILL SAVE THE WORLD - IKEA & TOM DIXON pavilion* at the 2019 RHS Royal Chelsea Flower Show .


'Terrestrial Reef' is a large, biodegradable 3D print hybridizing natural and synthetic elements such as soil, agar, Reishi mushrooms and robots. Conceived as a fictional 21st century techno-organic garden, it reflects on the often troubled, incompatible, even oppressive binary relationship of the built environment with the natural environment. Terrestrial Reef depicts nature as complex multi-domain ecology, challenging the common cultural association of gardens and parks as mere ‘greenery’. It examines the implications and opportunities in decision-making in a scenario where landscapes would be designed and shaped by artificial intelligence and robots. What aesthetic paradigms would learning machines develop for a hybrid ecosystem of natural and artificial symbionts?

Terrestrial Reef is the second installment of the conceptual ‘anti-garden’ framework of ‘Pahoehoe Beauty’, developed for the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

Credits: Design: Prof. Dr. Marjan Colletti (UCL, UIBK) and Tiziano Derme (UIBK, MAEID)

Letzte Aktualisierung ( Samstag, 25. Mai 2019 )
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FrAgile 6 – Pahoehoe Beauty Drucken E-Mail

FrAgile 6 – Pahoehoe Beauty

Marjan Colletti (IT, AT, GB), Daniela Mitterberger (AT), Tiziano Derme (IT, AT), Georg Grasser (AT)


The trans-disciplinary and post-digital series entitled FrAgility addresses the fragility/agility of design, technology, materiality, environment, nature and architecture in the 21st century, and results from the collaboration of a plethora of disciplines (industry, craftsmen, material scientists, biologists, couturiers, artists, engineers…).

Letzte Aktualisierung ( Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2018 )
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LIQUID ROCK Vernissage Drucken E-Mail
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am Samstag, den 20. Jänner 2018


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Wir leben in einer Zeit der Digitalisierung, der Automatisierung, der künstlichen Intelligenz - der vierten industriellen Revolution. Noch können wir die Reichweite ihrer Auswirkungen nicht ganz voraussehen; aber sie wird jeden Bereich des Lebens in einem Tempo, wie es keine Epoche zuvor vermochte, grundlegend verändern. Diese Entwicklung macht auch vor Kunst, Architektur und Design nicht halt. Die Ausstellung Liquid Rock zeigt große Betonelemente, die mit Industrierobotern in einem innovativen 3D Druckverfahren angefertigt wurden und soll nicht nur einen Blick in eine spekulative Zukunft skizzieren, sondern zur Diskussion stellen.

Dauer der Ausstellung: 24. Jänner - 3. März 2018

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Öffnungszeiten: Mi - Fr 15 - 18 Uhr, Sa 11 - 13 Uhr (ausgenommen Feiertage) sowie nach Vereinbarung. 

Letzte Aktualisierung ( Freitag, 13. April 2018 )
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REX|LAB @ Ars Electronica 2016 Drucken E-Mail
FrAgile 3 - Coralloid Cocoons

The installation is part of a series of prototypical ...
Letzte Aktualisierung ( Montag, 10. Oktober 2016 )
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FrAgile 2 - Porous Cast at Tallinn Architecture Biennale Drucken E-Mail
**NOW** REX|Lab at the Tallin Architecture Biennale TAB main exhibition !

Research Project by
Prof. Marjan Colletti, Kadri Tamre

Cooperation partners:

UIBK , REX|LAB , Exp.Arch, The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL , Grassmayr

Lukas Jonathan, Pedja Gavrilovic, Anna Aschberger, Chris Mell, Peter Griebel, Georg Grasser, Anne Steinkogler, Julia Fleckenstein, Maryna Shovkoplia

screenshottab.jpgTAB main exhibition Body Building, curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam, presents an impressive line-up of internationally renowned architects and researchers, experimenting on the borderline of architecture, using new materials, cutting edge technology (robotic fabrication, multi material 3d printing, real time data analyses) and reaching out to new disciplines (fashion, engineering). The main exhibition is open from 11th September to 11th October 2015 in the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Ahtri 2, Tallinn. Find out more about the participants and take a peak at the gallery here.

Photo: TonuTunnel

FrAgile 2: Porous Cast


The installation is part of a series of prototypical (and theoretical) investigations into FrAgility (fragile + agile), which explore the synthesis of agile robotic fabrication methods with fragile materiality. The series includes tests with polyurethane foam, hot melt glue-gun adhesive, plaster, polyactic lacid PLA, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene ABS, polycaprolactone PCL, concrete, Stewalin, gel pellets, clay, sand etc.

FrAgility is a key aspect characterizing all of them - an implication for openness, dynamism, hybridity, agility and fragility. In this case a simple technique of form-carving and casting was combined with gel inlays creating “self-organized” porosity. Porosity adds additional properties to the resulting prototype, for example thermal absorption, lightness or allowing environment for other (natural) organisms - as a synergy between the natural and the artificial.


Letzte Aktualisierung ( Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2015 )
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FrAgile 1 - Paris Fashion Show Drucken E-Mail
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Quaquaversal - Iris van Herpen Spring Collection Show, Paris

Iris van Herpen Paris ss 2016 show, featuring actress Gwendoline Christie, Jolan van der Wiel, Rex|Lab and Marjan Colletti

Collaborators @ REX|LAB:

Pedja Gavrilovic, Pavlos Fereos, Lukas Härtenberger

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For Spring/Summer 2016
Iris Van Herpen explores the powerful confluence of nature and architecture. Inspired by the living tree bridges in India, the designer executes a new approach to garment construction, mixing the techniques of cutting, weaving, folding and growing into a process that transcends the boundaries of traditional clothes-making.[...]

Letzte Aktualisierung ( Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2015 )
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LECTURES: AA Visiting School Innsbruck Drucken E-Mail

Programme Directors
Pavlos Fereos
Georg Grasser

Letzte Aktualisierung ( Dienstag, 20. Oktober 2015 )
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