Meet the experts who will mentor The Prototyping Laboratory of the Lab#02 "The Metabolic Sublime"


Energy sovereignty, human exclusion zones, automated landscapes, phantom extractivisms, territorial instrumentalization, residual circularity, decarbonization, geoengineering... are some of the topics we will address during LAB#02's Collaborative Prototyping Lab 'The Metabolic Sublime', an interdisciplinary production lab to develop projects that seek to radically reimagine current energy regimes on a planetary scale, and design the protocols, tools, institutions, cultures and/or dynamics that will make them possible.

The projects will be selected through public and international calls for proposals and will be assisted in their development by three experts, whose practices address key issues to ensure adequate planetary viability: Marina Otero, Liam Young and Joana Moll. They will be in charge of mentoring and guiding the development of the selected proposals in an intensive workshop that will take place in Madrid in January 2023.

Marina Otero Verzier is a PhD architect and director of the Social Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2022 she received the Wheelwright Award from Harvard University for her project on the future of data storage. From 2015-2022 she was Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, where she led initiatives on labour, extraction and mental health from an architectural and post-anthropocentric perspective. Her curatorial work includes the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 and the 13th Shanghai Biennale 2021. Previously, Marina worked as director of Studio-X GSAPP, a global network of research centres attached to Columbia University in New York. Marina has co-edited books such as Work, Body, Leisure (2018), More-than-Human (2020) and Lithium: States of Exhaustion (2021).

Lithium. States of Exhaustion. Editores: Francisco Díaz, Anastasia Kubrak y Marina Otero Verzier

Lithium. States of Exhaustion. Editores: Francisco Díaz, Anastasia Kubrak and Marina Otero Verzier

Joana Moll is an artist and researcher halfway between Berlin and Barcelona. Her work critically explores how post-capitalist narratives affect the literacy of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main lines of research include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profile analysis and interfaces. He has presented, exhibited and published his work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world such as the Venice Biennale, MMOMA, CCCB, ZKM, or Ars Electronica. Her work has also been published in media such as The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Wired or Vice. She is also co-founder of the research group Critical Interface Politics [], based at Hangar, and co-director of the Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms.

The Hidden Life of an Amazon User. Joana Moll

The Hidden Life of an Amazon User. Joana Moll

Liam Young is a designer, director and BAFTA nominated producer who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Described by the BBC as ‘the man designing our futures’, his visionary films and speculative worlds are both extraordinary images of tomorrow and urgent examinations of the environmental questions facing us today. As a worldbuilder he visualizes the cities, spaces and props of our imaginary futures for the film and television industry and with his own films he has premiered with platforms ranging from Channel 4, Apple+, SxSW, Tribeca, the New York Metropolitan Museum, The Royal Academy, Venice Biennale, the BBC and the Guardian. His films have been collected internationally by museums such as the New York Met, Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria and M Plus Hong Kong and has been acclaimed in both mainstream and design media including features with TED, Wired, New Scientist, Arte, Canal+, Time magazine and many more.

The City in the Sea. Liam Young

The City in the Sea. Liam Young

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