Laboratoire develops specific urban artistic interventions which take their source in the human, social, historical, or urban peculiarity of the place of intervention. These works combine the local identity sensibilities slowly accumulated with the contemporary reality made up of population migrations and swift transfer of global informations.
Each installation is unique and accomodates with very diverse urban and social contexts in cities as diverse as Rio de Janeiro (1996), Johannesburg (2000), Algiers (2004), Cologne (2007), Marseille (2013) and in urban contexts particularly shattered, such as Chernobyl (1992), Sarajevo (1996) or Grosny (2007).
These territorial interpretations attempt to renew the public space by representing it otherwise, in order to contribute to the initiation of a shared space of serendipity, this positive disorientation that sharpens in contact with the unexpected to invent new sayings.
In each realization, Laboratoire creates a « medium-associated » which combines the languages and skills, while implementing disciplinary alliances, more complex each year. Artists, writers, geographers, urban planners, philosophers, sociologists or composers, hundreds of artists and researchers from around the world, were invited to participate over time in this patient transverse reconstruction work.
This is the case of the writers Patrick Chamoiseau, Jacques Lacarrière, Ismail Kadaré, Ahmadou Kourouma, Abdelwahab Meddeb, the artists Rekha Rodwittiya, William Kentridge, Ester Grinspum, Rachid Koraichi, Lu Shengzhong, the philosophers Bruno Latour, Pierre Sansot, Daniel Bougnoux, Bernard Stiegler, Yves Citton, Osamu Nishitani, Stefano Boeri, Patrice Meyer-Bisch, the sociologists Yves Chalas, Henry Torgu and the geographers Luc Gwiazdzinski or Augustin Berque.
Since 2003, Laboratoire develops an editorial line entitled local.contemporain, aiming to renew the look, that associates researchers, educators and artists around the usual social habits. This strategy of hyper-localised questioning is developed with a particular care for the global scale of mutations and for the abundant complexity of the involved temporalities. This editorial axis is distributed by Harmonia Mundi in France.