the laboratory for critical technics (lct) is a transdisciplinary laboratory for critical experimentation on the conditions for living and dwelling together in the 21st century. in an era when planetary capitalism, global financial crisis, uncertain climate futures, and the reign of terror and insecurity increasingly define the human condition, it is less and less clear how to build common worlds worth sharing and preserving. although philosophers and critical theorists have tried to recover a notion of the “commons” in the wake of the fragmentation and dispersal of work and social existence in late capitalism, the lct does not presume to know where or by what means common worlds are tenuously or tenaciously forged. instead, the lct investigates how dwelling-with-others is a problem, in gilles deleuze’s sense of the term, whose solution cannot be known in advance. forging common worlds is something that needs to be determined experimentally.
Computer-driven media now circulate and activate images, sound and objects at densities greater than human limits of comprehension. We face the limits of effectively managing the technologies that activate our everyday world. Our challenge is how to build and inhabit environments that leverage the power of emerging technologies for shelter, sociality and play.
We pursue our mission by developing new practices for imagining and creating worlds that do not burden but enliven experience. We design technologies and techniques for animating environments that are richer but not more complicated, by asking how can we create worlds that we would want to live in?