Le Laboratoire is a contemporary art and design center where artists and designers experiment at frontiers of science.  Founder David Edwards instigates and curates collaborations ("experiments") between leading international artists and scientists, and these collaborations produce original works which are exhibited at Le Lab.  We invite the public to experience these experiments for free. We hope to showcase the creative process that drives innovation and value in culture, industry, society, and education as a fusion of art and science producing tangible –– if experimental –– art and design outcomes.

Tours of exhibitions at Le Lab are facilitated by Gallery Interpreters. During your visit, these guides will lead you on a personalized tour to provide background and contextual information about the exhibition. Our Interpreters study each exhibition extensively, and –– as they are typically able to spend time with the collaborating artists and scientists –– bring an insider's perspective to the work and process. Questions and conversations are welcome!

EXP 27 Phase 2: Quilting ++

Oct 11 - Dec 18

Quilting++ is an exhibition by Certain Measures, the 28th experiment of Le Laboratoire. A companion installation to KINTSUGI++, QUILTING++ updates the practice of new creation from old fragments by applying machine vision and advanced geometry to augment the designer’s intuition computationally. 

EXP 27: Kintsugi ++

May 8 - Oct 10

Certain Measures

Opening on May 8 will open the first phase of the 27th experiment of Le Laboratoire, by Certain Measures, part of the unique Kintsugi++ installation that explores the possibilities of up-cycling in architecture and design. 

EXP 26: Sparking the Grassroots Aesthetic Movement

Jan 30 - April 16, 2018

On view at the Café ArtScience

Over the last few years the Maine-based artist Jacques Vesery has collaborated with international artists around the annual Wood Day celebration that occurs somewhere in the world at the time of the spring solstice.


October 5 - December 16, 2017 - Le Laboratoire Cambridge - Café ArtScience



The Long Now is the 25th experiment of Le Laboratoire. 


The Long Now explores the elasticity of time, and particularly the aesthetics of stretched time. The opportunity for this show came by way of Le Lab founder, David Edwards, who saw that a prior work of mine, Figure Studies, which he commissioned in 2012, and elements of a new work by the artist/inventor Danny Hillis, might be placed in dynamic relationship to each other.


Years ago, Hillis expressed his dream of a clock that would last 10,000 years. This dream eventually became The Clock of the Long Now. Through philanthropic support, including a generous gift from Jeff Bezos, The Long Now Foundation has over the last decade been building with Hillis this massive clock into a mountain in Western Texas.

Le Laboratoire Cambridge proposes 5 unique screenings of Restless Creatures this fall.[Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30]   

To reserve your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-restless-creatures-wendy-whelan-followed-by-a-surprise-cocktail-at-cafe-artscience-tickets-38026568490

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June 28 - Sept 30, 2017 - Le Laboratoire Cambridge - Café ArtScience

The 24th Experiment of Le Laboratoire, the ArtScience Culture Lab, introduces 15 bold dreams of the pioneers of the first World Frontiers Forum.

15 pioneers inspire 15 weeks.


March 3 - June 10, 2017 - Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Life in Picoseconds, the 23rd experiment at Le Laboratoire, is a collaboration between French design team Millimetre, video artist and scientist Charles Reilly, artist Daniel Faust, artist and researcher Anna Ondaatje, and Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards. Integral to the Life in Picoseconds experience is an extraordinary new form of digital representation, the Atom Screen. With the Atom Screen, still and moving images appear on swirls of particles that move in chaotic and prescribed ways between glass panels, producing unusual, abstract, and realistic representations that convey emotive, artistic, and scientific impressions. 

September 29, 2016 – January 7, 2017 – Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Internationally known for his transformable structures, Chuck Hoberman presents an experience of transformable space and aesthetic possibility with 10° — Le Laboratoire’s 22nd experiment. Taking Hoberman’s work in a new direction, 10° is a large-scale installation of four kinetic sculptures that can be transformed by guests through hands-on play.

April 22, 2016 – July 1, 2016 – Le Laboratoire Cambridge

The 21st Experiment of Le Laboratoire, 150 Milliseconds documents the development of British contemporary art collective Random International’s current work in progress, Fifteen Points. An entirely new body of work, Fifteen Points has emerged out of the artists’ two-year Laboratoire...

September 18, 2015 – January 2, 2016 – Le Laboratoire Cambridge

The Trouble with Jellyfish is a contemporary art installation by Mark Dion.  Across the world’s seas, jellyfish blooms of impressive magnitude are signaling ecological disturbances and a dramatic deterioration of the marine environment.  While these troubles are beginning to garner public attention, what...

December 2, 2015 – December 5, 2015

Birdly is a virtual reality simulator that explores the experience of a bird in flight. Flying is one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Birdly captures this dream by simulating the experience of being a bird from a first person perspective. Unlike a common flight simulator you do not control the machine with...

April 17, 2015 – August 16, 2015 – Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Memory is a stunning sensory art experience created by music composer Dániel Péter Biró and master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel, working with Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards and Rachel Field, creators of the new o-Platform, and designers Baptiste Viala, Laurent Milon, and Charlie Zehnlé...

2014-2015 Le Laboratoire Paris and Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Vocal Vibrations, created by composer and inventor Tod Machover with designer and architect Neri Oxman, both professors at the MIT Media Lab, invites visitors to enter a group meditative chamber where they listen to Machover’s 10-channel “Chapel” composition based on vocal recordings of soprano...

Exp 17: Culture Labs

Fall 2013 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Over the last decade, artists, designers, and scientists have collaborated in widely varying circumstances. Through their original and sometimes provocative projects they have explored questions at once critical to an understanding of contemporary society and hard to explore along disciplinary lines...

Exp 16: The Olfactive Project

May 17, 2013 – September 15, 2013 – Le Laboratoire Paris

The Olfactive Project, created by an international team of artists, scientists, and designers including the founder of Le Laboratoire David Edwards, the master perfumer Olivier Pescheaux from Givaudan, the coffee master from Toby Estates in Australia Ryan Spinoglio and the artist Carsten Nicolaï, helps us realize the dream...

Exp 15: Figure Studies

October 5, 2012 – January 6, 2013 – Le Laboratoire Paris

For its 15th experiment, Le Laboratoire presents Figure Studies by American artist David Michalek. The work applies the technology of high-speed HD video toward capturing scenes and subject matter reminiscent of the famous Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey photo-studies of human movement...

Exp 14: WA|HH

May 4, 2012 – July 22, 2012 – Le Laboratoire Paris

For its 14th experiment, Le Laboratoire presents the exhibition WA|HH, dedicated to the new mini spray of flavor WA|HH Quantum Sensations invented by Philippe Starck and David Edwards.  An invitation to experience an explosion of culinary sensation in the smallest imaginable form...

Exp 13: Cummulus

October 7, 2012 – January 9, 2012 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Le Laboratoire and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design are pleased to sponsor an exhibition by Argentine artist and architect Ciro Najle, a frequent design critic at the GSD, entitled cummulus...

Exp 12: The Refusal of Time

March 25, 2011 – June 26, 2011 – Le Laboratoire Paris

For the 12th experiment presented at Le Laboratoire, South African artist William Kentridge and American scientist Peter Galison wonder about the simultaneity of time as a creative process...

Exp 11: Cellbag In Labstore

September 24, 2010 – January 30, 2011 – Le Laboratoire Paris

The CellBag (formeley Pumpkin) is a beautiful way to carry water as Nature does, without harming the environment, while sustaining life, as we know it. With inspiration drawn from the biological cell, The Pumpkin helps you carry water in multiple ways...

Exp 10: Cellular Design

September 24, 2010 – January 17, 2011 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Le Laboratoire ran an original experimental exhibition on the theme of water, and in particular, the transport of water; the exhibition looks at how this could be made environmentally reliable and more natural...

Exp 9: An Architecture of "Humeurs"

January 22, 2010 – May 16, 2010 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Animist, vitalist and machinist, the architecture of “humeurs” rearticulates the need to confront the unknown in a contradictory manner by means of computational and mathematical assessments..

Exp 8: The Collective Brain

October 9, 2009 – January, 4 2010 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Through work that began in a fall 2007 course at Harvard, continued through the summer 2008 Innovation Workshop at Le Laboratoire, and up through an experiment last spring in collaboration with Le Louvre, the young creators of MuseTrek invented a new approach to cultural and artistic narration...

Exp 7: Clouds of Flavors

October 9, 2009 – January, 4 2010 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Imagine a cloud of flavor wafting up from a glass bowl, resembling something between a surprising carafe and a mysterious globe. You delicately inhale the cloud. A sensual caress tickles your palate. And you are near to imagining Le Whaf, the latest innovation of Le Laboratoire...

Exp 6: While I Sleep

February 13, 2009 – May 4, 2009 – Le Laboratoire Paris

As part of its next exhibition/experiment, Le Laboratoire has invited the Indian artist Shilpa Gupta to explore a universal theme: fear. A theme unfortunately most present indeed given the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai. This project, prepared with the psychologist Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard professor) explores the power of images as expressed by the behavior of individuals...

Exp 5: V≠L

October 11, 2008 – January 12, 2009 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Le Laboratoire is pleased to present, for the first time in Europe, a personal exhibition of the Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, a major figure of the sound and visual electronic scene. From his correspondence with the American mathematician Benedict Gross, he has conceived a work where the definition of the sublime blends with the immateriality of infinity. Welcome to a world of millimeter precision...

Exp 4: Within Thierry Marx's Sphere

October 11, 2008 – January 12, 2009 – Le Laboratoire Paris

To enter "Thierry Marx's Sphere” is to pass the border of gastronomical mysteries and to experience new pleasures, both culinary and visual. This exhibition aims to reinvent the spirit of the chef's table in applying Jérôme Bibette's latest advances in the science of microparticles...

Exp 3: Attention !

February 8, 2008 – March 2008 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Attention! is an experimental program of artscience collaboration between leading international artists, healthcare scientists and the general public to catalyze fresh thinking around drug and vaccine development...

Exp 2: Bel-Air

October 19, 2007 – January 6, 2008 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Drawing on experimental observations of Nasa scientists, Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards have created a new form of air filter that passes dirty air past absorptive surfaces of plants, thereby improving the capacity of plants to absorb noxious gases and particles, and, in a sense, render plants “more intelligent"....

Exp 1: Food For Thought

October 19, 2007 – January 6, 2008 – Le Laboratoire Paris

Food For Thought is a major contemporary art installation resulting from a collaborative experiment between the artist Fabrice Hyber and the Mit scientist Robert Langer...

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