Louis Alderson Bythell

Louis Alderson-Bythell is an artist working under the name LAB. LAB engages with the relationships between human and non-human ecologies, genetics and biological technology, environmental observation through deep time, bio-politics, and the interplay between stability and plasticity in ecological systems.

These areas are used as lenses to explore, interrogate and showcase the poetry and interdependence in more-than-human systems and to build critical narratives around them. LAB creates Sculptural works and collaborates with scientists and researchers from various disciplines from such as Insect Behavioural Ecology, Lichenology and Artificial Intelligence.
LAB works with living matter, and has previously worked with Costume, Performance Art, 3D Scanning and digital fabrication technologies, having exhibited in group shows at Kunsthal Charlottenborg – Spring Exhibition (2020) at Art Night London (2018), Rotterdam Art Week (2018) and Fashion Clash Festival (2019) with Schuit Collections and at MOMA NY for the Biodesign challenge (2017). Their work has been featured in publication such as Forbes, Vogue and Clot Magazines and has previously collaborated with, Alex Box, Wayne McGregor, the performance artist Salvia.

LAB is a current resident at the Sarabande Foundation. Their most recent work is a commission to create a public sculpture for the town of Martigny (Switzerand) in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London. The work is a bio chronological clock and pollution monitor that creates a trans-temporal link between a living Lichen and its fossil ancestor ‘Prototaxites’. 

Louis Alderson Blythell, Sarabande Foundation