Photo: Nicolas Ferrando, Lois Lammerhuber

The heart piece of the first main exhibition “New Views of Humankind” in 2009 was constituted by four public accessible labs: BioLab, was a wet lab for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art lab equipment amidst cloned plants; BrainLab, made visitors aware of how humans perceive their environment and all that their brain leads them to believe as they do; FabLab focused on making computer aided design and fabrication accessible for users and spans from interactive installations for intuitive first experiences to custom designed software for easy access to fabrication tools; and the RoboLab, where contributions from the spheres of art, design and research demonstrate how robots and humans already live together and interact.

The FabLab was an interactive exhibition and workshop space at the Ars Electronica Center. It was all about design, production processes and tools, reaching from different design software via a laser cutter which cuts and engraves, to a 3-D printer which realizes digital models as physical objects. Every museum visitor could use the FabLab and its equipment.

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