The Laboratory For What’s Possible is a project that tells the story of a fictional telecommunications research center. It is built from salvage and operating in any way possible, in an attempt to reclaim and connect layers of history in an unstable future. It imagines a new structure for a laboratory in an extreme political / environmental climate with a lack of access to materials and funding, created from our excess ("laboratory equipment" made from cast-off items, etc). The project incorporates performance, social practice, and prototyping to tell its story. It asks what is necessary to communicate, to innovate, and to stay connected; and if it is possible to create an organization not based on power and fear.
Amelia Marzec is an artist focused on rebuilding local communications infrastructure to prepare for an uncertain future. Her work has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH, MIT, ISEA (Canada), University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland), ONCE Foundation Contemporary Art Biennial (Spain), NODE Forum for Digital Arts Biennial (Germany), and is part of the Rhizome ArtBase. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, Harvestworks, and Ox-Bow; a fellow NYSCA/NYFA, A.I.R. Gallery, and the Tow Center at Columbia University; a visiting artist at the Center for Integrated Media at Calarts; a grantee of the Research Foundation of CUNY; and a nominee for the World Technology Awards for Art. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and teaches at CUNY and Pratt Institute.