LAX LAB is a creative laboratory directed by Dr. Emma Arnold at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo in Norway. LAX LAB comprises part of the ArtCONNECTS work package for the project AdaptationCONNECTS led by Professor Karen O’Brien. The project broadly strives to develop new understandings on whether and how different types of transformation can contribute to successful adaptation to climate change. LAX LAB will be exploring links between art, creativity, transformation, and climate change. This research is funded by a FRIPRO Top Research (Toppforsk) grant awarded through the Norwegian Research Council.

LAX LAB takes its name from a fishy double-entendre. It is inspired by the anadromous fish the salmon (laks in Norwegian), who must swim against the current to ensure its survival. It can also be understood as a reference to dominant approaches to climate change, which have been woefully inadequate or lax.

What is a creative lab? Good question. LAX LAB will be a space of academic experimentation and an attempt to develop a model of  ‘creative action research’. Activities will involve students and the public, reach across disciplines, and will explore the work of a broad selection of artists working on social, activist, and climate themes.

We must move against the flow sometimes if we want to effect positive social change and transformation.