einLab are Elia Gurna and Ben Lam, an artist team based in Beacon and Queens, New York. Visual artists with backgrounds in literature and music, they have been creating sound pieces since 2002. Past collaborator, guitarist Mark Di Donna, joined the team's performing lineup from 2005 to 2007.
Their audio pieces have been featured in such exhibitions as Windows on Main Street at the Howland Public Library and Flow: Navigating the Super Paradigm at Collaborative Concepts, both in Beacon, Cityscapes: Urban Poetry Mass at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where they were also broadcast on CBC Radio, Queens International 2004 at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, and Collaboration 1 at the Center For Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia.
einLab has also contributed media specific interventions to a series produced by Vienna's museum in progress, appearing in the Austrian daily newspaper der Standard's New York Times supplement, and Art in General & e-flux's Arts & Leisure in New York. Most recently, they have adapted their sound pieces to a live medium, with performances at the Queens Museum of Art, beacon artist union, WKCR's Live Constructions, ez loft, and chashama's 44th Street gallery.
"For Queens International 2004, einLab presents no neutral ground: a panorama peace piece (2004). Produced in the spirit of Einstein's writings from Why War?, the physicist's exchange with Freud on pacifism, no neutral ground is a reaction to recent history, and a critique of America's obsession with excess. Three listening stations are set up along the viewing platform and ramp of the museum's Panorama of the City of New York, offering visitors an alternate way of experiencing the model -- to feel the pulse of the city through einLab's beats. Their downtempo ethereal drum and keyboard backdrop is fused with unapologetic articulations of the social ills of our time."
excerpt from the Queens International 2004 catalog
entry written by Emmy Catedral