Integrating humanistic inquiry with cutting-edge technology and design, CAMLab explores innovative, interdisciplinary ways of showcasing art and culture through immersive installations, exhibitions, films, digital publications, and other multimedia forms.
CAMLab creates and curates forward-looking, experimental work that explores enduring questions of human consciousness. Using cutting-edge multimedia storytelling and multi-sensory technologies, we model cultural and historical experiences that engage and transport participants beyond the here and now, across the continuum of time and space.
Guiding modern audiences through these immersive, imaginative spaces, we enable them to discover and access forms of knowledge that are otherwise impossible.
No two CAMLab projects are the same—but each is grounded in a process that incorporates both expansive research and groundbreaking creative practice.
In some instances, digital technology and sensorial techniques breathe new life into an archival record. In others, it’s the archival record that lends form, substance, and nuance to projects that begin as aesthetic concepts.
Located at 485 Broadway—just outside Harvard Yard—CAMLab Cave opened in the fall of 2022. It serves as a hub of innovative forms of knowledge production, pedagogy, and sensorial media practice. During Public Visits, Harvard FAS CAMLab welcomes audiences to explore immersive installations that stage cultural history with digital technologies.
Now open on Fridays & Saturdays ( Feb. 16 – Mar. 30)
Location: Lower Level | 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
All are welcome. Reserving tickets in advance is required
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Founder and Director
Eugene Y. Wang is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University. A Guggenheim Fellow (2005), he is the art history editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2004). His extensive publications range from early Chinese art and archeology to modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema. His book, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005), explores Buddhist worldmaking; it received the Sakamoto Nichijin Academic Award from Japan. His current research focuses on cognitive study of art and consciousness as well as biocentric art that integrates visual, biological, and ecological systems.
He is also the founding director of Harvard FAS CAMLab that explores the nexus of cognition, aesthetics, and mindscape. The CAMLab projects he heads explores multimedia storyliving and immersive artistic-cum-spiritual experience, integrating humanistic research and sensorial media practice.
Co-founder and Associate Director
Chenchen Lu stands as a pioneering figure at the intersection of multiple disciplines, seamlessly blending her skills as an architect, art historian, media artist, filmmaker, and musician. At the helm of CAMLab’s innovative projects, she leads the team in transforming scholarly insights into multi-sensorial experiences that engage audiences in story-living digital theaters. Her current academic research delves into the Buddhist architecture of Medieval China, examining the intricate relationship between Buddhist mental practices, rituals, and the architectural landscapes of Buddhist caves, temples, and pagodas. Additionally, she investigates the world of music in Early China, focusing on the intersections of music theory, cosmology, and design principles. Before co-founding CAMLab with Prof. Eugene. Y. Wang, she practiced architecture in Zaha Hadid Architects and TeamMinus Atelier. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in architecture with honors from Tsinghua University in 2010 and went on to receive her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 2015. Currently, she is furthering her academic journey by pursuing a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She received the Distinction in Teaching Award from Harvard University in 2018.