PHANTOM LAB is a joint research group led by performance artist Barbis Ruder, philosopher and cultural theorist Lona Gaikis and industrial designer Walter Lunzer.

Currently based at the Angewandte Performance Lab (APL) in Vienna, their work engages the needs of upper limb prosthesis wearers to integrate their notion of ‘feeling’ as a novel paradigm to clinical study and medical engineering. The group models workshop settings that raise attention to marginalized bodies in medical design processes.

PHANTOM LAB opens dialogues with prosthesis wearers in the development of medical devices on eye-level, as it flips the sides of the clinical gaze to find out what can be learned from bodies that are generally labelled as ‘pathological’.