The mLAB was initiated by Susan Thieme in 2017 and has been co-directed by Susan Thieme, Carolin Schurr and Mirko Winkel since 2018, with many contributors from geography.

The mLAB is an experimental space that encourages researchers and students to experiment with new forms of transdisciplinary collaboration. The aim is to make new media, art and digital technologies an integral part of research activities and develop unorthodox coalitions of aesthetics and geography. Besides making research results visible to different publics, the mLAB focuses on creating sensorial routes of knowledge production.

The mLAB was founded by the units Critical Sustainability Research and Social- and Cultural Geography and is currently directed by the artist Mirko Winkel. It is supported by a team of researchers and is open to the entire Institute of Geography and other interested parties.