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REBOOT Laboratory is a studio in which artists and designers work collaboratively with the lab’s director Rob Duarte to create works that utilize the waste materials produced by capitalism and conspicuous consumption. Our approach is rooted in the visual arts and is driven by our collective knowledge of process, materials, and hands-on experimentation.

REBOOT projects afford a critical look at the logical consequences of the ways in which we produce, consume, and discard the objects that make up our designed world. These explorations of the political and environmental implications of consumer culture occur through a hands-on process of thinking and making, with a goal of provoking discussion and action that will bring about alternative, preferred futures.

Founded in the summer of 2015 by Assistant Professor in Art Rob Duarte, REBOOT is part of the Florida State University Facility for Arts Research.


MFA Candidate Celeste Ivory Celeste Ivory is a graduate student in FSU’s Master of Fine Arts program. This summer, she has been working in the REBOOT lab, as an extension of her studio. Celeste’s work is very focused…

Visiting Artist Matt Jeffs During the month of July 2017, REBOOT hosted visiting artist, designer, and craftsman Matt Jeffs. During this time, Jeffs has been working with lab director Rob Duarte to design and create objects, to…



Rob Duarte, Director

Amanda Pereira, Brazil IIE Student Researcher (2016)

Matt Jeffs, Artist in Residence

Kevin Hernandez, UROP Student Researcher (2015-2016)

Celeste Ivory, Graduate Student Artist-Researcher

Sarah Morell, UROP Student Researcher (2015-2016)

Colin Huse, Graduate Student Intern (2017)

Tali Nir, Volunteer Student Researcher (2015-2016)




Plastic Granulator

Precision Matthews PM-25V Milling Machine with DRO

7×12 Precision Lathe

Injection Molder (coming soon)

1400 Watt Panini Press with PID Temperature Control

Oven with 4 Ton Hydraulic Press and PID Temperature Control

Northstar 24″ Slab Roller (coming soon)

40 Ton Hydraulic Press

1 Ton Arbor Press


Electronics Bench with DSO, Power Supply, Waveform Generator, DMM

Fluke 115 DMM & Fluke 323 Clamp Meter

Hakko Soldering Station

Hot Air Rework Station

Atmel ICE and STK500 Programmers

250x USB Microscope

Saleae Logic Analyzer

RTL2832U/R820T Software Defined Radio Receiver

Metal and Wood

MicroLux Mini Table Saw

Bosch Scroll Saw

Dewalt 1/2″ Drill

16-Speed Floor Drill Press

5-Speed Benchtop Drill Press

Compact Metal Bender

Moldmaking and Casting

Toaster Oven with PID Temperature Control

1.5 Gal Vacuum Chamber

2 Stage 5 CFM Vacuum Pump

1kg Digital Gram Scale



FSU Council on Research and Creativity

FSU Facility for Arts Research Co-Directors Denise Bookwalter, Judy Rushin, and past Director Carolyn Henne

FSU College of Fine Arts, Interim Dean Scott Shamp and past Dean Peter Weishar

FSU Department of Art faculty, staff, and studio technicians Robby Nowell and Bill Rice

Ralph Bates at Tallahassee Welding & Machine

Jerry Horne and Dr. Richard Liang at the FSU High Performance Materials Institute

Bryce Hill and Andrew Williams at MARPAN

Dave Hakkens’ Precious Plastic


Photo by Matt Jeffs