Medialab-Prado is a free space open to the general public, so you can take part in all the activities as part of the public (presentations, debates, seminars, exhibits of projects created here, etc.) Occasionally, prior registration is necessary for certain activities due to space limitations.
Medialab-Prado is open to the public Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. During these hours, you can come to consult information related to the activity programmes, get advice from cultural mediators, visit temporary exhibits of the projects created here, consult the library, etc.
Cultural mediation and workstations
The role of cultural dynamizers or mediators is essential to the work of Medialab-Prado. They are always present in the activity space, fostering not only information dissemination but also reception, meeting and connection among a variety of agents. Mediators are researchers and socio-cultural agents making scheduled activities a productive, meaningful experience for the public in all its diversity.
Medialab-Prado's mediators' blog
The workstations that structure the space in Medialab-Prado are open laboratories dedicated to different topics where production, research and exhibition come together. Each module is helmed by a cultural mediator, specialized in a particular area of knowledge, who is there to respond to the different needs of the diverse viewers and users.
Work Stations currently in action:
- Creative Hardware. A platform for prototyping with low coast technologies and technologies with open licenses and open code; will a specific focus on projects for citizenship participation.
- CCode. Creative Programming and Interactive Design. A space for the dissemination and experimentation of the creative possibilities of codes, related to projects such as Processing, openFrameworks and other software platforms with open code.
- Data Culture. A space for the dissemination and research focused on the exploration of big data culture and its current impact on science, society and culture.
- Citizen Science. A platform for the distribution and the launching of collaborative projects by both professional scientists and amateurs, through the gathering and analysis of data. In collaboration with Citizen Cyberscience Centre (CCC).
- Free Graphics. A design studio open to learning, research, discussion, production and edition with collaborative practices and free software tools.
- OpenFab. A laboratory for training in, as well as creation and research of, digital fabrication.
- Commons Economy. Research, production and assistance concerning sustainability of projects based on common goods.
- Funcionamientos: Open Design from Functional Diversity. Centered on the reflection, dissemination and production of technologies from the inclusive point of view of diverse functionality.
- FoodLab: Creating Sitopia. A relational space focused on food and its implications in today’s society, and within the local context of Madrid.
- I + Papel. Innovation with and through paper.
Programs for new publics:
- Estación_flúor. Visits, workshops and other activities for children and young people.
- Hacer Barrio. Activities to reinforce the links with the local contexts and support new local productive communities.
In addition to individual attention, group visits can be arranged by writing to mediacion [arroba] medialab-prado.es or by phone at +34 912 191 157.
International workshops and seminars
Workshops organized at Medialab-Prado are conceived as spaces for collaborative work, knowledge exchange and theoretical-practical training related to digital culture. The subjects proposed for intensive collaborative project development workshops are linked to Medialab-Prado’s various ongoing programmes. You can take part either as a promoter of a project or as a collaborator in developing the selected proposals. In seminars, you can take also take part as the author of a theoretical paper (see Open Calls below).
We offer courses on technical know-how, like programming and electronics. Due to limited space, you must sign up ahead of time on our website.
You can sign up for work groups on specific subjects. Regular meetings and other related activities like mini-workshops and presentations are held. To take part in these groups, we suggest that you sign up (see work groups below).
Throughout the year, Medialab-Prado announces numerous open calls on its Web site for the submission of theoretical and practical proposals and for participation in the collaborative development of projects, as part of our various ongoing programmes.
Open calls for projects and collaborators
As part of the various types of project development workshops, you can take part either as the promoter of a project –if the project you submitted to an open call has been selected– or as a collaborator, as a member of the collaborative development groups that work together to carry out the selected proposals. In these spaces, a horizontal work dynamic is created in which authors and collaborators contribute knowledge and ideas, while they learn from the rest of the group and the workshop instructors. Project submissions and collaborator registration are done via online forms on the website.
Open calls for papers
These calls are for the submission of theoretical works related specifically to the subjects proposed. Selected works are presented in public by their author(s) as part of the activities scheduled for that particular seminar. Papers are submitted via the website.
At Medialab-Prado various groups made up of local users meet regularly to discuss different subjects and develop projects. The groups' meetings and activities are announced on the Web site and are open to anyone interested. To take part in the groups on a more stable basis, contact us at info.m (arroba) medialab-prado.es.
Openlab Fridays (Viernes Openlab), for example, is a stable work group that meets on Friday evenings at Medialab-Prado. It is a meeting and experimentation space open to anyone interested in developing or collaborating on projects, prototypes, or experiments with interactive, sound, artificial vision, etc. electronic devices.
To find out what groups have been formed to date, click here.