Medialab Prado


INTERACTIVOS?09: Garage Science - Project Showcase

17.02.2009 - 20.02.2009, 23.02.2009 - 27.02.2009, 02.03.2009 - 06.03.2009, 09.03.2009 - 13.03.2009, 16.03.2009 - 20.03.2009

Place: Medialab-Prado. Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 · Madrid

INTERACTIVOS'?09: Garage Science international workshop-seminar took place at Medialab-Prado from January 28 through February 14, 2009. During the workshop nine interactive installations were collaboratively developed. These prototypes can be seen at Medialab-Prado from February 17 through March 22.

Rompetechos: an open aerial platform

by Igor Gómez Gil de San Vicente (Spain)
Collaborators: Fernando Ojeda, Paul Salazar, Taeyoon Choi, Carlos Corpa.

rompetechos final

Aerial environment is usually seen as a complex field where, only with high doses of knowledge, technology and capital, light unmanned applications can be achieved, but nowadays cheaper technologies allow building, with limited resources, a tool to accede to this area.
The project aims to develop and build a radio controlled aerial platform with low cost, autonomous flight capability that could be used as a platform for experimentation in different fields: art, science, education, etc..

Rompetechos on the Wiki

Related links:

Interactivos09 Forum


SPAD2K plans



Build a 3D Printer

by Zach Smith (USA)

Collaborators: Erika Lincoln (CA), Kirsty Boyle (Aus), Guillermo Gago Doreste (Esp), Sunil Sudhakaran (IN), Ricardo Lobo (Port), Catarina Mota (Port), Cristina Branco (Port), Daniel Pietrosemoli (Ven), Juan González (Esp)


RepRap is an open source project for building a self-replicating 3D printer which is capable of producing real objects. A RepRap machine enables creative and inventive possibilities to explore art, science and technology, giving "citicen scientists" the power to manufacture and share designs and experiments in an open and distributed way. The evolution of desktop 3D printer brings advanced fabrication and prototyping technologies to people everywhere who want to learn how to make things previously considered improbable.

With the collaboration of StereoPrint, Servicio de Impresión Tridimensional                 


Build a 3D Printer on the Wiki

Related links:


NYC Resistor

Zach Hoeken

Erika Lincoln

Sunil Sudhakaran


Hormigas Interactibus

by Adrián Santuario (Mexico)

Collaborators: Sara Aguiton, Francois Blanquart, Ricardo Iglesias, Andrés Soria, Antonio Catalano, Carlos Panero, Dani Quilez, Cristina Branco.

 hormigas final

The aim of the project is to experiment the interaction that can be stablished between mechanical systems, robotically animated and human collectives. A plague of ants threat the space of the workshop. The initial approach considers the creation of a robotic ants colony, made out of simple electronic components. The ants live in colonies with a highly structured social organization which can be mathematically modeled and then, translated into an electric circuit. Some ants react to the amount of light, using photocells, and we suggest a hierarchy between them, making modifications in the main circuit. Finally, we've made a terrarium, where we can see three different “species” of ants, which are connected to each other.


Hormigas interactibus on the Wiki


re:farm the City

by Hernani Dias (Portugal / Spain)

Collaborators: Belén Illana, Tiago Henriques, Eduardo Meléndez, Gabriela Troncoso, Dani Quilez, Mar Canet, Varvara Guljajeva.

re:farm the city


RE:FARM THE CITY is a group of tools for designing, managing and monitoring an urban vegetable garden focussed on the local vegetable biodiversity, its gastronomic culture and the rural knowledge that is getting lost little by little.

The urban farmer will be able to download an application for his computer and begin to make his urban vegetable garden. The process starts asking if the user wants a culinary or therapeutic garden. Then, it begins with the process of setting the physical space : flowerpots or a plot of land. After this configuration, the urban farmer will be able to modify or manage his vegetable gardens.


Blog about re:farm the city


Fruit Computer Laboratory

by Alejandro Tamayo (Colombia)

Collaborators: Andreas Puck, Carla Capeto, Johanna Villamil, Kelly Andres. Special thanks to: Marc Dusseiller (Material Sciences), Yago Torroja (Electronics)

fruit computer laboratory2


The project of building a computer with fruits is considered as an artistic and scientific experiment that allows to re-imagine our relationship with that digital machine, inspiring new and unexpected thoughts and imaginaries.

Opposite to the current investigation and development tendencies, which search the construction of faster computers, this project suggest an scenario where stored information can get modified through time and the simplest computational processes can take from some hours to several months.


Blog about Fruit Computer Laboratory


Sounds of Science

by Jay Barros (USA)

Collaborators: Christoph Limbach, Xabier Vila-Coia

 los sonidos de la ciencia

Based on PetriArt, bacterial art, Bio Art, Bio Punk concepts, Sounds of Science aims to use available equipment and low cost (mostly recycled) materiales to create remixes of sounds and images captured from our microscopic urban context. It is well established that certain rythms and frequencies serve as a musical tablature into a visual journey that shows the staggering realities that exist beyond the x100 vision.

Sounds of Science Wiki


Garage Astrobiology

by Andy Gracie (United Kingdom / Spain)

Collaborators: Georg Kettele (, Martin Kern (, Marc Dusseiller (dusjagr labs), Yasser Bigay, Anders Restad (tinkertank), Varvara Guljajeva.


Using data received from deep space magnetic fields through Pionner 10 and 11,and the Voyager 1 and 2, the aim is to explore the effects of these magnetic fields in the culture of micro organisms.

Garage Astrobiology on the Wiki



by Susanna Tesconi (Italy / Spain)

Collaborators: Maithe Bertolini, Yashas Shetty, Sandra Fernández, Nerea Calvillo, Virginia Gámez, Juan Camilo Moreno.


It's a device that reveals contaminant gas in the air. A homemade kit, open hardware, that you can use for finding out the conditions of the air you breath and sharing the information that you collect with other users of Glob@s connected by Internet all around the world. The visualization interface is though for activities with kids.

Glob@s has two modules, one for measuring in an open space and the other for receiving and visualizing data.

Glob@s is also though for sending data to the platform Pachube, which allows to share real-time information that comes from objects equipped with tags or sensors from anywhere in the world.


Glob@s: Blog and Wiki 

Related platform: 



The Five Filters

by Keyvan Minoukadeh (United Kingdom / Iran)

Collaborators: Fernanda Reis, Alon Chitayat, Raúl Domínguez, Jorge Dueñas Lerín, Helena Piñán.


Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky describe the media as businesses which sell a product (readers) to other businesses (advertisers). In their propaganda model of the media they point to five ‘filters’ which determine what we read in the newspapers and see on the television. These filters produce a very narrow view of the world that is in line with government policy and business interests.
In this project we try to encourage readers to explore the world of non-corporate online news, websites which avoid the five filters of the propaganda model. We also try to make these sources of news more accessible by allowing users to print the stories found on these alternative news sites in the format of a newspaper.

Keyvan Minoukadeh's Website

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