Medialab Prado


Commons Lab: Working Groups 2009 - 2010

In this third year of the Commons Lab in Medialab-Prado working groups that started last year will continue active. Also, new groups and projects will be added. The working system of these groups is structured around periodical meetings, on-line work and other specific activities throughout the year. Both meetings and other activities are open to the participation of anyone interested.

> Activity expenses during 2010 (pdf)

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> Culture(s) of the Common
> An Audiovisual Library as Commons
> Common Body
> Legal Free Ontology
> Aesthetics and Politics of the Commons
> Obsoletos
> Companies of the Commons
> Fluxstudio - Multimedia Creation and Free Software
> Madrid
> The Wealth of Networks
> Ecology and Commons: Civic Participation and Information Visualization
> Licenses to Live

General meetings of the groups during 2010: January, MarchMayOctober and December.


Culture(s) of the common

Proposed and coordinated by Andoni Alonso and Antonio Lafuente.

The objective is to gather the terms and concepts forming common culture(s). If defining a concept implies to limit its meaning with words and show the implications of its use, building a dictionary means to create a new life and to view the wide spectrum of common goods. The project does not suppose any previous philosophy, but it supports multiple points of view and the various traditions that form what is common. [+info]


An Audiovisual Library as Commons

Proposed and coordinated by Tíscar Lara.

Demands the right to access and use audiovisual archives of media communications and promotes the research for solutions to freely use these archives because; in a way they produce historic memory and the collective imaginary.

Activities proposed for this season will be presented: Permanent Seminar about audiovisual remix of open memories.Seminario permanente sobre remezcla audiovisual de memorias abiertas. [+info]

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Common Body

Proposed and coordinated by Jaime del Val

Proposes to criticize the new categories in the power implicit in post-postmodernism, which operates giving shape to the body's desires and affections. The project proposes to study new technologies of control operated through non–verbal affective intensities within the audiovisual culture (sounds, choreographies, images). [+info]

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Legal Free Ontology

Proposed and coordinated by Javier de la Cueva.

Proposal of a free legal ontology for the creation of a structured data base that will follow Open Government Working Group's principles.

We will start by formulating concepts relative to a legal rule, for which we propose a grammar with 13 terms: Norm, international treaty, constitution, organic law, legal decree, decree-law, setting laws, framework law, regulation, decree, and order of ministry.

This year the relationship between the terms listed below and the RDF representation language will be studied. [+info]


Aesthetics and Politics of the Commons

Proposed and coordinated by Jordi Claramonte, María Carreño, David Arroyo, Cristina San Juan Guiatia, Mercedes Simón, and Vanesa Sánchez.

Basic elements to create a theory on the Commons Aesthetics, recover aesthetics as a theory for sensibility and go beyond the limits of art. [+info]



roject conceived by the collective Basurama for the research, creation and spread of creative systems for the transformation of technological waste, which includes all electronic and storage devices and hardware that is now out of use or damaged such as computers, peripherals, magnetic tape, motherboards, etc.

This Season, Obsoletos plans to structure, think, define and catalogue concepts related to the obsolescence of the products we use, especially electronic devices.  This could be treated almost like an ontology or a wiki in which terms of divers meanings like “chassis”, “fashion”, “LCD” or “retro compatibility” would be isolated and defined in an animated conversation, around half a dozen terms per session. We are interested in graphically representing the final reflections and conclusions and also considering the experiences of other Commons Lab members that already work in this subject. [+info] 


Companies of the Commons

Proposed and coordinated by Yproductions

A research project aiming to define the objectives, determine the nature and measure the impact that a series of cultural initiatives, the purposes of which, besides having a business structure are not only defined by a lucrative intention. [+info]

> Companies of the Commons workshop. November, 2010.


Fluxstudio- Multimedia Creation and Free Software

Proposed and coordinated by Jay Barros

From the network of Madrid's free creators we would like to debate about the importance of using free tools for artistic creation. With this objective, we propose Fluxstudio, a distribution of Linux that includes all free software tools that are necessary for multimedia creation.

The group is addressed to programmers, developers and visual, sound and performance artists interested in the use of free software tools. [+info]

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With the participation of the ECOARTE research group



Proposed and coordinated by - Alejandro Martín and Gabriel Lucas

An open telecommunications network, free and neutral, that is structured through an interconnection agreement in which when connecting, the network expands connecting each participant with the rest. [+info]


Project for the translation of Yochai Benkler's “The Wealth of Networks” into Spanish

Proposed and coordinated by Florencio Cabello

The proposal to translate into Spanish Yochai Benkler's book The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom will bring the non-commercial remix by Creative Commons Non Commercial- Share Alike license  (the same that Benkler chose to publish his book) and the opportunity to get in contact with the author and its enthusiasm toward the project. In addition, the project aims to go deeper into a line of research which started in 2008 as part of the class Technology of Audiovisual Communication taught by Florencio Cabello at the University of Malaga (UMA) searching to encourage the discussion about Commons and cyberspace in an accurate Spanish edition of some of the most prominent works in this field. [+info]


Ecology and Commons: Civic Participation and Information Visualization

Proposed and coordinated Juan Freire and Karla Brunet

Activities of this group will begin on February 10  with a workshop-presentation.

The group aims to work using the project “Digital narratives for the common participation in the management of coastal ecosystems” as a platform for debating. Starting from this project we propose:

  • to generate collaborations in order to improve proceses and methodologies.
  • ot create debate spaces to present the project (its methodology, goals and results) and analyze it in a critic way generating a discussion with the experts team of the Commons Lab.
  • to offer the Commons Lab different case studies that wil serve as a reflection elements about the nature of the Commons. [+info]

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Licenses to Live

Directed by Carolina Botero and Jordi Claramonte,

Reflection around intelectual property in contexts of Commons production. [+info]

Distributed Graphics

Proposed and coordinated Aitor Méndez

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