Medialab Prado


Commons Lab: Working Groups 2010- 2011

In this fourth 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.

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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
> Companies of the Commons
> Madrid
> The Wealth of Networks
> Ecology and Commons: Civic Participation and Information Visualization
> Licenses to Live
> Move Commons

General meetings of the groups during 2011: FebruaryAprilMaySeptember and November.


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, Gloria Grande Durán, Lucía Domínguez, David Rodriguez, Txomín Calvo, Rosa Lamamié de Clairac. 

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]

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]

> Work Plan 2011.



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 Chris Kelty's “Two Bits” into Spanish

Proposed and coordinated by Florencio Cabello

Open call for the collaborative translation into Spanish of Chris Kelty's book Two Bits, a ethnographic and historical research about the origin and evolution of free software, beyond technical considerations, as an example of a "more general reorientation of power and knowledge". 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]


Move Commons

Move Commons (MC) is a simple tool for initiatives, collectives, NGOs, non-profits and social movements to declare the core principles they are committed to. MC follows the same mechanics as Creative Commons tags cultural works, providing a standard, user-friendly, bottom-up, self-labelling system for each initiative, with 4 meaningful icons, and some keywords. This presentation will present the current labelling system, explain how to adopt it and what benefits it could bring. [+info]



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