Medialab-Prado holds intensive workshops for collaborative project production, training workshops, theoretical seminars, talks, presentations and roundtables, gatherings on experimental music and live audio/video, as well as meetings for research groups and work groups on a variety of subjects. In addition, the Medialab-Prado space is permanently open to the public to consult information related to its ongoing programmes and the projects created in its workshops, with the support of cultural mediators.
Medialab-Prado is currently based in the recently renovated buiding of the old sawmill "Serrería Belga", located in the centre of Madrid very closed to the Prado Museum.
It is a space for dissemination, meeting, documentation, research and production around digital culture where projects and ideas are developed from an experimental, interdisciplinary perspective, aiming to include a variety of types of users in these processes.
Medialab-Prado’s activities are for everyone, regardless of any professional or specialized background in a given area. Its users are students, professionals and amateurs from a wide range of fields including art, technology, design, engineering, physics, biology, history, sociology, anthropology, education, and communications.
Medialab-Prado serves as a hub among people with different backgrounds and common interests, enabling all types of synergies that often prove the potential and creativity inherent in working together.
Cultural mediators work as dynamizers at the Medialab-Prado space. They offer orientation to the public and users, facilitate contact between people and projects linked to Medialab, gather documentation and make information available to users about ongoing programmes and current activities.
Medialab-Prado is a programme of the Madrid City Council’s Arts Area (Área de Las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid). Created initially in 2000 as Medialab Madrid at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, it moved in September 2007 to its permanent location in the Plaza de las Letras in the lower level of the Antigua Serrería Belga (former Belgian Saw Mill), which is currently under renovation. At that time, its name was changed to Medialab-Prado, a reference to its new location near the Paseo del Prado, close to the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In April 2013 Medialab-Prado moves to the Serrería Belga renovated buliding.
Via our Web site, you can keep up to date on the activities and projects being carried out and also see documentation and recordings of presentations and lectures.
Many of our activities are broadcast live via streaming. When this option is available, it is announced on our Web site.
Moreover, throughout the year, several open calls are announced to participate in international project production workshops. For these two-week workshops, Medialab-Prado covers travel and lodging expenses for selected projects and papers. For those who participate as collaborators and do not live in Madrid, lodging is available in shared rooms at a youth hostel.
Yes, although we suggest you let us know ahead of time so the visit does not coincide with an activity and also to ensure that the cultural mediators can properly attend to the group. For school groups, universities or any other group with an interest in a specific activity, contacting the cultural mediators ahead of time will also make it possible to work with the teacher or educator to adapt the contents and format of the visit to the group. Contact: mediacion [arroba] medialab-prado.es.
Students can do a non-paid internship or develop a research project in Medialab-Prado. In order to do so it is mandatory to sign an agreement between Medialab-Prado and the institution that the student belongs to.
The following departments accept professional interns: Audiovisual Dpt, Communications Dpt, Technical Dpt or Project Development Dpt, depending on necessities and circumnstances at the time of the application for the requested period of time.
Students who wanto to develop their own research project related to any of the lines of work or activities of Medialab-Prado, they will be able to use all the available material and resources, as well as take part in the development of the activities.