Place: Medialab-Prado · Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 Madrid
Medialab-Prado holds the international workshop-seminar Interactivos?'10: Neighborhood Science from June 7 through 23, 2010, where ten selected projects will be collaboratively developed. These ten proposals put into action collaboration and local urban knowledge networks using free software and hardware technologies as well as “Do It Yourself” (DIY) and “Do It With Others” (DIWO) methods.
Tutors: Platoniq, Douglas Repetto, and the work team formed by Andrés Burbano, Alejandro Araque, Alejandro Duque and Alejandro Tamayo. Assistants: Massimo Avvisati, Pablo Ripollés, Yago Torroja and Gustavo Valera.
Final presentations of developed projects: June 23 / 7 pm [note: live streaming cancelled] [+info]
> Showcase of developed projects. July 2 - 31, 2010
> International Seminar (and other activities). June 7 and 8, 2010
> LABtoLAB: International Medialabs Meeting. June 7 - 11, 2010
Inventions and discoveries such as the lightbulb, radioactivity, antibiotics, the synthesiser and the personal computer came out of homebased laboratories, most of the times without any backup from large institutions. Although we tend to associate their inventors with an image of absentminded, eccentric geniuses, in fact, their modernday counterparts are a multitude of people networking over the web. Entire communities have sprung up for distributed experiments and production of knowledge, exchanging ideas and information amongst amateurs, professionals and academics in all kinds of disciplines.
The proliferation of such “collaboratories” has led to the creation of enormous collective projects such as BOINC, Wikipedia and GNU/Linux. But it has also highlighted the need to tackle global problems whilst taking into account specific local characteristics.
The gates have been opened for "citizen science", in which neighbours can organise not just the management and development of knowledge, but also its application in decision making and redesigning the public agenda. They can open wideranging debates on the townplanning, environmental, cultural, education or technology policies developed by governments and have a significant impact on how local politics work or the living conditions in the local neighbourhood.
Last January, a workshop was held in Madrid, called Garage Science. Neighborhood Science will dig further into the subject, expanding the scope of the projects and involving a broader population. The proposal is to set up small urban experimental laboratories to channel and foster neighborhood participation based on experience, on the passion for learning and sharing that is characteristic of amateur and hacker culture, and on the possibility of taking control over the resolution of problems that affect and link together worldwide "communities of concern". We'd like to start moving citizen science out of the garage/prototype stage and onto the street, finding ways to move beyond the typical activist and hacker communities and into the lives of everyday friends, families, and neighbors.
The Medialab International Encounter “LabtoLab” will take place at Medialab-Prado coinciding with the “Neighborhood Science” workshop.Aiming to share experiences, study specific cases and explore Medialab's role in the production, exchange of knowledge and collaborative learning, other initiatives will be added to the European platform composed by Kitchen (Budapest), Constant (Brussels), Crealab (Nantes), A10lab (London) and Medialab-Prado (Madrid).
A collaboration between Medialab-Prado and 2010 01SJ Biennial has been established for the programme Out of the Garage, September 4-19. After Madrid's workshop ends, one of the projects will be featured at the Festival, where it will continue to be developed in a 10 day collaborative production workshop.
More information soon.
With the support of the Colombian Embassy in Madrid, Andrés Burbano, Alejandro Araque, Alejandro Duque and Alejandro Tamayo have been invited to participate in the group exhibition Estárter in the Off Limits space, teach the workshop “Interactivos?’10: Neighbourhood Science” and take part in the Medialab International Encounter “LabtoLab", taking place at Medialab-Prado.
These activities are part of Estárter project, which aims to encourage exchanges and the creation of knowledge, build relationships and produce works among transmedia creators from Colombia and Spain. It also aims to involve the institutions from both countries in a common project. Estárter attempts to stimulate creation by connecting different knowledge communities within a hybrid geography supporting the development of new networks that take advantage of the possibilities offered by information and communication technologies. On the spot encounters add an impulse to the common work of Spanish artists working in Colombia and vice versa.
> Dorkbot at Offlimits: June 11, 9 pm
> Estárter #2: Project Showcase. June 7 - 12. Opening: Jun 7, 9 pm
Estárter is a Project by La Plataforma, coordinated by Aniara Rodado.