Many workshops for the production of projects, conferences, seminars, encounters, project exhibition, concerts, presentations, etc. take place in its versatile space. All activities are free and open to the general public.
Our primary objective is to create a structure where both research and production are processes permeable to user participation. To that end, Medialab-Prado offers:
- A permanent information, reception, and meeting space attended by cultural mediators.
- Open calls for the presentation of proposals and participation in the collaborative development of projects.
We have several on-going programmes, which are as follows:
- Interactivos?: creative uses of electronics and programming
- Inclusiva.net: research and reflections on the network culture
- Visualizar: data visualization tools and strategies
- Commons Lab: trans-disciplinary discussion on the Commons
- AVLAB: audio-visual and sound creation
Most activities are registered in video and can after be seen and downloaded in this website
Medialab-Prado is a Program part of the Department of Arts of the Madrid City Council. It has its origin in the 2000 at the Conde Duque Cultural Center. In 2002 takes the name of MedialabMadrid and in 2007 moves to its current location at the Plaza de las Letrasn in the basement of the old Belgian Sawmill, which is its future definitive space currently under renovation. From then on it has been named as Medialab-Prado, referring its new location near el Paseo del Prado in the same neighborhood as the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Approach to Studiolab
Medialab-Prado approaches Studiolab following the general vision described above, which is creating an open context for the merging of art and science perspectives which allows many different ways of participation, integrating citizens and amateur knowledge in the production processes (not just as receptors or audiences).
Thus, flollowing the themes proposed by Studiolab project Medialab-Prado will organize several workshops where production, learning and public engagement processes are expected to take place simultaneously.
One of the interests of Medialab-Prado in taking part in this collaboration network is increasing its own capacity to support projects developed in the workshops beyond the prototype stage, thus achieving more solid results that can be transferred into the educational, academic or commercial field. Developing collaborations with other members of Studiolab will be crucial to achieve that goal.
Along its participation in Studiolab Medialab-Prado would like also to continue and improve its practice of documentation of processes and results, following the model of transparency and access to knowledge that we support. In this sense, following the model of the laboratory notebooks, where all attempts, successes and failures, procedures and results are annotated and shared for future reuse, is an idea that we would like to explore.