LAB#01: Medios Sintientes
From February 23 to May 7, 2022
Contemporary Creation Center
Pº de la Chopera, 14
Tuesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Saturday–Sunday 12 p.m.–9 p.m.
T +34 913 18 46 70
Medialab Matadero presents LAB#01 “Medios Sintientes” (Media Sentients), the first of a series of interdisciplinary research and collaborative production laboratories designed to materialize and activate collective intelligences. As a cultural platform for contemporary creation and innovation, Medialab Matadero aims to create a context conducive to the emergence of shared intelligence. We have given the name LAB(s) to these “contexts” in which people, problems, experiences and learnings intertwine to forge new discoveries. Each is composed of workshops, critical seminars, artistic projects and collaborative prototyping labs based on an open and international call for the production of open projects. The work developed during each LAB(s) will be presented during a large public event and, at the end of each lab, workgroups will be put in place to ensure the continuity of the most important projects.
What new readings of the world will these sensory systems deploy over the coming decades? Can these new readings serve as frameworks from which to envisage better social or environmental dynamics? How can we use them to improve our governance structures? These are just some of the questions Medialab Matadero will be asking during LAB#01, a program in which citizens from different fields will join a group of artists, critical thinkers and experts to explore together the media technologies, as well as sensory infrastructures, predictive modelling, data-driven governance, model simulation and prediction of the future.
The activities that make up the program of LAB#01 “Medios Sintientes” will take place until May in different locations of the Matadero Madrid, following an international public call for proposals for the development of 8 collective projects. All costs incurred by the promoters of the selected projects will be covered so that they can come to Madrid for two weeks to develop their offer alongside other international artists and experts.
LAB#01 “Medios Sintientes” explores to what extent sensory technologies are able to make the invisible visible, and how this visibility contains substantial information to think about the world differently on issues such as health, energy or our relationship with the world. environment.
The program will feature the participation of emerging and established members of the international cultural scene whose practice explores the connection between sensitive media and the processes of global transformation we currently face. Among the participants will be the artist Abelardo Gil-Fournierwhose work explores the two-way journey between the transformations of the planet’s surfaces and the media and infrastructures used in these changes; Nerea Calvillo, architect and researcher at the intersection between spatial design, feminist technoscience and environmental studies; the artistic research duo Quadraturewhose work uses the most advanced scientific theories to explore the cognitive limits of the human mind and its relationship to the cosmos; Marta Peiranojournalist and author The enemy knows the systemwhich will explore how the tools used in art and design can also be used to pursue a new type of investigative journalism; Bellingcatan international collective of researchers and citizen journalists who use open source information and social media to investigate everything from Mexican drug cartels to tracing chemical weapons in conflict zones; Adam Harvey, an artist and researcher whose work focuses on privacy, surveillance and computer vision with a particular focus on the misuse of biometric surveillance technology; the Running collective, which produces volumetric films exploring the relationships between virtual and physical spaces; the artist Luiza Crosman, which explores the interactions between forms of human organization, new technologies and global systems to propose new governance mechanisms; or the artist Gary Zhexy Zhangwhich studies the “catastrophe industry”, a multi-million dollar market offering insurance policies against hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts, the cost of which is calculated using climate simulations and financial models.