Medialab Tabakalera aurkezpena = Presentación de Medialab Tabakalera

Medialab Tabakalera aurkezpena = Presentación de Medialab Tabakalera

Tabakalera presents Medialab, the new creation and experimentation library-laboratory

Medialab emerges from the combination of the Ubik creation library and the Hirikilabs digital technology and culture laboratory.

Collaboration between communities and accessibility to learning and creation are the foundations of Medialab Tabakalera.

This year, on its fifth anniversary, Tabakalera presents Medialab, a renewed project, space and service that combines the Ubik creation library and the Hirikilabs digital technology and culture laboratory.

After several years developing two distinct projects, Tabakalera, as a creation centre, is unifying efforts, knowledge, learning and resources to propose a merged service for citizens to use, where each project contributes the best it has, and the combination of both enriches what can be a new user experience.

This is how Medialab is born, Tabakalera's largest department and an evolved concept of library-laboratory: a place where different types of know-how and knowledge converge, and where collaborative creation is promoted. Accessibility to knowledge and creation, technological skills to address the digital gap, and the provision of resources for collaboration between communities are the foundation of Medialab Tabakalera.

The combination of the Ubik and Hirikilabs projects, beyond proposing improvements arisen from the reorganisation of spaces and services, will enable the development of new lines of action. The methodology shared by the different projects promoted by Medialab will be collaboration between different types of knowledge, with a creative component to work on issues with social relevance: to develop social inclusion projects with creatives, or to develop artistic projects in the intersection of science-technology-society.

In addition to the lines of action, the space is also readjusted: two projects with different locations become a shared project with merged spaces on Tabakalera's second floor, regardless of the specific necessary development of each one of them. Bringing together people, professionals, programmes, services, spaces, tools and knowledge offer new possibilities for improvement.

The new service will continue to be led by people, for people. It does not discriminate based on age, social status, or level of expertise or knowledge. It is a service for empowering people to create, experiment, learn and enjoy. It is also a service that promotes and supports communities and local networks in their role as key elements in creation-based social transformation.


Science, art and technology to address social challenges

Medialab consolidates its international networks with projects that will be developed starting this very summer in collaboration with a variety of European centres. These projects propose the prototyping of creative solutions to social challenges.

The Summer sessions will take place between 20 and 27 July. These are art and technology residencies that will be carried out at the Medialab laboratory with the participation of several local artists who will collaborate with the V2_ Lab in Rotterdam to create a shared project.  

Along the same lines, in July Medialab will host Quadrature, the artistic research collective whose work is focused on data and physical experiments. The Berlin-based artist duo understands technology as a means to read and write realities, and work on exploring our world and the cosmos around us.

The members of Quadrature, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch, in collaboration with scientists from the Donostia International Physics Center and the open Citizen Astronomy group from the Medialab laboratory, will produce a large installation that will be inaugurated in Tabakalera in September, as part of the agenda for the 5th anniversary of the international centre for contemporary culture.

In September the Food Hack Lab project will receive the members of the R&D&i team from the restaurant Celler de Can Roca, who will give a workshop on their experience in the recycling and design processes of one of the world's best restaurants. This first workshop will establish the start of a theory-practice cycle on gastronomy, the primary sector and food technology.

On the other hand, Medialab offers its schedule of activities for the summer months, with the summer workshops, which will be given online due to the health safety measures….. There will be a variety of activities on offer, which will be dedicated to fanzines, audiovisual material, street art, 3D modelling, performance, electronic music and cut-out art.

From July to September, every Tuesday and Friday, Medialab will open several summer corners to create and be together as a family. They will work on topics such as robotics, sound, aerodynamics, video games or plastic arts, and family dynamics will be promoted.

Medialab will continue with projects from the creation library and the laboratory: Inclusive Medialab, Plaza, the Open Groups, Summer Lab, Eginzaleak and From the Classroom to the Laboratory.


All the Medialab services

Medialab Tabakalera will make available to citizens a variety of services in order to promote learning, creativity and enjoyment.

Some services are aimed at the search and distribution of content located on the shelves, on the servers or on the network. Others, on the other hand, are aimed at encouraging learning and reflection.

The Medialab space is also a service in itself and has been designed so that each person who visits it can work, share, have fun, learn, play or just be there.

Medialab users can borrow not only books, videos or video games, but also video and audio tools (cameras, recorders...), book spaces such as the Set, the Studio or specialised help.


Medialab contents

The library's collection is enriched every day by using different sources and projects to collect the best possible information related to the centre's thematic areas. These documents are available to everyone in both the Makusi-Tabakalera's archive and in the Medialab catalogue that contains information on the 32,000 entries available in the library. It is also possible to carry out specific searches and reserve contents.

Likewise, Medialab offers citizens Minimap, a video game map created in the Basque Country; a collaborative project promoted by Tabakalera that aims to compile, give access and visibility to the local production of video games. Minimap includes all types of video games: popular, commercial, independent, artistic... in this way all creators, both amateurs and professionals, have the option to include their creations for public enjoyment.

Starting today, Medialab will have a renewed section on Tabakalera’s website and will launch its own social networks on Instagram and Twitter with the aim of reinforcing the existing relationships between the communities of the digital technology and culture laboratory and the creation library of Medialab Tabakalera.