[ISEA2022] Panel: Raquel Caerols Mateo, Karin Ohlenschläger, Beatriz Escribano Belmar & Raúl Gómez Hernández — The creation of the Medialab Madrid Archive: preserving the memory of transdiciplinary media art practices

Panel Statement 

CCCB Theatre, June 14

Keywords: Archive, Media Art, Heritage, Media Archeology, Me-diaLab Madrid, data base, Thesaurus Media Art, Creative Technologies, Hypermedia Platform, Transdisciplinarity

Presentation of the creation of the MediaLab Madrid Archive

The creation of the MediaLab Madrid Archive arises from the need to contribute to the preservation of transdisciplinary media art practices and the shaping of the new narratives related to an extended media archeology, in the context of the project Medialab Madrid as a model of transversal laboratory: art, science, technology, society + sustainability for the digital agenda (H2019/HUM-5740 (MediaLab-CM) within the call for Social Sciences and Humanities (2019) of the Community of Madrid co-financed with the European Social Fund. The proposal is conceived as a panel discussion with the participation of four researchers who are involved in and experts on the subject, structured along different axes of discussion focused on the challenges of cultural innovation as of twenty years ago and its preservation and dissemination in an open, dynamic and relational archive structure, able to convey the relationships among biological, social, technological and cultural systems, and proposing an extension and enrichment to the consensus terminologies of media art. https://ceiarteuntref.edu.ar/2021/12/memoria-medialab-madrid

  • Karin Ohlenschläger. Artistic director of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijon (Spain), (2016-2021), historian and curator who has focused on media art, science and digital culture. She has chaired the Banquet Foundation of Art, Science, Technology and Society (1998-2006) and has co-founded and co-directed MediaLab Madrid (2002/2006). Her exhibition projects and publications include When the butterflies of the soul flutter their wings…, Art, Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and D3US EX M4CH1NA. Art and Artificial Intelligence (cat. Etopia/ LABoral Art Center, 2022); Eco visionaries (cat. Hatje Cantz, 2018); Art and Artificial Life. VIDA 1999/2012 (cat. Espacio Telefonica, Madrid, 2012); Ecomedia: Ecological Strategies in Today’s Art, (Hatje Cantz Verlag) or the trilogy banquet_nodos and networks (cat. SEACEX y Edición Turner, Madrid, 2009); Art and educational innovation in the digital age (cat. Laboral Centro de Arte, 2018) among many others.
  • Raquel Caerols Mateo holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication and a PhD in Applied Creativity from the Faculty of Fine Arts, both from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid, in the area of new media. As a researcher, she has been responsible for the project Cyberculture & New Media Art, publicly funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, in the call for the Promotion of Contemporary Art. She has also been a researcher on numerous competitive research projects such as: Creation and studies of the CAAC (Collections and Archives of Contemporary art) of Cuenca as a methodological model for research excellence in Fine Arts; or Title: The electrographic and digital art collections of the MIDE. Management, conservation, restoration and dissemination of its collections; o Spanish Media Archive. He is currently coordinating the creation of the MediaLab Madrid Archive (2002-2006).
  • Beatriz Escribano Belmar. Lecturer at the Fine Arts Degree and the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education at the University of Salamanca, Spain, she researches mainly on Historical Media Art, Media Archeology and Art Education and Innovation. Bachelor of Fine Arts (2011) by the UCLM (Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha, Spain), she has a Research Master’s Degree in Multimedia and Visual Arts by the UPV (2012) and obtained her PhD in 2017 with a Doctoral Thesis focused on historical Media Art, electrography and Copy Art. After being beneficiary of a FPI Spanish research contract by JCCM (2014-2017), she was a postdoctoral researcher analyzing the Spanish contributions to Media Art. She has curated some exhibitions, collaborated in various R+D+i projects and done different research stays in the Department for Image Science (Danube University, Austria), in the Digital Media Lab (University of Bremen, Germany), in the CITU-Paragraphe (Université Paris 8, France) and the Winchester School of Art (UK), among others, and is author of different publications.
  • Raúl Gómez Hernández