Activities programme: Materia prima

Until 8 May 2016

Materia prima conists on a community laboratory that combines art, science and technology with the purpose of creating a space where artistic production and scientific research can come together, providing the public with the necessary keys and tools for reflection, experimentation and the critical and creative use of technology.

The primary goal behind the art projects on display and the programme of events is for the public to experiment with processes connecting art and science on three levels:

  • Practical workshops on scientific tools and approaches based on the DIY and open code philosophy
  • Critical and outreach activities based on the artistic projects in the exhibition
  • A space, open to the general public in the form of a laboratory where people can experiment with machinery and research

We will work on a number of key areas:

  • Digital technologies, social media: design and production of DIY tools in science
  • Life sciences, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, neuroscience: people experimenting
  • Astronomy and observation of the Earth

EDASN is a network consisting of two scientific mentoring institutions (CERN and ESO), the Ars Electronica Futurelab and seven European cultural partners (Center for the promotion of science, RS – DIG Gallery, SK – Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ES – Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, SI – GV Art, UK – Laboral, ES – Science Gallery, IE) representing strong and various European cultural- and artistic positions.


Artists speaking of science
The project is organised within the framework of activities aimed at collectives at risk of social exclusion with the goal of offering an experience with art through different activities and projects.

LABoral’s Mediation Department, in collaboration with an artist participating in the exhibition, will design a workshop targeting specific collectives. This activity will run throughout the duration of the exhibition.

A project will be chosen which encourages a didactic rapprochement with science and a creative focus on digital tools.

Participant: Chijikinkutsu, Nelo Akamatsu
Hour: 4.30 p.m. 
Date: 13 November 2015

Roundtable: Presentation and evaluation of art and science projects

Held to coincide with the opening of the exhibitionMateria prima at LABoral, this roundtable wishes to incite debate on the relationship between processes of artistic creation and scientific research, their connections and what a shared working space could contribute to scientific research.

Participants: Gerfried Stocker, Director, Ars Electronica, Linz (AU); Jurij Krpan, Director, Kapelica Gallery (ES); Jurij Krpan, Kapelica Gallery (ES); Karin Ohlenschläger, Curator, Madrid (SP).
Moderated by: Mónica Bello, Director, Arts@CERN, Ginebra (SZ)
Date: 14 November 2015
Hour: 7.15 p.m.
Venue: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Roundtable: Astronomy and open code

The idea behind this roundtable is to agree on a set of basic premises for research into and the production of DIY tools for astronomy. To be held within the framework of winterLAB, a meeting on the creative and community use of technology.

Participants: Jesús Rodríguez, Data Management Division and Operations of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Chile, and Sociedad Astronómica Omega (SP); Juan Menéndez Blanco, Asturian Astronomical Society Omega Alfred (SP).
Moderated by: David Pello, fabLAB Asturias, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación, Gijón (SP)
Date: 14 November 2015
Hour: 7.15 p.m.
Venue: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Opening to the exhibition Materia prima
Date: 14 November
Hour: 8 p.m.
Venue: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Participants: Sociedad Astronómica Omega, Asturias (ES); Luigi Toffolatti, Lecturer, Physics Department, University of Oviedo (SP); winner of the call for the visualisation of astronomic data
Moderated by: Ernesto Avelino Sáez, Gijón (SP)
Date: 8 April 2016
Hour: 7 p.m.
Venue: Fundación Municipal de Cultura, City Council of Gijón


Observando el cielo, 2007, Jeanne Liotta
This Is Cosmos, 2015, Anton Vidokle

Date: 7 April 2016
Hour: 7 p.m.
Venue: Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Ayuntamiento de Gijón

Through the example of filmmaker and broadcaster Guillermo Zuñiga, the idea behind this roundtable is to agree on popular science, and the role of artists and citizens in the construction, testing and dissemination of knowledge.

Venue: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón

Participants: Maria Luisa Ortega, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Teresa Dillon, (IR).
Moderated: Amador Menéndez Velázquez, ITMA Materials Technology, Gijón, (SP).
Film screenings program: Guillermo Zuñiga
Dates: 19 February 2016
Hour: 7 p.m.
Venue: Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Ayuntamiento de Gijón


  • Workshop for inventing and designing an object
  • Workshop: Runner Robot
  • Workshop 3D scanner
  • Workshop: Your name in DNA sequence
  • Hybrid workshop
  • School program: Art and Science DIY@
    Dates: 16-18 December 2015; 13-20   January, 17-24 February and 16-23 March 2016


  • Open Call Global Space Balloon Challenge
    November 2015 to April 2016
  • Call for participation and workshop: Design and production of DIY tools for amateur astronomy
    April 2016
  • Workshop: Didactic visualisation of astronomic data
    8 April 2016