@wendy It’s in spanish. I can try to translate if you need me to. It says it shuts down without alternative, dialogue or anything. There will be communication later this week. For now they have to dismantle the whole space and dispatch all equipment wherever they can. But it comes as a shock.
This is not official comms from Medialab but from one of the assoc. working there.
----- Any kind of support, idea, plan, alternative would be welcome!
I'd like to share some news about recent developments in Madrid that might lead to the disappearance of Medialab-Prado in less than a week.[ ]
Two weeks ago, national newspaper ElMundo announced that Medialab-Prado would leave their current building in autumn and be integrated into Matadero (another local center). Medialab-Prado program would be replaced by a contemporary art gallery and cultural industries hub, without any trace of free culture, citizen participation or new media.
A community led effort called WeAreTheLab raised alarms about this movement, given there is no free space at Matadero (nor public plans to accommodate any area for Medialab-Prado). So this looks like they are trying to dismount Medialab-Prado by removing the material infrastructure, removing any budget and leaving it orphaned. Most people see this as an intermediate step before destroying it.
Today, we have discovered that all workers at Medialab are supposed to move by next Monday.
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