Deep Space @ Valle de los Caídos

“Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” is a workshop from 25 till 27 October 2018 at the Medialab Prado in Madrid.

Workshop Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos  @ Medialab Prado, Madrid, 25-27 October 2018

Hybrid Space Lab is  organizing an international conference and executing workshops with public interventions and pop-up exhibitions in Berlin at the transmediale.

Deep Space is a long-term investigative program initiated to deal with politics of memory, controversial space and monuments, digitalization and heritage.

Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos aims at developing creative processes, concepts, and ideas that can break through and transform the symbolic power of the place.


Thursday 25.10.18

Visit to Valle de los Caídos.

Leaving from Madrid at 9.00 and arriving at 10.15 at Valle de los Caídos for the 11:00 mass followed by an extensive guided tour of Valle de los Caídos.

Friday 26.10.18

all day workshop from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 at Medialab Prado, Madrid.

Saturday 27.10.18

morning workshop from 10.00 to 13.30 at Medialab Prado, Madrid.

The workshop “Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” was initiated and conceptualized in February 2018 by Hybrid Space Lab as an element of the long-term “Deep Space” exploration and intervention program.


“Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” is initiated, organized, and curated by Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab.


Joris van Ballegooijen, Coordinator Digital Culture and Transmedia, Creative Industries Fund NL, interested in the design and the digital/transmedia storytelling perspective on controversial cultural heritage
Dr. Isabel Cadenas Cañón, Writer, Audio Producer and Scholar, Professor of Cultural History and Memory at New York University-Madrid, and Tufts-Skidmore Spain; both her research and her art focus on how to forge subversive ways of memory, always from a feminist-materialist approach
Dr. Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), interested in the archival and technical cultures of urban social movements
Silvia Fernández, Regional Program Manager – Europe and Asia, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, interested in multidisciplinary approaches to dealing with the past
Dr. Francisco Ferrándiz, Anthropologist, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), former Member of the official governmental Commission of Experts on the Future of the Fallen in 2011
Marcos García Cristobal, Artistic Director Medialab Prado
Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal, Archeologist, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), working on the archaeology of the contemporary past and conducting archaeological work on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship
Dr. Marije Hristova, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and Founding Member of the association Memoria en Red which organizes debates, exhibitions and events related to the topic of remembrance
Prof. Dr. María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Director of the Art History Department, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and Curator of the exhibition Campo Cerrado (Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2016), a review of Spanish art and culture in the first years of Franco’s dictatorship
Dr. Lidia Mateo Leivas, Coordinator of “IMPRESSIONS. A memory process workshop”, Art Historian, Cultural Critic and Researcher, Founding Member of Memorias en Red, interested in memory, radical imagination, visuality, and the transmission of knowledge
Dr. Francisco Orengo, M.D, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Psychotraumatologist, Specialist in Forensic Psychiatry, Author of articles on the so-called “Historic memory Law” as well as processes of grief in traumatized societies through war and catastrophes, former Board Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and Leader of the Human Rights task force
Dr. Marina Otero Verzier, Architect and Researcher, Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and Curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Prof. Dr. Matthias Rauterberg, Chair “Designing Interactive Systems”, Co-founder of the Industrial Design Department and Data Science Center at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and of the Technical Committee of Entertainment Computing of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
Miguel Rodríguez Cruz, Member of Basurama, a creative studio devoted to bring circular economy solutions in architecture, art, and design for the abundance of waste, dysfunctional urban spaces, abandoned infrastructures, decadent monuments, and other by-products of mass consumption society
Marie-Louise Ryback-Jansen, Head of the “Contested Histories in Public Spaces Project” of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, The Hague, and former Director of the “Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Program” at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria
Dr. Timothy W. Ryback, Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, The Hague, former Deputy Secretary General of the Académie Diplomatique, Paris, has written extensively on the intersection between culture and politics
Fernando Sanchez Castillo, artist
Prof. Dr. Margriet Schavemaker, Manager Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Professor of Media and Art in Museum Practice at the University of Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. William (Bill) Swartout, Chief Technology Officer, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Research Professor, Computer Science
Prof. Susana Velasco, Architect, Professor in Graphic Ideation at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid; she researches architecture as a place of mediation between two scales: that of the body and that of the territory; her work seeks to give a materiality to the links between the communities and the landscape they inhabit
Prof. Dr. Frank van Vree, Director of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Professor of History of War, Conflict and Memory, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Kyung Jin Zoh, Director of the Environmental Planning Institute, Department of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Head of “Facing North Korea, The Observatory Project” on the Korean Demilitarized Zone

With a lot of thanks for their advise to the curators Ferran Barenblit, Chris Dercon, and Hendrik Folkerts.

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