Discover the 8 projects selected for the collaborative prototyping workshop of LAB#02

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Next Tuesday 8th  November the webinar to present the selected projects will take place at 18:30h (GMT+1) You can follow it by streaming. here.

We present the eight projects selected through public open call for the LAB#02 'The Metabolic Sublime' collaborative prototyping lab. Through an intensive two-week workshop (21 January to 7 February 2023), the proposals will be developed collectively by multidisciplinary teams at Matadero Madrid. 

The call is open until 27 November 2022 for the selection of collaborators who wish to participate in the workshop as part of the teams that will develop the different projects. These teams will be composed of the project promoters, other collaborators and guided by Liam Young, Marina Otero and Joana Moll.

More information and registration here.


Fruit Atlas

Alfonse Chiu  

fruit atlas

What do you know about the fruits you eat?
From where did they come and how did they get to you?
Why are they here and who brought them?
Do you know their stories in their native lands and tongues? 

Manifesting as an index and methodology for knowledge-production and -sharing, FRUIT ATLAS examines the media and economic histories of tropical fruits as objects of transnational capital flows to imagine new possibilities in production and consumption rooted in a situated understanding of native ecologies and epistemes. As a critical element to the formation of the imaginaries which were key to colonial engagements in/with/through the tropics, fruits are not just delicious foods but potent symbols of global logistics in late capitalism. Mapping cosmologies and communities from across the globe, FRUIT ATLAS is an invitation to consider that planetary politics may well begin with the mouth.

Learning from GIS

Marine Lemarié y Nicolas Stephan 


Contemporary planetary-scale processes such as climate change, migration flows, or globalization are extremely complex, quick, and hard to follow. At the same time, decision-making on all scales (geopolitics, policy, urban planning, architecture) is closely entangled with these processes. The friction between space and power has a significant impact on our world. 

We propose to generate real-time maps based on publicly available remote sensing data that can help to first, understand existing conditions and second, speculate on possible policy modifications which are more favorable to the environment. As a case study, we suggest measuring the distribution of carbon mitigating entities such as forests, oceans as well as human-made carbon sinks such as CCS facilities. We will then try to overlay this data with already existing and potential associated cash flows to work on the following research questions: 1. What is the spatial implication of carbon trading? 2. Does carbon emission trading involve unequal land use between developed and developing countries? 3. How can carbon emission trading or land use policy be potentially redefined?


Transmutational food

Helena Ortin & Wladimir Pulupa

transmutational food

As the human population keeps growing as well as people living in large urban areas, essential needs such as food become a production, transportation and organization challenge. This systemic conception of food availability is a global problem from a macroscopic perspective; now, could a local and even microscopic resource such as food enzymes be the key to human sustainability regarding nutrition? Our workshop proposal is focused on exploring new ways to conceive food supply based on self-sufficiency and a circular model for the optimization of the nutrients. Exploring the potential of food enzymes and ecological architecture, we would like to generate a prototype of a future urban space where food production, processing and accessibility are part of every citizen’s daily life. What would be the sociological and physiological impact of integrating agriculture and biochemistry into urbanism? Could we embrace the novelty of using food enzymes in our everyday life? 

All footprints the footprint. Energetic Aesthetics

Elena Lavellés 


All traces the trace. Energy Aesthetics is divided into two parts. The first part explores the intersection between social strata and geological layers, unfolding a historical and environmental fabric that investigates the footprint on the landscape left by the exploitation of natural and human resources, its relationship with the structure of social classes, and the distribution of wealth from parallel narratives in different eras and geographies. 

The second part focuses on the history of energy and the present of energy transition projects. This involves an analysis of the extractive techniques used for the operation of the industry, the transformation of the territory, and the creation of social and scientific alternatives that modify our way of understanding the world in which we live in order to act in a more sustainable path towards all living and non-living beings.

The Empirical Re-Aesthetics

Josep Maria Gatnau 


The «Empirical Re-Aesthetics» is a project targeting the scientific validation of a primarily  artistic and poetic project, which proposes the return to a primordial Aesthetics. This would mean a comeback to the senses, in accordance with the original meaning of «aesthesis» in Greek. Firstly only in the imagination, giving the chance to rethink the question of the thermal sensation, either because of the inevitable global warming (in the longer term), or because of the eventual energy crisis in Europe during the 2022 winter. Re-Aesthetics could imply a return to a real infernal aesthetics, either by an excess of heat or cold. The «Empirical Re-Aesthetics» aims to explore the body limits of temperature, the subjectivity of the optimal comfort points, and the limits that the society is willing to tolerate… either by imminent and inevitable necessity, or by environmental consciousness. An exploration which is intended to reach deeper and deeper layers of reality, from the original «poiesis» of words and neologisms to scientific validation, empirical-social validation, and at the end, to [even] political implementation.» 

Pain in the West: Access Rider for a landscape

María Morata Marco & Lorenzo Galgó

dolor oeste

Our proposal explores illness and disability as tools from which to make a critical reading of the anthropocene, ecological policies and energy flows, establishing a relationship between bodies and diseased landscapes. We are interested in dark and minimal ecologies, those of waste, plague, exploitation, dried-up reservoirs, those that include the dimension of pain. How could an energetic system be articulated from the capacity of the body and the crippled landscape? In these landscapes echoes the rumors of rescues and therapies, of violent cures, of authoritarian interventions legitimized by the ecologies of reinsertion. How to live with and accompany sick, violated, tamed, exhausted landscapes? We will explore the possibilities and overflows of the "access rider" (a mediating document between people with disabilities / chronic health conditions and institutions) as a tool to approach the needs of thinking a landscape from our sick bodies. To feel and resonate with the other, assuming the contradiction and the walls-limits of our unappealable human voice.

All our best machines are made of sunshine

Max Dovey


All our best machines are made of sunshine explores the geopolitics of rare earth minerals through physical computing, metal detecting and myth-making. 

Through a series of participatory workshops & group activities the project aims to reconfigure attitudes towards technology and rare earth minerals through collective acts of material and spiritual experimentation. 

The project navigates various land based cultural practices that proliferate myths and folklore around stones, mining and mineral extraction to transcend material driven resource economics and propose alternative ontological relations between humans, earth & technology in the ‘clean’ energy transition. 

Sun as a new currency

Yujin Joung 


Starting in 2023, the global energy crisis leads to households becoming solely responsible for their own energy production and consumption. Solar power became the most popular form of sustainable energy, but not everyone could afford or maintain solar panels. This led to the rise of solar thieves, spies, and security guards. At the same time, solar power became part of a new religion, with new ethics and punishments for those who stole solar panels. The global economy flipped, with developing countries in the global south becoming rich from renting out 'fertile' solar land. Some countries are planning to colonize the land where the sun is harvested, in order to monopolize the market. 

More information about this project at the Community

If you want to participate as a collaborator, check the term and conditions document and complete the registration form. 


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