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LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a multidisciplinary institution founded for the exchange and cooperation between art, science, technology, society and the creative industries.
Inaugurated on March 30, 2007, the Centre is located in the Mile of Knowledge, a perimeter located in the eastern side of Gijón, between the technological campus of the Universidad de Oviedo and the Science and Technology Park of Gijón, where the most advanced firms and technology centres of Asturias live alongside art and culture.
Designed as a singular and unique project amon art centres in Spain, LABoral works as an technological and socio-cultural open lab for research, development and innovation, based on a crosscut approach between different fields, communities and practices. Thus, it presents itself as a node for integrated and distributed research carried out through its various programmes of production, exhibition, education or communication.
Artistic Director: Karin Ohlenschläger
Managing Director: Lucía García Rodríguez.
Karin Ohlenschläger / Lucía García Rodríguez.
Artistic director of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain, art historian, researcher and curator who has been specializing in media art, science and contemporary culture since 1985.
She co-founded and co-directed MediaLab Madrid (2002/2006) and has directed various international initiatives, including the Cibervisión International Festival of Art, Science and Technology at Centro Cultural Conde Duque, CCCD (2002) and at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (1999); the International Festival of Infoarchitecture at the Ministry of Public Works in Madrid (1997); the In Art International Cybernetic Art Festival in Tenerife (1996); and the International Video Forum at Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, MEAC, in Madrid (1986/1988).
Previously, she coordinated Espacio P (1985-1990), the first independent performance, music and media art space, founded in Madrid by Pedro Garhel (1981-1997).
Lucía García Rodríguez.
Law graduate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with postgraduate studies in European Affairs and Cultural Institutions Management. She trained as broker at Barry Rogliano Salles, Paris and as risk analyst in Barclays Bank’s International Management in London.
After Paris and London, she started working as Coordinator of the International Fashion Week in Madrid and the Convention Centre of Madrid Trade Centre.
In 1999, she took up the position of Deputy Director of ARCO, the International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid.
In August 2006, a year prior to its official opening, she was appointed General Manager and Head of Public Programmes of LABoral to work with the founding management in launching the project. In September 2011 she is appointed Managing Director.