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Critical Technical Practice Laboratory

Critical Technical Practice is the creation of new technologies inspired by thought and analysis from the arts, social sciences, and humanities.
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Projects

The CTP –Lab is always opened to new challenges and news partnerships. This section was prepared to show small projects developed in our CTP.

We also have prepared some workshops for students and researchers to learn the basics, understand the objective of the CTP and get to know the potential and limitations of our equipment.

Other projects are also executed by our researchers, more elaborate and experienced people, capable of developing outstanding designs and can master so many different techniques and materials to get to perfect results.

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Newton machine

Gravity battery by James Auger

A Newton Machine is not a solitary object. It is a system, a web of relationships, a process or set of conditions.

Energy, in all its forms, is essential to modern and future living. Our inseparability from energy is not just a matter of electricity consumption and use, but includes our inseparability from all infrastructures of generation, transmission, and storage. Our lives are energy rich, but our relationship with energy is threadbare; electricity is ethereal and distant, a number on a meter.

This community-led project, divided into 3 phases and 3 distinct locations (Madeira, Orkney, and Barcelona), has already begun to change that relationship. Instead of electricity being ‘in the wall’ and ‘out of mind’ this project makes electricity tangible, touchable, and self-determinable by local citizens. It is the design and installed prototype of an energy generation and storage solution—a ‘Newton Machine’—built from what is to hand, from what is in the local landscape, with local expertise.

Click below to watch a video of an early Newton Machine, a gravity-powered record player.

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Gossip on the Block – An interactive piece on Blockchain for the EU by Enrique Encinas

Our interactive piece reflects on this event to bring forward alternative understandings of what Blockchain technologies can do for Intellectual Property. It questions what Intellectual Property is, who is produced by and for. Could we imagine a sort of intellectual Property that adds intrigue to information?  One that is locally produced and consumed? valuable for its scarcity and locality rather than for its commonness and globality? What would the market for this be like? We reference these questions by appealing to the ability of Blockchain technologies to track transactions without automatically accepting that the information within such transactions is true. True, transactions are recorded but the status of what they contain is not as certain. We expanded on the case of Gossip as common knowledge that circulates and is registered but whose meaning mutates with the ear that hears it and the mouth that voices it.

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