About us

AltLab is a col­lec­ti­ve dedi­ca­ted to inde­pen­dent rese­ar­ch and expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on in alter­na­ti­ve media. Com­mu­nity-based and com­mu­nity-buil­ding by natu­re, it seeks to pro­mo­te acti­ve par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, kno­wled­ge sha­ring, and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on among indi­vi­du­als such as artists, pro­gram­mers, engi­ne­ers,  hobbyists, sci­en­tists, and all tho­se who wish to fre­ely explo­re cre­a­ti­ve and eman­ci­pa­tory uses of tech­no­logy. Just like many other hac­kers­pa­ces whi­ch have emer­ged all over the world in recent years, AltLab has also been foun­ded on the noti­ons of software/hardware libre and the beli­ef in col­lec­ti­ve inde­pen­dent plat­forms for open and acti­ve kno­wled­ge-sha­ring and expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on.

In Febru­ary 2009, a small group, under the umbrel­la of Audi­ên­cia Zero, joi­ned efforts to cre­a­te AltLab with the fol­lowing objec­ti­ves: Build stron­ger com­mu­nity ties by gathe­ring dis­per­se cells of rese­ar­chers, artists, and DIYers around a com­mon and open plat­form; Pro­vi­de a sha­red phy­si­cal spa­ce for expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on, tes­ting, and deve­lop­ment of new objects and con­cepts (ran­ging from robo­tics to soft­ware to art to con­cep­tu­al rese­ar­ch); Sha­re kno­wled­ge, sup­port col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve work, and col­lec­ti­vely push the boun­da­ri­es of DIY cre­a­ti­vity; Esta­blish part­nerships and syner­gi­es within and across the bor­ders with other col­lec­ti­ves that sha­re simi­lar goals and ide­als. To achi­e­ve the­se goals AltLab:

Pro­vi­des a col­lec­ti­ve works­pa­ce;

Orga­ni­zes, on a regu­lar basis, public workshops, con­fe­ren­ces, paper pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, exhi­bi­ti­ons, talks, deba­tes, etc.;

Offers open lab days whe­re all inte­res­ted indi­vi­du­als are wel­co­me to join us with the pur­po­ses of: just lear­ning about the pro­ject, pre­sen­ting pro­po­sals and ide­as, wor­king with us;

Con­sis­ten­tly expands the col­lec­ti­ve by accep­ting new mem­bers and col­la­bo­ra­tors as well as esta­blishing part­nerships with other orga­ni­za­ti­ons;

Main­tains a high level of open­ness and fle­xi­bi­lity to insu­re that AltLab’s pro­jects and acti­vi­ti­es will be limi­ted only by the com­mit­ment and enthu­si­asm of tho­se invol­ved and may be easily exten­ded beyond the­se ini­ti­al acti­vi­ti­es.

The founders…


Cata­ri­na Mota
PhD can­di­da­te, fel­low of FCT-MCTES, cofoun­der of openmaterials.org and fabriculture.org


Tia­go Hen­ri­ques
media deve­lo­per, film pro­du­cer, tech geek and spe­le­o­logy & moun­tai­ne­e­ring addic­ted.


Gui­lher­me Mar­tins
desig­ner, digi­tal artist, tech­no addict and fas­ci­na­ted by expe­ri­men­tal robo­tics.

Móni­ca Men­des
inter­fa­ce desig­ner, mul­ti­me­dia edu­ca­tor and enthu­si­as­tic rese­ar­cher of real-time video for sus­tai­na­bi­lity and artis­tic expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on.


Ricar­do Web­bens
artist, i’m inte­res­ted in cir­cuit ben­ding, audio and video plat­forms, diy ins­tru­ments and con­trol­lers, music and every form of expe­ri­men­tal ide­as.

 

Coordinator — July 2011 ~ July 2013

Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins
Maker of Things, Tin­ke­rer, and Open Sour­ce advo­ca­te. Works mainly as Col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve Pro­ject Deve­lo­per focu­sed on DIY Expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on with Elec­tro­nics, Phy­si­cal Com­pu­ting and Digi­tal Fabri­ca­ti­on.

 

Coordinator — July 2013 ~ Dec 2014

Rui Mar­ce­li­no
Inde­pen­dent Robo­tic Solu­ti­ons Deve­lo­per

 

Current Coordinator — Jan 2015 ~ …

Vini­cius Sil­va
Comu­ni­ca­ti­on and Pro­duc­ti­on Desig­ner