Copylove Residencies

June 28 - 29, 2013
Nouvel Building, Protocol Room and Auditorium 200

Registration  for workshop (June 29): registration is free of charge, just send a message to 

Maximum of 30 participants

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Procomunes invisibles

Zemos 98. Copylove diagram
Zemos 98. Copylove diagram

Copylove is a research project begun in 2012 by Rubén Martínez, Txelu Balboa and Sofía Coca that attempts to analyse and represent the relationships and tensions that arise between the commons and love within communities, between emotions and community links. An excuse, in short, for examining the factors that produce desirable conditions of existence: emotions, processes of interdependence, mutual assistance, love of community and care giving. The term copylove seeks to express everything that we produce and reproduce, and that can bring us closer to a sustainable lifestyle, and further from the notion of profitability as a principle.

After various residencies, which were conceived as a space in which to delve further into and share a series of reflections, but even more as an opportunity for the participants to work together, this two-day conference at Museo Reina Sofía is a means by which to share the current state of the research, and to work with different people and independent collectives in Madrid. This public presentation of the project and the workshop being held represent a return to the concept of invisible commons, which has been a constant in previous research and events, serving as a "label" for what has been learned thus far in Copylove.

Invisible commons are understood to be non-monetary resources, ways of doing things that (for better or for worse) have been borrowed from the area of independent cultural production, processes taught or acquired in community practices that make communities sustainable. They are invisible resources because they have been interiorised as a “natural” part of collaborative practices, but they have also been invisibilized by today's dominant development-focused system, which often ignores processes and attitudes that do not have economic exchange as their goal.

With this hypothesis as the starting point, the working tables are organised around three themes that allow for an exploration of the elements comprising this other daily life of emotions and collective intelligences:

Communities of individuals, strange communities, Godzilla communities. Individualities as opposed to singularities in communities.

Memory: Emancipating ourselves from path dependence. From hacking memory to becoming free of path dependence.

A life worth living, a life in common. The ambivalence of putting life in the centre. What type of life is the result?


June 28

7 p.m.
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Lecture. Presentation of Copylove, by Rubén Martínez, Txelu Balboa and Sofía Coca

June 29

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nouvel Building, Protocol Room
Workshops. With the participation of Silvia Nanclares, Irene G. Rubio, Marta Malo, Débora Ávila, Jara Rocha and Marta G. Franco. Advance registration required.  To register go to

6 p.m.
Auditorium 200
Public presentation of the project


Débora Ávila. Activist researcher. Member of the immigrant support network Ferrocarril Clandestino, she collaborates with the Metropolitan Observatory of Madrid. She participated in the 2012-2013 research residencies at Museo Reina Sofía, with Marta Malo. They worked on their project Economic crisis, government of difference, new subjectivities. Approaching these issues from the perspective of activist research

Txelu Balboa. Member of the community ColaBoraBora, where he has implemented numerous educational and mediation projects in the areas of the common, open, and free culture movement. He also coordinates, along with Sofía Coca and Rubén Martinez, the project Copylove Residencies.

Sofía Coca. Journalist. Member of the team that coordinates Zemos98. She was in charge of the weekly podcast Radioactivos, a radio program about free culture that was aired on Radiópolis from 2007 to 2011. She coordinates, along with Txelu Balboa and Rubén Martinez, the project Copylove Residencies.

Marta G. Franco. Journalist and sociologist, she works in the dissemination department of the newspaper Diagonal. In 2004 she began collaborating with the network Indymedia and since then has participated in hacktivist initiatives, both digital and analogue, in the areas of communication, feminisms and the free culture movement.

Irene G. Rubio. Journalist. Founder of the newspaper Diagonal. She has conducted two research projects about communication and feminism, the findings of which were published in the books Mujeres inmigrantes en España. Representaciones en la información y percepción social (Fragua, 2007) and Violencia de Género en el cine español. Análisis y guía didáctica (Ed. Complutense, 2008). She currently works in the gender and communication cooperative Pandora Mirabilia.

Marta Malo. Social activist researcher and translator. Involved in projects such as Precarias a la Deriva and member of the immigrant support network Ferrocarril Clandestino. She participated in the 2012-2013 research residencies at Museo Reina Sofía, with Débora Ávila, on the project Economic crisis, government of difference, new subjectivities. Approaching these issues from the perspective of activist research  

Rubén Martínez. He was the co-director and founder of the cultural production company YProductions. He belongs to the platform ZZZINC and Observatorio Metropolitano de Barcelona. He writes the blog Ley seca and coordinates, along with Txelu Balboa and Sofía Coca, the project Copylove Residencies.

Silvia Nanclares. Writer. She has collaborated with the newspaper Diagonal, the journals Bostezo, Vacaciones en Polonia and Carne Cruda. She is the coordinator of a writer's school, Escuela de Escritoras Helvéticas. She is also on the team of the project bookcamping, an open, collaborative library that came into being following the May 15th events.

Jara Rocha. Cultural mediator. She has collaborated in a variety of projects in the crossroads of audiovisuals, the new media and free culture. She is currently taking part in the project MasterDIWO and 404: School not found.