Digital Communities

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions



Montenoso is an open project whose main aim is to promote and highlight communal land communities (Comunidades de Montes Veciñais en Man Común, CMVMC) of Galicia (Spain). Communal land communities in Galicia represent a property modality and a type of good management that breaks the classic dichotomy of pubic against private, introducing an alternative kind of collective property. The specificity of these lands is determined by the fact that the property holders are people who live on the land and this land is not hereditary. Neighbors are those who manage their CMVMC as a whole.

Montenoso is a community developed through the coordination of some Galician collectives and several land communities. We are a multidisciplinary group operating between digital art, commons studies, communication, rural empowerment and social architecture. Researchers and specialists in MVMC (Montes Veciñais en Man Común), geographers, lawyers, PhD students in contemporary history, philosophers, digital storytellers and art history specialists are also involved. They collaborate with Montenoso in a specific way for each part of the project. Today there are 640,000 hectares of CMVMC in Galicia, 25 percent of our territory. About 150,000 community members manage about 2800 communal lands, an experience of self-government. These communities have been able to create their rules to guarantee their sustainability from generation to generation. This is why we are focusing on the societal and participatory processes in these areas. Montenoso works from/for/with these communities from their realities with a bottom-up methodology, working at a micro level, combining the political and artistic potential of digital systems and others networks. At the same time that we keep contact with the main organization of MVMC, the ORGACCMM (Organización Galega de Comunidades de Montes Veciñais en Man Común), we have been working with some of them, focusing on visiting its common land and talking face to face about the situation, problems, cases of success and necessities. One recurrent issue is the lack of contact between them. At the same time we are creating networks with these communities and with militant researchers, social movements or institutions like Medialab Prado, Intermediae, USC University, Museo do Pobo Galego, other collectives such as Alg-a Lab and CMVMCs such as Argozón, Mántaras, Torres-Vilamateo, Mouriscados, Guillade and Ombre.



Montenoso (ES) is a collaborative project composed of the following groups / individuals:

Rural Contemporánea _ Iñaki López is a social action collective developing cultural activities on rural environment. Their work addresses different problems in rural areas using creativity as a tool for community participation. Updating the traditional imaginary as a way to spread knowledge.

Asociación Artesáns de innovación _ Fran Quiroga is an organization facilitator of innovation and creativity as a vehicle for citizen participation in its various plans: cultural, artistic, educational, leisure.

Fur Alle Falle _ Vanesa Castro are agitators and cultural producers, developing events, performances, training activities and audiovisual productions.

Tecnoloxías Apropiadas _Alex Mikelinos research on appropriate technologies and rural and urban participatory processes. Their work deals with the use of traditional and natural materials from a contemporary perspective.

Constelaciones_Andrea Olmedo is a group focused on digital media. They have participated in projects that interrelate art, science, technology and society.

Direct collaborators:
Luigi Pirelli: GIS specialist, mapping, geographic free software developer, founder of the OSGeo Italian local chapter, core and plugin developer in QGIS Project
Begoña Carrera Ríos: environmental lawyer, law, human rights, environment, migration, social movements.

Miriam Alonso Salgueiro: research, publications
Eliana Bouzas Collaz: social educator, specialist in digital and media literacy
Eloísa Piñeiro: project training manager, specialist in gender studies and political science; documentation and research on common lands and gender.
Xeito: web developer and creative coder, mapping, cartography