LABoral renews its Board of Trustees with the incorporation of Luis Figaredo, Pablo Rodríguez and Alicia Ventura
The governing body of the Centro de Arte has approved the addition of the President of the Friends Association, the Research Director of Telefónica I+D and the Director of DKV Seguros Art Collection
View of the hall of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. Photo: LABoral/Enrique G. Cárdenas.
LABoral has renewed the composition of its Board of Trustees with the incorporation of three new trustees: Luis Figaredo, representing the Association of Friends of LABoral; Pablo Rodríguez for Telefónica I+D and Alicia Ventura, Director of Gestión Arte Ventura.
During the meeting held on Saturday 14 December, chaired by the Minister for Education, Culture and Sport of the Principality of Asturias, Ana González, the companies and institutions forming part of it confirmed their support of LABoral, an institution which produces, distributes and promotes access to new cultural forms arising from the creative use of information and communication technologies.
It is precisely in light of this support and in the desire to give representation to those companies and institutions which show their commitment to the project by financing part of its activity that the admission of the new trustees is framed.
Luis Figaredo, expert in Maritime Law, will represent the Association of Friends of LABoral, of which he is president. Established last July, it is aimed at promoting, stimulating and supporting all cultural initiatives which have a connection with the mission and activity of the Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial.
The Asturian Pablo Rodríguez is Director of the Internet and Multimedia Centre for Telefónica I+D in Barcelona and Research and Innovation Director of TI+D, with which LABoral jointly organises Next Things, a yearly call for which an art and new technologies project is selected which is developed in an artist residency at LABoral and the R+D centre of the above body in Barcelona.
For her part, Alicia Ventura is head of the Arteria DKV programme and Director of the DKV Art Collection, and she also runs the cuidArt project at the hospital Marina Salud in Denia. She will represent Gestión Arte Ventura on the Board of Trustees.
Luis Figaredo, expert in International and Maritime Law
Luis Figaredo (Gijón, 1945), a graduate in Law from the University of Oviedo in 1966, was listed by Chambers Europe 2008 as the "cornerstone of maritime law practice in Spain”, his area of expertise. A member of the International Maritime Committee, he does not belong to any professional association other than the Bar Association, on the grounds that that they do not meet the purposes for which they were founded.
He was General Secretary and Board Member of Duro Felguera, Chief Legal Officer and Counsel. The founder of Figaredo & Asociados, he signed for the merger with with Uría & Menéndez in 2000. He left the law firm and gave up his status as partner voluntarily in 2007. Currently he heads Figaredo & Asociados once again and remains active in the practice of international and maritime law.
In 2010 he was again considered by Chambers Europe to be one of the undisputed authorities on maritime law in Spain and the key person working in this area.
He is the author of many publications, a lecturer in different institutions and speaker at various forums (including the High Tribunal for the Law of the Sea). He has always had a very close relationship with Asturias and particularly Gijón.
Pablo Rodríguez Rodríguez, Director of the Internet and Multimedia Centre of Telefónica I+D in Barcelona and Research and Innovation Director for Telefónica I+D
Pablo Rodríguez (La Felguera, 1972), holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and is an adjunct Professor at Columbia University. His professional career has spanned the United States, France and the United Kingdom.
In the United States he worked as a software architect for various Silicon Valley start-ups and at the prestigious Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, where he carried out research on the distribution of multimedia content and mobile applications. From 2002 to 2006, he worked for Microsoft Research in Cambridge, heading projects related to the distribution of content on the Internet and protection systems against computer attacks.
Pablo Rodríguez is best known for inventing the Microsoft P2P protocol (Avalanche) which is used by Microsoft to distribute vast amounts of information on a large scale. As a result of his work, Pablo has more than twenty patents and for his research on the Internet, he received the Prix de la Recherche, France, in 2000, and the Extraordinary Scientist Category from the United States government 2000); the Gold Award from the city of Langreo, Asturias (2006). Recently, he was appointed by the US National Science Foundation as a world expert member on the Future Internet design planning committee.
Alicia Ventura, head of Arteria DKV Programme and director of DKV Art Collection
Alicia Ventura holds a PhD in the History of Art and is a trained musician with a Master’s in Cultural Management from ESADE and Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). Head of the Arteria DKV Programme and director of the DKV Art Collection, she also runs the cuidArt project at the hospital Marina Salud in Dénia. In the framework of these programmes she has curated scores of exhibitions; among the most recent, Paisajes: Naturaleza y artificio at the La Lonja in Zaragoza, Arquitectura Inadvertida at MACA in Alicante and Mira Bernabeu: Panorama de Bienes y Servicios at the Denia Hospital.
Additionally, as an independent curator she has organised more than 50 exhibitions and numerous projects: she curated the exhibition of the 25th anniversary of La Fura des Baus, the presentation of the Olor Visual Collection, as well as monographs by Angel Marcos and Marina Nuñez and, more recently, the shows Analogías Musicales. Pablo Palazuelo and Dual-Es. Tàpies Frente a Tàpies.
She has also been a gallery owner in Barcelona, the coordinator of Loop Video Art Fair in Barcelona for its first two editions and the Exhibitions Director of Forum Ciudad. Since 2004 she has owned a cultural management firm, Gestión Arte Ventura, which carries out different artistic projects at national and international level. She regularly gives courses and conferences and has an extensive biography of articles and publications.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LA LABORAL. CENTRO DE ARTE Y CREACIÓN INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION
President: Ana González Rodríguez, representing the Principality of Asturias
First Vicepresident: Alejandro Calvo Rodríguez, representing the Principality of Asturias
Second Vicepresident: Nicanor Fernández Álvarez, representing EdP_HC Energía
Members of the Board
The Principality of Asturias, represented by José Adolfo Rodríguez Asensio
Caja de Ahorros de Asturias, represented by César José Menéndez Claverol
Telefónica I+D, represented by Pablo Rodríguez
Association of Friends of LABoral, represented by Luis Figaredo
Gestión Arte Ventura, represented by Alicia Ventura
Strategic Corporate Members
Ayuntamiento de Gijón [Gijón City Council], represented by Carlos Rubiera
Autoridad Portuaria de Gijón [Port Authority of Gijón], represented by Rosa Aza
Associated Corporate Members
Alcoa Inespal S.A., represented by José Ramón Camino de Miguel
José Pedreira Menéndez