The Sello AuzoLabs were held simultaneously with the Planta 0 de Bomberos AuzoLabs and were conducted on the suggestion of the European Capital of Culture Donostia/San Sebastián 2016, in search of what came to be called “Sello” (Label): a certain “something” (physical, virtual, conceptual, emotional...) to be integrated into the events and activities organised within the DSS2016EU framework, or with its collaboration, and to help identify other events and activities that promote values (through specific indicators and practices) in line with those of the European Capital of Culture Donostia/San Sebastián 2016.
The “different others” chosen for these AuzoLabs were Ania Bas and ColaBoraBora. Ania Bas is a Polish artist living in London who conducts research into connections between people and places and develops her practice in real scenarios. While ColaBoraBora, an initiative cooperative, explores new opportunities for innovation in production models, governance and ownership and analyses the empowerment and participation of citizens, among other issues.
The AuzoLab in which Ania Bas worked was conducted in English while the ColaBoraBora AuzoLab was held in Spanish.
Each group comprised 8-10 people representing spaces or projects related to the subject of the work, with connections to innovative, groundbreaking initiatives, symbolising the diversity in Donostia and with an open mind.
It was decided that in order to obtain more comprehensive results, two AuzoLabs were to be held instead of one. This allowed for the participation of more people, a greater monitoring of the results and the obtainment of complementary conclusions. Each AuzoLab had a total of four sessions, including the Methodology Session, and a day for presenting the results (22 July 2014). The Sello AuzoLabs were held in Espacio 2016.
Sello resulted in a final result of four prototypes:
Based on the AuzoLab results, the Conexiones improbables platform made a series of recommendations to the European Capital of Culture Donostia/San Sebastián 2016. Specifically, these were: