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Juan Pablo García Sossa (JPGS)

“A better digital future is a world where many worlds fit.”

Pictured is Juan Pablo, he is a medium brown Latino person with dark short hair, he wears a cheetah print swear and funky glasses

Credit: Raisa Galofre

Date and place of birth
b. 1991, Bogotá, Colombia
Current location
Between Berlin, Germany & Bogotá
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2020, Rapid Response Fellow

Juan Pablo García Sossa (JPGS) is a designer, researcher and artist fascinated by the clash between emerging technologies and popular culture in tropical areas. JPGS’ practice explores how emerging technologies are remixed and reappropriated in tropical areas and develop alternate understandings and systems. JPGS researches and develop future and alternate realities with real and semi fictional organizations in a wide range of media such as graphics, interfaces, web, installation, and other visual experiments. JPGS explores ways of sensibilization through narrative experiences of interaction and envision tropical futures.

JPGS was part of the Digital Class from Joachim Sauter and Class Ai Weiwei at The University of the Arts UdK Berlin. JPGS has previously worked at research institutions such as Design Research Lab and Design Studios such as FELD | Studio for Digital Crafts. JPGS has developed diverse curatorial projects such as The Glass Room Bogotá, an exhibition on Data and Privacy initiated by Tactical Tech, displayed for the first time outside the Global North in this edition. In 2019 JPGS developed the exhibition Future Heritage —> The New Normal from Instituto Habanero at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, where artists, artisans, designers, and researchers gathered together to envision multiple futures and realities for Post-Accord Colombia from everyday life perspective. JPGS is currently part of SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas’ Design Department as a Design Research Member. JPGS co-directs Estación Terrena, a space for Technology, Arts, and Research right at the electronic components street in Bogotá.

Rapid Response Project

Futura Trōpica takes the form of a decentralized network for lateral exchange among territories of the tropical belt, such as Bogotá, Kinshasa, and Bengaluru. It operates through an online and offline platform for sharing local resources, exploring new modes of distribution from a Tropikós perspective. The network is built for artists, designers, cooks, musicians, artisans and researchers from the tropical belt as a decentralized hub for unlearning, sparring and exploring other (endotic) forms of knowledge, designs, and technologies.

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