|Adriana Torres Topaga
Visual artist, designer and researcher
Adriana Torres Topaga born in Bogotá, Colombia.She’s a visual artist and
designer based on Linz, Austria. Master degree as Industrial Designer from
Javeriana University of Bogotá, Master in Digitals Arts at the Pompeu Fabra
University in Barcelona and Master at space & design strategies at the
University of Art and Design Linz.
She is currently PhD candidte at this universitiy continuing her research around
the skin, human body and their relationship to space on the ﬁ elds of social
construction. and skin architecture.
During her master study space&design strategies was member of the “public
space 2.0” research project group of the same Faculty, where she took part on
the reﬂ ection of social practices-oriented design in public space and focused
mainly in the development of a technological wearable garment.
Some of her works show her fascination around the human body and the
skin as a political space for questioning, ideals of gender, beauty, consum,
the privat and public, the relationship between new and low technologies
around the human body. Other topics or her interest are art and collective
and interdisciplinary creation, design and methodology, materials research,
consume culture, up-cycling, and social impact of design and arts. She also
collaborates actively at the migrant association “maiz” in Linz, Austria as graphic designer, member of the board of
directors (2009-beginnt 2016) and at present escorting the project: "Life carries weight": A project on health and nutrition in the context of migration and social tensions.
Combininig some of her interests, Adriana is cofounder of the platform ”lab
on stage” with the aim of exploring the relationship between body, space,
movement, gestures, materials, techniques, as well the performance as a
medium for interdisciplinary research and study of the creative process.
The focus of her artistic inquiry relies on both: the process than in what the
outcome. Adriana’s artistic practice develops independent from standards in
size and techniques, She reveals this diversity by doing interactive sculptures and spaces,
performance, clothing, graphic design, Photography, video and sound and in the last 2 years increasingly performance.
She had showed her work among other exhibitions at: Afo Architecture Forum
(Linz), CCCB Barcelona, Ars Electronica Center (Linz), Lentos (Linz).
Adriana Torres Topaga
2010-2012 Master Study at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, Institute of Space and Design, Department of Space and Design Strategies / Linz
Master Dissertation: “The skin: a negotiation space”
Advisor: Professor Elsa Prochazka
1998-1999 Master of Digital Arts, Pompeu Fabra University / Barcelona
Final Project: Ergonomic compositions. CD Roms: “Fragmentierung-ción” and “Shankya Theorie” Visualisation
1986-1994 Industrial Designer studies at Javeriana University / Bogotá
Final Project: “Contacto” (Contact) interactive sound dress for children.
1987-1988 Exchange Student, Maryvale High School / Phoenix
1987-1988 Cultural exchange student, Maryvale High School / Phoenix, Arizona
1986 Highschool, Colegio Eucarístico / Bogotá, Colombia
2016 current Artistic guidance of the FGÖ (Healthy Austria Fund)
Project “Life carries weight“. A maiz project on health and nutrition in the
context of migration and social tensions
2009- current Board member of the migrant association “maiz” / Linz
2001- current Self-employed as visual artist a+ / Linz
2012 Assistant to the “public space” class of Sandrine von Klot at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, Institute of Space and Design, Department of Space and Design Strategies / Linz
Team member in the last year of the project: “public space 2.0”. Space & Design Strategies Research. FWF/PEEK Reflections about Public Space and production of “Data Logger”/ Linz
Project director: Mag.arch. Sandrine von Klot. Junior Researcher
Member of the conceptual development and programming of prototype.
1992-1996 Self-employed as graphic and industrial designer at “XY Proyectos” / Bogotá
1992 Design training at the “Sanin/Vandenenden” Stage Design Company / Bogotá
Practice as a trainer of “Social function of design” for medium Enterprises. Javeriana University / Bogotá
1992 Design training at the “Sanin/Vandenenden” Stage Design Company /
Practice as a trainer of “Social function of design” for medium
Enterprises. Javeriana University / Bogotá
1988 -1990 Assistant professor of the subjects: Design theory (Teacher: Juan Pablo Salcedo Obregon), Graﬁc design (teacher: Angela María Calle),
ﬁlmcritic (Fernando Pérez), at the Industrial design Faculty of the Javeriana University / Bogotá,Colombia
the human body and the skin as a political space for questioning, ideals of gender, beauty, consum, the privat and public; wearables, art and design methodology, up-cycling, materials research, consume cultureand social impact of design and arts.
2013 - current Co-founder of the body and space research project “lab on stage” together with the dancer and performer Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli.
http://puntos.at/LAB_SITE/lab_on_stage.html / Barcelona, Linz, Berlin
2012 “public space 2.0”. Space & Design Strategies Research. 2-Year Funding by FWF/PEEK Reflections about Public Space and production of “Data Logger”/ Linz
Project director: Mag.arch. Sandrine von Klot. Junior Researcher
Member of the conceptual development and programming of prototype
1992 “Expedición Humana” (Human expedition). Genetic Institute of the Javeriana University / Bogotá.
Project director: MD., PhD Jaime Bernal Villegas.
Genetic and social research of minorities groups of Colombia. Design research of the communities Guane and Huitoto
2015 Summer Sessions lab on stage, GalleryForum Wels. Experiment and
Fotoserie: Body conﬁ gurations / “Reenacting Valei”, together with the
dancer and Performer Andrea Maria Handler
“lab on stage” Sessions. Werkstatt am Hauptplatz, Linz. Presentation of
“Skin Tableaus”. Performers: Doris Sattelberger und Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli.
2014 Summer sessions lab on stage. Gallery Forum Wels.
Foto series: Pul:lovers, preservers, wool ball
2014 “Die Klette”. Research about hoarding, body and the burdock in a dance piece. Together with Arnulfo Pardo
2013- Co-founder of the body and space research project “lab on stage” together with the dancer and performer Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli. http://puntos.at/LAB_SITE/lab_on_stage.html
2012-2013 “latanz linz”. Contemporary dance company / Linz
Co-founder and art director
2012 “Wissenswand”- Kunst am Bau (art within architecture) Haid Library / Linz
2010-2012 “Show me what you got”/ Linz
Wearable about private space and skin as an active interface
2008 Workshops titled “Recycling” and ”Self-representation” for the Forum Interkulturalität / Linz
2000-2010 Self-employed as graphic and industrial designer / Linz
2000 “Digi-Stuhl”. Design and prototyping of an interactive chair / Linz
1999 “Ergonomic Compositions”. Multimedia compositions around the body and space / Barcelona
Together with Monica Gifreu, Ivan Orellana and Eugenio Tiselli. Pompeu Fabra University.
CD ROM “Fragmentierung-ción”. Pompeu Fabra University / Barcelona
Multimedia art cd ROM about body, space, language and information representation.
2016 DIE NEUEN. New members of the Gallery bvoö. Linz.
2015 “in Häute Schlüpfen”. Soloexhibition. Galery Forum Wels
Kunstsalon Linz with the Gallery Forum Wels.
Residency at “Werkstatt am Hauptplatz” Linz, developing “the utopic
body series”. Linz
Design of the magazin maizone. Client. maiz. Linz
:: visionXsound 2015 : Presentation of the video “mice”. Neulengbach, NÖ
COCOSA NEL. Performance, together with Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli and
Luis Hoyos. Feminismus und Krawall. Raum Schiff. Linz
2014 Residency at Tanz Hotel Vienna. Residency and presentation of the tanze performance “Klette”. Together with Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli and Andrea Maria Handler. At Tanz Hotel Vienna.
Lange Nacht der Bühnen Lab on stage. Videos. Ars Electronica Center / Deep Space.
Summer sessions lab on stage. Foto series. Gallery Forum Wels.
“lana sube lana baja”III Wool Symposium. Performance El Arreciado, Toledo Spain.
Klette, dance performance. Premiere. Lentos Museum. Linz
“Out of the box”. Workshop. University of the ignorants. Antropophagic week. Tabak Fabrik. Linz.
Konzentraktion. Performance. Forum Gallery Wels, Upper Austria.
2013 Residency at “Werkstatt am Hauptplatz” developing “lab on stage Sessions” together with Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli. Linz
“The public is present”. Performance-presentation of “lab on Stage”, at the art space “bb15”, Linz.
2012 “Show me what you got”. The Exhibition. Interactiv dress. Space and Design art show. Art University of Linz.
“Show me what you got”. Paper Global. Museum of the city of Deggendorf.
2011 “Treatise by Cornelius Cardew”. Performance. The Laptop Ensemble of MusicLabor Linz.Linux Week STWST. Linz
2010 “MUSICBOX – Die Fauna meiner Umgebung”. Music Performance. Labor Für Elektroakustische Musik und Neue Medien Linz. STWST, Linz
2010 “AntiLentos”- Art Installation. With Raum&Desing Strategies Faculty of the University of Arts and Industrial Design of Linz. Lentos Art Museum Linz
2009 „cuentos vívidos“ (“lived stories”) from Juan Carlos Moreno. Ilustrationen von Adriana Torres. TPK Barcelona Arts Plàstiques Hospitalet , Barcelona
“Die drei Königinnen: Topographie der Gastfreundschaft in der Altstadt” (The 3 queens: Topography of hospitality in downtown. Linz. Performance. Linz european cultur city 09. Linz
2007 “Dirndl”. Video Installation for “Hermetische Nacht” (“Hermetic night”). Forum Interkulturalität. Linz.
2006 “Collagen from Bogota”. Photographs serie. afo Architektur Forum -Linz- Oberösterreich
2005 “Salud, dinero y amor”. Installation. Art Festival Leonart’05. KITSCH – Leonding
2004 “Do it your self”. Recycled objects and instructions. RecyclingArt Festival. Berlin
2002 “KONSUM E_R_A” Exhibition with Elke Zauner and Rainer Kohlberg. –Consum Markt. Eferding
“Bio-Dirndl”. Bio packages Dress. Exhibition at the Etnica Gallery. Milan
2000 “Brain prints”. Computer animations. Colombian Consulate. Barcelona
“Costume dead in two acts”. Design and production of costume for theater play ”Muerte en 2 actos”. Bogota’s Iberoamericano Theater Festival
1999 “Todos sobre mi Metro” (All about my metro) . Video clips. CCCB Culture center of Barcelona.
1998 “Brain prints”.Computer animations. Filmoteca of Barcelona and at
FORUM of The European Media Masters EMMA Program Stuttgart.
Jewelry Collection “Egyptian eyes”. “Strip Art” 3. Mostra de joves creadors.Barcelona.