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Manuel Beltrán

Area of Practice

Visual Arts, Media Arts, Philosophy of Technology


MA at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire of Music, University of the Arts, The Hague

BA at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire of Music, University of the Arts, The Hague

Work Experience

  • Studio practice, creating, researching and presenting art that investigates the socio-political and economic implications of technology, and the power relations emerging from its construction.
  • Founder of Institute of Human Obsolescence, organisation exploring humans’ relationship with technology, the future of labor in the context of technological developments around AI, and the governance systems surrounding the production of data.
  • Co-founder of Persuasion Lab, organisation exploring methodological, aesthetic and discursive responses to understand the informational turn in propaganda and influence.
  • Lecturer at the Man & Communication department of Design Academy Eindhoven.
  • Lecturer at the Interative/Media/Design department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
  • Guest lecturer at London School of Economics, Royal College of Art London, Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Columbia University.
  • Developer and contributor to free and libre technologies.

Interest Areas

experimental media arts; artscience; community art; organizational art; visual arts; philosophy of technology; tactical media; activism; network and algorithmic cultures.

Current Practice at Srishti

Teaching courses on media arts, free and libre technologies, artificial intelligence and situated practices with technology. Mentoring students on their graduation projects. Working together with local artists at the Interim.

Creative Practice and Outreach

Selected recent exhibitions, presentations:

Keynote at ‘Seminar on Art and Artificial Intelligence’, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Centre Internet et Société (CNRS-CIS), Paris.

Exhibition ‘Everything Will Be Fine’, curated by Tactical Tech, co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, presented at German Museum of Technology, Berlin.

Conference ‘Inflamed Publics: Social Media, Violence and Resistance’. Organised by Columbia University, New York.

Digital Futures fellow at Khoj International Artists' Association, Delhi. documentary about the Institute of Human Obsolescence, The Hague.

Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention at the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz.

Exhibition ‘Asuntos de Nuestro Espacio’, curated by Cristian Reynaga and presented at Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo (Uruguay) and at Centro Cultural Rojas, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Exhibition ‘Persuasion Lab’, presented at esc medien kunst labor, co-produced with Elevate Festival, with the support of Re-imagine Europe, Graz.

Exhibition ‘The Glass Room’, curated by Tactical Tech, co-produced with Mozilla, presented at different venues including London, San Francisco, Berlin, Bangalore, Jakarta, Taipei, Chad.

Book contribution for ‘Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People): A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art’, edited by Maria Hlavajova and Ranjit Hoskote. Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

Contributor to Posthuman Glossary (Future Vocabularies), leading the program on Digital Activism, organised by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, hosted at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

Projects showcase:

Will be published soon.