Born 1986 in Mexico City where he grew up and studied a short degree in Photography and a bachelors degree in Biology at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM) from which he graduated in 2010 with a thesis on computer simulated evolution. After realising he was more interested in science as a conceptual space for commentary and creativity rather than research, he enrolled in a Master in Arts program in the Design Interactions department at The Royal College of Art in London, UK. He graduated in June 2012.
Diego's multidisciplinary background has provided him with a broad set of skills and material knowledge which he often uses to present his work. Amongst these skill are computer programming, photography, electronics and object manufacturing. His work often involves experimenting with new technologies and materials; Examples of this include the use of chemical reactions in This Tape Will Self-Destruct, the manufacturing of an organic LED display in his 300 year time bomb and his participation in a synchronous robotics project with architects Testa/Wiser and their students in the Robot House at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
The work Trujillo Pisanty produces is also characterized by a subversive take on technology and its implications. This is presented as poetic images and objects that embody the greater questions that his projects pose.
Trujillo Pisanty was awarded a Honorary Mention in Hybrid Art in the 2015 Prixs Ars Electronica for his project This Tape Will Self Destruct (2014) funded by a Young Creators fellowship from the Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA) . This piece was also broadly covered in the media including publications in We Make Money not Art, Vice, Dazed and Confused and The Metro newspaper. Diego's With Robots (2010) also received the media's attention appearing on BLDG Blog, wired.co.uk and Dezeen amongst others.
In the autumn of 2015 he was awarded a Young Creators fellowship from the Mexican Fund for Cultre and Arts for the second time, this fellowship was used to produce Finding the Operator.
Photography: Professional photographer, Studio lighting.
3D modelling: Blender 3D, Solidworks
Digital image: Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape, GIMP
Illusration and sketching
Prototyping: Laser cutting, Arduino electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing
Research: Qualitative and quantitative methods, field research
GNU/LINUX: Advanced GNU/Linux user, General GPL design tools
SCUBA Diving: Cave diver (IANTD), Nitrox Diver (TDI), Assistant Instructor (CMAS)
Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, Mexico City
August 2016 - to date
Lecturer in Physical Computing and Motion at the Interactions and Digital Media department.
Architectural Association, London
Visiting critic for Diploma 6: Unknown Fields Division.
February 2016: Teaching Soundspaces, a one day Arduino workshop.
July 2015: Leading the Summer School's Unit 3: Occult Infrastructure
Newcastle University Culture Lab/Open Lab
Newcastle upon Tyne, September 2013 - 2015.
Research Associate in Design working on the Charting the Digital Lifespan project.
Testa/Weiser Architecture, Los Angeles, August - September 2011.
Internship working in the Sci-Arc robot house developing synchronous robotics.
Great North Museum Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. 09/2016. Inside Skin: Conversations between art and science. Group exhibition. Presented Skin Codes in collaboration with Dr.Tom Schofield.
Science Gallery Dublin Dublin, IE. 05/2015. HOME/SICK. Group exhibition including With Robots.
San Pedro Museo de Arte Puebla, MX. 09/2014. Creación en Movimiento (Creation in Motion). Group exhibition. Presented This Tape Will Self Destruct.
New Bridge Project Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. 05/2014. Betagrams. Group exhibition. Presented Generated Man and 300 Year Time Bomb.
8th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne: Saint-Ettienne, FR. 03/2013. Les androïdes rêvent-ils de cochons électriques ? Presented Drosophila radiotransmitans
Royal College of Art London, UK. 06/2012. Degree Show presented Generated Man and 300 Year Time Bomb
KSAT #5: Paris, FR. 04/2012. Visions of the Future. Group exhibition. Presented With Robots
2015 Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA): Young Creators Fellowship
Awarded in Alternative Media for the production of Finding the Operator.
2015 Prix Ars Electronica, Honourable Mention in Hybrid Art
2013 Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA): Young Creators Fellowship
Awarded in Multimedia to develop This Tape Will Self Destruct.
2011 Royal College of Art, Overseas Student BursaryEDUCATION
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Facultad de Ciencias: BSc Biology 2005-2010
Escuela Activa de Fotografia: Photography diploma 2002-2004
Durrant A., Trujillo-Pisanty D., Moncur W., Orzech K. Charting the Digital Lifespan: A Picture Book. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Newcastle University, 2015. ISBN 978-0701702502
Trujillo-Pisanty D., Durrant A., Martindale S., Collomose J. 2014. Admixed Portrait: Design Intervention to Prompt Reflection on Being Online as a New Parent. Proc. DIS'14. ACM. 2014.
Trujillo-Pisanty D., Martindale S., Durrant A. 02/May/2014. Exploring Digital Life Transitions through Design Fiction Memories of the Future Conference. University of Arts London, UK.
Trujillo D. "Caves,Superpowers and Cities" in Gilad Ratman | The workshop, The Israeli pavilion - The 55th Venice Art Biennale. Braverman Gallery, Israel. 2013. p.96-107. (Available for download from Artext)
PHOTGRAPHER FOR: Noam Toran, Onkar Kular. I Cling to Virtue . London, U.K. Dent-De-Leone, 2011. ISBN 978-1-907908-03-3
Trujillo-Pisanty D., Chávez-Solís E., Solís-Weiss V., Hermoso-Salazár M. 2010, Peracarids (Crustacea: Malacostraca) from cenote Aerolito, Cozumel,Mexican Caribbean. Cahier de Biologie Marine, 51(2)
Trujillo-Pisanty D. 11/2009 Pattern Emergence and Sexual Selection: A computational experiment. 5th National Mathmatical Biology Meeting, Queretaro, Mexico.SELECTED PRESS
Vice 17/10/2014 Talking to the Creator of a Printer That Makes Self-Destructing Documents
We Make Money Not Art 13/10/2014 Self-combusting communication for the Wikileaks era
Dazed 10/2014 This self-destructing printer will set your messages on fire
io9 19/07/2012 Just because, a time bomb set to explode in 300 years
We Make Money Not Art 17/07/2012 The 300 Year Time Bomb
Dezeen 12/08/2011 With Robots by Diego Trujillo Pisanty
wired.co.uk 03/08/2011 Household items redesigned to help domestic robots
BLDG BLOG 01/08/2011 The new robot domesticity