b/ Soto del Barco (ES), 1992

Elisa Cuesta is an artist and designer working around the integration of technology within society and nature, addressing themes such as the value of data, information infrastructures, and the figure of the diagram as a tool for speculation and knowledge generation. Always at the intersection of art, science and digital cultures, she has been artistic coordinator and production manager of public and independent media art festivals, such as Tentacular (Matadero Madrid) and Madatac (Madrid). Her interest in learning with others led her to be in-house graphic designer at Medialab-Prado, Madrid’s citizen laboratory, and one of the co-drivers of AIDI, a community-led project supporting design, research and innovation practices based on DIWO processes. She is currently taking an MA in Artistic Research at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (The Hague). Her work has been exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin, Quartair (The Hague), LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Gijón), Sala de Arte Joven (Madrid), or Sala Borrón (Oviedo). She has been awarded the Asturias Joven 2019 Award to Young Visual Artists and the XI LABjoven_Los Bragales Production Prize. In 2020, together with Victoria de la Torre and Pedro Arnanz, she was selected for a joint Artist in Residence/Remoteness program at Science Gallery Dublin and The Dock-Accenture, where they created A.I.R.



2020-ongoing • MA in Artistic Research. Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (KABK). The Hague, The Netherlands.
2018  • Postgraduate course on Advanced Infographics and Computational Design (MIAU). Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura – Universidad Politécnica, Madrid.
2013-2014 • Erasmus (Fine Arts and Industrial Design Engineering). Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
2013 • Summer Program In European Art And Culture. Universidad Nebrija, Madrid.
2011 • Summer course on etching foundations. Slade School of Fine Arts, Londres, UK.
2010-2016 • Degree in Fine Arts and Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development. Universidad Nebrija, Madrid.


2019 • Asturias Joven 2019 Award to Young Visual Artists. Programa Culturaquí 2019 – Instituto Asturiano de la Juventud.
2019 • XI Labjoven_Los Bragales Award for the project “Skeens”. Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial & Colección Los Bragales, Gijón.
2017 • First COITIM prize for the best Final Degree Project of the Engineering Schools of the Community of Madrid for the project “Boti: a sustainable filtration system for developing communities”. Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos Industriales de Madrid.


2020 • Systems Artist in Residence/Remoteness programme | Project: “A.I.R.” | Co-authors: Victoria de la Torre and Pedro Arnanz. Science Gallery-Trinity College Dublin & The Dock-Accenture. Dublin, Ireland.
2019 • XI Labjoven_Los Bragales | Project: “Skeens”. Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial & Colección Los Bragales. Gijón, Asturias.
2012 • ParaiSurural | Project: “La Cordera” | Co-authors: Estela Asensio and Diógenes Ferrándiz. ParaiSurural & Nebrija University. Valdedios, Asturias.


2020 “Skeens” – Valey Centro Cultural de Castrillón.
2019 “Skeens”  (Labjoven XI Award) – Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.


2020 [CURRENT] • “In These Strange Times”. Science Gallery Dublin. Dublin.
2020 • “XXX Muestra de artes Plásticas del Principado de Asturias + Premio Labjoven-Los Bragales”. Sala de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.
2020 “XXX Muestra de artes Plásticas del Principado de Asturias”. Casa Municipal de Cultura de Avilés, Sala Borrón (Oviedo), Antiguo Instituto (Gijón). [Catalogue]
2018 • “Pinta Malasaña 18”, Madrid. Site-specific installation “Cuando ya no haya” | Co-author: Cecilia Zavala.
2015 “NEW NOW”, ELIA Amsterdam, Netherlands | Work: “Objects of Desire”. [Catalogue]
2015 AB OVO”, Matadero Madrid, Madrid | Work: “Punto de Inflexión”.
2015 Nueve”, Espacio B, Madrid | Work: “Objects of Desire”.
2014 Emerge”, Centro OVADA, Oxford, UK | Work: “The origin of sensation”.
2013 “Mañana, prácticas urgentes del arte actual”, Centro Cultural Galileo, Madrid | Work: “Function of time”.
2011 “IKEA Diseño Democrático”, Matadero Madrid, Madrid | Project: “Our desire to see will make us blind” | Co-authors: Ana Bustos, Jorge Martín, Raúl Rey and Alberto Corral.


2018-2020  AIDI – Design, research and innovation

Coordination, design and curatorship of activities. Vice-presidency from November 2019-February 2021.

2019 TENTACULAR – Festival about critical technologies and digital adventures

Artistic coordinator of Tentacular Festival (2nd edition), curated by José Luis de Vicente and Julia Kaganskiy and organized by Matadero Madrid.

2017-2019 MADATAC – New media art festival

Head of production at MADATAC 10 (Círculo de Bellas Artes, Cineteca y La Nave Digital) and MADATAC 09 (C.C. Conde Duque). Production assistant at MADATAC 08 (C.C. Conde Duque).

2016-2017 Medialab-Prado – Citizen Laboratory

Graphic design and art direction, including the activities Ciudades Democráticas 2017 (Teatro del Español, Madrid) and G1000 (Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid)


2021 • Guest at Art+Science Salon. Science Gallery Dublin and Trinity Long Room Hub. Dublin.
2020 • Participant of FREEPORT 0: Anatomies of a Black Box at Matadero Estudios Críticos.
2019 Toca Madera: Call for Sustainable Design – Opening talk and roundtable moderation on Sustainable Design with David Veneables (AHEC Europe), Michael Snow (AHEC) and Sebastian Cox. Organised by: AIDI and AHEC. Impact Hub, Madrid.
2019 VIII Sustainable Fashion Conference – Slow Fashion Next. Conference “Art, textiles and awareness”. Museo del Traje, Madrid. [Video]
2018 I Design Madrid 18 – Mentor at “Diseñatón AIDI + Leroy Merlín”. Central de Diseño, Matadero Madrid.
2017 PH Day 17 “The State of the Art” – Workshop “Art Thinking in Science: Pushing the boundaries of the Scientific Method”. CNIC, Madrid.
2017 • GriGri Pixel 17. Collaborator at project “Madrugada”. Medialab-Prado. Madrid.
2017 • Interactivos 17. Promoter of the project “Guateque in_capaz”. Medialab-Prado. Madrid.
2017 I Design Madrid 17 – Presentation of “Boti: sustainable filtration system for developing communities”. Organised by AIDI. Medialab-Prado, Madrid.
2016 • Visualizar 16. Collaborator at project “Mi museo: monitorización de visitantes en instituciones culturales”. Medialab-Prado. Madrid.
2016 • Speaker at the conference “The value of the community in the world of Design”. Universidad Nebrija, Madrid.
2016 • Speaker at the conference “Artists at Nebrija”. Universidad Nebrija, Madrid.


“Skeens” • Los Bragales Collection of Contemporary Art. Santander, Cantabria.