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Mále Uribe Forés


  • Mále Uribe Forés
  • Area

    School of Communication


    Visiting Lecturer

  • Trained as an architect, Mále is an artist and designer working across art, architecture and interiors. Through research projects, installations, spatial design and exhibition design, her artistic practice is situated in the contemporary mediations between the digital and material dimensions of space. 

  • Biography

  • Mále graduated as an Architect from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2013, and completed her MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art in 2018. She is 2019 Designer in Residence at the Design Museum and works as Head of Art Development and Research in Storey Studio, where she works for clients including Prada, Nike, Hermès and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She co-authored, with Kevin Walker, a chapter in the book Interior Futures edited by Harriet Harris, Graeme Brooker and Kevin Walker. As a spatial designer, she has collaborated with many studios and clients, delivering exhibition projects for institutions like the British Museum and V&A.

  • Practice

  • From a research and narrative-led approach, Mále's work combines digital tools with crafts to explore new material and spatial aesthetics through surface design. By questioning our relationship with the material surfaces we inhabit, she seeks for new interactions and sensorial relationships between humans, spaces and landscapes in the digital age.

    Mále's project at the Design Museum Residency explores minerals from the Atacama Desert in Chile as natural and cultural agents. Through surface design and multi-media research, her work proposes new relationships between humans, spaces and landscapes, using raw materials as a medium to navigate complex global problems from a local cultural territory.

    As an artist and spatial designer, Mále has experimented with surfaces as a performative device, working with material experimentation and large scale casting processes. Her work is driven by digital modelling techniques, and usually uses light, sound and film. Through her installations, Mále has navigated diverse contemporary and critically engaged issues, from decolonising views of South American feminism to extraction in mineral landscapes.

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