Mále Uribe Fores

MA work


Material surfaces are always performing, at different scales of time and space.

This MA project explores the vertical surface as a ‘medium’, at an architectural scale—operating between the worlds of the real and supernatural, material and virtual, digital and crafted, past and present.

With the use of light, sound and material textures, ‘MEDIUM; FÜUN' is a spatial installation in a speculative museographic context, enacted by the surface as a relational and performative device able to transport us into alternative narratives and worlds. In this piece, the surfaces explore feminine cosmological perspectives from South America through poetry and textile art; creating a liminal space for new conversations to emerge around space, materials and decolonizing feminism.

As a fraction from a larger virtual environment, the installation is made by digitally rendered sculptures cast in large-scale Jesmonite surfaces, charged with encoded layers of information with projection mapping, a sound landscape, a scupltural seat and a publication.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • Male Uribe Forés is a Chilean architect and artist working in the encounters of art installation and spatial design through the use of materials, light and sound. Her work explores visual percpetions of large-scale material surfaces as ‘mediums’ to alternative narratives and worlds, using the surface as a medium between physical and virtual dimensions, and between digital and crafted modes of production. 

  • Degrees

  • Architect Degree, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2013
  • Experience

  • Project Designer at StoreyStudio, London, 2016; Designer in Gaggeroworks for exhibition in British Museum, London, 2016; Spatial Designer and Curation/Production Assistant for art and architecture exhibition 'FADEU Work In Progress', Universidad Católica de Chile, 2015; Assistant lecturer, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2015; Lighting Designer in DLLD, Santiago, 2013-2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Texture of Light, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; RCA Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Entanglement, Systems Group exhibition, White City Place, London, 2017; Entanglement, Systems Group presentation, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2017; Non-Space Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017; An Audio Guide To Getting Out, Cabinet, New York, 2017; Becoming, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2017.
  • Awards

  • Princess of Wales Award, Royal College of Art, 2016.
  • Publications

  • Kevin Walker, Marcela Uribe Forés, 'The Relational Surface', Interior Futures, 2018