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Nestor Pestana

MA work

The project materialises the ambition of believing in futures where we take charge of our own evolutionary processes. It’s not just scientific experiments leading us in this direction. Entire movements, ways of thinking and living anticipate a new kind of human being.

It examines our relationship with body enhancements, with a focus on possible social outcomes and environmental issues in a biotechnological era.The project features two narrations of people, the Infumi and the Self-Absorbers, who instead of taking the traditional approach of naturally adapting to their environments, have decided to modify themselves according to their own ideologies.

In this scenario the microbiome is manipulated to host bacteria such as marinobacter Hydrocarbonoclasticus and Synechococcus elongatus, which are able to synthesise sweat and air pollutants into nutrients. Hairs and sweat glands are bioengineered to become digestive systems, able to absorb these nutrients directly into the bloodstream.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2015

  • What is to be human when technological developments are coming ever closer to our bodies?

    I am interested in using design processes to imagine realities in which humans take hold of their own evolutionary processes. These explorations are materialised in various forms, such as illustrations, videos or animations.

    My speculations are based on scientific research, as well as the social implications that technologies – and in particular biotechnologies – might have for humans in diferent realities.

  • Degrees

  • BA Design, University of Aveiro, 2007; BA Conservation & Restoration, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, 2003
  • Experience

  • Digital designer, Imperial Leisure, London, 2013; Digital designer, Haygarth, London, 2013; Creative director, W20, Lisbon, 2010; Digital designer, The Fingers, Barcelona, 2008; Designer, Factoria Creativa, Barcelona, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • 5D Science of Fiction, USC Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, 2014; The School of Tomorrow, Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Venice, 2014