With one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the whole world as playground, Gabriella directs "Laboratorio para la Ciudad*, Mexico City`s new creative think-tank and experimental space: a place to reflect about all things city, and ponder social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis on the American continent: from the speculative (even outlandish) to the practical.
This project came about through a personal invitation by Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera--Mexico City`s newly elected and liberal Mayor--to incorporate "Laboratorio para la Ciudad" into the city`s official structure for the next 6 years. This novel initiative will support creativity and civic innovation through the different layers of both government and social-space, intermingled. Looking to imagine new urban (im)possibilities, further collaboration and discover provocative ways of both thinking and creating city, Laboratorio brings people together from different sectors and disciplines (urbanists, artists, scientists, architects, government officials, sociologists, economists et al). It also induces conversations throughout different platforms, invents and implements pilot programs, creates editorial projects plus other initiatives and strategies: all with the aim of injecting good ideas into the city`s system.
Using many lessons from her experiences as a TED Senior Fellow, this city lab places imagination at the center of community discourse, and searches for new solutions to social issues even as it satisfies creative impulses.
In addition to directing Laboratory for the City, Gomez-Mort is a multilingual writer, visual artist and the director of the 2012 documentary film The Man Who Lived In a Shoe plus is also a City 2.0 TED Prize awardee. She has also founded several projects such as Toxico Cultura, Cine Abierto and Laboratorio Curatorial 060, for which she has won several international grants and recognitions such as the Prince Claus Fund (Holland), First Place of the Best Art Practice Award (Italy), IMCINE National Film Grant (Mexico), among many others. She is also a Fabrica ex alumni, a TED Senior Fellow and a Yale World Fellow.
Mexico City. Urban (im)possibilities. Multidisciplinary projects. Art and culture as blueprints for reality. Hidden narratives. Hacking structures. Travel. Encounters. Creating languages. Play.
I believe the world changes when seen under the optics of the imagination. I am deeply fascinated by the inherent possibilities of the artistic language, by the means and mediums of the cultural world: especially when in dialogue with other areas of knowledge.
Art. Culture. Ideas. All sorts of ideas, from everywhere. The ones that make the mind tremble, happily restless, unorthodox. And stories. I love stories, in all types of languages. The (im)possible.
Singing really badly.
TEDGlobal Fellow 2009. TED Senior Fellow 2009 - 2013. TED City 2.0 Prize awardee.
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