About Gabriella

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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, Yale World Fellow and Institute for the Future Fellow.


English, French, Italian, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2014, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

Art, Culture, thinking things up, multidisciplinary research, City, Consulting

An idea worth spreading

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.

I'm passionate about

Mexico City. Urban (im)possibilities. Multidisciplinary projects. Art and culture as blueprints for reality. Hidden narratives. Hacking structures. Travel. Encounters. Creating languages. Play.

Talk to me about

Cities. 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

People don't know I'm good at

Singing really badly.

My TED story

TEDGlobal Fellow 2009. TED Senior Fellow 2009 - 2013. TED City 2.0 Prize awardee. Guest co-curator and co-host for "World on its head" session at TEDGlobal 2013.

Comments & conversations

Gabriella Gómez-Mont
Posted about 3 years ago
How do we capture the collective wisdom and engage the global TEDx communities?
I believe that visually mapping TEDx's (on a several different levels) could be very interesting, plus making it available through the web. With so many countries, events, and people involved, it becomes easy to get lost in a sea of information, so i do think it would be fascinating to be able to create other ways to navigate the data, way beyond locality: a fluctuating and visually arresting TEDx psycho-geography so to speak.... This could help different TEDx organizers identify common passions and interests, plus further collaborations; it could help individuals better understand the internal makeup of the TEDx's of their region, and also visually identify patterns and world-wide movements... are TEDxers suddenly more into certain themes globally, or regionally? Are their communities growing? What is the average age of their attendees? Are there collaborations across borders? What are the most popular TEDxtalks, and are they coming from specific corners? etc etc. The architecture and programming would be the complex component, but once designed, the system could feed itself through tags, and data that the TEDx organizers are already collecting naturally. Quite a few TED speakers have made fascinating points about the potential of visualization, and it could be great to get their input on how to benefit; because not only could this data be useful for understanding the bigger picture of the TEDx movement, but also be fun to navigate and become another level of engagement for both the organizers and the general public. (The creation of a visual thermometer in other words.)