Juan Pablo García Sossa

Rapid Response Fellow
2020 – 2020

Juan Pablo García Sossa, JPGS, is a Berlin-Based Colombian designer, researcher and artist fascinated by the clash between emerging technologies and popular culture in tropical areas. JPGS Practice, developed between Berlin and Bogotá, explores the development of cultures, visions and realities through the remix and reappropriation of technologies in the tropics. He researches and develops future and alternate realities with real and semi fictional organizations in a wide range of media such as graphics, interfaces, web, installation, and other visual experiments. JPGS explores ways of sensibilization through narrative experiences of interaction and envision tropical futures. JPGS was part of the Digital Class from Joachim Sauter and Class Ai Weiwei at The University of the Arts UdK Berlin. JPGS has previously worked at research institutions such as Design Research Lab and Design Studios such as FELD | Studio for Digital Crafts. JPGS has developed diverse curatorial projects such as The Glass Room Bogotá, an exhibition on Data and Privacy initiated by Tactical Tech, displayed for the first time outside the Global North in this edition. In 2019 JPGS developed the exhibition Future Heritage —> The New Normal from Instituto Habanero at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, where artists, artisans, designers, and researchers gathered together to envision multiple futures and realities for Post-Accord Colombia from an everyday life perspective. JPGS is currently part of SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas’ Design Department as a Design Research Member. JPGS co-directs Estación Terrena, a space for Technology, Arts and Research right at the electronic components street in Bogotá.

Rapid Response Project 
During Phase 1, Futura Trōpica will take the form of a decentralized network for lateral exchange among territories of the tropical belt, such as Bogotá, Kinshasa, and Bengaluru. It operates through an online and offline platform for sharing local resources. It is a thought experiment and research project that explores new modes of distribution and diversification of the online network from a Tropikós perspective. Tropikós means ‘to turn’ and seeks to embrace the concept of interdependence.