EDWINA PORTOCARRERO



Edwina is a research-based designer, artist and educator.

From design research to workshops, conference talks, articles, product design and installations, her work sits at the intersection of human-computer interaction and the built environment where she investigates the relationships between technology, learning, play, and design. 

How do our physical surroundings shape our cognitive, social, intellectual, physical, perceptual, and emotional growth as we evolve and as technologies themselves are changing? What are the historical, social, political, and ecological forces framing design and how is design driving these?

Her PhD project, Networked Playscapes, received an MIT-CONACYT Seed Fund, the Bill Mitchell ++ Fund, and led her back home to Mexico City as project lead for Ciudad Ludica at Laboratorio para la Ciudad. She was invited to hold residencies at Museo Tamayo and Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura.

After completing her studies, Edwina worked as a designer at Studio Adrien Gardere in Paris and Cocolab in Mexico City and served as faculty at the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation program.

Edwina’s work has been exhibited internationally at a wide range of venues, such as the Seoul Biennale of Architecture, the MIT Museum, Museo Tamayo, Museo del Banco de Mexico, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, CHI Interactive, SXSW, and Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Speaking engagements include Experience Fighters, AdWeek, EmTech and O’Reilly’s Solid conference. 

Edwina studied Lighting and Scenic design at Calarts and obtained an MS and PhD at the MIT Media Lab. She is the winner of Perkins Eastman’s Human by Design Fellowship, FONCA’s Jovenes Creadores and CONACYT’s study abroad scholarship, and was granted a green card for extraordinary ability. 

Her studio, Super Market, has one foot in her native Mexico City and another in Brooklyn, NY. 


︎ edwina@media.mit.edu

CV
︎︎︎


Networked Playscapes: redefining the playground
PhD dissertation
Readers: Ethan Zuckermann, Neri Oxman, Edith Ackerman
︎︎︎

inside/out: tools for reflective, creative learning

Masters Thesis Readers: Sherry Turkle, Edith Ackerman, Mitch Resnick
︎︎︎













LATEST

2021

Commissioned by curators Alfonso Fierro & Pedro Ceñal Murga, I created a messaging network between rival pigeonkeepers in Bushwick, Bk by using their homing pigeons as message carriers. 


Museo del Banco de México
Mexico City
xxxx


2020

Lead creative technologist for a world-class museum about our most widely used system of trust/technology: money. Happy to involve Andy Cavatorta and Richard The. 


Perkins-Eastman
New York City
Awarded the
Human by Design fellowship. 

Invited to create a proposal to revitalize the green spaces of this architectural jewel by connecting its gardens through analog technology - with Pedro Cerisola and Pablo Kobayashi.

Designing a piece for this year´s Utopia themed festival to be installed in front of Palacio de Bellas Artes. With Pedro Cerisola, by invitation.


2019



Developed Urania, a modular plaything with Pedro Cerisola during MEM Industrial.
INC Mty
Monterrey, NL Mexico
Speaker!
Learning Over Educating.
Abierto Mexicano
de Diseño:
Tecno-Pop
Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Mexico City
Developed Iris - a color-shifting hydraulic tile floor with lenticular applicaitons. With Pedro Cerisola.
Invited alongside ORU to represent Mexico with The Big Equalizer, exploring the shift in perception of safety our built environment provides while undergoing an earthquake. 
Experience Fighters
Madrid, Spain
Speaker! - Designing for Play. 
Cocolab
Mexico City
Co-creative director for Playgrounds - a one of a kind immersive playscape.


2018

ATÖLYE

Istanbul, TK
xxx
Design H(ij)ack 
Beijing, CN
Mentor leading an immersive workshop where  participants  create design projects that tackle real-world social and public conundrums.
Post-City Lab
Ars Electronica 

Seoul, SK 
3 day workshop for Hyunday reflecting on a possible future city (Seoul) and future citizens.
Spending a semester working at this world renowned museography studio learning about exhibit design.

Listentree is part of the festival! Thank you slowimmediate for producing.
Beyond Human-Centered design, developed Oráculo with Rozana Montiel.

Speaker at this international forum of creativity, art and digital culture curated by Carmen Salas.

Congreso Internacional de Parques Urbanos
Mérida, MX
Invited speaker - Playground Design - Who says what play should look like? A cross examination. 

ON/OFF

Berlin, DE
xxx



2017


Mapping Festival Paradigm Shift
Geneva, CH
Invited by Carmen Salas to present Networked Playscapes at this major event dedicated to audiovisual art and digital culture.


MIT Media Lab School of Architecture and Planning
Cambridge, MA
PhD Defense - Networked Playscapes:
Redefining the Playground
Neri Oxman, Ethan Zuckerman, V. Michael Bove, Edith Ackerman.
︎

San  Diego  Zoo
San Diego, CA
xxx


2016



Luz e Imaginación
Museo de la Ciudad
Mexico City
Invited by Carmen Salas to present Networked Playscapes at this major event dedicated to audiovisual art and digital culture.
MIT Technology Review
Innovators Under 35
Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico
xxx
Domain de Boisbuchet
FR
Attending workshop Making Flying Spaces with NUMEN/for use.
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura
Mexico City
Invited by Carmen Salas to present Networked Playscapes at this major event dedicated to audiovisual art and digital culture.


Museo Tamayo
Mexico City
Guest resident 



2015


FONCA Jóvenes Creadores Museo de San Idelfonso Mexico City
Group show of awardees! 
MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Cambridge, MA
Bill Mitchell ++ Fund awarded! ︎
Epicentro
Guadalajara, Mx
Networked Playscapes workshop
AdWeek
New York City
Invited Speaker 
Laboratorio para la Ciudad + MIT Media Lab
+ IDEO

Mexico City
Workshop
O’Reilly
Solid Conference

San Francisco, CA
Keynote speaker
ISI-Dentsu
Tokyo, JP
Listentree
CHI  
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Seoul, SK
Listentree
Laboratorio para la Ciudad
Mexico  City
xxx
MIT India Innitiavive
Ahmedabad, IN 
Networked Playscapes workshop, researching how play is and has been ennacted in Ahmedabad public space and identifying spaces for intervention. 
MIT MISTI Seed Fund
MIT - Mexico 
MIT Mexico - CONACYT Seedfund granted for Networked Playscapes! Gediminas Urbonas, Edith Ackerman, Gabriella Gomez-Mont and V. Michael Bove - Thank You!