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I: @pes_nes
T: @nesApes
V: nestorpestana

I am a Venezuelan Portuguese educator, art director and digital designer, whilst developing a new media arts and research practice.

I hold 12 years industry experience of moving image, graphics and user interface design, working with brands such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal, Mizuno, Science Gallery and Elvie. My interest lies on the creative possibilities of new and emerging technologies - in how they can be used as storytelling tools to communicate ideas, concepts and create new interactions that resonate with people. I would be delighted to extend my portfolio with commercial examples upon request.

Through my new media arts and research practice, I engage in collaborations with scientists and technologists to promote knowledge exchange, critical thinking and lifelong learning.
Projects are research based, focusing on the necessity for critical engagement with contemporary and emerging issues related to technology, ecology and politics. To facilitate this I use worldbuilding, and in particular design fiction combined with storytelling methodologies. Narratives are expressed through moving image and prop/object design, to create immersive experiences aiming at involving visitors actively and critically with the narrative and issue presented.

Awards & Publications

YouFab Global Creative Awards, Japan 2020

On Media, on Technology, on Life.
Chapter title: Malleable Bodies - Life Beyond Utilitarianism.
River Publishers. Switzerland 2021

AC Response Fund, U.K. 2020

Are we loosing our minds? Peer-reviewd article presented at UD15, University of Porto. Portugal 2015

Welcome Collection, U.K. 2015

MA Dissertation thesis awarded with distinction, U.K. 2015

Welcome Collection, U.K. 2014

Winner - IPM Award, U.K. 2013


Teaching and Research Experience

2021 : University of Applied Arts Vienna - Design Investigations (guest lecturer)

2021: London College of Communication - User Experience Design (Visiting lecturer)

2019-2020: University of the Arts London - Camberwell, London.

2020: Kingston School of Art, London.

2020: AA School of Architecture, London.

2018-2019: Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto.



2013-2015 - MA Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK (distinction)

2004-2008 - BA Design, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2001-2004 - BA Restoration & Conservation, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal


Industry Experience

2013-Present: freelance work on design research, art direction, moving image, graphic and user interface design, working with studios and organisations such as Elvie, Superflux and Science Gallery.

2015-2018: Senior UX/UI designer and art direction at Elvie, London.

2011-2013: digital designer and art direction at Haygarth, London.

2008-2010: digital designer and art direction at W20, Lisbon.

2007: Internship in digital design at The Fingers, Barcelona.


The Infumis: A Post-Apocalyptic Breakfast at Galeria dos Prazeres. Portugal, Madeira Island November 2020 - March 2021

Repositorium at Porto Planetarium. Portugal, Porto October 2020

The Museum of Lost and Found Potential. U.K., London October 2019

Authentic Fictions: Speculative Futures for 2.5D Printing DLab Tokyo Gallery. Japan, Tokyo June - October 2019

Plumial Space. Exhibition at Arcade East, London College of Fashion. U.K., London September 2018

The Infumis: screening at The Design Museum - Objects of Desire. U.K., March 2018

Sleeping Function - Work Song no.1. commission for designers Noam Toran & Marloes Ten Böhmer . Exhibition at the Zuiderzee Museum. Netherlands, Enkhuizen 2017

Project Doomsday: The Supervolacano & The Intelligent Machine exhibition performance at New Scientist Live. Collaboration with arts collective Shrinking Space . U.K., London September 2016

Night school on Anarres – Imaginings of an anarchist utopia at Somerset House. Collaboration with artists Noam Toran & Onkar Kular. U.K., London August 2016

Here, There and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities. Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju - South Korea. Seoul November 2015 - July 2016

Bio-art Seoul 2015: Abundance of Life at Gwacheon National Science Museum. South Korea, Seoul 2015

Royal College of Art Show. U.K., London 2015

5D Science of Fiction - USC Cinematic Arts. U.S.A., Los Angeles 2014

Buy, buy, buy, put it down at London Design Festival. U.K., London 2014

Swiss Pavillion’s School of Tomorrow at Venice Biennale. Italy, Venice 2014



Design Associate Resident at Kyoto Institute of Technology. Japan, Kyoto 2018/2019

Fashion Space Gallery Resident at London College of Fashion. U.K., London 2018



3D Animation: Imaginary Landscapes. Online workshop at Store Projects U.K.. London 2020.

Magic Zoom workshop at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan 2018

Positive Failure workshop at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan 2018

A Toolkit for the Future: Body Ecosystem. Public workshop in partnership with the V&A. London College of Fashion, U.K. 2018

Body Ecosystem workshop with students at London College of Fashion. U.K. 2018

Quasi-Souvenir workshop at Arquivo 237. Portugal 2017


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