Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts
Known forDNA Vending Machine,
New York Minute,
Hereafter Institute
RelativesJosé Rubia Barcia (grand father)

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is an American video artist, best known for creating living video installation pieces of "miniature people" encased inside ordinary objects such as suitcases and blenders.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Gabriel graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television and is currently a Professor of Media Arts at Tisch School of the Arts.[2] In 2008, he was awarded the NYFA grant for video.[3] In 2012, he was made a TED fellow.[4] Gabriel has presented two TED talks since then, one in 2012 and the other in 2013.[5][6]

In 2014, Gabriel founded “Bunker,” a pop-up VR gallery in New York City which features artists' work in the form of code-driven sculpture, augmented reality and virtual installation.[7][8] The gallery was re-opened at Sotheby's in new york in 2017.[9]

Art projects[edit]

DNA Vending Machine[edit]

In 2014, to create the awareness about privacy issues related to the use of information stored in human DNA, Gabriel created a vending machine that dispenses human genetic material.[10] The machine was installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of "what is luxury show".

New York Minute[edit]

In 2015, Gabriel created video art project entitled “New York Minute” for the Fulton Center. The project featured 52 portraits of New Yorkers doing everyday activities in super-slow motion. The project was honored by the non-profit organization Americans for the Arts.[11]

Hereafter Institute[edit]

In 2016, Gabriel created project the "Hereafter Institute" which was premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Art and Technology Lab.[12] The project examines the ways in which people memorialize themselves after their death in the digital age and what happens to their data when they die.[13]

Gabriel is the grandson of Spanish poet and writer José Rubia Barcia.[14]


  1. ^ Rubin, Josh. "Interactive new media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo takes on television's digital takeover". Cool Hunting.
  2. ^ "Gabriel Barcia-Colombo". TISCH - New York University.
  3. ^ "NYFA video fellow". Archived from the original on 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  4. ^ Barcia-Colombo, Gabriel. "Gabriel Barcia-Colombo - Speaker - TED".
  5. ^ Barcia-Colombo, Gabriel. Capturing memories in video art.
  6. ^ Barcia-Colombo, Gabriel. My DNA vending machine.
  7. ^ ""Save As..." at NYC Pop-Up Gallery, Bunker". Cool Hunting. 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ Rose, Frank (2017-07-24). "Young Digital Artists, Anxious About ... Technology". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  9. ^ "5 Questions for Digital Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo".
  10. ^ Hussey, Matt (2014-03-13). "DNA Vending Machine discusses ethics of genetic engineering". Dezeen.
  11. ^ "'Sky Reflector-Net,' 'New York Minute' Among Best Public Art in U.S., Canada". 12 June 2015.
  12. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. (2016-09-02). "What happens to a person's Facebook posts after they die? One artist is using them to build digital memorials". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035.
  13. ^ "The Hereafter Institute". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  14. ^ Bereznak, Alyssa (24 August 2016). "The Afterlife Will Be Digitized". The Ringer.

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