SEBASTIAN
GUZMAN OLMOS


Sebastian Guzman Olmos is a transdisciplinary designer, researcher, and curator. His research and discourse interests center on critical practice, political ecology, decolonial thinking and overcoming capitalist conditions—often materializing in diverse visual modes and organizational efforts.

He is part of the curatorial research team Non-Depleted. Sebastian formerly studied at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Media & Culture Department (2017-2021). Additional non-institutional curricula, at Ecosocialist Network Buenos Aires, Floating University Berlin, and The People's Forum New York City, where he attended the 2023 summer school on 'Pan Africanism and the Struggle for Our Future'.



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


Design by Nature, Museum de Fundatie
ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS 10.07—03.10.2021
The Exploded View, Design Museum Ghent GHENT, BELGIUM 15.04—22.06.2021
Symbiosis Festival, BlueCity
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS 27—29.11.2020
The Exploded View, Dutch Design Week EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS 17—25.10.2020
CIRCULAR> MATERIALISTS., Kazerne
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS 19.10.2019—30.03.2020
AiR Het Wilde Oosten, Artots
DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS 29—30.08.2020
Biomaterials Archive, Dutch Design Week
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS 19—27.10.2019
Now & Beyond, Bruxelles Environnement
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 24.04.2019
Aggregat, IMM Cologne
COLOGNE, GERMANY 14—20.01.2019

CURATORIAL PRACTICE


Tapping Water, Sandberg Instituut AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS 18/24.04, 12.05.2023
Positioned Realities, Haus der Statistik BERLIN, GERMANY 04—27.03.2022
All Good(s), Gr_und
BERLIN, GERMANY 07—11.07.2021
(Non)Depleted, Gr_und
AND BERLIN DESIGN WEEK. BERLIN, GERMANY 16.04—30.05.2021
(Non)Depleted, Dutch Design Week
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS 17—25.10.2020



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NEW LIGNUM


Newlignum is an objects and furniture line made from a versatile, functional, and biodegradable substitute to the current synthetic particleboards or similar wood products like fiberboards. This series results from a six-month research and an ongoing exploration into the topic of innovation with biomaterials. The line consists of two different material combinations of recycled wood fibres (a waste product from Design Academy Eindhoven’s workshop) with a plant-based and a protein-based biopolymer that functions as a binder.

We are pushing the boundaries towards more sustainable alternatives in industrial production. We consider the current alternatives to better manage environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle without disregarding how valuable it is for us to design while emphasizing contemporary aesthetics.
2019, collaboration with Nils Ahrenberg. Photography by Anna Frida.
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS