Roberto Pérez Gayo [they/them] is a designer and a social worker based in the Netherlands. Approaching design as a tool for inquiry and transformation, their work focuses on critical and analytical approaches to the production of subjectivity. Within this area, Pérez Gayo researches the role of design in establishing conditions through which information is transformed into knowledge, and how in return those systems, technologies, and infrastructures impact our contemporary modalities of self-production. To do so, their work activates Queer and intersectional frameworks, with an emphasis on exploring the relationship of self-production technologies with affective and embodied experiences.
From this position, Pérez Gayo‘s research covers a wide range of interrelated areas from which they critically examine and deconstruct the role of design in our contemporary social systems, discourses, and technologies and how it orients, directs and frames individual and social behavior. This research is materialized in visually analytical images, design methodologies, participatory systems, articles, installations, and performances.
Roberto Pérez Gayoholds a MA degree in History and Sciences of the Music [Universidad Complutense de Madrid], a BA in Interaction Design and Unstable Media [Gerrit Rietveld Academy] and a BA in Pedagogy [Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Pérez Gayo has shown work and performed in institutions such as the Van Abbemuseum [nl], FOAM [nl], Onomatopee [nl], Paradiso [nl] the Collège des Bernardins [fr] or FLORA Ars + Natura [Co], among others.
As a pedagogue, Pérez Gayo has mentored and guest lectured regularly at the Design Academy Eindhoven and ArtEZ, Arnhem. For these institutions, they have collaborated with bachelor and master students. As a social worker, Pérez Gayo has been developed diversity work for more than 10 years both nationally and internationally, in the intersecting space of poverty, homelessness, migration, sex work, and drug consumption. At the moment, Pérez Gayo collaborates with the European Harm Reduction Network in a variety of international projects, research-based activities, and civil society involvement in policymaking. Next, they have presented work in international conferences such as the 4th European Harm Reduction Congress [Bucharest], or the 26th International Harm Reduction Conferences [Porto].