Born in Madrid in 1984, Jorge Mañes Rubio graduated in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2010, where he confirmed his tireless eagerness to travel beyond the usual scopes of design. In 2014 he obtained the prestigious TED fellowship. His work explores unseen or forgotten places, creating artworks that reimagine and revive these sites as attention-worthy destinations. His practice revolves around political-social interventions, creating small objects, immersive narratives, and impressive installations.
Seethisway is a research-oriented studio, founded by the artist interested in alternative and experimental production processes, but inspired by everyday experiences. During his exhibitions and lectures, Rubio invites the audience to experience these stories as if they were their own.
His recent work includes travelling along the Yangtze River looking for the remains of the cities flooded by the Three Gorges Dam Project, or recreating the story of a little-known Pacific island paradise destroyed by mining. When he’s not illegally producing unique souvenirs at the top of the Eiffel Tower, he’s creating a fictional micro-nation for a troubled multicultural neighborhood in Amsterdam.
Rubio’s work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, France, the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, India, South Korea, and China.