©  2024
CARLA ALCALÀ BADIAS
BIO
Carla Alcalà Badias (Tàrrega, 1997) is an industrial designer and design researcher based in Spain, with a particular interest in material research, furniture design and contemporary craft. Through a new materialist perspective, her design practice envisions future scenarios for vernacular knowledges. By merging ancestral wisdom with scientific methodologies, she aims to challenge prevailing ideas about human evolution and technoscientific development.

Her practice embraces a broad spectrum of disciplines, wether developing commercial or self-initiated projects. Throughout her career, she has worked for award-winning design studios, such as MUT Design and Closca. Carla was awarded the Medialab Matadero 2022-23 research grant and has recently served as an artist in residence at Domaine de Boisbuchet (France), thanks to the financial support of Acción Cultural Española. Her projects have been exhibited in internationally recognized events such as the Dutch Design Week or Valencia Design Fest, and featured in European contemporary culture magazines such as DAMN Magazine.


EDUCATION
Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design (MA), Specialisation Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), 2019-2021.
Bachelor in Industrial Design and Product Development, CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia (ES), Summa Cum Laude.
2019-21


2015-19

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Product, space and furniture designer, MUT design, Valencia (ES).
Design Researcher (R+D), Biochar as a design material, Domaine de Boisbuchet (FR), Project funded by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
Design Research (R+D), Project Development within the Annual Program of Situated Research Residencies at Medialab Matadero (ES), Financially supported by Madrid Destino Culture Tourism and Business, S.A.
Production & development expert, workshop staff member, Domaine de Boisbuchet (FR).
Graphic Design and Art Direction, Internship, Closca Design, Valencia (ES).
Furniture and Product Design, Internship, Yonoh Studio, Valencia (ES).
2021-23

2023


2022-23



2023

2019

2018


GRANTS & AWARDS
Art residency ai2, Organised by the Vice-Rectorate for Art, Science, Technology and Society (UPV) & CCCC Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània.
Distributed Design Mobility Scheme Prize 2023-24.Co-funded by the EU.
Creative Exchange Residency for Craft Practitioners 2023-25 (WCCE). Co-funded by the EU.
Artistic residency at Domaine de Boisbuchet, Funded by Acción Cultural Española AC/E, May-July.
Research residency at Medialab Matadero, Madrid (ES). April 22-April 23, Funded by Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio, S.A.
Academic grant at The New Centre for Research and Practice, 4 ECTS seminar.
Extraordinary End-of-career Award for the Best Academic Record in Engineering and Architecture 2019. CEU Cardenal Herrera University, Valencia.
2024


2024

2024

2023

2022-23


2022

2019

EXHIBITIONS
What is it like to be a synthetic organism? (solo) Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC).
Post-Carbon Alchemy, (group), Material  District Utrecht 2024.
Wet-Crypto Myths
(solo), La Hoja, Nave 0, Matadero Madrid.
Twisting & Twining (group), Mut Design Studio, València Design Fest 22.
Design Végétal (group), Domaine de Boisbuchet, France Design Week.
Private_Eye_Butler_Spy (group),ARCAM Architecture Centre Amsterdam, May - June.
Graduation Show 2021 Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week 2021.
The Object is Absent (group), MU Space, Eindhoven (NL). Dutch Design Week 2020.
Soon

2024

2023

2022

2022

2022

2021

2021

TALKS, PUBLICATIONS & PRESS
Proceso de creación de un lenguaje interbacteriano (printed issue), Interspecies Library.
Biochar
(online publication), Future Materials Bank (Jan van Eyck Academie).
Public presentation Wet-Crypto Myths and conversation with Ross McElwain, 26 May, Nave 0, Matadero.
Digital Home Myth-Making (article), In DAMN°82: Radical Domesticity.
Reencantar a las Bestias, interview, In Radio 3 (RTVE).
Death to algorithms, long live the witches! (article). Dutch Design Week 2021.
2024

2023

2023


2022

2022


2021

NON-FORMAL LEARNING
Ceramic 3D printing workshop with Jetclay, Espacio Open, Bilbao (ES), Selected through an open call.
Theoretical-practical seminar Daemon&Discord: Anatomy of the DAO, With Jay Springet & Ross McElwain, The New Centre for Research and Practice.
Workshop with Lex Pott. Domaine de Boisbuchet (FR).
Textile design project at Ziguinchor school, Senegal. Social design project Free Design Bank.
2023

2022-23


2018
2019


SOFTWARE
Rhino + Grasshopper | Solidworks
Autocad
Keyshot / V-Ray
Adobe Creative Suite
Stability AI / Midjourney
MS Office
*references available upon request*
EC BLACK CERAMICS
MEDIALAB MATADERO, 2023


MEDIALAB MATADERO
FUNDED by MADRID DESTINO S.A.
Research
2023
Ongoing research project  exploring the potential of reduced black ceramics for application in Microbial Fuel Cell Tecnologies (MFCs). Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) are technologies that generate electricity while simultaneously treating wastewater through the metabolic activity of electroactive bacteria. Despite significant progress in recent years, broader adoption of this technology beyond the laboratory has been impeded by the requirement for more cost-effective and sustainable materials. Through reduction firing, clay acquires electroconductive properties, making it suitable as an electrode material and thus captivating for the field of bioelectrochemistry. With this ongoing research, my goal is to develop a reactor entirely constructed from a single piece of ceramics.



carlalcala.design@gmail.com