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Exploring New Realities & Immersive Storytelling

Estela Oliva is a director, artist and curator working across digital and immersive. Her work is inspired by the impact of new technologies and the internet in human behaviour, society and our surroundings. She creates hybrid environments in which the physical and the virtual blend, unfolding connected stories and cerebral experiences. These projects come to life in a variety of formats such as experiences, installations, experiments, programmes, performances and films. 

With extensive experience in the digital sector, her journey includes six enriching years at Google UK, a year leading the digital team at Somerset House and other ventures as a cultural entrepreneur, founding visionary projects like digital culture festival and agency Alpha-ville and the groundbreaking event series New Rituals at London's Barbican Centre. 

As a multi-skilled director, her portfolio includes a wide array of projects spanning festivals, exhibitions, campaigns and digital projects for brands, cultural institutions and non-profits such as Instagram, Sedition, Red Cross, Barbican, United Nations, BBC and Google. 

Estela currently works independently as a creative director, and also as an artist crafting works under her name as well as the pseudonym of CLON.  Her art has travelled to exhibitions and events around the world including Sonar (Barcelona, Lisboa and Hong Kong), MUTEK (Montreal, Buenos Aires), Immersiva (Mexico), MMMAD (Madrid) and many more. Estela is the founder and director of Digital & Nomad - a digital agency and studio providing digital services, products and creating immersive experiences for clients from the non-profit and commercial sectors. 

Estela is based in London and is part of the Somerset House Exchange creative community. 

CONTACT: eoliva [at] gmail dot com



Selected Artist Exhibitions


Azabache Live AV with Ana Quiroga at Festival Margenes, Casa Encendida, Madrid (Spain)

Echoes of Reality, Drone Walkthrough (music by Nait Saves) - Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Official Selection, York (UK)

Lands of Ajaks (music by Ana Quiroga) - A Night with Richie Hawtin, Nuit Sonores, Bozar (Brussels)


Space Zero (0,0,0) Bienal de Musica de Cordoba (Argentina)


AZABACHE AV with Ana Quiroga - 17 June - Sonar Festival Barcelona

META AV by CLON and Ana Quiroga - 31 Mar - Sonar Lisboa

Live AV performance with Ana Quiroga. Fundraising concert curated by Psyche Tropes and Iklectik.  


META AV at Futur.Shock, FOLD London

Echoes of Reality in collab with Nait Saves. MUTEK Argentina, Artlab


Unity /Unidade with Ana Quiroga, immersive installation. Walk&Talk 2022. Arquipelago Centro des Artes. Azores, Portugal. 


META AV with Ana Quiroga and TSDOMS VR installation. ADAF - Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece. 

The Maze by CLON, screening as part of Showreel 2021, Mayfair Art Weekend, London 

SPACE ZERO (0,0,0) immersive space for MMMAD (Madrid Digital Arts Festival) curated by Hyperstudio


JANMAR B17 screening curated by ThePhotoPhore for ADAF (Athens Digital Arts Festival) 

The Maze for Mitologias Futuras virtual tour for curated by Joaquina Salgado and QoA.


TSDOMS (Extended Reality) feat NWRMNTC at Ø by Huperdub, Corsica Studios, Immersiva at Centro de Cultura Digital (MX), Centro Cultural Kirchner MUTEK (Buenos Aires, AR), Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima (PE)


META, AV performance with NWRMNTC at Sonar Hong Kong (China), Mirage Festival, Lyon (France), MUTEK Montreal, MUTEK Argentina, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima (PE), She Makes Noise (ES), MIRA Festival (Barcelona)


Janmar B17 screening as part of Aberrations, curated by Lucas Gutierrez at Gallery Irrgang (Berlin)

Janmar B17, screenings at Art Futura Festival (London, Madrid)

META prototype presentation with NWRMNTC at Keroxen Festival, Tenerife (Spain)

TSDOMS, VR installation at Somerset House Studios (London)



Janmar B17, screening at Barbican Centre (London)

Curatorial & Director Work

Talks & Public Appearances


Guest Lecture, MA Interaction Design London College Communication

Guest lecture on speculative fiction, games and virtual reality. 


Immersive Experiences Masterclass Fundacion Telefonica Peru

Presenting work as CLON during the Amplify event at Fundacion Telefonica Lima.


Immersive Dome One Day Workshop at Plymouth University iDAT

Workshop and talk at the University of Plymouth, iDAT fulldome space to test their facilities and gave a talk about my work in immersive environments.


Sonar+D Hong Kong - Decoding Collaboration in Immersive Digital Art

An open conversation with NWRMNTC and MetaObjects on the present and future of immersive digital arts installations and performances from the perspective of artists, producers, technologists and curators as part of Sonar+D Hong Kong. 


Talk with Ana Quiroga at PointBlank Music School

Talk on recent audiovisual collaborations with musician Ana Quiroga, focusing on our AV project META. Talk as part of celebration of Womens Day at PountBlank Music School curated by Nina Kehagia.


Art Futura London

Presenting CLON as part of Art Futura London.


Beyond Numbers, Sussex Humanities Lab (Brighton)

Celebrating women, non-binary and transgender scientists, artists, musicians, researchers and thinkers whose works are based on scientific, technological and/or mathematical methods. Curated by Ioann Maria Stacewicz and  Dr Sharon Webb of the SHL Sussex Humanities Lab.


York Mediale: Stories of Solitude Symposium (York)

I did a talk on "Reality, Fiction and Subversion in Digital Art Experiences" part of the York Mediale 2018, curated by Dr Eirini Nedelkopoulou and York Mediale. The event explored the artistic, social and philosophical potential of being alone, as well as its many challenges in an increasingly digital world. 


ARS ELECTONICA: Gallery Spaces (Linz)

"Beyond Patronage: Artists and Experimental Monetization." Curated by Lindsay Howard of Kickstarter. The goal of the panel is to explore ways that artists can make a living beyond the white cube. 


MIRA Festival Berlin (Berlin)

Moderating the MIRA Digital Arts Festival Berlin conferences at Funkhaus Berlin.

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Immersive Art Salon at Sage Gateshead (UK)

Immersive Assembly Vol3 at Mediale (UK)


New Rituals at Barbican Centre (London)


New Rituals at Barbican Centre (London)

Nocturnal City III, Somerset House Studios (London)



AV Concerts, Barbican Centre (London)

Nocturnal City, Mutek Montreal Edition (Quebec, Canada)

Nocturnal City II, Somerset House Studios (London)

Nocturnal City, Somerset House Studios (London)

The Garden of Virtual Utopias, Art Night (London)



Instagram Discover Your Story, Tate Modern (London)

Studio 01 exhibition at Somerset House Studios (London)

Somerset House Studios Launch (London)

Into the Wild: Decoding the Creative Journey, Somerset House (London)

New Realities, Fundación Telefónica Lima (Peru)



Beyond Music & Arts, Mobile World Centre, Barcelona (Spain)

IOTORAMA, Connected Beings Exhibition, Barcelona (Spain)



Dream:ON Screening, Goethe Institut (London)

New Realities Exhibition, Mobile World Centre (Barcelona)

Music + Arts, Mobile World Centre (Barcelona)

Exchange, Creative Conference by Alpha-ville, Rich Mix (London)


Ryoichi Kurokawa, AV concert curated by Alpha-ville, BFI Southbank, (London)

2012 and earlier

Alpha-ville LIVE, AV concerts, Hackney Empire, (London) 2012

Unfinity, Alpha-ville Festival (London) 2012

From Digital to Post-digital, Alpha-ville Festival of Digital Arts,  Music and Culture (London) 2011

Visionary Cities, Alpha-ville Festival, Whitechapel Gallery and Rich Mix, London, 2010


Press & Publications

ArtLab (Argentina, Online) 2021-22

Somerset House Studios (London) May 2017-June 2018. 

Heima Arts, (Seydisfjordour, Iceland) Jul-Sep 2017

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LIA: Painting with code (Interview for Sedition art, online)

Immersive Technologies and Digital Games for School Disaster Preparedness (Research paper, online)

Interview with Run Riot on Nocturnal City (online)

Interview with Zetteler for Into The Wild (online)

What are the new rituals of post-internet culture? Run Riot (online)

New Rituals at the Barbican (online)

New Realities, exhibition publication (print)

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