Chucho (Jesús) Ocampo


Chucho (Jesús) Ocampo Aguilar

08. 02. 1991 - México.

+1 6176427372


Spring 2021               Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology                                      (SMACT)

-       Thesis project How to Never Walk in a Straight Line Again. Focused on artistic methodologies for environmental scale understanding through artistic research and experimentation. Advisor: Gediminas Urbonas. Readers: Krzysztof Wodiczko, Marjetica Pötrc and Tobias Purtih.

-       Experimental research and fabrication of interfaces for environmental awareness on public space.

Fall 2015                  Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Bachelor’s degree in                                                            Architecture from Escuela de Diseño y Arquitectura (EDA).

-       Thesis project Espacio Abierto on pedestrian crossing in the border of Tijuana and San Isidro. Recipient of first prize thesis award and published in different architecture platforms. Advisor: Marcelo Sanchez.



2013 – present          Derive LAB, Partner, and creative director

Art, architecture, and urbanism practice based in Querétaro, México

-       Project coordination and creative direction for architectural and urban projects.

-       Conceptualization and design, art direction, project development and construction administration for the BEMA project, a cultural center dedicated to art, architecture, and city themes.

-       Administration and supervision of execution of architectural projects (design and civil works): PA Project, Casa Guadalquivir, Refugio Barichara, BEMA.

-       Development of architecture and public art projects: Vivir Arriba 2018, Monumento 2017, Mesarrón 2017.

-       Support in the coordination of the DERIVAS project in its four editions, as well as assistance in art direction and editorial assistance for the publication under the same name, a product of trips to different cities around the world: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, GPRD (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong) and Ciudad Juárez.


2016 – present          BEMA, Co- founder

Cultural center based in Querétaro, México, that aims to act as a platform for art, architecture, and urbanism projects.

-       Development of linkage strategies with artists, residents, and collaborators.

-       Implementation of linkage and funding strategies with members, sponsors, and donors.

-       Coordination and procurement of funds for the operation and development of projects for the cultural center.

-       Organization of cultural events inside and outside the cultural center facilities.

2016 – present          Fundación Multitud, Co-founder

Non-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of cultural, artistic, and design projects for cities.

-       Preparation of collaboration agreements with different public and private entities such as the Tourism Secretariat of the Municipality of Querétaro and the Culture Secretariat of the state of Querétaro for the development and execution of projects and programs.

-       Support and collaboration in the implementation of strategies for the dissemination of culture through architecture and visual arts projects.

-       Development of fundraising strategies and linking allies, sponsors, and donors.

2021 – present          Nano Cal, Co-founder, partner

                                   Company specialized in the manufacture of high purity lime coatings.

-       Design and conceptualization of color palette, textures, and uses of lime coatings.

-       Research on material experimentation and potential properties of lime products.

-       Design and production of Nano Cal’s showroom, located in Querétaro, Mexico.

-       Outreach and organization of practical workshops related to sustainable materials and construction methods.

2020 – 2023             ppppress,co-founder, editor, printer, designer

student run independent press.

-       Enabled trainings, workshops, and classes taught to the broader MIT community and designed and produced public exhibitions of printed matter.

-       Worked with labs and programs such as the Space Exploration Initiative, Architecture School, Imprint Publication, Threshold Journal, ACT, MIT Nano Lab, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies archive.

-       Collaborated with various artists and organizations such as Nicole L’huillier, Miriam Simun, Constanza Alarcon, MIT Asian American Association, NOMAS MIT, Vera Van de Seyp, Maggie Coblentz, Simone Lassar, Tobias Purtih, and Gediminas Urbonas

2022                          Ecosistema Urbano, Artist and Designer

Socio environmental design and architecture firm based in Spain and USA.

-       Worked closely with faulty and scientists from Universidad de Málaga to conceptualize public space instruments related to their field of research.

-       Designed a variety of instruments including analemmatic clocks, interactive weather stations, playground objects that exemplified laws of thermodynamics, and wind instruments in the form of rotating masts and generators.


Experience /


2022 – 2023              Taiwan Ministry of Culture grant for Latin America - Taiwan Initiatives

Awarded for the support of the project Invisible Interfaces developed in Taiwan in the summer of 2023.

2021 - 2022               MIT Art, Culture, and Technology program Post Graduate Fellow

Worked closely with faculty as well as continuing editorial projects and exhibitions within the department.

2021 – 2022              Harvard Film Study Center Fellow. Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Awarded to support the project Expect People to be Exhausted, a short film documenting the history of gunpowder and migration in Latin America.

2021 – 2022              FONCA (Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts) grant

Awarded for the project Interfaces de lo Invisible, presented in the Museum of the City of Querétaro in collaboration with UNAM’s Geoscience Center in México.

2021-2022                 Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Latin America – Taiwan Initiatives grant

Invisible Matters / Plastic Soup, in collaboration with Zonesound Creative, Chi Po Hao, Rae Yu ping Hsu, Nancy Valladares, and Luiza Bastos Lagues.

2021                          MIT Transmedia Storytelling Collaborative grant

Awarded for editorial and bookmaking design project with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Archive.

2020-2021                 MIT Center for the Arts grant

In support of ppppress, a student and alumni run publishing platform within MIT.

2020                          MIT Transmedia Storytelling Collaborative grant

for 3D immersive environment), MIT.

2020                          MIT Art, Culture and Technology Pilot Year 2 increased-tuition Merit Fellowship

2020                          MIT Art, Culture and Technology Pilot grant

To support the fabrication of pieces for the project Invisible Interfaces.

2019                          MIT Art, Culture and Technology Pilot grant

to support traveling to Tultepec, Mexico to conduct fieldwork research on the history of gunpowder and pyrotechnics.




Part Time Faculty     The New School, Parsons School of Design’s Integrated Design Program. New York City, NY.

Fall 2023                    Integrated Design Studio 2. Share Improvise, Record, Duplicate. The course introduces students to contemporary interdisciplinary research methodologies from art and design and uses the SIRD methodology to further their understanding of design research, artistic research, and their possible artistic or design outputs. Students are required to utilize The New School’s archives and resources as well as the city of New York as pedagogical tools to develop a series of projects related to their immediate political, social, or ecological environment.


Assistant               Harvard University, Art, Film, and Visual Studies program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Cambridge, MA


Fall 2023               Making Things [Breaking Things]. Co taught with Senior Lecturer and artist Katarina Burin. The course reflects on the conceptual and ontological implications of "stuff" in a world of new materials and material obsolescence. Students engage innovation along with failure as motors for experimental practice and self-knowledge. Strong reflection is vested on the implications of programmed obsolescence present in everyday life and how breakage, recycling and adaptive reuse may be counterpoints to expectations of infinite growth. By cracking open objects to think about technology and manufacturing processes the class explores their potential as makers and our agency as consumers.

Visiting Lecturer      Universidad Anáhuac, Campus Querétaro. School of Architecture. Soria, Gto.

Summer 2023         Taller Experimental de Arquitectura: Soria como Modelo. Taught with Urbanist Ximena Ocampo. The workshop aimed to use design, architecture, and environmental observation as methodologies to experiment on possible scenarios for the XIX Century textile factory and town of Soria, Guanajuato. Students analyzed the regional and planetary systems such as geological, hydric, infrastructural, historical, environmental, and social layers that meet and intersect local scales to inform their understanding of the case study.

Lecturer                MIT, Art Culture and Technology program. Cambridge, MA

Spring 2023               Intro to Artistic Experimentation: Scale, Signal, Spectrum. The course offers an introduction to artistic experimentation through the lens of incommensurability. Focusing on the observation, measurement, and translation of the environment through artistic methodologies to understand the conceptual and political implications of scaling mechanisms that deal with time and space; them being biological, geological, astronomical, urban, or just mechanical. Students work range from printmaking, textiles, metalworking to time-based media or sound.

Fall 2022                    Intro to Artistic Experimentation: Share, Improvise, Record, Duplicate. The course is structured as the mirror of a scientific research methodology, where collaboration, experiment design, time-based media and publication of results are a constant. Being a mirror of scientific research processes, SIRD methodology has special emphasis on collaborative explorations, hands on prototyping and fabrication, improvisation techniques, time-based media, and dissemination of information through printmaking and exhibition design.

Adjunct Faculty       Wentworth Institute of Technology, School of Architecture. Boston, MA.

Spring 2022               Architecture core Studio 01. Students get familiar with different design and fabrication methodologies such as model making, drawing, material explorations, and architectural observation. Part of the duties in this position consisted of delivering two lectures to the school's first year cohort on various topics such as scale and section.

Fall 2021                    Architecture core Studio 02. Students get familiar with different architecture methodologies, prototype building, basic computing software and modeling. Strong emphasis is placed on the broad understanding of what architecture could mean beyond modernist methodologies, walking as fieldwork, process driven presentations and prototypes, material, and spatial experimentation as well as multimedia explorations such as animation, casting, photography, and collage. Part of the duties in this position consisted of delivering two lectures to the school's first year cohort on various topics such as perception and vision.

Adjunct Faculty       Universidad Anáhuac, Campus Querétaro. School of Architecture.

Spring 2019               Teaching position at Universidad Anahuac, Campus Querétaro, School of Architecture. Strong emphasis was placed on walking as fieldwork, understanding cases of Latin American cities and their contexts as well as understanding critical standpoints towards modernism and top-down development.

Adjunct Faculty       Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro School of Architecture, Design and Art.

Spring 2018               Urban Methodologies and Designcourse. Co-taught with Ximena Ocampo and Francisco Paillie. Covered a historical overview of themes surrounding urbanism and architecture since the beginning of the 1900s, the difficulties and complications of urban scale and its critiques as well as working on an urban scale project.          

Student Teaching

Assistantships         MIT, Art Culture and Technology program. Cambridge, MA

Jan 2022                    Making Across Media: Kites Cameras, and Kaleidoscopes. Three-week course co-taught with prof. Nida Sinnokrot in partnership with Sakiya center in Palestine. Worked on the conceptualization of the syllabus, research of materials and references for the class as well as assisting with lectures, fabrication demos, workshops, documentation, and critical analysis on early technologies and media archeology. Students’ projects culminated in an extended family of “air pieces” that related to the student’s individual research.

Spring 2021               Seminar in Art and the Public Sphere: Nuclear Aesthetics. Taught with Prof. Gediminas Urbonas and Arianna Mazzeo in partnership with MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. Worked on student feedback, fabrication demos and conversations with the Nuclear Reactor operators and scientists to facilitate the conceptualization of work that dealt with VR technologies, deep time, ecology, and scientific instrumentarium.

Spring 2021               Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research – Common Ground: Art and Agriculture.Taught with prof. Nida Sinnokrot in partnership with Sakiya center in Palestine. Worked on student feedback, fabrication demos, and lectures for the design and edition of a publication of the class conversation and pieces.

Fall 2020                    Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research: Choreographing the City.Taught with Gediminas Urbonas in partnership with Theatrum Mundi Prof. Richard Sennet, and chorographer Adesola Akinleye. Produced an eight-episode podcast based on a set of public virtual conversations held with a variety of guests.

Spring 2020               Advanced Projects in Art, Culture and Technology: Into the Wild, taught with prof. Tobias Putrih. The class looked at ways of representation of the environment through different media such as artificial intelligence platforms, signature prediction algorithms, paper model making and casting, and alternative cartographies. Worked closely with students to edit, design, and print a publication that served as the culmination of the class work throughout the semester.


2021 – 2022              FONCA (Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts) Award

Awarded for the project Invisible Interfaces.

2021                          MIT’s Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Prize

Awarded to three students every year at MIT for their art practice as students.

2020                          MIT Department of Architecture Dean’s Office

Awarded for the project Planetary Interfaces.

2019-2020                 MIT Department of Architecture Graduate Fellowship Award

2017                          PECDA, Stimulus for Artistic Creation and Development

Awarded in recognition of the project “Vivir Arriba”.

2015                          Best degree project from the School of Design and Architecture (EDA)

For the project “Open Spaces” in the city of Tijuana, Baja California.

2015                          Alberto J. Pani Architectural Composition Award

In representation of the School of Design and Architecture (EDA).

2015                          27th ENEA National Meeting of Architecture Schools, 1st Prize

For the project developed in Mexicali, BC, México. Category: Integration into the urban landscape.

Talks and


2019                    Congreso Sinápitica. Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez.

2018                    [Re] Imaginando la ciudad desde el borde. Instituto de Arquitectura, Diseño y     Arte, Ciudad Juárez, México.

2017                          Fighting Monoculture, the work of derive LAB, Design Trust, Hong Kong.

2015                          Simposio Ciudades y Territorios Incluyentes, Mérida, México.


2023                          Scale, Signal, Spectrum. Sonic Sensory Lab. Taipei, Taiwan

2023                          Scaling the World. Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab. Taipei, Taiwan

2022-2023                 Interfaces de lo Invisible. Museum of the City of Querétaro, México

2022                          ppppress show. MIT Wiesner Art Gallery. Cambridge, USA

2021-2022                 Invisible Matters / Plastic Soup. Taipei Artist Village. Taipei, Taiwan

2021                          MIT’s Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts virtual exhibition

2020                          Tempo Falacioso, Superimposiciones Botánicas. Chuquimarca Project space. Chicago, IL.USA

2020                          Who Feels at Home in the Invisible World. Online exhibition, MIT

2019                          Asteroide Perec. French Aliance Gallery, Ciudad de México, México

2018                          Memorias en Transito. Galeria Libertad, Querétaro, México

2018                          Print Show 4th edition. Galería DaSubstanz, Querétaro, México

2017                          In solidarity: Living, Making, Together (Marjetica Pötrc and Design for The Living World). Muca ROMA, Ciudad de México

2017                          Tierra de Nadie. Galería municipal Querétaro, México

2017                          Open Studio. Galería DaSubstanz, Querétaro, México

2019                          Falsos Límites. Galería Libertad, Querétaro, México

2018                          Vivir Arriba, an action by Chucho Ocampo. Galería DaSubstanz, Querétaro, México

2018                          Vivir arriba. Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Mexico


2023                          Ocampo, J. Scale, Signal, Spectrum, ppppress, Cambridge, MA.

2023                          Coblentz, Maggie. Ocampo J. editor. Unidentified Food Objects, in collaboration with MIT Space Exploration Initiative, ppppress, Cambridge, MA.

2022                          Ocampo, J. Momentary Instrument, ppppress, Cambridge, MA.

2022                          CAVS series published by ppppress (with Aarti Sunder, Chi-Pohao, Yimeng Zhu), Wiesner Gallery, MIT

2021                          Ocampo, J., Tobias Putrih. Into the Wild, ppppress, Cambridge, MA.

2020                          Ocampo, J. The Struggle Between, in collaboration with MIT CAVS Archive, ppppress, Cambridge, MA.

2019                          Ocampo, J. Escala y tiempo. Derivas, vol. 1 Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, pp. 90-93.

2018                          Ocampo, J., Ocampo, X., Paillie, F. y Yu-Pearson, H. (2018). The urbanist kids of San Francisquito. In H. Karssenberg, R. Danenberg and V. Doumpa, ed., The city at eye level for kids, pp. 271-274. Rotterdam: Stipo. Available in:

2018                          Ocampo, J. Vivir Arriba. Querétaro: Gold Rain.


                          4.301 – Intro to Artistic Experimentation – course, Fall 2022 - MIT

Share, Improvise, Record, Duplicate course video:

Interfaces de lo Invisible – Artistic research project

Project presentation:

Alewife Interplanetary Antenna – Artistic research project

Documentation video:

Expect People to be Exhausted – Artistic Research Project

Essay film:

psw: Tultepec



Chucho (Jesús) Ocampo Aguilar is a Mexican artist and architect. At the heart of his practice lies the concern of how, through interfaces, workshops, walking, and appropriation of spaces can we misuse, misinterpret, and detour deterministic conceptions of our milieu. Using drifting/erring as a tool, Chucho seeks to challenge preconceptions around scale, use-function, bureaucracy, and our relation to more than human entities. Chucho holds a Science Master in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT, where he cofounded ppppress, a student and alumni run independent press. In parallel, Ocampo works as creative director and partner in dérive LAB: an art, architecture, and urbanism firm with projects related to housing, urban design, public space interventions and cultural management, and is cofounder of BEMA: a cultural center in Queretaro, Mexico. Ocampo has taught and researched in the Art, Culture and, Technology program at MIT, Parsons School of Design, and the Art, Film, and Visual Studies program at Harvard University.