Nicolás AlcaláStoryhacker. Chef. Futurista. Psychonaut

I Learn By Doing

 

I believe in doing, more than I believe in talking. Instead of finishing my degree, I led a team of 200 people in the making of The Cosmonaut, a transmedia experience where we created a whole story universe about the space race. It was licensed under Creative Commons and crowdfunded by 5000 people, raising more than half a million dollars.

 

I also hosted a secret restaurant once and now I curate blindfolded dinners around the world. I tell stories and create rituals to engage, to transform, to enlighten.

 

My latest adventure is an immersive reactive content studio called Future Lighthouse.

 

I have failed, a lot. And then failed some more and after that I learned to fail faster and better. But these are just the fireworks that make the headlines. What truly matters to me is to create wonder. To make people feel better. To use technology to build bold and brave storytelling. That’s why, when I grow up, I want to be a magician.

Technology is the real skin of our species.

- Terence McKenna -

I Learn From Others

 

From the crazy mind-opening ideas of Terence Mckenna to the geodesic domes of Bucky Fuller, I stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been inspired by many human beings who decided to make the world a better place with their ideas, their books, their films or their inventions.

 

Some of them I met in person and from them I learned practical things about life, work, design and ethics. The rest of those brave men and women I only had the opportunity to read or watch or listen to, but they deeply changed me.

 

I belong to a global tribe from which I learn to share, to give, to thrive, to love.
This is who I am.

 


The effort to create convincing artificial realities will teach us the same humbling lesson about reality which artificial intelligence has taught us about intelligence…namely, that we don’t know a damned thing about it.

- John Perry Barlow -

I Learn By Fucking Up

 

While I was finishing the postproduction of my first film I made a terrible mistake: I sent an arrogant and disgusting email that I should never have written. The consequences were thousands of insults and death threats. People even encouraged me to kill myself. That email and its consequences made me grow up and changed who I was in deep ways.

In 2013 I was granted the opportunity to tell my story at a TEDx talk.

You can watch it HERE.


I BELIEVE IN

ECSTASY
SIMPLICITY
BEAUTY
IMPERFECTION

COMPASSION
INCLUSION
OPTIMISM
RITUAL

SINGULARITY
FUTURISM
SHAMANISM
EMOTION

Projects

 

Arthur C. Clarke once said that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Every time a new technology arises, it changes the way we tell stories.

 

Today it’s not only the technology, it’s us who have been transformed. It changed how we read, how we watch, how we feel, how we interact…

 

We have a beautiful opportunity in front of us: to change our perception of the universe. That’s why I’m working now in immersive content, the most powerful tool ever invented to transform the world and how we look at it, and at each other.

Projects I've Directed
2017

Melita

Snatch – Mini VR Episode

2017
2015

Tomorrow

El Cosmonauta

2009
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Talks

 

Sometimes I’m asked to pretend I’m an expert in something and talk about it in front of a large crowd. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to tell a story.

 

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    South Summit (2016)
    Madrid, Spain
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    TEDx (2015)
    Villadolid, Spain
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    TEDx (2014)
    Comillas, Spain
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    TedX (2010)
    Madrid, Spain