I have an interest in the intersection between art and anthropology. This has led me to explore the use of artistic languages and formats as vehicles and forms of expression for anthropological knowledge. A relevant project was the exhibitions ‘Madrid, a medias’ , an exhibition in three parts dedicated to forms of emergent urbanism and urban activism in Madrid (2017-2018).

A second project I have carried out (as part of a longstanding work in the cultural sector) was a rap spectacle I wrote and co-produced during the summer of 2019. It was called ‘Pelea Villana’ (2019), a challenging experiment that sook to hybridize the hip hop genre of rap and anthropology. I co-designed the project and wrote the lyrics of Pelea Villana, a critical and hopeful text that allowed me to explore new literary genres for anthropology.

Finally, this impulse to explore the intersection between art and anthropology is an integral part of the Colleex network (Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation) I co-founded in 2017, an official network of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA).


Madrid, a medias, an exhibition dedicated to emergent urbanism.

Pelea Villana, un ensayo rapeado sobre el arte de estar juntas.

Colleex network(Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation), an EASA network.


Tomás Sánchez Criado & Adolfo Estalella. 2016. Antropocefa: Un kit para las colaboraciones experimentales en la práctica etnográfica. Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, 5(1), 155-167. (PDF)

Adolfo Estalella, Jara Rocha y Antonio Lafuente. 2013. Laboratorios de procomún: experimentación, recursividad y activismo. Teknokultura, 10(1), 21-48. (PDF)

Alberto Corsín Jiménez & Adolfo Estalella. 2011. The prototype: a sociology in abeyance. ARC (Anthropological Research on the Contemporary), Episode 3, [non-peer review].

Alberto Corsín Jiménez & Adolfo Estalella. 2010. The hospitable prototype: a technopolis in construction (video). Prototyping cultures conference, 5 November 2010, Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain). [non-peer review].