soy el ekeko

New Media Artist, Based in Toronto, Canada.
Co-Founder & Creative Director at Derooted Immersive
El Ekeko (Simón Rojas Gajardo – b. Santiago, Chile) is a multi-disciplinary artist & creative technologist with a background in music, theatre, and graphic arts. His body of work is predominantly based on immersive and interactive multi-media installations which create illusion and augmentations to a viewers reality. Using light, sound, and an endless sandbox of technologies he explores the function and limitations of sensory inputs, both in humans and machines to transform and manipulate the human experience through vignettes of phenomenology.
He is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Derooted Immersive, a creative technologies studio based in Toronto, Canada since 2008. He has performed and exhibited as part of various festivals, collaborations, and groups showings between Canada, Chile, and Spain.
General inquiries | exhibitions | performaces: hola@soyelekeko.com

Selected Works/Exhibitions –
2023, SMASH: Fragmented, commissioned piece, Gardiner Museum, Vancouver, Canada
2019, Hermès Invites You To: Unlock Your Dreams, Edgewater Events Space, Vancouver, Canada
2018, Con(Des)struction, Stantec Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2017, Hermès Invites You: Into the Canadian Wild, Hermès, Brickworks, Toronto, Canada
2017, Disney Pirates of the Caribbean, Toronto, Canada
2016, Mystical Landscapes, AGO, Toronto, Canada
2016, Clark’s Art Crawl, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada
2016, Faces of Pride, Toronto, Canada
2015, BMW exhibit, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada
2015, Absolute Vodka Maker Fest, Toronto, Canada
2014, Korhani Home exhibit, IDS, Toronto, Canada
2011, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada
2010, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada
Selected Live Performances –
2015, AGO Massive 10: Hotbed, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
2009, Superstein Launch Event, Coup Digital at The King Edward, Toronto, Canada
2006, El Ekeko Live at Pacha, Huelva, Spain
2009, Tirgan Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
2008, Beats, Breaks & Culture Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
2004, El Ekeko Live at Subterráneo, Santiago, Chile
2004, El Ekeko Live Performance, Reñaca – Chile
2004, El Ekeko Live at Bacrdi Beach Stage, Reñaca – Chile
2004, El Ekeko Live Performance, Pucón – Chile
Selected Collaborations –
2014, NAVI performance, NXNE, Toronto, Canada
2014, Guerilla Nuit ft. Nelly Furtado, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada
2011, Nike Reel House ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Selected Production/Commercial –
2021, Black Mark, Documentary Series, Virtual Production Design, Los Angels, USA
2006, Actual TV Network, Original Score, Huelva, Spain
2006, CNH TV Network, Original Score, Huelva, Spain
Selected Talks and Workshops –
2024, MadMapper Intensive Course, UKAI, Toronto, Canada
2023, Projecting the Future: workshop series, InterAccess, Toronto, Canada
2018, COMMS WEEK, Artscape Sandbox, Toronto, Canada
2018, Artist Talk, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA
2015-2017, Course Instructor, Adobe Illustrator Level 1 & 2, Humber College, Toronto, Canada
2015-2016, Course Instructor, Adobe InDesign Level 1 & 2, Humber College, Toronto, Canada
2015, Course Instructor, Desktop Prepress and Print-Product Development, Humber College, Toronto, Canada
2006, Course Instructor, Adobe Suite and Graphic Design Best Practices, Cícero Publícidad, Huelva, Spain