In order to encourage dialogue around specific key issues we hold a regular colloquium at the Critical Media Lab. Colloquiums take place usually on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month during the semester at the Critical Media Lab space. These gatherings are intended to take advantage of the varied and diverse backgrounds of all participants – our team members, invited guests and students. The sessions are meant to provide an inclusive and open forum for different perspectives on shared issues and to inspire, expand and challenge the ways in which we approach practice in technology, art, design, science and research. Discussions sometimes focus on written chapters and essays, and at other times on a creative project, intervention or exercise.
The colloquium is part of the curriculum offered within the MA Experimental Design and is explicitly open for students of the Make/Sense PhD and other study programs, as well as external guests and colleagues. Upcoming and past sessions are listed in the Agenda and below this page. Individual sessions are organized by CML members, some may ask for short readings or other thematic preparations. For details on the sessions please see the colloquium announcements on this website and be in touch with us to get access to the respective handouts with description, bios, links, reading lists and space for collective note-taking.
  • The colloquium typically takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month during semesters, at the Critical Media Lab or outside, from 2-5 pm. Everyone is free to leave as they wish, but we invite everyone to stick with us and take some time off.
  • The CML colloquium is a space where teaching & research intersect. The group consists of people with wildly different backgrounds and levels of experience. Using simple language and avoiding jargon helps to keep things accessible for everyone. If you use jargon, please explain what you mean by it.
  • We use English as a main language of communication but welcome comments, questions, etc. in the language you feel most comfortable with. Members of the lab will help with translating, should need be.
  • Captioning of videos and access copies of talks is welcome!
  • Please let us know if you have specific access needs. The main building has three large elevators. There are spacious gender-neutral single restrooms on each floor. Floors are even with no ramps or thresholds throughout the building. Doors to the restrooms and the lab are rather heavy and not automated. The lab is dog-friendly (beware of cables and loose materials). The lab is air-conditioned. More details on access and directions here.
  • Attendees of the colloquium are expected to treat everyone in the room and online with respect and help create a welcoming environment. Please let us know if you notice behavior that fails to meet this standard.
  • Please be mindful of others’ vulnerabilities and avoid re-circulating violence through word or imagery. If you are unsure or believe you need to share material that is potentially disturbing for the audience, please be in touch ahead of time and discuss with the organizers.

Critical Media Lab
Freilager-Platz 1
4142 Basel
D 3.05 (high-rise building)
Address and directions

For questions about the colloquium, feel free to contact Johannes Bruder or Moritz Greiner-Petter.

Centering People Over Records

Tuesday, 4 June 2024

Feminist Care Ethics for a digital archiving practice. With Michelle Caswell.​​​​​​​

Mapathon with Majd Al-Shihabi & Jessika Khazrik

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

Experimenting with Publics: Exhibitions as Inventions and Interventions

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

With Michael Guggenheim.

More than a Feeling

Heavy Processing Methods for Trans- Feminist and Queer Research

Wednesday, 7 February 2024

With T.L. Cowan and Jas Rault.

Expanding Histories of Resilience and Adjacent Practices of Designing

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

With Yoko Akama and Tania Messell.

Towards Critical Sound Studies: Dreaming/Listening

Wednesday, 1 November 2023

Colloquium session on a critical approach to listening and the use of sonic practices as a tool for nurturing political imagination, hosted by Yann Martins and Stas Shärifullin, featuring guests Bint Mbareh and Tatiana Heuman.

Offshore Turbidities: Mist the Boat

Wednesday, 4 October 2023

With Harun Morrison and Therese Keogh.

A Useful Archive

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

On the design of archival interfaces and questions of access and activation of digital collections. With digital humanities researcher and designer Lozana Rossenova.

Deep-Sea Ports and Network Fleets

Wednesday, 3 May 2023

A closer look at the narratives, fantasies, and imaginaries built into large-scale computer networks. Colloquium session with scholar and poet Tung-Hui Hu and junior researcher Vanessa Graf.

From South Africa’s Mines to NASA’s Skylab

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Colloquium session with Megan Eardley, PhD Candidate in Architectural History & Theory at Princeton University, on models and concepts of life in extreme environments.

Audio Leakage

Wednesday, 5 April 2023

Colloquium session with Audio Leakage Community, a group of artists and scholars who share their various perspectives on the critical agency of leakages. Hosted by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.

Researching in Two Acts

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

With artist researchers Elly Clarke and Clareese Hill, hosted by Helen V. Pritchard. As part of the Trans★Feminist Digital Depletion Strike!

Energy – Extraction, Exhaustion, Depression

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Colloquium session hosted by Anastasia Kubrak & Johannes Bruder, with guest Cara New Daggett.

living in the future of others

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

For this colloquium session, Solveig Qu Suess has invited fellow researchers henry bradley and Blanca Pujals for a screening and discussion of their work.

Instituting Dissent

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Anti-racist practices and activism in the academy, and institutional resistances to the unsettling of its scripts and algorithms. With guest Nelly Y. Pinkrah.

Colloquium with Helen V. Pritchard

The underground is no longer (or never was) the exclusive realm of technocrats or geophysics experts.