Research Team
Research Team

Dr. Viktor Bedö

Visiting Professor

Viktor Bedö is a designer and researcher investigating bodies, technologies, and urban futures. He has a background in philosophy (PhD, Humboldt University Berlin/University of Pécs), media studies and art history and 20 years of experience in critical reflection, playful prototyping, foresight and speculative design across academia and industry.

He is currently interested in crafting imaginaries of just and regenerative urban infrastructures, enabling participative machine learning and exploring designerly strategies of engaging with more-than-human perspectives.

Since 2021, Viktor has been the principal investigator of the SNSF-funded project Scaling Material Urban Commons, investigating the algorithmic commoning of rescued food, sensing kitchens and bodies, and citizen machine teaching.

Viktor is a member of the Kitchen Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was a founding member of the Berlin-based art collective Invisible Playground and founder of the urban street game laboratory Tacit Dimension. His design work was featured by Metropolis Festival Copenhagen and Festival of Future Nows at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, among others.

He is a Visiting Professor at IXDM, HGK Basel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and teaches the MA Experimental Design at IXDM.

Machine Teaching Commons / Teaching Machine Commons

June 19th – Exhibition Opening
June 20th – Symposium

One-day symposium and exhibition on site- and community-specific algorithms for governing urban resources.

Experimenting with Publics: Exhibitions as Inventions and Interventions

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

With Michael Guggenheim. Field Test invites Basel-based residents to imagine a community-run urban infrastructure for teaching a machine to distribute food fairly.

Join us for three workshops and a dinner and receive deliveries of rescued food items during the experiment.

Transverse & Timetravel

Monday, December 11th 2023

Annual Research Day, Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW

A day of provocative joyful workshops, talks, performances, book launches, tender reading and exchange. Open to all.

The Anatomy of Commoning-based Predictive Infrastructures

Workshop at CML and public panel discussion at HackThePromise festival Basel.

15–16 September 2023

IXDM Inaugural Lectures

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

IXDM invites everyone to join us for the inaugural lectures by our new Head of Research Helen V. Pritchard, and Visting Professors Viktor Bedö and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.

Visiting Professorships for Viktor Bedö and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Funded by the Practice-to-Science grant of SNSF.