Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis

Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis is a designer, design researcher and cultural scientist. Since 2013 is she has been the director of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM) and the Critical Media Lab at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Since 2019 she is one of the deputies of the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material” at the Humboldt University of Berlin, together with Wolfgang Schäffner, Peter Fratzl and Horst Bredekamp. Furthermore she is an associated member of eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel and a member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Her research interests comprise design history and methodology in the 20th century, knowledge cultures in design, experimental design and media practices, cultural history of creativity, governing through design. Her forthcoming book is dealing with the history of creativity methods in the short 20th century.

Research positions and professional experience

  • 2013–now: Head of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
  • 2019–now: Deputy, Cluster of Excellence “”Matters of Activity. Image Space Material”, Humboldt University of Berlin (with Wolfgang Schäffner, Peter Fratzl, Horst Bredekamp).
  • 2018–now: National Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2018–today: Associated member of eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image, University of Basel
  • 2016–2018: Principal Investigator, Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Design”, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2011–13: PostDoc NCCR Iconic Criticism eikones, University of Basel
  • 2012: Research Affiliate Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, Cambridge/Mass.
  • 2009: Awardee of the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Sciences in Berlin
  • 2009–11: Research Lecturer University of the Arts Bern
  • 2004–09: Teaching Assistant/Researcher University of the Arts Bern
  • 2000–04: Graphic Designer with a specialization in Corporate Design and Editorial Design

She has been a regular lecturer for design studies at several universities in Switzerland and abroad. She has been serving as a board member of the German Association of Design Theory and Research (DGTF), and as vice-president of the Swiss Design Network (SDN). Since 2018 she is an elected member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF.


Claudia Mareis graduated from Art School of Biel in Switzerland in Graphic Design in 2000. She has several years of professional experience as communication and editorial designer. Furthermore she studied art, design and media theories as well as cultural studies at the University of the Arts Zurich and the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2009 she stayed as Pre-doctoral Fellow at Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. 2010 she completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz with distinction. In her doctoral thesis she examined ›Design as Epistemic Culture‹. The thesis has been awarded with Distinction, and it was nominated for the Swiss Design Award 2011.

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen’s interests lie in the ways that technologies teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. Born in Canada, Jamie has been involved with the application and making of media and technologies as a designer, researcher, artist and teacher for over twenty years. He likes to make things with his head and hands — investigations into the material systems of media, electricity, and information as artwork, design projects and research. His work has been exhibited internationally, from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to the Nam June Paik Art Center in Korea.

Jamie is Senior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab Basel, drawing on his prior experience as Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure, Media and Communications at the Nova Scotia of Art and Design, Head of Research with the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, and a part of the directorial team of Culture Lab Newcastle University. His PhD (summa cum laude) was supervised by Siegfried Zielinski and Avital Ronell. He has done research and taught at NYU’s ITP, the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Hanyang University in Seoul, and lectured at Parsons School of Design at The New School and the Royal College of Art London. He has worked as interactive systems designer for IBM, a polymer chemist for DuPont, and an exhibit designer for ESI Design. Jamie engages with and creates prefigurative institutions that are generous and collaborative, acknowledging that friendship, passion and love are central to aesthetic, research and knowledge practices.

Nuria Barcelo

Nuria Barcelo is in charge of the administrative and organisational work at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures.

She graduated in 1996 as Magister Artium (M.A.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br., Kunstgeschichtliches Institut (Institute for Cultural History & Theory). After her studies she worked at the Kunsthalle Palazzo in Liestal as assistant and substitute of the curator (1997–2000). She organised and realised exhibitions and publications in catalogues. After two years as an editor of the magazine MACH at the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, former FHBB, she started working as project coordinator and administration manager at the Communiction Office of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in 2005. Since 2016, Nuria is Office Manager at IXDM.

Dr. Viktor Bedö

Viktor’s research focuses on inventive methodologies of understanding interactions between people, technologies and the built environment in cities and speculating about more convivial urban futures.

Building on his background in philosophy of embodied knowledge, visual thinking and urban mapping, Viktor developed a research through design practice in which prototyping, ‘making’ and play are means of probing conceptual and design-related matters. I operate at the intersection of design theory, critical design, urbanism, and street game design. Topics I have recently been engaged with include commoning in urban neighbourhoods, the production and use of urban geodata, urban mobility and playful approaches to agent-based modelling.

His former affiliations include Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Institute for Philosophical Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, HPI D-School in Potsdam, Design Akademie Berlin. He is founder of Tacit Dimension, the independent research lab for street games and co-founded the street games collective Invisible Playground.

Dr. Johannes Bruder

Johannes Bruder is a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures and the Critical Media Lab Basel.

Johannes’s research targets infrastructures, technologies, and media that support epistemologies & empiricisms in art, design, science and their (sub)cultural distortions. He is determined to find alternative modes of being faithful to experience in observing, sensing, representing and exhibiting. Current research interests include interactions between psychological research and computing / AI, narratives and dispositifs of creative practice, and media studies of psychic life.

Johannes is a member of the COST Action Network “European Forum for Advanced Practices” (Working Group 3: Strategies, and does conceptual work at In 2019, he was the Head of Study at ECAM, the school’s graduate program for art, design, and media based research.

Former affiliations include the Institute of Advanced Studies “Media Cultures of Computer Simulation” (Leuphana University), eikones Institute of Iconic Criticism (University of Basel), the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine (SSHM) at King’s College London, and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne.

Michaela Büsse

Michaela Büsse is a design researcher and editor. Her interest spans design and material cultures, anthropology, and human geography. In her ongoing practice-based PhD she analyses design through the lens of human-material entanglements. In 2017, Michaela has been a fellow at Strelka Institute’s design think-tank The New Normal and, in 2018, she took part in the research residency Acts of Life – On Nature and Urbanity, an interdisciplinary collaboration between NTU CCA Singapore, MCAD Manila and Goethe Institute.

Michaela regularly lectures on critical design and media studies at various institutions, including Zurich University of the Arts, Bern University of the Arts and Prague College. She is part of the editorial board at Migrant Journal – a six-issue publication exploring the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world. Furthermore, she co-initiated and curates OTHERWISE – a festival-as-research. The first edition took place in Zurich (2019) and focused on artistic strategies of survival.

Between 2015-2016 Michaela was a research fellow at the Institute for Design Research at Zurich University of the Arts where she initiated and co-organised the annual lecture performance “Design Denkt Zukunft”.
Before Michaela entered into academia, she worked several years as brand strategist consulting national and international companies on their portfolios and communication plans.

Flavia Caviezel

Ethnologist I Film Scientist I Videast

Studies of Cultural Anthropology (specialisation in Visual Anthropology), Film and Constitutional Law at the Universities of Bern and Zurich/Switzerland. Video formation at the School of Art Berne. Worked for many years as researcher and lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts and since 2007 at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW and other Universities.

Current research: Times of Waste (2015-18, Swiss National Science Foundation).

Since 1991 documentary-essayistic video work for inter/national festivals and exhibitions. Residencies and research studies in Australia, China, Laos, Mali, USA and in different countries of Middle and Southern Europe.

Research topics and themes of interest: Border issues, ecologies, new materialism (critical posthumanism), agency, methods & practices, (interactive) formats of presentation.

Dr. Sria Chatterjee

Sria Chatterjee is postdoctoral fellow based at the Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches 4A Laboratory program in Berlin, and a researcher with the Cycles of Circulation project at the Critical Media Lab Basel. Sria holds a PhD from Princeton University and was awarded Princeton University’s Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship prize in 2019. Her research focuses on the political ecologies of art and design with a view to transnational and translocal imaginaries and networks that emerge around them.

Sria has held fellowships at the Yale Centre for British Art (2019), Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut (2013-14, 2017), a Paul Mellon Junior Research Fellowship (2016), and grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center (2017), and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (2013, 2017). She was the Frank J. Mather fellow at Princeton in 2012. Sria holds degrees from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India and Oxford University, UK. She was part of the curatorial team for Das Bauhaus in Kalkutta, an exhibition held at the Bauhaus Stiftung in Dessau, Germany, from March through June 31, 2013, and has been a part of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene Curriculum project since 2016. Sria lectures widely across art history and the environmental humanities and was most recently a keynote speaker for the Multispecies Justice Symposium at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Bernhard Garnicnig

Bernhard Garnicnig is Researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM). He completed his studies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam with an Magister Artium in Digital Arts and Visual Media Design.

Bernhard’s artistic research explores how the interstitial space between institutions and intuition can be developed through the design of formats, surfaces and interfaces to support transdisciplinary trajectories of knowledge and practice.

One of his ongoing sites of research is the wireless occupation of a historic site in Vienna. As Very Artistic Director of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, he works with artists and a team including a media researcher, a historian and a scenographer. Together they explore the cycles of prediction, promise and disenchantment generated by technological, economical and architectural developments since the turn of the 20th century through a commissioning programme for digital art and theory.

In 2014 he co-founded Supergood, a nomadic movement in the ambiguous space between product and performance. In 2012 he co-founded the Bregenz Biennale, a festival for ephemeral and impermanent forms of art in his lakeside hometown. In 2011 he co-founded continent., a para-academic journal for thought in its many forms.

Moritz Greiner-Petter

Moritz Greiner-Petter is designer and junior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures.

He is pursuing a PhD about design paradigms in the field of Human-Computer-Interaction and Interface Design, carried out within the SNSF-funded research project Critical Artifacts.

Currently, he is researcher in the SNSF-funded project Commons in Design, a collaboration with the Institute Integrative Design.

Moritz studied Visual Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts (with a focus on Digital Media and Visual Systems) where he graduated in 2012.

Samuel C. Hanselmann

Sam C. Hanselmann (*1974) is a researcher and photographer at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures.

He studied multimedia at the SAE Technology Institute Zurich, 1998, received the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Multimedia Arts at Middlesex University London in cooperation with SAE Institute Zurich 2010. In 2018 he completed the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Knowledge Management & Digital Transformation at the IKF in Lucerne.

He has several years of experience as a producer and project manager in web, e-learning and multimedia projects for companies like F. Hofmann-La Roche, Credit Suisse, DSM, Holcim etc. Also he was head of the usability lab and information design competence center at PIDAS AG, Switzerland. Furthermore he has several years of experience as an application trainer and as a knowledge worker in the range of business applications, FHNW. Momentary he is gaining further experience in the range of knowledge management as a conceptual designer and as a teacher at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. Since 2009 he works as a researcher at the Institute for Research in Art and Design in several research projects.

Mark Iandovka

Mark Iandovka is a programmer, artist, and musician based in Basel, Switzerland. He is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Basel, focusing on Machine Intelligence.

Mark is involved with, a collective exploring the creative potential of code. Current work includes projects for HKW Berlin as well as Rhizom Festival in Zurich.

Merle Ibach

Merle Ibach is a junior researcher at IXDM and the Institute Integrative Design as well as a PhD candidate at Leuphana University.

She is interested in the notion of the ecosystem as design process and how digital environments correlate with socio-ecological transformation. Her research practice is driven by fieldwork and material-aesthetic investigations. The project is carried out within the SNSF-funded research project Commons in Design.

Merle has a background in European Media Studies (Potsdam University) and Interface Design (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam). She graduated as a Master at the Institute Integrative Design at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel.

Jonas Kellermeyer

Jonas Kellermeyer is a cultural critic and a junior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures. He is currently pursuing his PhD within the SNSF-funded project Paradigms of UbiComp.

He finished his Master in “Culture, Arts & Media” at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in early 2019 with a thesis concerning “Gestures and Control”. During his time as a graduate student, he was working as a research assistant in the DFG-funded project “Media and Participation”, more precisely in the subproject 1, called “Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation”. In this capacity, he organized and took part in workshops and was deeply involved in the whole research process as such, combining media theory and critical philosophy.

His interests lie in the field of translation between different logics. Interfaces – understood as fundamental translational structures that make it possible to bridge gaps and amplify them at the same time – and their relevance in relation to (human and non-human) perception, are his main concern.

Sophie Kellner

After achieving the BA in Textile Engineering (Albstadt, DE), Sophie Kellner completed her Master’s degree in Fashion and Integrative Design at the Masterstudio Design of the FHWN Academy of Arts and Design Basel.

Sophie is dedicated to the diversity of the textile medium regarding haptics, interaction and its application as space and body environment. Linked to the topic of ubiquitous computing, she experiments with electronics and combines them with handcrafted textiles to examine an alternative aesthetics of electronic appearance and user interaction.

Along with engagements for costume design at the Theatre of Basel and the New Theatre Dornach (CH), Sophie realizes her own space stagings and teaches electronic-textile techniques at institutions such as HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel), HGK (Basel) and schools.

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