Florian Conradi and Michelle Christensen are a design and research collective based in Berlin. Combining their backgrounds in political-, conflict-, gender-sociology and design in the form of practice, writing and teaching, they attempt to formulate the spaces in between these realms. Their work is an endeavour in to exploring the politics of objects, material-sociology, and practice-based theory.

They work on project base with institutions from the fields of social/political advocacy, critical media, design and academia.

Michelle Christensen – Michelle studied political sociology at Roskilde University (BA), conflict studies at Utrecht University (MA), gender studies at the University of Amsterdam (MSc), and integrated design at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne (MA). She has worked at the Crisis Department of Amnesty International USA and at Amnesty Denmark, was a Humanity in Action Fellow in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and a Congressional Fellow in the United States Congress in Washington DC. She has given courses and workshops in conflict analysis, gender studies, design and research methods at universities in the Netherlands and Germany.

Currently, she is finishing her PhD at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she also teaches design methods. Since 2014 she is a board member of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF), and since 2015 she is a member of the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD) at Birkhäuser.

Florian Conradi – Florian studied communication design at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz (Diplom FH), within the scope of this degree he studied at the Art Department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Subsequently, he worked as a designer and academic assistant in Mainz. He went on to complete an MFA in Design at the Sandberg Institute (Rietveld Academy) in Amsterdam, and an MA in integrated design at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne. Since 2008 he has been initiating sociopolitical design projects with cultural institutions in the field of critical media and political advocacy, carrying out field research in Europe, as well as in Israel, Palestine and northern Uganda.

He has taught critical approaches to design and design methods at the FH Mainz, the Köln International School of Design, and the UdK Berlin. Currently he is an affiliated researcher and doctoral candidate at the Berlin University of the Arts.


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When Objects turn Subjects: Forms of Protest – A practice-based exploration in to the politics of 'things' in the socio-materiality of everyday life, as systems and artifacts move far beyond...

Serendipitous Systems – Designing un/guiding-systems such as the De-Routing probe, De-Routing App., and the Mapping Matter/s probe, creating generative systems...

Confused, Ir/regular and In/correct – De-gendering everyday life – the letters in the font ‘Confused.ttf’ cannot decide what letter to be as they each share their body with a fellow letter...

Participatory Policy – Creating formats for citizen opinions in the bottom-up development of a ‘participatory policy-statement’ for the near future of the Digital Society...

Stateless Plug-in – Developing a browser extension that intervenes in digital territory, transforming the issue of stateless people into a multifaceted digital mapping…

Theorizing Design / Designing Theory – Materialising critical theories – transforming Michel Foucault’s Interrelational Power in to a table, Judith Butler’s Gender Performativity in to chairs,... 

Grammatology of a District – Exploring the potentials of communication design in understanding how covert manifestations emerge and form incidental meaning – how is the city written,... 

Un-Specifics – Experimenting with ‘open work’, designing with a void of meaning. From messages only appearing when the receiver manages to view the text on the poster cross-eyed... 

Politics of Sound / Sound of Politics – As a practice-based exploration of the intertwining of politics and sound, a series of social-artifactual experiments... 

Embassy of Hybrid Cultural Identity – A temporary embassy was established to investigate hybridity as a starting point for cultural identity, inviting the public to participate in... 

Gender / Sexuality in the Military – Within an investigation into gender and sexuality in army structures, a collection of life-histories were recorded, and a narrative analysis...

Re/Construction – Deconstructing the blue United Nations flag by statistically re-visualising in three flags the data behind the questions: When looking at the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions... 

Un/Commentary, Northern Uganda – A documentary film about how (not) to make a film about female child soldiers in Northern Uganda, in which the filmmakers share their ceaseless debate... 

Communication Conflict – The newspaper ’33 Grad Nord 44 Grad Ost’ portrays a critical discussion concerning the forming of isolated realities through the use of text, photography and illustration... 


– 06/2018 
Co-moderating conference ‘New Experimental Research in Design (NERD)’ at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim (HAWK), with the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD) 

– 03/2018
Panel ‘On Gender and Design’, SDN Research Summit ‘Beyond Change: Questioning the Role of Design in times of Global Transformations’, FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel

– 02/2018
Talk ’Gender Equality Through Design: On Maker Culture and Open Labs’, United Nations Global Forum on Business for Gender Equality, Santiago de Chile

– 10/2017-01/2018 
Semester course ‘Methodology and Design’, Integrated Design, Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau)

– 10/2017
Chapter ‘What we design, designs us back’ published in Brandes, U. ’Gender Design – Rambles between Theory and Research’. Birkhäuser, Basel

– 10/2017
Article 'Open-source cyborgs and DIY data’ published in ‘Gender. Journal for Gender, Culture and Society’, special issue on Gender and Design (3/17)

– 10/2017
Initiating interdisciplinary format ’Pairing Research Talks’, Einstein Center Digital Future, launched during the Science Week 2017.

– 10/2017
Jury member, iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2017 (iGDA), Category ‘Revolution’, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln/MAKK.

– 06/2017
Co-moderating conference ‘New Experimental Research in Design (NERD)’ at Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), with the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD)

– 11/2016
Workshop 'Democratization of Technology – Democratization of Gender’ at ‘Gender and Design in Action: Interdisciplinary perspectives and technological interactions’, TU Chemnitz

– 10/2016
‘Transgression, Transformers, Transnormal’ essay published in ‘fast fwd: too slow?’, buchlabor, Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

– 09/2016
Methods seminar 'Democracy of Things', Berlin University of the Arts

– 04/2016
Co-edited book ‘Design as Research: Positions, Arguments, Perspectives ’, with Joost, Bredies, Unteidig. Birkhäuser, Basel

– 02/2016
Methods seminar 'Borderline Objects',
 Berlin University of the Arts

– 10/2015
Co-Hosting Conference ‘Reassembling Relationships: People, Systems, Things’, DGTF, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

– 10/2015
Methods seminar ‘Design and Conflict’, Berlin University of the Arts

– 10/2015
Exhibition of ‘Confused, Irregular and Incorrect’, through the international Gender Design Network (iGDN), Hannover University of Applied Sciences

– 06/2015
Colloquium ‘Science-Fact / Science-Fiction’, Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 04/2015
Exhibition + Panel Discussion ‘Rethink. Gender, Design & Media’, Designtransfer

– 04/2015
Presentation ‘When Objects turn Subjects: Forms of Protest’, Postgraduales Forum (PGF), UdK Berlin

– 04/2015
Talk ‘Re-Think, Re-See, Re-Assemble: Intentional Uncertainty in Design Research’, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel-Aviv

– 04/2015
Workshop ‘Mapping Matter/s’, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel-Aviv Extension

– 04/2015
Exhibition of ‘Confused, Irregular and Incorrect’ through the iGDN, DesignExport Hamburg

– 02/2015
Methods seminar ‘The Politics of Objects’, Berlin University of the Arts

– 02/2015
Workshop ‘De/Stabilization’ at symposium ‘Community Now? The Politics of Participatory Design‘, Jewish Museum Berlin, UdK Berlin

– 01/2015
Colloquium ‘Transgression, Transformers, Transnormal’, Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 11/2014
Panel Discussion International Gender Design Network Conference, Köln International School of Design

– 10/2014
Presentation ’Uncertainty as a Resource in Design Research’, Unconference Design Research, German Society for Design Theory and Research, Konstanz University of Applied Sciences

– 10/2014
Exhibition of ‘Confused, Irregular and Incorrect’ through the iGDN, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

– 07/2014
Colloquium ‘Camp vs. City: Perspectives on Provisional Urbanity’. Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 02/2014
Research Tool + Application ‘De-Routing App.’ developed with the Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 11/2013
Workshop ‘De-Routing: A Serendipitous Approach to Discovery’, Berlin University of the Arts

– 06/2013
Colloquium ‘On Ambiguity in Design: Inherent Paradoxes and Intentional Uncertainty’ Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 06/2013
Research Presentation ‘When Objects turn Subjects: Forms of Protest’. Design Promoviert, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences

– 03/2013
Co-moderating working groups ‘Distinctive Features of Design Research’ and ‘Translations’ at DFG Roundtable, Berlin University of the Arts

– 02/2013
Colloquium ’Who May Speak, and with Whose Words?’ Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin

– 11/2012
‘Theorizing Design and Designing Theory’ published in ‘Masterclass: Product Design’, Frame Publishers, Amsterdam