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  • Conradi / Christensen

    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 critical 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 (B.A.), conflict studies at Utrecht University (M.A.), gender studies at the University of Amsterdam (M.Sc.), and integrated design at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne (M.A.). She wrote her Ph.D. at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in the field of design research. Michelle has worked at the Crisis Department of Amnesty International USA, was a Humanity in Action Fellow, and a Congressional Fellow in the United States Congress in Washington DC. She has taught courses in conflict analysis, gender studies and design methods at universities in the Netherlands and Germany, and taught as a visiting professor at the international Master program in Integrated Design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. Currently, she is a visiting professor for Open Science / Critical Culture at the Technische Universität Berlin / Einstein Center Digital Future, as well as heading a research group on critical making at the Berlin University of the Arts / Weizenbaum Institute together with Florian Conradi. Since 2015, she is a member of the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD) at Birkhäuser, and since 2014, she is a board member of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF).

    Florian Conradi – Florian studied communication design at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz and at the Art Department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He went on to complete an M.F.A. in Design at the Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Academie) in Amsterdam, an M.A. in integrated design at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne, and wrote his Ph.D. in the field of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).Since 2008 he has been initiating sociopolitical design projects with institutions in the field of critical media and political advocacy, carrying out field research in Europe, as well as in the Middle East, East and West Africa. He has taught critical approaches to design and design methods at amongst other places the Köln International School of Design, the UdK Berlin, and as a visiting professor at the international Master program in Integrated Design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. Currently, he is a visiting professor for Open Science / Critical Design at the Einstein Center Digital Future / Technische Universität Berlin, as well as heading a research group on critical making at the Berlin University of the Arts / Weizenbaum Institute together with Michelle Christensen.


    Contact:
    info(at)conradichristensen.eu

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  • Exchange

    – 04/2022 /
    Student exchange between the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Lomé. Exploring post-colonial entanglements, animism, African cosmologies and cosmoginies as a new paradigm of design. Organised in collaboration with Mathilde ter Heijne and Sename Koffi Aboudjinou. Lomé/Agouégan, Togo

  • Conference

    – 05/2022 /
    Co-hosting international conference Hackers, Makers, Thinkers – Collective Experiments in Social Fermenting in collaboration with the Art Laboratory Berlin. Designtransfer/Berlin Open Lab, Berlin University of the Arts

  • Seminar 

    04/2022
    Block Seminar / Design and Conflict / TU Berlin / SoSe 2022 / 04.-12.10.2022


    04/2022-07/2022
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / SoSe 2022


    03/2022
    Block Seminar / Critical Techno(eco)logies / TU Berlin + UdK Berlin / WiSe 2021/22


    10/2021-02/2022
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / WiSe 2021/22


    09/2021
    Block Seminar / Bodies in Transit – Performing Critique / SoSe 2021 / TU Berlin + UdK Berlin


    03/2021-07/2021
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / SoSe 2021


    11/2020 – 03/2021
    Studio Class / Global Makerspace(s) – Critical Perspectives, Positions and Practices / TU Berlin / WS 2020/21


    10/2020 – 02/2021
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / WiSe 2020/21


    09/2020
    Block Seminar / Gender & AI – Queering Technology / TU Berlin / SoSe 2020


    04/2020-07/2020
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / SoSe 2020


    04/2020-07/2020
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / SoSe 2020


    09/2020
    Block Seminar / Gender & AI – Queering Technology / TU Berlin / SoSe 2020


    04/2020-07/2020
    Studio Class / Politics of Machines / TU Berlin / SoSe 2020


    10/2019-03/2020
    Studio Class / Politics of Things / TU Berlin / WiSe 2019/20


    10/2019
    Block Seminar / AI Systems Que(e)ry / UdK Berlin / SoSe 2019

  • Panel

    – 11/2021 /
    Moderating performance and panel When a Robot Writes a Play, The Anti-dystopian Congress, Goethe-Institut Prague 

  • Publication

    – 06/2021
    Publication: Christensen, M., Conradi, F., Dietze, M. (2021). Trans/Feminist Critical Making – Design as Open-Source Opposition in proceedings of Cumulus Conference 2021 Design Culture(s), Sapienza University of Rome, Rome 2021.

  • Lecture

    – 02/2022 /
    Lecture Open Science/Open Culture – Critical Spaces and Practices, Institute of Theater Studies, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin  

  • Symposium

    – 06/2022 /
    Talk Autonomy vs. Automation – Critical Design Inquiries, Symposium Digital Autonomy, ECDF/Weizenbaum Institute/German Informatics Society

  • Talk

    – 06/2022 /
    Talk Diversity + Design – Critical Cultures and Practices, Gender and Diversity Network, Einstein Center Digital Future

  • Reading

    – 11/2021 /
    Reading and panel ‘The Dark Side of Design’, with Uta Brandes, Jesko Fezer and Erik Spiekermann, in honour of Michael Erlhoff. Design Talks, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin 

  • Conference

    – 09/2021 
    Hosting POM BLN 2021 conference Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research, a collaboration between the Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin University of the Arts, Aalto University, Aalborg University and the International University of Beirut