Critical Making

The critical maker laboratory is an interdisciplinary research and teaching project existing as a collaboration between the Chair for Open Science (Critical Design / Critical Culture) at the Technische Universität Berlin (ECDF) and the research group ‘Critical Maker Culture’ at the Berlin University of the Arts (Weizenbaum Institute). The space was initiated as a site of inquiry with the aim to establish a temporary transdisciplinary and trans-university terrain that attempts to blur the boundaries of theory and practice, academia and activism, and science and civil society. In this context, students and researchers from different disciplines, institutions and geographies collaborate on project-base, to debate, prototype and formulate commons-based critical perspectives and practices.

The research, teaching and experimental design practice carried out within the group focuses particularly on feminist/queer, beyond western-centric and circular approaches to design, using practice-based methodologies of critical making and designing. The research projects aim to contribute to the growing field of interdisciplinary theory that describes and discusses the currently highly excluding politics of technology and the potential of using free/open and democratized technology practices (critical making, hacking and designing) to illicit critiques and counter-practices.

Team

Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen
Prof. Dr. Florian Conradi
Dr. Stefanie Wuschitz
Rashid Owoyele
Katharina Bellinger
Pablo Torres
Berkay Soykan
Hannah Tatjes
Dr. Patrícia J. Reis (Fellow, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
Merle Ibach (FNHW Basel), Research in Residence
(Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, PI, Weizenbaum Institute)

Alumni

Marie Dietze (Research Associate, 2018-2021)
Alice Stewart (Fellow, 2020-2021)
Dr. Denisa Reshef Kera (Fellow, 2020)
Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou (Fellow, 2020)
Gameli Adzaho (Fellow, 2019-2020)
Marie Kochsiek (Fellow, 2019)
Lukas Wirsching (Research Assistant, 2018-2021)
Lisa Hoffmann (Research Assistant, 2018-2020)

Partners

Berlin University of the Arts / Design Research Lab
Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society
Technische Universität Berlin
Einstein Center Digital Future

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