Ludwig Zeller

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Ludwig Zeller holds an M.A. in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London and a Diplom in Audiovisual Media from the Academy of Media Arts Köln. Ludwig explores the relationship between technologies and culture through a multitude of artistic and scientific methods. In his practice he blurs the supposedly clear, disciplinary borders between art and design.

As a docent at the Academy of Art and Design Basel (FHNW) he examines with his students the poetic dimensions of our data culture through audio-visual translations between analogue and digital domains. His personal research puts a special emphasis on the narrative qualities of fictional design artefacts and scenarios. Strategies for creating awareness and reflection of our status quo as well as the discussion of the relationship between society and technology are key points of investigation.

Ludwig has worked as a designer and artist since 2005 and joined the academic board of the Academy of Art and Design Basel in 2011. His work has been exhibited internationally at V2_ Rotterdam, FILE Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, MU Eindhoven, Arnolfini Bristol, PLATINE Cologne, Barbican London, technarte Bilbao, SIGCHI Boston and written about in PAGE, De:Bug, Fast.Co Design, wemakemoneynotart, Beyond the Beyond and CAN.

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Publications
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Monographies

  • Rumori, Martin; Zeller, Ludwig; Haag, Christoph; Windisch, Franziska (2007). “Der Offene Schaltkreis”, Lafkon Publishing: Augsburg.

Edited

  • Zeller, Ludwig (2016). “Narrative World Constructions”, In: Form 263 (Jan/Feb): 57–64.
  • Dörrenbächer, Judith; Zeller, Ludwig (2016) „Wicked Games: Insights through Mimesis in Narrative Experiments.“, In: Narratives at the Beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle (forthcoming).
  • Zeller, Ludwig (2010). „The Romantic Interface“, In: Trogemann, Georg (Ed.), Code + Material – Exkursionen ins Undingliche, p. 94–103, Springer Verlag: Vienna.
  • Zeller, Ludwig (2009). „Visuell Intelligente Maschinen“, In: Henrich, Andres (Ed.), „Off-Topic / Aufräumen“, Verlag der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln: Köln.

Conference Papers

  • Zeller, Ludwig; Groß, Benedikt; Davis, Ted (2014). „basil.js – Bridging WYSIWYG and Generative Design“, Proceedings HCII 2014, Springer: New York.
  • Zeller, Ludwig (2011). What You See Is What You Don’t Get: Addressing Implications of Information Technology through Design Fiction, In: Aaron Marcus (Ed.), Design, User Experience, and Usability. Theory, Methods, Tools and Practice, Springer: Berlin Heidelberg, 329–336.
  • Rumori, Martin; Zeller, Ludwig; Haag, Christoph; Windisch, Franziska (2007). Offener Schaltkreis. An Interactive Sound Installation, In: Proceedings of the Linux Audio Conference, LAC: Berlin.
  • Zeller, Ludwig; Scherffig, Lasse (2009). CubeBrowser: A Cognitive Adapter to Explore Media Databases, In: CHI ’09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM New York), 2009, 2619–2622.
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Presentations & Exhibitions
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  • The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies (solo exhibition), House of Electronic Arts, Basel / Switzerland, 2016
  • Keynote at Unfrozen / Swiss Design Network Conference, Interlaken / Switzerland, 2016
  • Poetics and Politics of Data, House of Electronic Arts, Basel / Switzerland, 2015
  • i.ch, Vögele Stiftung Kultur, Pfäffikon / Switzerland, 2015
  • Lecture at the chair of Wolfgang Ernst, Humboldt Universität Berlin / Germany, 2015
  • HCII 2014, Crete / Greece, 2014
  • Resonate, Belgrade / Serbia, 2014
  • Science Kitchen, Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann, Academy of Media Arts, Köln / Germany, 2014
  • Lecture at Hörner/Antlfinger, Academy of Media Arts, Köln / Germany, 2014
  • 100 Jahre Schweizer Werkbund, Brugg / Switzerland, 2013
  • SYNTHESIZE, Academy of Art and Design, Basel / Switzerland, 2013
  • New Talents Biennale, Gallery &mpersand, Köln / Germany, 2012
  • Carrefour des Possibles, Mulhouse / France, 2011
  • Lodz Design, Lodz / Poland, 2011
  • Wanderlust, Kingsland Studios, London / UK , 2011
  • FILE Festival 2011, Sao Paulo / Brazil, 2011
  • FILE GAMES, Hipersónica, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil, 2010
  • FunWare, MU, Eindhoven / Netherlands, 2010
  • FunWare, Arnolfini, Bristol / UK, 2010
  • PLATINE, Köln / Germany, 2010
  • „Custom Made Night“, Ron Arad Show, The Barbican, London / UK, 2010
  • Living Matter Summer School, Academy of Art and Design, Köln / Germany, 2010
  • art.fair 21, Köln / Germany, 2009
  • Kölner Design Preis, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Köln / Germany, 2009
  • SIGCHI 2009, Boston / USA, 2009
  • technarte, Bilbao / Spain, 2009
  • Linux Audio Conference, Academy of Media Arts, Köln / Germany, 2009
  • Yahoo! Design Expo, Sunnyvale / USA, 2007
  • Hong Kong University, Hong Kong / China, 2007
  • Make Art Festival, Maison d’ Architecture, Poitiers / France, 2006
  • Linux Audio Conference, TU Berlin, Berlin / Germany, 2006
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Teaching
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  • Docent for Interaction Design and Design Narratives at B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. levels at the Visual Communication Institute and Master Studio Design of the Academy of Art and Design Basel FHNW (2011-today)
  • Workshop “basil.js” at ECAL Lausanne (2014)
  • Workshop “Kinetic Poetry” at ZHdK Zurich (2013)
  • Workshop “Digital Light” at Academy of Media Arts Köln (2008)
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Projects
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  • 2015-18 SNF funded research project on counterfactual thing narratives
  • 2014-15 Design Fiction contribution to a Pro Helvetia funded exhibition project on “Data Cultures” for the House of Electronic Arts Basel
  • 2014-15 Design Fiction contribution to the SNF research project “Experimental Data Aesthetics”
  • 2013 Work on the STREAM section of the HOLO Magazine of the Creative Applications Network
  • 2012-today Initiation and development of the basil.js scripting library for Adobe InDesign with Benedikt Groß and Ted Davis
  • 2011-12 Research project “Speculative Design as a Method of Science Communication” with Prof. Dr. Simon Grand as part of the FHNW strategic initiative “Crossmedia”.
  • 2011 Critical data visualisation project “EUR/CHF” for the Manor media facade in Basel
  • 2011 Design Fiction project “New Needs in an Augmented World” as part of the Master Thesis in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art
  • 2008 “CubeBrowser” project, a cognitive adapter to explore media databases
  • 2006-11 “Open Circuit” project with Martin Rumori, Franziska Windisch and Christoph Haag
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Awards
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  • 2011 Finalist Ridley Scott Associates Residency, London, UK
  • 2011 Nomination Further Award, London, UK 2011 Nomination Conran Award, London / UK
  • 2010 DAAD grant for abroad studies, Germany
  • 2009 Nomination Förderpreis NRW, Germany
  • 2009 Nomination Kölner Designpreis, Köln / Germany
  • 2007 “Best User Experience” Award, Yahoo! Design Expo, Sunnyvale / USA
  • 2006 Finalist „Die Gesellschafter“ Award, Art Fair, Köln / Germany
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