Michaela Büsse – Junior Researcher

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.

Publications

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

CCC PhD-Forum (Nick Aikens, Denise Bertschi, Michaela Büsse, Lucas Cantori, Paola Debellis Alvarez, Doreen Mende, Camilla Paolino, Hélène Soumaré, Melissa Tun Tun, Elena Yaichnikova). “Situating our Experiences. A proposal for Doctoral Research as a Network of Practices.” #Re-visiones, 8, 2018

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “Interface Creep”. Antennae, Issue 45, 2018, pp. 72-78.

Book Chapters

Büsse, Michaela, Allen, Jamie, Bedö, Viktor, Ibach, Merle, Gerloff, Felix, Miyazaki, Shintaro. “Unmaking – Against General Applicability”. Critical Makers Reader (eds. Loes Bogers, Letizia Chiappini). Institute of Networked Cultures, Amsterdam. (forthcoming)

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

(Title subject to change)
Büsse, Michaela. “Grounding Ontological Design in the Real World”. Critical By Design? Cultures, Epistemologies, Practices. Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures. Transcript. (forthcoming)

Edited Publications

Büsse, Michaela, Tribillon, Justinien, Randulfe, Dámaso. Flowing Grounds, Migrant Journal 3, 2017, Migrant Journal Press.

Büsse, Michaela, Tribillon, Justinien, Randulfe, Dámaso. Dark Matters, Migrant Journal 4, 2018, Migrant Journal Press.

Büsse, Michaela, Tribillon, Justinien, Randulfe, Dámaso. Micro Odysseys, Migrant Journal 5, 2018, Migrant Journal Press.

Büsse, Michaela, Tribillon, Justinien, Randulfe, Dámaso. Foreign Agents, Migrant Journal 6, 2019, Migrant Journal Press.

Talks / Presentations

Büsse, Michaela. “Sand Stories.” After Agency, HAT Research Centre, Poznan, Poland 2019.

Büsse, Michaela. “Alternative Cartographies.” Cartographies of the Vanishing Now, New Narratives for Earth, Fiber Festival, Amsterdam, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela. “Sandlab” in collaboration with Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela. “Intra-Action Design.” Research Through Design Conference, TU Delft, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela.” Questioning the Foundations. Anti-hylomorphism and the Politics of Design.” DilemmaDilemma, Bern, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela, Miyazaki, Shintaro. “Fictionalising Commoning as Co-Design.” Designing Community, Paris, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela, Garnicnig, Bernhard, Sobecka, Karolina. “A Collapseological Colloquium.” Without Computers, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela. “Unsettling Design. Material Encounters and Relational Practices.” Leverage Points, Leuphana University Lüneburg, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela, Bedö, Viktor, Martins, Yann, Miyazaki, Shintaro, Savic, Selena, Evans, John, Diehm, Cade, “Phantasms of Decentralization? Conversations About Commoning With Coming Media.” Transmediale, Berlin, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela. “Towards Xeno-Design Cultures.” Avoiding Ecocidal Smart Cities, Particapatory Design Conference, Genk/Hasselt, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “The Common Task of a More-Than-Human-Centred Design.” Beyond Change, Swiss Design Network Conference, Basel, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela. “Towards Xeno-Design Cultures.” Spürtechniken. Von der Wahrnehmung der Natur zur Natur als Medium. University Potsdam, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Forum for an Attitude, Forum 2\ Visibility, Depot Basel, 2015.

Büsse, Michaela. “Die Rolle des Designers in der Gesellschaft”, Hochparterre u30 special event, Zurich, 2015.

Büsse, Michaela. “Design beyond the Object”, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, 2015.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction”, Design denkt Zukunft, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, 2014.

Exhibitions / Shows

Büsse, Michaela. In the middle of it, European Centre for Art, Media and Design Based Research, FHNW Basel, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela, Hermanutz, Sarah, Rau, Andreas. “Give and Take.” Critical Media Lab, FHNW Basel, 2019.

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “Common Task.” Modern Body Festival, The Hague, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela, Kelemen, Tena, Martins, Yann. “Planetary Investigations.” Oslo Night, Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela. “Designing as Becoming.” The Politics of Design, Act 1, Z33, Hasselt, 2018.

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “Common Task.” Festival de Film Invisible, Geneva, 2017.

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “Common Task.” On and Off the Grid, Hackers & Designers, Amsterdam, 2017.

Büsse, Michaela, Mitrokhov, Konstantin. “Common Task.” The New Normal Showcase, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, 2017.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Design Prize Switzerland, Connecting Spaces, Hong Kong, 2016.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Swiss Pavilion, Design Week London, 2016.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Design Prize Switzerland, Langenthal, 2015.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Design denkt Zukunft, Zurich University of the Arts in collaboration with the W.I.R.E., Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, 2014.

Büsse, Michaela. “Applied Fiction.” Graduation show. Zurich University of the Arts, 2014.

Awards / Fellowships

Research fellowship, Acts of Life – an interdisciplinary collaboration between NTU CCA Singapore, MCAD Manila, Goethe Institute, 2018.

Research fellowship, Strelka Institute for Media, Design and Architecture, The New Normal run by Benjamin Bratton, Moscow, 2017.

Nomination Design Prize Switzerland – Rado Star Prize Young Talent Design Research, 2015.

Best Master Thesis, Applied Fiction – An Object-Based Exploration of Possible Futures, Zurich University of the Arts, 2014.

Conference / Workshops Organization

Curation of Strelka Institute’s Alumni Unconference, Moscow, 2019.

Workshop organisation in the context of the conference Re-Imagining AI, a collaboration between IXDM and House of Electronic Arts, Basel, 2019.

Festival curation and organization. Otherwise Festival, Zurich, 2019.

Exhibition curation, with Dámaso Randulfe for Migrant Journal. Parallel Crossings, STUK, Leuven, 2019.

Workshop organisation with Michael Rottman. Artistic Research Workshop, IXDM, Basel, 2018.

Workshop organisation with Tena Kelemen. Exploring Alien Subjectivities, ECAM, Basel, 2018.

Panel moderation with Meike Hardt. Critical by Design. Potentials and Limitations of Materialized Critique, Basel, 2018.

Teaching

“Lebenszyklus eines Smartphones”, together with Flavia Caviezel, interdisciplinary BA seminar, IXDM, 2019.

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Trends & Identity, Zurich University of the Arts, 2019.

“Unsettling Design”, visiting lecturer, MA Media Design, Haute école d’art et de design – Genève, 2019

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Futures, Prague College, 2019.

“Soft Encounters”, together with Jamie Allen and Lucie Kolb, interdisciplinary BA seminar, IXDM, 2018.

“Science Fiction Storytelling”, together with Konstantin Mitrokhov, MA Design, Bern University of the Arts, 2018.

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Trends & Identity, Zurich University of the Arts, 2018

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Futures, Prague College, 2018

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Trends & Identity, Zurich University of the Arts, 2017.

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Futures, Prague College, 2017

Speculative Design Introductory Workshop, MA Design Futures, Prague College, 2016.

“The lazy future” – a speculative design workshop, Zurich University of the Arts, 2016.

“Future Fossils” – a speculative design workshop, Zurich University of the Arts, 2015.

Networking Activities

SARN – Swiss Artistic Research Network

Recent News / Events

12/2019
Naturing Affairs
Workhsop at the Critical Media Lab.
11/2019
Critical Makers Reader
New publication by the Institute of Network Cultures with a contribution by the Critical Media Lab.
06/2019
RE-IMAGINING AI
Scholars, artists and designers in dialogue about artificial intelligence. Two-day conference with pre-program for PhD researchers.
06/2019
RE-IMAGINING AI Pre-program
Workshop call for PhD and early Post-Doc researchers.
06/2019
ECAM Open Studio: «In the middle of it»

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