Michaela Büsse – Junior Researcher

Michaela’s research focusses on means and methods for a more-than-human-centred design approach. She is interested in speculative and experimental design practices, alien phenomenology, new materialism and philosophies of technologies and ecology.

Michaela has an interdisciplinary background in design, media and urban studies and obtained post-graduate degrees in Zurich (ZHdK, 2014) and Moscow (Strelka Institute, 2017). She is a PhD candidate at the European Centre for Art, Design and Media based Research (ecam.ch) and a Junior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab.

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 (migrantjournal.com) – a six-issue publication exploring the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world – and co-founder of ^studio for xeno-design research (circumflex.studio).

Awards / Fellowships

Michaela’s master thesis Applied Fiction – An Object-Based Exploration of Possible Futures was granted by Zurich University of the Arts (2014) as well as nominated for the Design Prize Switzerland – Rado Star Prize Young Talent Design Research (2015).

In 2017 she was holding a fellowship at Strelka Institute for Media, Design and Architecture as a researcher within the design think-tank The New Normal run by Benjamin Bratton.

Recent News / Events

Designing Community
IXDM with two talks at conference on making community in Paris.
A Collapseological Colloquium
Performance-lecture at Without Computer conference in Paris.
Intra-action design
Workshop by Michaela Büsse at Research Through Design conference 2019.
Otherwise Festival
A 3-day multisensorial and experimental festival-as-research, co-conceived by IXDM's Michaela Büsse.
Give and Take
Presentation of an immersive multi-media installation about metabolic processes across micro and macro scales.

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