Moritz Greiner-Petter – Junior Researcher

Moritz Greiner-Petter (*1986) is designer and junior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures.

He studied Visual Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts (with a focus on Digital Media and Visual Systems) where he graduated with a diploma in 2012. As a student assistant at his faculty’s Studio Class New Media he held several workshops about generative design and physical computing.

Since 2012 he worked as designer for the Fraunhofer Society, Department for Responsible Research and Innovation in Berlin. In a team of designers as well as social scientists he developed and tested methods and tools for user-centered participatory technology foresight.

He is now pursuing a PhD within the SNSF-funded research project Critical Artifacts.

Moritz is interested in the way we externalize cognitive and creative processes by the use of (digital) technology. And how in return these tools shape our capabilities for expression and thought. He tries to explore questions of technological agency, the balance between freedom and constraint in the design of digital tools, and the productiveness of ambiguity from a design perspective by means of critical artifacts, visualizations and interaction design.

Talks / Presentations

Post-Digitale Materialität von Denk- und Gestaltungswerkzeugen in lecture series Post-Digital Materiality at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (Kiel), 2017

Kritische Artefakte? Design als Medium der Kritik at the Annual Conference of the German Society for Media Studies (Berlin), 2016

Short Circuit – On Media Reflexivity at Umeå Institute of Design, 2015

PhD By Design Conference (London), 2015

Bread and Roses and Data (together with Jamie Allen) at Data Traces Conference (Basel), 2015

HCI International (Crete), 2014

Doctoral Colloquium, Design Research Society Conference (Umeå), 2014

Precise Ambiguities – Denkwerkzeuge zwischen Ordnung und Unordnung at Wild Thing Conference (Berlin), 2013

Conference / Workshops Organization

»Critical By Design?« Conference, 17–18 May 2018, Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Basel (Co-organizer)


Project course Dwelling with Faceless Interaction, second year MFA Interaction Design at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, 2015 (guest tutor)

Courses as part of the Critical Media Studies programme, Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel:

Computer-(r)aided design, Seminar, 2018

Die Poetik von Standards und Formaten, Seminar 2017

Design for the real world: Zum Spannungsfeld von Design und Kritik, Seminar, 2016

Ambient Displays: Explorative Designprozesse und Evaluationen, Experimental Practice Course, 2015

Vom Code zu interaktiven Objekten. Grundlagen experimenteller Medien, Experimental Practice Course, 2014

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