About

The International Research Network on Design (and) Activism was founded in 2017 by Tom Bieling (Berlin University of the Arts) & Andréa Poshar (Politecnico di Milano), at the Design Research Lab // Berlin University of the Arts. The main goal of the network is to encourage a continuous debate, investigation & publication of research related to design and its role within social//activist movements. We are interested in the most diverse assortment of projects and research developed within the interconnection of design, technology, art, politics, and related topics. We welcome any kind of collaboration from designers, researchers, and academics that seek to engage within all areas proposed. We also intend to propose a wide range of activities within our partners and Universities. Our conferences, lectures, courses and/or workshops may be found in the „Activities“ main section. Feel free to join us and get in touch with designactivismorg [at] gmail [dot] com

Members of the International Research Network on Design (and) Activism are soon to be portrayed here. If you are interested to join, feel free to get in touch with one of the initiators…

Tom Bieling, Research Fellow and PhD candidate at Berlin University of the Arts (Design Research Lab). Visiting Professor in Applied Sciences and Art at the German University in Cairo (Faculty of Applied Sciences & Art). Numerous guest lectures and workshops at international universities (e.g. Mumbai, São Paulo, Basel, Milan, Portland, Spokane, Edinburgh, Brussels, Nottingham, Tallinn, Budapest, Eindhoven, Rotterdam). Chief Editor of DESIGNABILITIES – Design Research Journal for social, cultural and political Discourse, Transformation & Activism. Founder of the Institute for Applied Fantasies. Exhibitions in New York, London, Berlin, Vienna, Manchester, ShefRield, Milano, Munich, Dresden, St. Etienne, Karlsruhe, Eindhoven and Cologne. www.tombieling.com

Andréa Poshar, born in Brazil and currently based in Italy, has a M.Sc. in Media Culture – PPGC/UFPB, and a B.A. in Social Communication and Advertising, both earned in Brazil. Currently, Poshar is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano. She is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM), University Paris 2, Pantheon-Assas, Sorbonne Universities, and a member of the Design Research Journal DESIGNABILITIES, coordinated by Tom Bieling. She also collaborates with the Research Lab on Typography and Graphic Language, Design Program at Senac University, SP, Brazil. Poshar has more than 10 years of experience at various communication enterprises. She has worked and presented in numerous international conferences.

Simona Venditti holds a Ph.D. in Design from Politecnico di Milano (2017). She has a background in Communication Design and is currently working with Imagis LAB, a research group of the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano focused on audiovisual storytelling, digital media and game design. She was a guest Ph.D. student at RUC – Roskilde University at the Department of Communication and the Arts. Her research interests deal with digital fiction, narrativity, social media, and digital strategies of engagement. She presented her research in numerous international conferences.

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