Everything is shifting: technological constructs, political situations, financial structures, ecological systems. What are the new roles for designers in a such a complex and uncertain world? At Studio Design Investigations, we investigate the opportunities and unintended consequences of such accelerated change. We then produce tools, tactics and narratives to catalyse critical thinking and transformative action towards a more hopeful and humane future.

After Abundance in the Press

We are proud to see the positive responses to the After Abundance Exhibition in international and national media. Extensive coverage included, amongst others, the New York Times, Kurier  and an appearance in the Zeit im Bild, while Metropolis Magazine and Abitare Magazine featured us in their Top Ten picks for the London Design Biennale. Follow

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We are at the London Design Biennale’18

We are thrilled to announce that Design Investigations is representing Austria at the London Design Biennale 2018! Our installation ‘After Abundance’ at the Biennale will be open to the public from the 4th to 23rd September at Somerset House in London. We hope you can come by and see our work.

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Menu from the New Wild

This three course menu and the dining experience around it serve as playful and experiential medium for a broad audience to participate in the discussion about global ecological changes and our human role within it. The special dining setup enables consumers to experience the balancing and regulating effect their eating habits have on our ecosystems.

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Overview

Far from elitist space tourism, the project “OVERVIEW” explores possibilities of democratizing the Overview Effect and ways of creating a completely independent simulation here on earth.

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Unseen Edible

UNSEEN EDIBLE imagines a society in which lichens are prevalent and commonly used. For the docu-fiction Julia Schwarz designed next to the entire scenario harvesting tools, the way lichen would be used and structures to multiply easier. First taste tests are already available.

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The Critical Caryatids

A lyrical journey through Musikverein, the world’s first “fully objective concert hall”, where 32 golden statues observe, measure and analyse musical performance.

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Social Media Machines

What is the agenda behind social media? What can our roles as users be? Three machines that confuse the algorithm and break the filter bubble.

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Wilderness in the Anthropocene

Wilderness Tools powered by humans eliminate, counter and reduce anthropogenic influences like the lack of predators or the loss of insects to preserve wilderness and extend it’s capacities.

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King GAFA

A contemporary fairytale about online privacy – a story to challenge our Internet behaviour and spark a conversation about data sovereignty.

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Ectogenesis

Viewed as a woman’s fate and therefore taken for granted, women are still encouraged to become mothers despite all physical, social and financial risks. This project implements ectogenesis into everyday life, as a valid choice for everyone, exploring the impact on humankind: seeking for liberation from the injustice of unequal distribution of the burdens and limits of human procreation.

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Design for Agency at Vienna Biennale

We were honoured to be invited to present a curated show of our projects at the prestigious MAK Museum, for the Vienna Biennale 2017. For this show, we presented a series of projects that emerged from a year long investigation titled ‘DESIGN FOR AGENCY’.

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sociometric.me

As social media became the logbook of people’s lives, we’ve entered an era of immense sharing. Though the straight-forward dangers of sharing is seemingly recognised; lately, we’re evidently on a road heading into a world of lives directly affected by social media. The experience provided by “Sociometric.me” aims at raising awareness on the subject by providing an individual risk analysis of the user’s Facebook profile.

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Listening to Spaces, Stefan Kaegi

Sometimes you don’t need to build scenographies or invent fictions, sometimes it’s enough to stand still and look at where you are. Listen to some thoughts of somebody who is not around anymore or listen to the sounds that are inscribed into those spaces.

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Open Lobby

The open lobby is a mobile pop up stand, working independent on the street and proactively collecting ideas and wishes, to create a new platform for local political participation. Solving small problems and listening to every story.

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