Centaur Design Experiment

Artificial intelligence plays an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. Instead of fear and rejection, I wanted to find out how far artificial intelligences – which are usable here and now via the internet – can be used as a tool in a design process. It soon became clear that productive collaboration would require

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Entrance Exam

Entrance exams are coming up! 👾 Due to the ongoing pandemic the Angewandte is adapting the procedures for applications. The digital registration and portfolio upload for the Design Investigations department will be from 8th – 17th (9.00 am) February 2021 via the central registration tool of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. https://application.uni-ak.ac.at The entrance

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Morphing Rhythm

The female hormonal cycle with its rises and falls is at odds with the linear ideals of our society. This projects aims to challenge the general negative attitude and ignorance towards the female cycle and wider implications – psychologically and physiologically. . Through a theatrical dance performance the balance of the two main hormones oestrogen

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A.I. Snake Oil

With AI comes AI SNAKE OIL, the technologically advanced products and services that lead us to believe that the impossible is now possible. . This summer semester brief is all about AI SNAKE OIL, which we kicked off just before the COVID crisis. Students are working in teams and individually to research, investigate, code, experiment,

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New Seed

Project New Seed is an interactive exploration game set in 2085 Europe. . The premise of the world revolves around a scenario, where humanity failed at tackling climate change. Not the climate caused the downfall and eventual collapse of our society, but disputes among ourselves and a lack of solidarity. 40 years after the collapse,

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A.I. Snake Oil Trade Show Microsite

Our AI Snake oil Trade Show is launching at the Angewandte Festival! Our proposals span fashion, well-being, music and science. Don’t be shy, come on try! https://aisnakeoil.designinvestigations.at/

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The Quolocom

Human advancement and technological development came at an ecological cost and rendered the earth inhabitable for humanity. In order to survive, humans organised a mass migration to another habitable planet with a promising future. Those who resisted leaving came to an agreement with the AI left in charge to rewild the Earth. They were allowed

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Distance Learning during the Corona Crisis

In light of the COVID 19 situation in Austria, and the closure of the Angewandte buildings, the Design Investigations department will continue in ‘distance learning’ mode. The teachers and students are working on the semester brief and diploma projects through virtual tutorials, blogs and online lectures until further notice. Please do write to us if

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Mission Palax

Mission Palax is a choose-your-own-adventure story that invites users to explore the ethical dimensions of space travel. Can they take on responsibility for a topic which humanity will be confronted with in the upcoming years? Is it morally acceptable to conquer foreign ecosystems for humans’ benefits? . The chance that extraterrestrial life does not exist

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IDEO’s Max Lackner talks about his experience at our studio.

Where do you work now, what do you do? What is the nature of your work? I am a Visual Interaction Designer working in San Francisco for the design consultant agency IDEO. IDEO is famous for their human-centered design approach and design thinking methods. My task as a Visual Interaction Designer is finding new ways

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Data Flowers

Year 2076. Most of the world is at war, making it unsafe to leave the island, the last safe place on earth. Inhabitants maintain unity and peace within the land by contributing great parts of their earnings to the government. A small price to pay in order to be able to live in harmony. .

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The Studio As A Farm

For the 2019-2020 Winter Semester, we converted our Studio into a Farm. We are tackling the brief ‘Hungry Ghosts’ and to understand all aspects of food production, we are using various different techniques: from permaculture to acquaponics to grow food in the studio. We also have mushrooms and mealworms, and even chicken!

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2,5G

Earth is dying. The first humans have already been sent to a new planet: Planet 2.5G. . A planet with two and a half times the force of Earth’s gravity. A planet where the ground never lets you rise. A planet where dragging your body forward by so much as an inch can take hours. A

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FaDE

The Facility for Digital Education (FaDE) is a visual novel based on a possible future, when artificial intelligence is fully integrated in teaching and education. . Join your new classmates Alex and Fiona, who will introduce you to the pilot project FaDE, the new classroom, the TE AI CHER and your other classmates. Find out

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Boat Building

To start of the 2018-2019 Winter Semester, we split the class in two teams and build two identical boats out of wood, fabric and a bit of varnish. After every students planned the boat in CAD, the cross sections where cut out with the jigsaw in order to be connected by wooden slats. After the

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Mourning Moon

“Mourning Moon” is a poignant narrative following a funeral on the moon. This project tells the story of the last Earth humans on the Moon. Meant to be temporary, their stay on the moon becomes final. The circumstances that led up to this point divide the people on the moon and they go their separate

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Hungry Ghosts: Food in the Age of the Anthropocene

For the winter semester 2019 at Design Investigations, we are using the lens of FOOD, to explore, investigate, prototype and propose new, alternate, even radical ways in which we will mitigate, and adapt to the rapidly unfolding climate crisis.

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Subconscious Depth

Through his Theory of Forms, Plato described the mind and the body are two entities that belong to separate categories of existence. He defined the mind as immaterial and as the essence of that which is physical, and the body as a category of the latter, as it is composed of matter and bound by

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‘Alsergrund on Display’ wins the Stadtarbeit Prize

Congratulations to our students Lucy Li and Stephanie Kneissl for winning the Stadtarbeit Prize at the Vienna Design Week for their project ‘Alsergrund on Display’. Building on the studio democracy brief ‘Active Citizenry’, Lucy and Stephanie spent the summer creating the tools for their new citizen museum.

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Orenda’s Journey

Orenda’s journey is a world-building project that explores the human-nature connection. It proposes switching perspective and looking at it through the eyes of Nature. In the form of a graphic novel, we explore different ways of living, in and with nature or apart from her, different ideas about social and gender norms, as well as

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Long Interview with our Professor Anab Jain

Recently, the Dutch National Newspaper, De Volkskrant, published a long interview with our Professor Anab Jain about speculative design, colonial histories and long term futures, technological visions and critical thinking in their weekend edition.

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Gardens Of Xeno

Gender fluidity has been part of nature for centuries. Using a collection of Instagram filters, we invite you to embody different gender fluid animals, and explore the plurality of narratives found in nature. The Gardens of Xeno states that the terms ‘natural’ and ‘pure’ have been misused for too long. . Check out thegardensofxeno on

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Our New Book: After Abundance

We are thrilled to launch our new book, ‘AFTER ABUNDANCE: A SPECULATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE ALPS’, published by Birhauser Books. Edited by our Professor Anab Jain and curator Thomas Geisler, ‘After Abundance’ is the culmination of our project originally presented as Austria’s official entry to the London Design Biennale 2018.

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KI_tchen

KI_tchen is an experiment into content creation with Artificial Intelligence using current day technology. What would happen if we embraced AI in todays world? To what extend is this even viable? Would it be more efficient? . The web-based project aims to reveal the different ways in which humans can implement AI today, from simpler text

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DODO at the Global Grad Show

Our graduate Ege Kökel was invited to the Global Grad Show as part of Dubai Design Week this year! She showed her project DODO IN THE ROOM that investigates the de-extinction of animals.

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First Encounters

What happens, if two species that have never interacted before are now going to encounter due to anthropocentrically changed climatic circumstances? . The project “First Encounters” tells the stories of species that meet for the very first time, due to climate-change induced range shifts. The installation visualizes possible consequences that travel through local and global

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Guest Lecture by Fiona Raby

Today we welcomed back our former professor Fiona Raby to deliver a guest lecture. She gave a talk in which she outlined her critical practice by showing four projects by her studio Dunne & Raby. The care that goes into the design of their objects and spaces was important for the students to see, and

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Nature Guardian

“Nature Guardian” is an activistic performance that questions anthropocentric worldviews and how to use our body in this increasing self-centred world to serve other living organisms? . The human body is covered in biodegradable fabrics which are interwoven with plant-seeds. When exposed to natural conditions like precipitation or other forms of humidity the materials transform,

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Visit us at Vienna Design Week!

We are taking part in this years Vienna Design Week at festival headquarters (details below). Come visit us and check out our interactive projects! Here is the context and bracket under which the projects were developed: FUTURES OF DEMOCRACY? The shared political reality of democracy as we we know it in the Western world is

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Eupnea

Today’s world feels increasingly hectic leaving us with less time for introspection and for mentally caring about ourselves. This leads to a sense of disconnection and loss of our true selves. . To address this deficit EUPNEA was created — an interactive installation that is meant to help people find a deeper connection to themselves

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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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Shedding Skin 

The norms, expectations and ideas put upon us by society and also ourselves build up like a heavy shell around us. As we take steps in our personal growth, the shell no longer suffices. Who we are and who we want to be become different things, splitting ourselves internally. The discrepancy inside builds up and

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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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Re-owning your Skin

The nearly constant use of social media increases the amount of attention regarding one’s aesthetic appearance. Along with this comes a very comparing and self critical view of the outward appearances especially among young people. . The project “Re-Owning your Skin” addresses this problem with a series of garments. Through the use of optical illusions

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Soulsweeper

Crises always affect people’s worries and needs, making them more susceptible to comforting claims, conspiracy theories and hoax products. Scientology´s E-Meter, energized water, placebo pills and DVDs with 60 minutes of a healing gaze are just a few examples showing how creative some “inventors” become to earn the extra dollar. As with many products that

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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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The Cleanroom Paradox

“The Cleanroom Paradox” dismantles the deceptively pristine image of the high-tech industry and unveils the systemic suppression of occupational, toxic hazards at semiconductor production sites. . The work comprises a gradually disintegrating, custom print of a former Samsung factory worker and a video documenting the portrait’s creation. The visual essay is superimposed with the personal

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The Stress Suit

Poor payment, a high degree of manual and emotional labor and a lack of respect from customers and employers designate many work environments in the retail sector. For most employees this results in work-related stress and its health consequences. . The “Stress Suit” was created with the goal to inspire more care for workers and

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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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AIME

Existing modes of consciousness have failed to find answers and people are living in a constant state of disconnect – from nature and other humans. How can artificial intelligence solve these problems for you? . AIME is the first AI enabled wellness device that presents you with the opportunity to deeply explore and expand your

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A.I. Oracle

Why Of All Things is a service that aims to assist with answering complex questions based on divination techniques and methods of Artificial Intelligence research. . Contrary to popular belief, both divination and A.I. can be viewed as Information technology, helping externalize thoughts and approaching complex topics from new angles. Several traditions of fortune telling

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Audiomat

The Audiomat is an AI-driven radio that autonomously broadcasts its own algorithmically generated music, news and stories. . Audiomat offers our listeners three unique channels which can be switched by using the simple dial on the radio. Dial into the Breaking News Channel for the latest news, generated by cross-checking and verifying numerous authentic sources,

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Deep Dive

Contemporary knowledge is faceted, iridescent and omnipresent. It inhabits a fluid shared space, containing and diffracting countless truths of different weight. The way knowledge is steered constitutes our world, what is a fact and a reality. . Deep Dive is a documentary project telling a story of several deep sea species inhabiting the depth of

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Dorian Great

As humans, we are constantly striving to become better. However, we also need encouragement, support and guidance in our individual journeys towards self-improvement. But how do we choose what is best for us, when we are bombarded by thousands of poorly qualified self-improvement coaches selling their wares in a busy market?. . Rather than relying

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SoftWear — Prêt-à-Montrer

SoftWear is the world’s first AI generated digital fashion collection that you can wear as a series of instagram filters. Our unique collection is generated by a bespoke AI, who researches latest trends in the fashion industry from millions of reliable data sources. It then creates hybridised fashion by blending global trends with the marvels

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Pillow Talk

‘Pillow Talk – Technology for Awkward Questions’ are four devices to encourage conversations about Sex Education. We are very bad at talking about sex. Technology and sex are already incredibly connected, we rather google our most intimate private questions and concerns than talk to family and friends. Sex education is important because it is fundamentally

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Political Atmosphere

“Political Atmosphere” amplifies the invisible connections between flight turbulence, climate change and war. . Even though several research papers observe a strong correlation between climate change and conflict, scientists are still unable to explain the underlying mechanisms. As the complexity of this relationship is impossible to quantify, the installation captures this understanding in a more

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The Farmers Odyssey

“The Farmers Odyssey” is a shadow play about obstacles Austrian farmers have to face in our current food cycle. The protagonist is a regular carrot farmer, who wakes up in a dream as that vegetable himself. On the odyssey of the carrot to the supermarket, the farmer encounters creatures, each representing one of the problems

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Overcoming Disgust

Although it would have environmental advantages, many people find the thought of eating insects repulsive. To move insect food in a familiar environment, the cliche-heavy show-cooking experience ‘La Nourriture du Futur’ was invented. The chef creates a show for the customers and prepares seven different meals – all containing insects – on a custom-made cooking

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Eating Death

This project showcases a ritualistic tasting experience of potent botanical and fungal toxins and seeks to confront our own mortality with the powers of nature. Asking why we strive for immortality and reminding us that nothing will last forever, the ritual marks a moment of reflection in one´s life and explores new ecological more-than-human relationships.

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Windmills

In the Winter Semester of 2018, Semester Students explored their relationship to electric energy and what it takes to get electrons moving themselves. Each team out of six in total came up with their very own technique of manufacturing three Windmill blades that fit onto an electric Generator. Among these techniques we find; Lasercutting, Wood-Bening,

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Algorithmic Peepshow

We are under constant surveillance – every step we take online produces data which gets accumulated and analyzed by algorithms for profit or is used to manipulate our behaviour, opinions and consumption online. THE ALGORITHMIC PEEPSHOW is a collection of router like objects that allows us to take a private glance back at these inferred

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OffScreen Virtues

Technological progress has given us tools to become more and more efficient, ensuring that no time is wasted. So now, we use every moment we get between important tasks and appointments to read an e-mail, glance at the news, rate a purchase, like a photo. The installation ‘Offscreen Virtues’ celebrates the absence of duty.  It

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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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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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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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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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