Shintaro is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures. His current research interest is focused on how experimental design and media cultures in the past and now are entangled with discourses and practices from research fields and topics as diverse as cybernetics, system thinking, ecology, computation, design, art, psychedelics, counterculture, gaia, cognition, agency, complexity, self-organization or anthropocene.
Based on critical media studies, history of media, history of science, science and technology studies, anthropology/ethnography, feminist theory and the growing literature in artistic research, research creation and design research, he is aiming at practice generated moments of synthesis where practice-based research, design research and artistic practice melts with theoretical thinking and theory-based analysis. He wants to enable, moderate, design situations that create meaningful surplus value in as many contexts as he is able to.
Susanna Hertrich is a multi-disciplinary artist and research fellow at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures at the Academy of Art & Design in Basel, Switzerland. Her artistic research investigates the intersections of art, design and technology, exploring the role of the physical body in relation to a technology-driven environment. She has been working with the Meta-Perception group at the University of Tokyo and the Design Research Lab at the University of the Arts in Berlin among others.
Susanna graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. She is a recipient of numerous grants and has been an invited artist in residence at the Goethe Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan and the TASML Tsinghua Art & Science Media Lab program in Beijing. Her works are shown in international exhibitions, including and appear in numerous publications.