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Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

The Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM) assembles students, educators, and researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds and seeks to leverage practices of art & design for comprehensive social, political and ecological transformation.

The Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM) is organized around two spaces and communities – HyperWerk and Critical Media Lab – and houses the Bachelor programme Process Design, the Master programme Experimental Design, and the PhD programme Make/Sense.

HyperWerk is a space of possibility for new and unexpected forms of design, and a matrix for transdisciplinary project work by and with students, staff, and the public. It provides a connective structure for the BA program Process Design and acts as a seismograph for the sometimes still weak signals of social change. HyperWerk is a learning laboratory that reacts to current developments with flexible experimental arrangements and seeks to experimentally unsettle its own methods.

The Critical Media Lab is a community, a space and a platform for research and practice at the intersections of design, media, art, and technology. We combine perspectives and methods from humanities scholarship and scientific research with art and design and focus on practice-based research. The lab provides discursive, community and physical support for scholarly exchange, critical publishing, and experimental pedagogies.

Process Design BA at HyperWerk

At the HyperWerk Institute design is understood and taught as a procedural strategy with the capacity to impact on our lifeworld.

Process Design BA at HyperWerk

Masterstudio Design MA

The challenges of the modern lifeworld have become to complex to be mastered by single disciplines which is why the Masterstudio applies an integrative concept ...

Masterstudio Design MA

Research profile and methodology

At the IXDM Institute scientific and design-related and artistic methods and modes of presentation become intertwined in innovative ways. Design, research and knowledge generation are understood as discourses and practices that mutually define one another. For this reason the IXDM-based projects join up basic design and media research with the practice of design and media in specific usage contexts. We rely on a combination of historical and ethnographic methods with design-related approaches such as design-prototyping, data visualization, sonification and speculative design to better understand past and current events and to reflect on future developments.

Current research projects are focused on superordinate topics such as the conception of experimental knowledge, creativity cultures, design and media critique, and material epistemologies. The projects conducted at IXDM not only promote the innovative development of new questions and insights but also contribute to the experimental advancement of new methods and forms of interdisciplinary research. The IXDM research group’s wide range of competence and expertise ensures that these targets can be met.

Labs


MAKE/SENSE PhD programme

MAKE/SENSE PhD programme of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design promotes practice-based research in art and design.

MAKE/SENSE PhD programme

Projects (DE)

Full House – Open House 2020

to Full House – Open House 2020

HyperBirthday: Alles bleibt Anders

to HyperBirthday: Alles bleibt Anders

Cultural Spaces and Design

to Cultural Spaces and Design
See all projects

Publications (DE)

HyperWerk-Jahrespublikation «kommit to conflict»

to HyperWerk-Jahrespublikation «kommit to conflict»

HyperWerk-Jahrespublikation «Verbinde die Punkte, Doing Care»

to HyperWerk-Jahrespublikation «Verbinde die Punkte, Doing Care»

Wir, wir selbst sind die Methode

to Wir, wir selbst sind die Methode
All publications

Contact

Prof. Matthias Böttger
Prof. Matthias Böttger Institutsleiter IXDM / Studiengangleiter BA Prozessgestaltung
Telephone : +41 61 228 40 33 (direct)

Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM), Tower: D. 3.01 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel

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FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel