In my ongoing practice-based PhD research (2017-2021), I investigate design through the lens of human-material entanglements. Whereas post-anthropocentric design practices attempt to overcome the human-centeredness attributed to design, I argue that a closer look at human-material relationships brought about by design reveals what to be  human means in the first place. Questioning design’s foundations and the extent to which they are constitutive to manifesting a certain human-material relationship thus exposes the coordinates of our contemporary understanding of human life in relation to its environments.

Along the planetary medium of sand, I investigate how material transformations of a seemingly elusive material affect human lives in various places and spaces. Sand in the context of this research acts as an interscalar vehicle—it combines geological time with human time, ecology with economy and politics. Through field work in South East Asia and the Netherlands, sensory ethnography and counter mapping practices, I’m tracing the livelihoods, infrastructures and design practices related to sand.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis (University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser (Linz University of the Arts)
Assistant Prof. Dr. Adam Nocek (Arizona State University)




12 - 14 November

09 - 13 September

23 August

01 August

19 June

13 June 
25 May
20 April

08 April

19 March

03 March

07 February

02 February


06 December


22 August - 02 December

20 Augus

14 June

24 May

17 May

10 March

02 February
essay, Unmaking – Against General Applicability with Merle Ibach, Felix Gerloff, Viktor Bedö, Shintaro Miyazaki & Jamie Allen (IXDM) In: Critical Makers Reader (eds. Loes Bogers, Letizia Chiappini) Institute of Networked Cultures, Amsterdam.
essay, Building with Nature, collaboration with Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
lecture performance, After Agency,
HAT Research Centre, Poznan.workshop participation, Cartographies of the Vanishing Now, New Narratives for Earth, Fiber Festival , Amsterdam.
Curation of Strelka Institute’s Alumni Unconference, Moscow.
Workshop Sandlab in collaboration with Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
Workshop organisation in the context of the conference Re-Imagining AI, a collaboration between IXDM and House of Electronic Media Arts, Basel.
Exhibition In the middle of it, ECAM, Basel
Keynote, DilemmaDilemma, Bern.
Together with Shintaro Miyazaki, conference talk “Fictionalising Commoning as Co-Design”, Designing Community, Paris.
Together with Karolina Sobecka and Bernhard Garnicnig, conference talk “A Collapseological Colloquium”, Without Computers, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris.
Workshop Intra-Action Design, Research Through Design Conference 2019, TU Delft.
Together with Selena Savic and Shintaro Miyazaki, workshop “Utopia Reshuffled”, OTHERWISE festival, Zurich.
Conference talk “Unsettling Design. Material Encounters and Relational Practices”, Leverage Points, Leuphana University Lüneburg.
With Viktor Bedö, Yann Martins, Shintaro Miyazaki, Selena Savic, John Evans, Cade Diehm, panel Discussion Phantasms of Decentralization? Conversations About Commoning With Coming Media, Transmediale, Berlin.

SITUATING OUR EXPERIENCES. A proposal for doctoral research as a network of practices. CCC PhD-Forum (Nick Aikens, Denise Bertschi, Michaela Büsse, Lucas Cantori, Paola Debellis Alvarez, Doreen Mende, Camilla Paolino, Hélène Soumaré,
Melissa Tun Tun, Elena Yaichnikova) In:
#Re-visiones 8/2018.
Together with Michael Rottman, workshop ogranisation Artistic Research Workshop, IXDM, Basel.
Research fellow with Acts of Life - an interdisciplinary collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila.     
Exhibition, Politics of Design, Act 1, Z33, Hasselt.
Workshop participation, Avoiding Ecocidal Smart Cities, Particapatory Design Conference, Genk/Hasselt.
With Tena Kelemen and Patrica Reed, workshop Exploring Alien Subjectivities,  ECAM, Basel.
Poster presentation, Spürtechniken. Von der Wahrnehmung der Natur zur Natur als Medium. University Potsdam.
With Meike Hardt, Alice Twemlow, Shaowen Bardzell, panel moderation, Critical by Design. Potentials and Limitations of Materialized Critique, Basel
Together with Konstantin Mitrokhov, conference talk “The Common Task of a More-than-human-centred Design”, Beyond Change, Swiss Design Network Conference, Basel. 
Together with Critical Media Lab, workshop Masquerade for Commoning, Transmediale, Berlin.