Lisa Baumgarten

Critical design mediation – Kritische Designvermittlung

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Lisa Baumgarten is a critical design mediator working in design, research, as writer and as teacher/learner. She is the co-creator of the participatory research platform Teaching Design which focuses on design education from intersectional feminist and decolonial perspectives. In the course of the platform Lisa has been facilitating a conversational series together with Judith Leijdekkers funded by the Stimuleringsfonds.
Lisa has been teaching design theory and practice as adjunct lecturer at German and international design universities since 2017. From Oct 2021–Sep 2022 Lisa held a position as interims professor of Design Sciences (Verwaltung der Professur Designwissenschaften) at the Institute of Design Research at University of the Arts Braunschweig where she facilitated seminars in the M.A. program Transformation Design. Since Oct 2022 Lisa is a guest professor at Studiengruppe Informationdesign (Communication design) at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle.
Her current research focuses on design education, its entanglements with neoliberalism and formats of resonating and emancipatory teaching-/learning experiences. Lisa’s research and writing has been published and presented amongst others at Attending [to] Futures Conference at KISD Cologne, Creative Bodies—Creative Minds Conference, Graz, Designsymposium Kompliz*innen at BURG Halle, the The German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF) as well as form design magazine. Her most recent essay (form, n°293), written in collaboration with design philosopher Mara Recklies, is concerned with digital teaching tools and their effects on teaching-/learning spaces in design education.


Lecture at Superfuture Designfestival
Hafven, Hannover (DE)

Panelist at XVI Edition of the National Arts Award – Design Conference
ISIA Urbino, (IT)

Recent Activities

Keynote at Attending [to] Futures Conference
KISD, Cologne

Design Dialogues with design historian Alice Twemlow
Design Museum Gent, (BE)

19 May 2021
Contributing the lecture A Different Kind of Design University (DE)
to Trouble Wednesday – Queer and Feminist Perspectives on Design at FH Potsdam
with Mara Recklies

27 – 29 May 2021
Contributing to Creative Bodies—Creative Minds Conference
at the Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria
With the paper The Very Last Design Conference: Gendering Intersections – Towards an actionable criticality
with Imad Gebrayel

15–16 April 2021
Contributing the lecture A Different Kind of Design University (EN)
to Designsymposium “Kompliz*innen” at BURG Halle,
Kunsthochschule Giebichenstein

Group exhibition HOT MESS at Prince Charles, Berlin
Exhibiting a digital reproduction “Translations” – from the Super VR Silkscreen Series

Lecture at Kunsthochschule Weissensee
“The Politics of Selecting”

Lecture/ Designdebate “Research as Care”
at Reserach-Festival, organized by Kunstgewerbemuseums Berlin and
Studio Experimentelles Design at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Performative Reading of “Discrimination follows Design – Design follows Discrimination
at the “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” Symposium
organized by Karolina Krupcikova (Central St. Martins College of Arts)

Present! v.1.0.3
Talkshow about Group Dynamics, Dreams, Design, and Education with
Emily Smith, Pras Gunasekera and Ramon Tejada. Event by Prem Krishnamurthy and Wkshps.

Workshop with Antonia Schneemann
as part of Teaching Design CONVERSATIONS at A–Z, Berlin
Lead by the question ’Why do I do what I do - like I do it – and not differently?
we will introduce four techniques to reflect on how we SEE, how we ACT,
how we THINK and how we want to TEACH and LEARN.

28.01. – 11.02.2020
Temporary Library and events at A–Z, Berlin
with Anja Neidhardt

Performing In Dialog with Things at Brandwandgespräche, Berlin
with Anja Neidhardt and the event’s participants

15. – 16. November 2019
Performing In Dialog with Things at the DGTF Conference 2019
with Anja Neidhardt

Lectures and Workshops
Lisa is available for lectures and workshops. For more information please contact her via e-Mail.

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Previous selected seminars:

The Politics of Selecting
University of the Arts Bremen
Integrated Design (B.A.)
SS 2020

Messy History
HTW Berlin, Communication Design (B.A.)
Design history and theory
WS 2020

Messy History
University of Arts Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin)
Communication Design (B.A. and M.A.)
Design history and theory
WS 2020

Designing Disobediently
University of the Arts Bremen
Master Studio School of Visual Combinations
Integrated Design (M.A.)
with Imad Gebrayel, Mara Recklies
WS 2020

What we have in common
University of the Arts Bremen
Master Studio School of Visual Combinations
Integrated Design (M.A.)
with Prof. Tania Prill
SS 2020

Messy History
University of the Arts Bremen
Integrated Design (M.A.),
Design history and theory
SS 2020

Messy History
HTW Berlin, Communication Design (B.A.)
Design history and theory
with Dr. Julia Meer
SS 2020

Formats of Awkwardness
BURG Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
Communication design (B.A.)
Typography inspired by performance methods such as Fluxus or The Rodina, developing own scores and instructions, experimenting and breaking rules
WS 2019/20

Grand Theft Typo
University of the Arts Bremen
Integrated Design (B.A.),
Typography with a focus on the history of type and typography as political tool.
WS 2019/20

WELTFORMAT Graphic Design Festival

University of the Arts Bremen
Integrated Design (B.A.),
with Paul Steinmann und Prof. Tania Prill
Typography and poster design for the WELTFORMAT Festival in Lucerne (CH) with a focus on the relation between typography and ideology.
SS 2019

Selected Clients and Collaborators
Absurd Dialog
Amazon Music Deutschland
And She Was Like: BÄM!
Anja Neidhardt
Architektursommer Rhein-Main
Atelier Gilman (CH)
Campus Rütli – CR2 (UK)
Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Institut für Industriedesign Darmstadt
Junge Akademie der Künste Berlin
Laura Bernhardt
Lucie Schroeder
Meiré und Meiré
Museum Giersch
Museum Ludwig, Köln
Paul Steinmann
Platine Festival Köln
Philipp Schenk-Mischke
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Köln
Random Studio (NL)
Royal College of Psychiatrists, London (UK)
simple GmbH
Silvia Ploner
Sruli Recht
Studio Hato (UK)
Theaterhaus Jena
U9 Visuelle Allianz
Wieden+Kennedy (US)


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