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Tom Bieling

Dr. phil. Tom Bieling is a postdoctoral fellow at Zentrum für Designforschung (HAW Hamburg) and teaches design theory at the New Design University St. Pölten. He has been visiting professor at the University of Trento and at the German University in Cairo, as well as a research fellow at the Design Research Lab of Berlin University of the Arts (2010-19) and Technische Universität Berlin (2007-10). In his research he mainly focuses on the social and political dimensions of design, particularly on aspects of inclusion and exclusion. He is editor-in-chief at DESIGNABILTIES – Design Research Journal, co- editor of the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis), founding member of the Design Research Network, founder of the Institute for Applied Fantasies (Institut für angewandte Fantasie), head of the Ultràgallery, Chief Editor at Designforschung.org, initiator of the International Research Network on Design (and) Activism, research fellow at Vilém Flusser Archive, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft, and board member of the research committee iphiGenia (international Gender Design Network/iGDN). He has given numerous guest lectures and run workshops at international universities (e.g. Mumbai, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Milano, Portland, Nottingham, Budapest, Eindhoven or Rotterdam). His work has been presented at international exhibitions and museums in New York, London, Vienna, Manchester, Sheffield, Brno and St. Gallen. He received the “Young Innovator of the Year” award from the Falling Walls Consortium and has published over 100 research papers, book chapters and academic articles. Recent books: “Inklusion als Entwurf” (Birkhäuser/DeGruyter, 2019), “Design (&) Activism” (Mimesis, 2019) and “Gender (&) Design” (Mimesis, 2020).

Articles of Tom Bieling

Fact and Fiction – Design as a Search for Reality on the Circuit of Lies

Fact and Fiction (PDF 142.76 KB)

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