Lisa Baumgarten

Critical design mediation – Kritische Designvermittlung

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Lisa Baumgarten is a critical design mediator – a designer, researcher, writer and 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 2022–Aug 2023 Lisa was a guest professor at Studiengruppe Informationdesign (Communication design) at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle. From Oct 2021–Sep 2022 Lisa held a position as interim professor of Design Sciences (Verwaltung der Professur Designwissenschaften) at the Institute of Design Research at Braunschweig University of Arts where she facilitated seminars in the M.A. program Transformation Design.
In recent years she has been invited to conceptualise and facilitate workshops and conversational formats for creative practitioners, educational and cultural institutions, such as the Stimuleringsfonds, The Design Museum Gent, the Whitechapel Gallery London, Teaching Design, Kunst- und Gewerbemuseum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, re:publica, Estonian Academy of Arts as well as the Umeå Institute of Design – surrounding topics of power asymmetries, working towards safe(r) spaces, fair and collective practices. Lisa’s workshops center around norm-critical and intersectional feminist approaches.  
Her current research focuses on design education, its entanglements with colonial continuities and teaching/learning practices as institutional critique. 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.

“Designvermittlung als (selbst-)kritische Praxis”
Lecture at the Kurt Schwitters Symposium 2023 “ Kritik als Haltung und Methode”
Hochschule Hannover

“Doing knowledge in design”
Panel, Lecture Performance with Anja Neidhardt-Mokoena and Mara Recklies
Interposed Symposium, Hochschule Mainz

Recent Activities

“Sustainable relations in design”
Lecture as part of Benedetta Crippa’s seminar on “visual sustainability”
Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden

Presenting my current research at
Research Fika at Umeå Insitute of Design Research
Umeå University, Sweden

13.6.2023, 18:00
Lecture at BURG Giebichenstein, Kunsthochschule Halle
as part of the Jour Fixe-series

30.5.2023, 15:30
Lecture at Kunsthochschule Kassel

“What about fair practice?”
Workshop with Judith Leijdekkers for Stimuleringsfonds
at TENT Rotterdam

28.5.2023, 15:00
Lecture at Peter Behrens School of Arts, Düsseldorf
in the course of the student-initiated series „Respekt und Revolte - (Queer-) feministische Ansätze im Design“

29–30 November 2022
Imagine Elsewhere
Lecture and participation in research seminar
organized by Anja Neidhardt and Christina Zetterlund
Kulturparken Småland, Växjö, (SE)

Lecture at Superfuture Designfestival
Hafven, Hannover (DE)

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

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 lectureships and teaching engagements in MA and BA Design programs at:
University of Art and Design Halle (BURG)
Estonian Academy of Arts 
University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin)
Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå Centre for Gender Studies
University of Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin)
Braunschweig University of Arts (HBK Braunschweig)
University of Arts Bremen (HfK Bremen)

Selected Clients and Collaborators
A–Z, Space for Experimental Graphic Design
Absurd Dialog
Amazon Music Deutschland
And She Was Like: BÄM!
Anja Neidhardt-Mokoena
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
Mara Recklies
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 Benedetta Crippa
Studio Hato (UK)
Studio Martha Schwindling
Theaterhaus Jena
U9 Visuelle Allianz
Wieden+Kennedy (US)

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