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Hello. My name is Michael Hohl. I'm a designer, design researcher and educator, often working with digital media. I like making things, thinking about things, how we do them and what they mean to us. My research is mostly practice-led and my interests include trying to better understand how technology changes us, while we think we are doing something with technology. I am especially interested in the epistemological questions surrounding these technologies and the role of perception and embodiment.

I graduated in Digital Media Design from the University of the Arts Berlin and also spent some time at KISD, the Cologne International School of Design. I completed a practice-led PhD research project in fine art and computer science (HCI) at Sheffield Hallam University. My thesis was titled: "This is not here: Connectedness, Remote Experience and Immersive Telematic Art." (You may download it from the papers section of this website.)

Between 2007 and 2011 I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Huddersfield, in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. At present i am a professor, chair of design theory, and head of the doctoral studies program (in Architecture & Design) at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. Prior to that i was a visiting professor and chair of design theory & history at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.

I supervise and mentor PhD research students from Art, Design and Architecture and also conduct Research Training Seminars at St. Luca Architecture, Brussels, the Royal College of Art, IDE, in London, Lucerne School of Design, Bauhaus University Weimar, among others. My interests include research methods and methodologies in practice-based research and i regularly give invited talks or conduct workshops about these.

I organise and co-organise conferences, peer-review, research seminars and guest lectures, and regularly serve as an editor for journals and on advisory boards for conferences. I've been a jury member at different tracks at SIGgraph, and also regularly serve on panels for PhD research colloquia where i try to provide the researchers with helpful, constructive and critical feedback. Alongside these i peer-review for conference proceedings and other publications, among those IADIS (IHCI), the design research society (DRS), AIGA, DESform, TEI, SIGGraph, SIGChi, the American Society for Cybernetics, Design Promoviert, among others.

My research interests touch upon another: Cybernetics and systems thinking, learning through making/research through design, embodiment/embodied cognition, data visualisation & epistemology. Since i'm teaching design-theory i have become interested in design learning & pedagogy, especially connecting design theory and designing to local problems, resources, culture in a kind of cybernetic participatory 'human-centred' approach which i began experimenting with together with Ranulph Glanville in 2011. Its a structured, bottom-up approach in which the students take on more responsibilities, locate problems (in town, home or campus) and i connect them with models, methods, methodology and theory where necessary. We give each other feedback continuously and also learn different ways of reflecting. I presented this experimental approach in June 02019 at the annual Cybernetics conference at UBC, Vancouver and also published several papers. Then i also do research training seminars for PGR students at the RCA (IDE), COOP design research ... and other places.

I welcome doctoral research students that combine practical skills with a strong interest in theory and methodology. The PhD projects i supervise include elements of making as well as human-centred design, participatory design, cultural studies & design studies.

I wish to thank many colleagues, foremost Simon Biggs, Chris Roast, Mike Press, Chris Rust, Ranulph Glanville, Aartje Hulstein, Stephen Boyd-Davis and Wolfgang Sattler, for their trust and support along the way. And of course all the students i had the opportunity to learn from.

This website serves as a research and documentation tool for my research interests. The opinions I express on this site are solely my own and not affiliated with any of these institutions.


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