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Presentations, Publications:

Working on a new transition-design/cybernetics/interdisciplinarity/educational resource, a cybernetics paper, an OPC and a conference track.

Hohl, Michael (2016), Rigor in Research, Honesty and Values in Varieties of Contemporary Second-Order Cybernetics in Riegler A. & Müller Karl H.. (2016) Open-Peer Commentary to Sweeting, B. Design Research as a Variety of Second-Order Cybernetic Practice, Constructivist Foundations 11(3): 1–6. Available online at

Hohl, Michael, (2016), “Mit den Werkzeugen der Konvivialität hin zu neuen Lebensstilen“ in Kremer, Elisabeth, “Mobilitätsdesign für den Bauhausradweg“, Spectorbooks

Hohl, Michael (2016) Teaching and Reflecting Reflection with Ranulph” in “Art | Architecture | Cybernetics | Design: London and the 1960IES” eds. Marianne Ertl, Werner Korn, Albert Müller, Edition Echoraum, Vienna, ISBN 978-3-901941-48-1

Sweeting B. & Hohl M. (2015) Exploring Alternatives to the Traditional Conference Format: Introduction to the Special Issue on Composing Conferences. Constructivist Foundations 11(1): 1–7. (Also co-editing this special issue on Composing Conferences) Available at

Hohl, Michael (2015), Desires, Constraints and Designing Second-Order Cybernetic Conferences in Sweeting B. & Hohl M. (2015) Exploring Alternatives to the Traditional Conference Format. Open-Peer Commentary, Constructivist Foundations 11(1): 1–7. Available at

Edwards, Clive 2015, The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London. Contributed a selection of definitions for this new edition.

Hohl, Michael 2015, 'Cycles of continuous learning', in Carola Verschoor, Change Ahead:
How research and design are transforming business strategy, BIS Publishers, Amsterdam.

Michael Hohl, (2015) "Living in cybernetics: Polynesian voyaging and ecological literacy as models for design education", Kybernetes, Vol. 44 Iss: 8/9, pp.1262 - 1273

Larsen, I.B. & Hohl, M.: Places as language and text: Christian Norberg-Schulz
and Paul Ricoeur inspiring a framework for ethnographic health research.
Nordisk sykepleieforskning/Nordic Nursing Research No 2-3 - 2015 Vol 5 pp 121-132.

Hohl, Michael 2014, Designing for the Senses: Information Visualisation, Epistemology, and Embodied Cognition in "DOCK OF LEARNING / DESIGN VON, ALS & JENSEITS VON WISSEN", Eds. Rosan Chow & Wolfgang Sasse, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

"Was ein Ph.D. in Kunst und Design sein kann." (2013), in 'Z. B. – Praxisbasierte Forschung in Kunst & Design', Eds.: Daniel Klapsing, Schirin Kretschmann, Lena Marbacher, Andine Müller, Jonas Weber Herrera, Verlag der Bauhaus Universität Weimar, ISBN: 978-3-86068-490-0

"Knowing without understanding" (2012) in 'Trojan Horses', Ranulph Glanville eds. Edition Echoraum, Vienna, ISBN 978-3-901941-38-2 (also one of the co-editors)

Hohl, Michael, Glanville, Ranulph (2012), "Notes from the reflecting workshop, Sint-Lucas, June 23rd – 25th, 2011" in Reflections 16, eds. De Maeyer, Gudrun, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, ISSN: 1784-7052

Hohl, Michael, ed. (2012) Making visible the invisible: art, design and science in data visualisation. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield. ISBN 978-1-86218-103-8 (In Press)

Michael Hohl, (2011)"From abstract to actual: art and designer-like enquiries into data visualisation", Kybernetes, Vol. 40 Iss: 7/8, pp.1038 - 1044

Wiltschnig, S. and Hohl, M. (2011), “A world brought forth with others?”, Kybernetes, Vol. 40 Nos 1/2, pp. 332–3

"Sensual Technologies: Embodied experience and visualisation of scientific data" (2011) in "BST, "Body, Space and Technology Journal", Volume 10 / Number 01, Brunel University - 2011 ISSN 1470-9120

Hohl, M (2010) ‘The phenomenology of getting used to the new: Some thoughts on memory, perception, numbing and the Zen-view’. In: Design and semantics of form and movement. Lucerne: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. pp. 39-47. ISBN 978-3-906413-80-8

Design Research Network Forum (2009) “Steering Courses and Discourses” presented a speculative research paper titled, “The Phenomenology of Getting Used to the New: Some thoughts on memory, forgetting, numbing and the Zen view”;

Hohl, M (2009) ‘Designing the art experience: using Grounded Theory to develop a model of participants' perception of an immersive telematic artwork’ Digital Creativity , 20 (3), pp. 187-196. ISSN 1462-6268

Hohl, M (2009) ‘Beyond the screen: visualizing visits to a website as an experience in physical space’ Visual Communication , 8 (3), pp. 273-284. ISSN 1470-3572

Hohl, M (2009) ‘Calm Technologies 2.0: Visualising Social Data as an Experience in Physical Space’ Parsons journal for information mapping , 1 (3), pp. 1-7.

In March 02009 I presented at the conference “Performing Presence: From the live to the simulated” in Exeter, UK. Paper: “Some thoughts on presence, immersion and calm technologies.”

In January 02009 I presented at “LEA09: Completing the Circle: Incorporating Evaluation Methods in Creative Work.” Paper: “Designing The Art Experience: Understanding And Improving Immersive Telematic Art With Social Science Methods” Interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Computer Society BCS, Design Research Society and the Computer Art Society. Publication in Proceedings. (Peer review)

In July 2008 I presented at EVA, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts sponsored by the British Computer Society BCS and CAS the Computer Arts Society. My presentation titled "Sensual Displays: From verbose visualisation on the screen to sensual displays in physical space" had slightly progressed from my position-paper "Beyond graphs or charts: Visualising web statistics with natural displays in physical space." in that it presented a range of "emotional presence indicators." (Peer review)

In 2007 Media-N, the Journal for the New Media Caucus, published in its edition "Bits, Bytes and the Rhetoric of Practice: New Media Artist Statements 2007" Fall 2007 v.03 n.01, a statement of mine which emphasised the relationship between telematics and visualisation technologies in relation to my own research.

Schuricht, S., Hohl, M. and Struppek, M. (2007) ‘Freequent Traveller’. In: Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Tangible and embedded interaction - TEI '07. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 247-250. ISBN 978-1-59593-619-6

Hohl, M., Schuricht, S. and Struppek, M. (2006) ‘Double Room: An exploration of public space with the Zen View’. In: Proceedings of the ninth conference on Participatory design: Expanding boundaries in design . New York: Association for Computing Machinery. .

Schuricht, S., Hohl, M. and Struppek, M. (2006) ‘Freequent Traveller: Interaction versus Contemplation’ Static (4), pp. 1-5. ISSN 1754-5374

In May 2006 I presented the results of the Main Study doctoral research at “Reframing Consciousness 8” conference taking place in Plymouth, UK. ISBN 1-84102-158-X

In April 2005 I presented a paper on my PhD pilot study at the Leonardo/OLATS conference “Planetary Consciousness and the Arts” in Yverdon, Switzerland.

In December 2004 I presented a paper at the doctoral consortium of the “Space and Spatiality” conference at Napier University, Edinburgh.

In November 2004 I presented a paper about my research methodology at the “No one opens attachments any more” symposium at Lancaster University, UK.

In October 2004 I exhibited the screen-based version of my research application Radiomap at the arts track of the ACM SIG Multimedia conference at Columbia University, NY.

In August 2004 I presented my PhD research project at the doctoral consortium of the ACM SIG “Designing Interactive Systems” (DIS) conference in Cambridge, MA.

In April 2004 I presented my research on “Transforming data from one sensorial modality to another” at the Pixelraiders 2 conference in Sheffield, UK.

In February 2001 and February 2003 I presented my work “bits’n people,” created in collaboration with Björn Barnekow, at the “Sound Practice” conference in Dartington, Devon and at the “Learntec” educational conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.

In 2001 our project “world_cam” was presented at the Browser-Day in Amsterdam, created in collaboration with Jörg Müller. A server-side cgi script creates VRML on the fly, rendering webcam images in 3D space above a current map of the world. You can see this principle now in Google earth.

Overview/Pilot Study Leonardo/OLATS, Yverdon 2005 (1.2 MB)

2004: ACM SIG MM, NYC: Paper on Radiomap (505.4 KB)

ACM DIS, Boston: Methodology of the research. Here, There, Spatiality. (199.1 KB)

No-attachments, 2004: More on my methodologies (258.0 KB)

PhD Thesis:

Below you may download my PhD Thesis on immersive telematic art and how individuals experience the interaction with live data from remote locations.

The research was conducted at the Art & Design Research Centre of Sheffield Hallam University and funded by a DTRC studentship. It was practice-based and interdisciplinary encompassing Human Computer Interaction and Fine Art practice. My supervisors were media artist/researcher Professor Simon Biggs and Dr. Chris Roast, Reader in HCI. I was examined by Professor Paul Sermon (University of Salford) and Professor Peter Wright (Sheffield Hallam University).

"This is not here: Connectedness, remote experience and immersive telematic art." (compressed pdf, 5 Mb)
Or first read the abstract of the thesis here: Abstract (pdf, 55 kb)

Video Documentation:

The PhD thesis is accompanied by a DVD. This DVD contains an 8 Min video documentation of the work that forms the practice-based part of the research. This video can also be viewed on here:

Peer-review and related activities since 2010

2017 Panel member for HUCAPP, Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications
2017 Reviewing for Emerald Publishers 'Kybernetes'.
2017 Reviewing for Springer Publishers 'Design foundations'.
2016 Reviewing for Impact by Designing - ARENA Third Annual Conference, KU Leuven
2016 Invited talk at "Cybernetics: state of the art", TU-Berlin.
2016 Invited talk at Echoraum: "Ranulph Glanville: Architecture | Art | Cybernetics | Design, London and the 1960-ies.", Vienna.
2016 Peer-review for HUCAPP, Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications
2016 Peer-review for journal "Emotion, Space and Society"
2016 Peer-review for DGTF, Reflecting Research, Dessau
2016 Peer-review for EMCSR Avantgarde, Vienna & member of the Advisory Board.
2016 Peer-review for NWK 17, Schmalkalden
2016 Peer-review for IHCI 2016,
2016 Peer-review for DRS 2016 conference, Brighton, UK.
2015 Invited talk at ISSS,'Governing the Anthropocene', panel discussion "Systemic Design" .
2015 Moderating panel discussion 'Fahrrad: Stadt der Zukunft' - Future of mobility, Bauhaus Stiftung, Dessau.
2015 peer-review for IASDR 2015 Papers: Interplay, Brisbane, AU.
2014 July, Invited talk at Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel. Title: "Designing for The Senses: Information Visualisation, Epistemology and embodied cognition" at 'Dock of Learning' Symposion.
2014 Peer-review for ACM TANGIBLE, EMBEDDED AND EMBODIED INTERACTION (TEI) 2015 January 16-19, 2015 in Palo Alto, California, USA
2013 Referee for practice-based doctoral research at ‘Design Promoviert’ PhD Design Colloquium, University of Applied Sciences Lucerne
2013 Peer-review for ‘Design promoviert’, Lucerne
2013 Co-development & delivery of 3-day workshop on ‘critical reflection’ at Sint Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels as part of research training seminar (RTS)
2013 Participation at invitation-only conference ‘DFG Roundtable: Design-research in Germany and in international comparison’, University of the Arts Berlin
2013 Member of Program Committee for 2013 conference ‘acting - learning - understanding’ organised by the American Society for Cybernetics, University of Bolton
2012 Member of Scientific Board for Conference ‘Knowing by Designing’, Brussels
2012 Peer-review for conference ‘Knowing by Designing’, Brussels
2012 Co-editor of proceedings of 2012 American Society of Cybernetics Conference
2012 Peer-review for Design Promoviert, Ph.D. colloquium at Bauhaus University Weimar
2012 Review for DRS 2012 conference: Bangkok
2012 Review for IADIS Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction conference (IHCI 2012)
2012 Review for SIGgraph Art Papers
2012 Pre-juror for SIGgraph Art Gallery
2012 Peer-review for ASC Cybernetics & Human Knowing 2012 (2nd-round, revised papers)
2012 Invited lecture at the Royal College of Art, London on “Grounded Theory for Design Researchers”.
2011 Invited lecture on practice-based research in art and design, Bauhaus University Weimar
2011 Workshop on practice-based research, Bauhaus University Weimar
2011 Organising peer-review and editing proceedings for interdisciplinary conference “ADS-VIS 2011 “Making visible the invisible: Art, Design and Science in Data Visualisation”. Publication in 2012.
2011 Conceiving and hosting international interdisciplinary conversational conference “Making visible the invisible: Art, Design and Science in Data-Visualisation” ADS-VIS 2011 with 35 artists, designers and scientists from all over Europe, Canada and the US. Invited guests: Environmental artist Andrea Polli, visualisation artist Luke Jerram, geneticist Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, cyberneticist Ranulph Glanville.
2011 Keynote at “Design Promoviert”, Ph.D. colloquium at University of the Arts Berlin
2011 Invited talk at ‘Greenbridge’, Cambridge UK based interdisciplinary design research group into sustainability and ecology. “Experiential Learning, Ecological Literacy and Sustainable Design Training”
2011 Jury member for the SIGgraph Arts Track 2011, Vancouver together with Annick Bureaud, Frank Dufour und Victoria Szabo.
2011 Peer-review for DRS Precision 2012 conference, Bangkok.
2011 Peer-review for ASC Cybernetics & Human Knowing publication 2012.
2011 Peer-review for DRS DESform Design Semantics conference 2012, New Zealand.
2011 Peer-review for ADS-VIS 2011, “Making visible the invisible”, Huddersfield, UK.
2011 Peer-review for IADIS (IHCI) 2011, Sense & Sensibility, Lisbon.
2011 Pre-juror for an ideas competition of the American Society of Cybernetics.
2011 Peer-review for “Design promoviert”, Design Research student colloquium at UdK Berlin.
2011 Peer-review for “IADIS Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (IHCI) 2011”, Rome.
2010 presented a poster at a 2-day interdiscplinary invitation-only research event “Challenges of Visualising Biological Data” organised by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Arts and Humanties Research Council (AHRC) a poster “From abstract to actual in data visualisation”.
2010 Invited lecture for Ph.D. research students at Nottingham Trent University.

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