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Anja Groten

External PhD candidate / Guest

A. Groten MDes
+31 71 527 2727

Anja is a researcher at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts/ PhDArts programme.

More information about Anja Groten


Anja Groten (1983, DE) is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Investigating the possibilities of frictional encounters as part of design practice, she designs collective moments of critical making, aimed at discussion, confrontation and contingency. Groten's design practice evolves around the cross-section of digital and physical media, design and art education and her involvement in different interdisciplinary collectives. Groten works on (self-)commissions and besides tutors at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2013 she co-founded the initiative Hackers & Designers, attempting to break down the barriers between the two fields by enforcing a common vocabulary through education, hacks and collaboration. Groten has lectured and given workshops at several art and design schools in the Netherlands and abroad, amongst which Changsha Normal University, City Design School and CAFA Beijing (CHN), Krefeld University of Applied Sciences (DE), University of Westminster (UK), Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee (DE), OCAD University Toronto (CA), Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles (US), and University at Buffalo (US). 


External PhD candidate / Guest

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten
  • Stichting Hackers & Designers voorzitter, community organiser, workshop tutor
  • Anja Groten Studio for Design & Research Designer and Design tutor
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