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Luke Franzke

PhD Kandidat

Oral Digital

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Karmen Franinović, ZHdK & Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner, University of Art and Design Linz.

Luke Franzke is a research associate at Interaction Design at the ZHdK, where he heads the Physical Computing Lab. His teaching spans technical subjects such as physical computing and programming to conceptual approaches in material practices and embodiment in design. His research investigates the role of emerging material technology in Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction and wearable technologies. Luke completed a BA in Multimedia in 2006 and MA in Interaction Design in 2013 and is currently pursuing his PhD.

We experience digital systems predominantly through modalities that exploit our innate strengths in hand-dexterity and vision. Yet, we are also immensely gifted with sensory-motor ability in the tongue and mouth, allowing us the ability to eat, breathe, synthesise language and sense complex textures, tastes and flavours. These modalities have been completely neglected in the design of human-computer interfaces.

This PhD thesis begins with basic research in currently unknown neurophysiological measures related to tactile acuity in the mouth, variations in dexterity and the diverse impacts of sensory integration. The empirical evidence gathered supports the development of an expanded framework for multisensory design and specific guidelines for the design of Intraoral Computer Interfaces. This framework lays the ground for prototypes allowing for radical sensory experiences, cognitive and physical augmentation and novel modes of interaction.

Selected Publications & Awards

K. Franinović and L. Franzke. 2019. Shape Changing Surfaces and Structures: Design Tools and Methods for Electroactive Polymers. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19). (Honorable Mention Award)

K. Franinović, L. Franzke, F. Wille, and A, Villa Torres. 2019. Interacting with Electroactive Polymers in Responsive Environments. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '19).

L. Franzke, D. Rossi, K. Franinović “Fluid Morphologies: Hydroactive Polymers for Responsive Architecture ” in the proceedings of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture 2016.

K. Franinović, L. Franzke “Luminous Matter: Electroluminescent Paper as an Active Material” in DeSForM - Design & Semantics of Form & Movement, 2015.

K. Franinović, L. Franzke and C. Winkler, “Enactive Environments: Thinking and Creating with Active Materials “ in Contemporary Design Education & Research, Ed. Li Degeng and Luo Yi, Guangxi Normal University Press, 2014.


Nomi Sasaki Otani

PhD Kandidatin


Interactive art for children focused on personal data processing and children's rights in the digital realm

Supervisor: Prof.Dr. Manuela Naveau, Linz and Prof. Dr. Karmen Franinović, ZHdK

Nomi Sasaki Otani is a Peruvian Japanese visual artist devoted to Chinese black ink tradition and animation. Her work explores scale and dimension, the material nature of water, the behavior of light, and how these elements can create new landscapes and atmospheres for multidisciplinary performances. Her recent work focuses on micro realities, peep media and data processing. She holds a MA from the University of Art and Design Linz and a BA in Communication Sciences from Lima University.

DADA-TATA is an artistic/scientific research project that reflects on children's rights in the digital environment. It focuses mainly on the right to privacy and to freedom of thought threatened by data processing and artificial intelligence systems. The DADA-TATA project approaches this issue from an artistic perspective to create interactive artworks and cultural actions designed especially for children. In this regard, DADA-TATA explores the potential of interactive art to enhance children's data literacy and disseminate and better understand children's rights in the digital world.


Rasa Weber

PhD Kandidatin

Symbiocean (WT) A sympoietic design approach to the Ocean.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Karmen Franinović, ZHdK and Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser, Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz.
Associated with: "Matters of Activity", Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt University Berlin.
Collaborators: Jordan Lab, Max-Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

The practice-based research project «Symbiocean» (WT) explores the concept of growing material systems as marine Zoöps (more-than-human habitats, Zoé= life, Greek) for architecture and design in multispecies marine environments via scuba-diving.

At the intersection of marine biology, anthropology and design, the research explores practice-based and theoretical research on sympoietic design processes with human, animal and microbial actors with/in the ocean. Inspired by the process of oceanic mineral accretion (developed in the 1970s by Wolf Hilbertz and Thomas Goreau as «Biorock») the project researches on developing a new approach to critical ecological practices within the environment of the seascape (limestone, marine neophytes, biofouling and bioreceptivity). By methods of underwater attunement, co-speculation and marine fieldwork, the project observes Interspecies Architecture as a new model for fostering the cultivation of designing materials as a sensitive, multispecies habitats.

Rasa Weber is a designer, research (and scuba-diver) with a focus on bio-based materials and interdisciplinary research. Her design concepts are driven by a strong narrative approach and critical ecological thinking. She regularly teaches at international universities and is currently a research associate at ZHdK and pre-doctoral researcher at "Matters of Activity", Cluster of Excellence. She works across the disciplines of material research, architecture, product design, and film. In her practice-based PhD, she investigates new material processes of built habitats within more-than-human marine environments, as a way to both practice and question architecture today.

She is one of the founders of 'They Feed Off Buildings', a design and architecture collective from Berlin, in collaboration with Luisa Rubisch. As head of design & founder of Studio Blond & Bieber she works on bio-based material- and color concept together with textile designer Essi Glomb.

She brings sustainable material development from the closed system of the laboratory to the open system of the ocean via interdisciplinary field methods (collaboration with Max-Planck Institute of Animal Behavior). By researching applications and production processes of post-fossil material production, from strategies of mining to future methods of growing matter, her work challenges the concept of active matter on an ecological and architectural level.

Selected Publications

Weber, R. , Wegner, A. (2022) Getting Attuned to the Ocean. Immersive field methods between marine biology and design research. SDN Winter Research Summit: Counterparts: Exploring Design Beyond the Human.

Weber, R. Designing (in/with) the Ocean. (2022) Sustainability Science Dialogues. Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.

Weber, R. Symbio Design - Toward sympoietic materials research in the ocean. (2022) Design X Nachhaltigkeit - DGTF Jahrestagung, Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel.

Weber, R. Growing Matter. (2021) Symposium: Material Negotiations: Practices of Biodesign, Collaborations, Making With & Transience. Matters of Activity. Berlin. Virtual.

Rubisch, L., Weber, R. Transformative Matter - Materials Research for our Sustainable Future? (2020) Design TO Opening Lecture. Harbourfront Center Toronto, Canada.

Selected Awards

2020 Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis (Nomination). Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis.

2019 AD Design Award - Best Concept (Nomination). Design Award. »Urban Terrazzo.« AD Magazin

2019 German Design Award - Newcomer (Nomination). Design Award. »Urban Terrazzo.« Rat für Formgebung.

2018 Bundespreis Ecodesign. Design Award. »Urban Terrazzo.« Deutsches Bundesumweltministerium / Umweltbundesamt.

2016 German Design Award - Newcomer (Nomination). Design Award. »Algaemy.« Rat für Formgebung.

2014 Bundespreis Ecodesign. Design Award. »Algaemy.« Deutsches Bundesumweltministerium / Umweltbundesamt.


Anthea Oestreicher


Plant Drifters (WT)

Supervisor: Dr. Roman Kirschner, ZHdK
Prospective Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser, University of Art and Design Linz.
PhD Advisors : Prof. Dr. von Zinnenburg Carroll (TBA21), Prof. em. Clemens Posten (KIT Karlsruhe)

Anthea Oestreicher, pre-PhD candidate at ZHdK Zürich, is an interdisciplinary designer and artistic researcher. With a diploma in visual communication (h_da Darmstadt, 2017) and a M.A. in Design & Future Making (HS Pforzheim, 2022) she understands design as exploration and physical storytelling to mediate the entanglements between systems and living beings through craft practices. As an academic employee at the BioDesignLab at HfG Karlsruhe and at Design & Future Making at Pforzheim University she moves in between disciplines, between making and researching, between the sciences of today and a thinking about possible futures. The relevance of entangled actors, be them human, more-than-human, organic or anorganic and how to take critical stance through sympoeitic correspondences are central to her work.

The practice-based research project «Plant drifters» (WT) (estimated supervised by Dr. Kirschner, ZhdK and Prof. Dr. Harrasser, University of the Arts Linz.) explores the displacement of microbial and phytoplanktonic entities based on the biogeochemical processes (biological carbon pump) and its role as keystone species, indicating effects of climate change and ocean acidification to foster a connected ” plant-thinking“ (Marder, 2013). “Plant Drifters“ focuses on phytoplankton (greek φυτόν [phytó], ‚plant‘; πλαγκτός [planktos],‚drifter‘) as a vital part of an intricately balanced system. Through amplifying the importance of these species and its connection to global ecological networks, Oestreicher’s practice of spatial installations including converted oceanographic devices (e.g. drifters as tools, diving regulators as exchange interfaces, „Mesokosmen“ as observators) makes invisible processes perceptible. Underpinned by theoretical discourses of displacement and research on metabolic changes and alterities in the marine web, the project raises awareness for the political dimension in developing practices of “care” (de la Bellacasa 2017) and narratives of hope. With immersive, multi-sensorial translations of marine biologist’s tools, the role of the human is transformed from thinking about to thinking and designing with these plant drifters in mobility.

Selected Publications

Oestreicher, A. and Reitschuster, L. (2022); Lynn Margulis: Gelebte Vielfalt zum Ausmalen. Wie durch die Vermittlung mikrobiologischen Wissens ein Perspektivwechsel auf die binäre Ordnung der Geschlechter eröffnet wird., FKW//Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur (In press).

Oestreicher, A. (2022) »(B)OTHERING - Algen als Inspiration für Kunst und Design«, 13. Bundesalgenstammtisch, DECHEMA Frankfurt, Poster.

Oestreicher, A. (2022) »(B)OTHERING - substrate of coexistence«, SDN Winter Research Summit: Counterparts: Exploring Design Beyond the Human, Panel Discussion.

Selected Awards

2022 »German Design Award - Newcomer« (Nomination) 2021 LBBW Grant for Production and Publication of (B)OTHERING 2015 »Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung« (Shortlist) Title: Plant Drifters. (WT)


Emily Groves


Culture cultures

Bridging creative and fermentation practices in Romandie (WT)

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Joelle Bitton, ZhdK and Prof. Dr. Karmen Franinović, ZHdK

Emily Groves is a designer and researcher interested in the intersection of food, culture and interaction. With a background in anthropology, biology and experience design, she currently works at the EPFL+ECAL Lab in Lausanne, Switzerland as an interaction designer and coordinator of their Masters of Advanced Studies in Design Research. She regularly teaches critical design research methods to masters students in the UK and in Switzerland.

Emily is also the co-founder of the design studio for conviviality, Cocktail Sandwich, which has been running since 2018 creating projects linking food and design. In 2021, Cocktail Sandwich developed, designed and built Deli Social, an active café and culinary residency space in Lausanne. With a focus on local, seasonal and creative cuisine, she is involved in operations, menu creation and collaborations. Her role as president and mentor for residents on the space’s Mise en Place culinary residency programme, furthers her engagement with experimental and critical thought around the future of food.

As designers increasingly seek ways to decenter people from the design process, certain food practices involving microorganisms already embody the interdependencies humans have with the entities around them. The production of gruyère cheese, for instance, involves cows, grass, soil, lactobacillus helveticus, people, the weather and many more entangled actors. This example also highlights how such practices can span multiple spatio-temporal scales, from microbe to landscape, and second-long actions to year-long maturations. So what opportunities lie in bridging fermentation and design practice? Could this intersection promote practices that attune us to entangled environments?

Firstly, pursuing more-than-human approaches from anthropology and design, I will look to understand existing fermentation practices in Suisse Romand, from industrial to domestic production and consumption. Then, working in the context of Deli Social, a creative culinary centre in Lausanne, I will mediate this situated knowledge by proposing and curating a series of public-facing events, artefacts and outcomes. Based in the culture and landscape of Romandie, these will combine creative design practice with the enacted knowledge of food practices. In doing so, this thesis aims to foster experiences and generate knowledge that can contribute to new theoretical frameworks for dealing with our increasingly entangled world.

Selected Publications & Activities

Junior Research in Design Program Grant - From food practices to design research methods: Advancement of a PhD proposal for developing creative interaction design methods from food cultures with a beyond human focus (2022)

Jury Member for the architectural competition for the renovation and transformation of a prominent public building in Lausanne (2022-2023)

Henchoz, N., Groves, E., Sonderegger, A., & Ribes, D. Food Talks: Visual and interaction principles for representing environmental and nutritional food information in augmented reality. ISMAR 2019 Poster Papers. ISMAR 2019, Beijing. (2019)

Fass, J., & Groves, E. (2019). Global HCI Curricula: The Case for Creativity. EduCHI 2019. EduCHI 2019, Glasgow. (2019)

Distil - augmented gin tasting. Featured artwork at Food Culture Days Festival (2018).


Robertina Šebjanič


The Multispecies Sensorium and Communication in the Age of the Aquatocene

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karmen Franinović, ZHdK

The practice-based Pre-Doc project »The Multispecies Sensorium and Communication in the Age of the Aquatocene« by the art-science researcher Robertina Šebjanič will address interspecies sensing/sounding and communication in the context of human interaction with other creatures and forms of life in the new (ecological) realities of the marine Anthropocene. The main objective will be to develop remote sensing methods through audio-observation and haptic reflection loops from the more-than-human animals living in marine environments, with the intervention that will provide insides into vivid soundscapes of underwater environments in non-invasive ways. With the research, Šebjanič will tackle and utilise interspecies sensing and communication, which have the potential to serve as a means of our interaction with other forms of life in the new (ecological) realities of aquatic life.

Robertina Šebjanič is an independent artist and researcher whose work explores the biological, (geo)political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms “aquatocene” and “aquaforming” to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments. Her projects call for the development of empathetic strategies aimed at recognising the rights of other (non-human) species.

Her art work Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator (artist proof) is since 2019 part of the .BEEP {collection;}_ Electronic Art Collection, Spain.

She exhibited/performed at solo and group exhibitions as well as in galleries and festivals: Ars electronica Linz, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Grand Canaria), Kosmica festival_ Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City), Centre d'Art Santa Mònica ISEA 2022 (Barcelona), Matadero(Madrid), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Le Cube (Paris), MONOM_ CTM (Berlin), Art Laboratory Berlin, ZKM (Karlsruhe), re:publica (Berlin), Mladi Levi_Ljubljana, Centro de Cultura Digita (Mexico City), Device art 5.015 at Klovičevi dvori (Zagreb), Eastern Bloc (Montreal), Eyebeam (New York), PORTIZMIR#3 (Izmir), KIKK festival ( Namur), +MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova)_Ljubljana and more….

Selected Awards & Nominations


Falling Walls 2021 – winner of Falling Walls in the Art and Science category,

Honorary Mention @Prix Ars Electronica 2016, a project Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification by Robertina Šebjanič,

STARTS2020 nomination of the project Aqua_forensic (co-author with Gjino Šutić),

STARTS2016 nomination for project Time Displacement/Chemobrionic Garden (co-author with Ida Hiršenfelder and Aleš Hieng Zergon),

Selected Articles & Publications


Robertina Šebjanič: ‘There are still songs to sing beyond mankind’: Sounds of a troubled world = songs for serenity, Sage journals, Social Science Information SSI, Special issue: ANTHROPOCEAN, Volume 57 Issue 3, September 2018, First Published August 2, 2018; pp. 422–431, Accessed online:

Plastic Ocean: Art and Science Responses to Marine Pollution, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2021. Ingeborg Reichle, editor ; With contributions by Dianna Cohen, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, Mary Maggic, Robertina Šebjanič, Brandon Ballengée, Victoria Vesna, Martina R. Fröschl, Alfred Vendl, Reiner Maria Matysik, Ingeborg Reichle, Thomas Schwaha, Stephan Handschuh, María Antonia González Valerio, Rosaura Martínez Ruiz, Pinar Yoldas and Michael Sauer.