Marie-Sarah Adénis (PILI), designer (École nationale supérieure de création industrielle Ensci-Les Ateliers) and trained Biologist (École normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm). Marie-Sarah is creative director of a biotechnology enterprise that she co-founded: Pili, that develops new production technologies for renewable colorants based on the fermentation of microorganisms as opposed to petrochemical colorants. She teaches at the Ensad (École national supérieure des Arts décoratifs) and the Ensci where she initiates young designers to biology and biotechnologies, in order to invest and fertilise these new research fields with projections and productive imaginaries. Attached to highlighting biotechnologies in the textile field, she is a member of the Académie des savoir-faire de la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. She is also a member of the artistic and scientific board of La Chaire Arts et Sciences (École Polytechnique, Ensad, PSL, Fondation Carasso).
David Bihanic is designer and founder of the fxdesignstudio (FXDS) digital design agency, also Associate Professor at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne — Permanent Researcher at the ACTE Research Institute (UMR 8218), and associated Researcher (honorary member) responsible for Digital Affairs at the CALHISTE Laboratory (Culture, Arts, Literature, History of Societies and Foreign Territories — EA 4343), David Bihanic examines the different paradigms of visualization and manipulation of large and complex datasets – it deals with recent design attempts in order to present multi-dimensional data graphically by mapping data and properties to different visual shapes, colors, and positions (e.g. experimental works which investigate novel ways of exploring information). Building on the cognitive-aesthetics analysis of visual organizations of information, he explores new avenues and opportunities for data design (data visualization aesthetics, and creative informatics). His work spans the whole spectrum, from theory to implementation techniques and applications. David Bihanic is an accomplished professional with more than 15 years of experience in creative design industries. He published several books and book chapters, as well as numerous scientific articles relating to the new stakes of design (considering the linkages between Design and Engineering Sciences); he then takes an active part in the evolution and transformations occurring in this field.
Since its creation by Denis Brillet, Benoît Fillon and Pascal Riffaud, BLOCK has tirelessly tried to bring down the barriers between architecture and non-architecture, between art and architecture, permanent and temporary forms, as well as observation and proposition, summoning other forms of media and stakeholders to cross paths with them and pollinate their projects. The agency continues to develop projects, scenography, and installations (for instance, the Archilab at the Frac Centre, the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris, le lieu unique in Nantes, the Biennale archittetura de Venezia — to name only a few) alongside commissions for “conventional” project management: residential buildings, offices, public facilities, etc.
Sophie designs industrial projects (Desks 74 and 90, Unifor) and takes on specifics orders, for furniture mainly. She is also a space designer for cultural projects (Centre Georges Pompidou, Mémorial de la Shoah, Grand-Hornu Images, etc.) that have been shown in Paris, Lyon, New York, Bologna, Mons… She has been co-director and art director for the planning, conception and artistic and operational guidance of the interior reconfiguration of Les Magasins généraux (BETC, Pantin). She has contributed to projects with such designers as Martin Szekely, David Dubois, Éric Benqué, Marti Guixè and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. She Teaches Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Fine Arts School Esba TALM – Angers.
Pauline Briand works as an environmental consultant and journalist with a specific interest for the living inhabitants of our planet. After studying environmental law she pursued a Master in environmental policies at Columbia University. In 2017, she completed a master’s degree in Forests, nature and society at AgroParisTech. For Billebaude, Usbek & Rica and the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, she wrote about myxomatosis, forests and climate change, the disappearance of insect populations, bears, evolution, biodiversity under multiple forms, anthropology beyond humans and Annihilation. She also writes fiction.
Benoît Santiard, associate (FR); Guillaume Grall, associate (FR)
Building Paris is an art direction and graphic design studio based in Paris founded in 2012. They believe that design should primarily be at the service of the content. Surrounded by a network of collaborators, they vary in scale, depending on the work load and type of project. As an extension of their practice, they have been teaching Communication at the École d’architecture de la ville & des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée since 2008.
Nancy Burgess specialising in arts and culture, she has worked with numerous artists, galleries, exhibitions and organisations including the Museo Picasso, Galerie Rive Gauche, Fondation Ricard and Fondation Vasarely.
Art historian (Master’s in Museology, École du Louvre; Master’s in Art History, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre, Master’s in History of Design – M2R ENS Paris-Saclay, ENSCI France Telecom), Lola Carrel has experience in documentation, archives, events management and writing for publications at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, the Institut Français du Design as well as the Institut Français Italia in Rome.
Astrid de la Chapelle is a french artist, film-maker and designer. Her projects, drawings, narrative and speculative films are built from a connectionist and undisciplinary point of view. They convey a transversal approach to territories, sciences of life and earth, various sensoriums, and micro-stories or fictions. She is also editor of Futu, a science fiction fanzine, and plays in the low-fi rock band Shrouded and the Dinner with others artists. After studying at École Duperré, School of Visual Arts in New-York and École nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs de Paris, her work expands under various forms such as exhibitions, publications, festivals, seminaries or performances. She received grants for her works, for digital writing from CNC in 2016 and from DRAC in 2018.
Émile De Visscher is an engineer, designer and doctor of design. Through both design, engineering, material sciences, but also critical writing and curating, he explores the different ways technologies and techniques relate to each other and interact. He has received several prizes (James Dyson Bursary, Innovation Hothouse, NYC Material Connexion) and has travelled to over 30 international expositions. Simultaneously, he runs and directs Obliquite, an independent design journal, that documents the position and discourses of the field’s young generation, currently caught in its transitional period.
Emile de Visscher completed his Masters degrees at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (FR, 2009) and the Royal College of Art (UK, 2012). Since 2018, he is a doctor of design from the SACRe programme of the University PSL, prepared at the EnsadLabn the l’EnsAD/PSL laboratory.
Wiebke Drenckhan is a German physicist working for the CNRS in the Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg. She studied and worked in Germany, New Zealand and Ireland, before settling in France. Her research aims to unravel the secrets of bubbles and drops and to use their assemblies to create porous materials of intriguing properties. In parallel to her scientific career, Wiebke has always been working at the interface with the arts. She worked for a while in theatre, loves photography and has illustrated books and articles for many years. She is convinced by the mutual benefit of bringing designers and artists into scientific laboratories and co-created the Irish organisation SEED to foster the interactions between artists and scientists.
Designer-researcher (Ensba Lyon, M2R ENS Paris-Saclay-Ensci-France Telecom, marketing and digital strategy training at Naïas institute) actual chief of project at WEDO studios. She achieved missions of researches project-based in France (Lyon Bron Open-Lab), in Scotland (Design Institute of and Innovation-GSA-projet » Digital Health and Care Institute « ) and in Copenhagen (creation of a Tiers-Lieu for Creative Roots Studio. Her themes of research concern the devices for verbal interactions, co-creation tools and the critical places of reflection for design.
David Enon is a freelance designer, graduated from the ENSCI (École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle – Paris). He lives and works in Paris.
He navigates between commissioned projects, research and teaching. His works are published by the Tools Gallery in Paris and the MICA Gallery in Rennes. His work is part of the FNAC collection (Fonds national d’art contemporain, 2011). His projects question the production modes of material form in our environment. He is currently working on the production of artificial reef furniture, for which he received a research grant from the Cnap (centre national des arts plastiques). He teaches at the Esad-Talm – Angers France.
His practice consists of:
– designing effortlessly and costlessly, letting things exist, sometimes against the tide.
– drawing a lot in order to draw as little as possible.
– moving, replaying, arranging, searching there where you think you won’t find anything.
Clément Gaillard is a normalien, designer and professor of applied arts. Holder of a master’s degree in philosophy from Paris 1 University, his work focuses on the history and philosophy of techniques with regard to ecological issues. He is currently preparing a doctorate in urban planning on the transversality between biological models and urban analysis tools at the Paris Institute of Geography.
Sarah Garcin is a graphic designer and programmer interested in collaborative writing practices. She works with l’atelier des chercheurs, a research group that is currently developing documentation and knowledge sharing tools in learning contexts. She is also a member of g-u-i, a graphic design studio, within which she carries out a reflection on new editorial practices. Immersed within the open-source software community, she organizes various events on this theme, particularly with the PrePostPrint group, a research group for alternative publishing systems. She also teaches digital practices and graphic design.
Linda Gardiner, Ph.D studied philosophy, French, and the history of ideas. She taught philosophy at Wellesley College for some years ad for two decades was editor in chief of the Women’s Review of Books. Since moving to France she has been a translator specialising in art and the humanities, working for UNESCO, the CNRS, the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou Malaga, and publishers including Abbeville and Flammarion.
Catherine Geel is a design historian, curator and publisher. She teaches at Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay and at ENSA Nancy, is an associate member of Cdred and co-founded the Dity Art Department (Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam). She leads multidisciplinary design projects in the T & P Work UNit workshop. She is the author of various books, members of scientific committees. Les grands textes du design commentés (IFM/Le Regard) et Design et Display : une autre histoire des expositions (2.vol., T&P Publishing) will be published in 2019.
Juliette Gelli uses multiple supports and tricks to give shape to shared moments and ideas; creating interactive and scenographic displays, posters or imaginary roller-coaster tokens.
As a graphic, product and set designer, the core of her explorations deals with making technomagic more tangible. Her research takes her to various fields, from Orange’s Data & Telecommunication laboratories to the CNRS (French National Centre of Scientific Research) lab benches. She also takes part in many musical journeys, as she is an active member of the collectif_sin~, a laboratory for musical and sinusoidal adventures, and as a partner of the musician Flavien Berger on paper, on screen and on stage.
After anchoring her research work in the Calais Jungle where she studied the camp as a spatial, social and culturel model, Elizabeth Hale (MA ESBA Angers, France) joined the Design Research Cycle at the ESAD in Saint-Étienne, France, where she pursues her research on the ambiguous relationship between design and citizen involvement.
Thomas Havet is an architect, project manager at TVK. In his practice, he is interested in the variety of scales, formats, contexts. In parallel, in 2016, he founded Double Séjour, a curatorial project, and nomadic project which questions the link beetwen works and places. He is the artistic director and acts as curator and publisher.
Tiphaine Kazi-Tani is a designer-researcher. Hir work explores the relationships between design and activism, particularly the forms of appropriation and circulation of knowledge and know-how specific to an activist group. Hir work has been presented at CNAC-Le Magasin, Centre Pompidou, Gaîté Lyrique, California College of the Arts, Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, etc. Ze co-curated the exhibition Panorama of Work Mutations, held during the Biennale Internationale Design 2017.
Designer (École Duperré, ENS Paris-Saclay), she is in charge of T&P’s administration, project coordination, signage expert and editorial project development for T&P Publishing. She worked with Laurence Madrelle, Constance Rubini and Catherine Geel, and she managed several exhibitions (researches, economy, coordination, production and catalogue) among others, International Biennial Design Saint-Étienne 2010. She works regularly with architects and graphic artists to materialize their projects or those of their clients.
Anthony Masure is an associate professor of design at the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, LLA-CRÉATIS lab. His research focuses on social, political and aesthetic implications of digital technologies. He co-founded the research journals Réel-Virtuel and Back Office. He is the author of the essay Design et humanités numériques (ed. B42, 2017).
Karl Nawrot (Walter Warton), combines drawing, model-making, type design and illustration to explore the potential narratives in between childlike lines and violent shapes, architectural structures and surreally distorted spaces. Nawrot studied illustration at the École Émile Cohl, Lyon, and graphic design at the Werkplaats Typograpfie in Arnhem. He has participated in exhibitions at such institutions as SOMArts, San Francisco; Gutenberg Museum, Mainz; Culture Station Seoul 284; Museum für Gestaltung Zürich; Pitti Immagine, Florence. His solo exhibitions, Mind Walk (I / II / III / EP), were held at the Eastside Project, Birmingham, in 2013; the Gallery Factory, Seoul, in 2014; the Bel Ordinaire, Pau, in 2015 and the GfZK leipzig in 2017. He taught drawing at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and was a guest professor of drawing and typography at the University of Seoul (2012–2015). He won the first prize at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont, in 2015 and he received the Inform International Award for Conceptual Design 2016, presented by Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
Charles Penwarden was born in London and studied at the universities of Oxford and Paris. He worked in cinema and journalism for a number of years before turning to translation. He specialises in art and the humanities and was for many years editor of the English-language version of the journal artpress.
Susan Pickford is an academic teaching and researching in the area of Translation Studies. She is specialising in the arts and humanities, working for the Louvre, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Institut du Monde Arabe, MAMCO Geneva, and many others.
Raphaël Pluvinage’s work unveils the social, aesthetic and political implications of contemporary technological systems. With Marion Pinaffo, he founded in 2015 the studio Pinaffo — Pluvinage. Whether an object, a game, an installation or a film, their projects all stem from a world where technology is turned on its head. Always joyful and deceptively child-like, they create a world where pleasure, play and experience become so many tools to engage the audience into the exploration of intangible phenomena.
Their work was shown at the Gaité Lyrique (Paris), at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), at the Centre Pompidou (studio 13-16). Marion and Raphaël have been laureates of the Audi Talents Awards in 2016. In 2018, they explored the laws of physics, digital technology and electronics in a solo show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design (Bordeaux).
Océane Ragoucy is an architect, curator and independant researcher (Paris I-ENSAPLV-SPEAP Sciences Po). Conducting projects on alternative forms of thinking and production of architecture, art, research and publishing, she cofounded the G8, SOL, Printing on Fire and OVNI.
She also leads strategies, research and development of the architecture and urban design office TVK.
Samy Rio studied cabinet making for four years before attending the National School of Industrial Design (Ensci) in Paris, where he completed a five-year course in industrial design. This dual background allowed him to combine industrial and artisanal skills, that he sees as being complementary and interdependent. In October 2014, he graduated from Ensci-Les Ateliers with his research project on the use of bamboo tubes for industrial application. In July 2015, he opened his studio after being awarded top prize at the Villa Noailles Design Parade 10, thereafter he was invited as an artist-in-residence at the International Centre for Research on Glass and Visual Arts (CIRVA) in Marseille and at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres. He has also completed a residency at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) and has begun to collaborate with the Galerie kreo.
Through these various residencies on glass, ceramics, wood and bamboo, he continues to pursue his experimental work on different materials, allowing him to further explore the connections between time-honored craftsmanship and modern industry, traditional methods and new tools, constantly challenging both the way we produce objects and the objects themselves. In 2018 he began a research residency at Luma-Arles.
Clémence Seurat is interested in connections between art and technology, which she explores through her publications and by organizing multidisciplinary events. She is artistic programmer at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. She cofounded 369, an interdisciplinary publisher that combines knowledge, design and practice to describe transformations in today’s world. Clémence Seurat is also member of COYOTE, a shape-shifting collective involved in art, ecology, and politics.
Trafik is a French creative studio based in Lyon. Our team specializes in punchy graphic and multimedia development, making our mark with our signature interactive work. From paper to pixels, we have successfully worked for cultural, institutional, and industrial clients, both big and small, creating printed documents, screens, projections and installations… Our singularity comes from our unique series of visual and graphic art creations and interactive artistic experiences which are, for the most part, designed in a participatory way. This initiative, integrating certain codes of numeric culture such as user-friendliness, community, exchange and transmission, enables us to create uninhibited, fun, and unique projects.
Justinien Tribillon, editor and a co-founder of Migrant Journal, is an urbanist, writer and editor based in London and Paris. A researcher at Theatrum Mundi, he also writes for publications such as Failed States and MONU and is a regular contributor to The Guardian. Justinien is a PhD candidate at The Bartlett, University College London where he researches the divide Paris/Banlieue. He teaches urban studies and architecture at UCL and Central Saint Martins.
The other members of Migrant’s Editorial team:
Offshore Studio, a Zurich-based design studio that has been published, exhibited and awarded internationally, is composed of Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler. They have a strong focus on research-driven design and visual narratives, engage in design education and investigate critical issues within the fields of design, media and globalisation in self-initiated projects. Dámaso Randulfe, an artist, architect and writer based in London, he has been published and shown widely, including at the Oslo Architecture Triennale, London Festival of Architecture or Venice Biennale. Dámaso has lectured in several institutions and currently teaches at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design in London. Michaela Büsse is interested in experimental design practices, new materialism and philosophies of technologies and ecology. She is a PhD candidate at ECAM and a Junior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab in Basel. She regularly lectures on critical design and media studies, is an editor at Migrant Journal and a co-founder of studio for xeno-design research.
TVK is an international office of architects and urban designers, created by Pierre Alain Trévelo and Antoine Viger-Kohler in Paris in 2003. Trained in Paris and at Harvard and involved in teaching from the outset, they pursue an approach where theory and practice mutually respond to and enrich each other. Their aim is to capture the complexity and the paradoxical nature of the contemporary earthly situation, in order to contribute to making it habitable.
TVK conducts strategic research on the major themes conditioning the design of the planet. This research is open, collective and allows the inclusion of the complexity and instability of the most urgent issues. TVK represents the synthesis of this double approach, both essentialist and open, thereby engaging in works at all levels, from furniture to land, from the edifice to the planet. Research associates include: Antoine Bertaudière, Alexandre Bullier, Caroline Desile, David Enon, Vincent Hertenberger, Irati Lasa Amo, Agathe Lavielle, Lucas Meliani, Jihana Nassif, Océane Ragoucy, Sarah Sauton.