Johanna Schmeer is a designer, artist, and researcher based in  Berlin and London. Her inquiry-based work explores the intersections of design, art, science, technology, and futures. Working with designed objects and experiences, film, and installation, her projects ask questions and prototype ideas related to technologically augmented ecologies, industrial flows of matter, and the reframing of the human within its interspecies, geospatial, and technosocial entanglements.

She holds a degree in Digital Media from the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and a MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London.

Her work has been published, awarded, and exhibited internationally, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the National Museum Stockholm, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and Ars Electronica Center Linz.

Current & recent exhibitions:


Futurium Lab (Permanent Exhibition), Futurium Museum Berlin

MAK Design Labor, Vienna Biennale for Change, Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Wien, Österreich

„Edible Futures”, Interior Design Show, Vancouver, Canada

„Future Beyond Imagination”, Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

„Creatures Made to Measure”, Design Museum Gent, Belgien

„Edible Futures”, Agriculture & Food Museum Ottawa, Kanada


• „Kreaturen nach Maß”, Museum Marta Herford, Herford, Deutschland

• „Visions” / DAAD Art Show, Copeland Park Gallery, London, UK

• „Food Revolution 5.0”, Kunstgewerbemuseum Winterthur, Schweiz

• „Robotanica”, Transnatural Art & Design, Amsterdam, Niederlande

• „Food Revolution 5.0, ”Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Deutschland

• „Taiwan Design Expo 2018”, ShiKai, Taipei, Taiwan

since 2016 – PhD, Innovation Design Engineering, Royal College of Art, London

2012-2014 – Master of Arts, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London

2008-2012 – Diplom, Visual Communication / Digital Media, UdK Berlin

2011 – Exchange Scholarship, MA Media Design Programme, Art Center College, Pasadena
Recent Awards:

• Grantham Art Prize 2019, The Grantham Institute for Climate Research, Imperial College London

• Semi-finalist MIT Essay Competition 2018 „Resisting Reduction“, MIT Media Lab Journal of Design and Science

• Research Scholarship Royal College of Art London (2017/2018), Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst (DAAD)
Recent Teaching & Talks:

since March 2020 –
Professor of Design for Interaction & Inquiry, Folkwang University of the Arts

2015 – 2018
Lecturer at University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), BA Product Design & MA Design

2018  – Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art London, Master of Research in Design Programme & Across RCA

2018 – Workshop „Designing for Non-Humans”, Futurium Berlin

2018 – Workshop „Airology”, Retune Festival / Futurium Berlin

2018 – Talk „Xenodesignerly Ways of Knowing”, PRIMER Conference, Helsinki Design Week