Anja Groten is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam.
She completed her postgraduate studies at the design department of the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam where she graduated in 2011.
Anja Groten investigates the possibilities of an agonistic design practice and is interested in using external forces during her working process. By designing collective moments she aims to go into discussion with the public and simultaneously provokes confrontation and the unexpected.
anjagroten.com, adangertootherdancers.tumblr.com, depunt.org
Collaboration and collective modes of production are essential for my design practice. Working independently allows me build and engage with different communities and collectives depending on the projects I am working on–self-initiated as well as commissioned.
Together with Neverneverland and De Derde Verdieping I am co-running De PUNT, a collective art and project space in the east of Amsterdam. De PUNT is also the home base of Hackers & Designers, an initiative I founded with Selby and James in July 2013. Hackers & Designers organizes monthly meet-ups and other encounters, aiming to bring two professions closer to each other and create a common vocabulary. In the summer of 2015 H&D is to launched a summer academy program for the first time. The second editon of the H&D Summer Academy will take place 25 July – 5 August, at De PUNT and Waag Society, in Amsterdam.
Other collaborators are Chris, Esther, Heerko, Janneke, Jeannette, Joel, Léo, Maartje, Ruben, Thomas, Casco, Annette, Laura from Read-in, Yolande, Cat, Emma and Zack from The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
Hackers & Designers Summer Academy documentation
This publication is made using Wikimedia as a co-writing and editing tool, Pandoc to translate the wiki markup to html and Scribus to layout the pages.
Find more about the workflow on the H&D wiki. The source code is available on github
Instant & Momentary Publishing
The Momentary Zine is an interactive publishing installation and has been shown at Zinefest Berlin, at the Libre Graphics Meeting in London and at Northside Festival in New York. We custom developed software to create the zine, which is open source and available on Github. With the help of speech to text technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm runs an automated image search on Google or Imgur, querying the spoken words and adding the image results accordingly to the zine layout. The outcome is a printed zine.
In collaboration with Hackers & Designers and Vicky de Visser
Friends are to cuddle. Perdu – vrienden worden
Soon live: graphicrecording.cool In collaboration with Heerko
Refugees and Migrant Workers are Here With …
Perform your Immaterial Labor today!
Teaser website for the 2016 edition of the Hackers & Designers Summer Academy. The program centers around the controversial topic of immaterial labor, and the effects digital economies have on our current techno-society, – an on-going discussion at stake in both design/art and developer practices. H&D engages this year’s summer academy participants to go into discussion and critically reflect on their (digital) activities that exist outside/alongside the traditional wage-based definition of labor. What does it mean for the future of our practices to contribute to creative commons and open source projects, to self-initiate, to organize communities, to promote and publish on social networks, to perpetually generate content, to evolve multiple identities as bloggers, vloggers, mojo contributors…?
Website in collaboration with Hackers & Designers, Finn and Rens.
Moneylab #3 – Failing Better
A collective attempt to fail better with artists, critics and activists that are all feeling the pinch.
Amsterdam, December 1 & 2, 2016
#HDSA2015 Documentation: Web to print
Hackers & Designers – Smart & Poor
Post Perdu – poemsorting 2016