Anja Groten is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Investigating the possibilities of frictional encounters as part of design practice, Anja designs collective moments of critical making, aimed at discussion, confrontation and contingency. Anja works on (self-)commissions and besides tutors at the Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2013 Anja 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.
In autumn of 2017 Anja joins the PhD Arts doctorate programme focussing on Critical Making.,

Collaboration and collective modes of production are essential for my design practice. Working independently allows me to build and engage with different communities and collectives. I work on–self-initiated as well as commissioned projects.

For 3 years I co-organized De PUNT, a collective art and project space in the east of AmsterdamDe PUNT has been 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 encounters with technologies and makers, aiming to bring the two professions closer to each other to create a common vocabulary. In the summer of 2015 H&D launched a summer academy program for the first time–the H&D Summer Academy.

Other collaborators are André, Chris, HeerkoJanneke, Jeannette, Joel, Leanne, LéoMaartje, m–d buero, Ruben, Thomas, Casco, Read-in, Sjoerd, Yolande, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.

Anja Groten – Design & Research
Haparandadam 7 – Studio D5
1012 AK, Amsterdam



School of Missing Studies

Sandberg Series n°1: School of Missing Studies

Bik Van der Pol (Ed.)

Blurb: The School of Missing Studies started in 2003 as an initiative of artists and architects who recognized “the missing” as a matter of urgency. Investigating what culture(s) laid the foundations for the loss we are experiencing from modernization and how this loss can talk back to us as a potential site of learning, the School of Missing Studies is calling for a space to turn existing knowledge against itself to affect our capacity to see things otherwise, to trust that seeing, and to set one’s own pedagogical terms.

Contributions by Liz Allan, Bik Van der Pol, Charles Esche, E. C. Feiss, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Sarah Pierce, Eloise Sweetman, Paulo Tavares, Nato Thompson

Published by Sternberg Press Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

Material Utopias

Sandberg Series n°3: Material Utopias

Texts by Max Bruinsma, Amanda du Preez, Domeniek Ruyters, Louise Schouwenberg, Aaron Schuster, Tamar Shafrir

Blurb: In the slipstream of conceptual art, the intimate interweaving of meaning and materialization in art and design came to be discredited in the second half of the twentieth century. The master’s program Material Utopias at the Sandberg Instituut put an end to this tradition by abolishing the unproductive hierarchy separating “concept” and “making,” “content” and “process.” In this publication, various authors reflect on the history of dematerialization and deskilling, the manifold meanings of materials in art and design, and the challenges for education when the innovative power of the artistic process is celebrated.

Published by Sternberg Press Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam




Eternal Erasure–On Fashion Matters.

Sandberg Series n°2: Eternal Erasure—On Fashion Matters

Pieter Van Bogaert, Martine Zoeteman, Christophe Coppens (Eds.)

Blurb: It’s easy to rant about the fashion industry. Nowadays, a large part of it is based on producing and consuming vast amounts of clothing. Collections are manufactured at dizzying speeds and sold for extremely low or incredibly high prices. This fast-changing business is hard to break into, or out of. How, as a designer, do you deal with this system and come up with innovative ways of designing, producing, promoting, financing, and selling? How do you meet the needs of today’s consumers and anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s world?

Contributions by Madeline Schwartzman, Javier Barcala, Christina Binkley, Raïsa Verhaegen, Timo Rissanen, Bradley Quinn, José Teunissen, Pauline van Dongen, Elisa Van Joolen, Liesbeth in ‘t Hout, Jurgen Bey, and the students of Fashion Matters at Sandberg Instituut

Published by Sternberg Press Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

WeMe – A Co-created Speech to Text Zine


WeMe is a collaboratively produced magazine about the potential of failure. Written, designed and produced in the context of Make!  using and the tool of constraints!

How to create an Anonymous Network in a Network


The manual ‘How to create an anonymous network in a network’, is produced as part of the Facebook Farewell Party, initiated by Waag Society at the Stadschouwburg in Amsterdam. In a workshop H&D demonstrated in  7 steps how to create an anonymous account on Facebook, using burner phones, burner email addresses.

Rip & Read: Is it a bookmark or a businesscards??

Bookmark/businesscards for Perdu. Perdu is a center for experimental poetry in Amsterdam,  accomomodating 3 different practices: the curation of an evening program (de avonden), a bookstore and a pubslishing house. According to these 3 practices I designed a bookmark that at the same time entails 3 businesscards that can be ripped apart.

There are “thick & thin” poems – Post Perdu 2016 ‘Poemsorting’

Friends are to cuddle. Perdu – vrienden worden


Soon live: In collaboration with Heerko