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 Amsterdam. De 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, Heerko, Janneke, Jeannette, Joel, Leanne, Léo, Maartje, m–d buero, Ruben, Thomas, Casco, Read-in, Sjoerd, Yolande, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
Collective editorial efforts
BB–Berlin Blitzguide developed during a 1-day workshop with a couple of designers, who were interested in discovering, discussing and featuring non-spaces in Berlin. In collaboration with Dirk König, Julia Vukovic, Giuseppe Vitucci, Laura Villa and Meike Hardt. Berlin 2008