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Prof. Michael Hohl

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Designer, teacher, researcher
Professor Michael Hohl is a designer, teacher and researcher working with digital media. He likes making things, thinking about things, how we do them and what they mean to us. His research is mostly practice-led with interests including trying to better understand how technology changes us, while we think we are doing something with technology. Michael is especially interested in the epistemological questions surrounding these technologies and the role of perception and embodiment.
Michael graduated in Digital Media Design from the University of the Arts Berlin and also spent some time at KISD, the Cologne International School of Design. Michael completed a practice-led PhD research project in fine art and computer science (HCI) at Sheffield Hallam University. His thesis was titled: "This is not here: Connectedness, Remote Experience and Immersive Telematic Art.”
Between 2007 and 2011 Michael was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Huddersfield, in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. At present he is a professor for design theory at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. Prior to that he was a visiting professor for design theory at the Bauhaus University in Weimar
Michael supervises and mentors PhD research students from Art, Design and Architecture and also conducts Research Training Seminars at St. Luca Architecture, Brussels and the Royal College of Art, IDE, in London, among others. His interests include research methods and methodologies in practice-based research and he regularly give invited talks or conduct workshops about these.
Michael organises and co-organises conferences, peer-review, research seminars and guest lectures, and regularly serve as an editor and on advisory boards for conferences. He has been a jury member at different tracks at SIGgraph, and also regularly serve on panels for PhD research colloquia where he tries to provide the researchers with helpful, constructive and critical feedback. Alongside these he peer-reviews for conference proceedings and other publications, among those IADIS (IHCI), the design research society (DRS), DESform, TEI, SIGGraph, SIGChi, the American Society for Cybernetics, Design Promoviert, and others.