design theorist and curator
Karianne Fogelberg is a design theorist and curator who teaches, writes and thinks about design. Her work has always been rooted in an interdisciplinary perspective. She holds a BA in European Studies from King’s College London/London School of Economics, including a year at Sciences Po in Paris, and an MA (RCA) in History of Design and Material Culture from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Subsequently Karianne was editor at the design magazine form (2003–07) and ran the editorial office Schmidt & Fogelberg in Frankfurt am Main (with Petra Schmidt, 2007–10).
Since 2012, Karianne has been research fellow for design and architecture theory at the then newly founded cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In this context, she contributed to the conception, organisation and moderation of the cx annual lecture series including, more recently, "Real Magic", 2015/16; "Hybrid Ecologies", 2016/17; "Politics of Emotion/Power of Affect", 2017/18 (with Susanne Witzgall et al.). Furthermore, she conceived and held seminars and workshops on related subjects from a specific design angle, amongst which: "The Future of Ageing", 2015; "Haunted Domesticity", 2016; "Ecologies of Food", 2017; "Empathy and Design", 2017/18.
In her work Karianne explores the present expansion of the notion of design, taking into account current theoretical debates including those from social sciences and political theory, and conceives events on the subject, such as the "Undesign Speculative Dinner Performance" (with Sarah Dorkenwald, 2017), which takes the critical potential of design as point of departure. With the aim to bring this interdisciplinary informed design theory and the practice of designing yet more closely together in real-life challenges, Karianne co-founded UnDesignUnit in 2018.