designer and curator
Tanja Seiner is a designer and curator working at the intersection of form, content and scenography. Her exhibitions negotiate current and future living environments by bringing together positions from contemporary design, art and science, and by engaging participatory elements and site-specific design commissions. Tanja started to pursue her curatorial disposition as early as subsequent to her diploma in product design from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, when she worked as senior designer at studio Jerszy Seymour Berlin. Here she conceived consumer goods and furniture for industry but soon began to collaborate on conceptual installations for museums amongst which MUDAM Luxembourg, MAK Vienna and Marta Herford (2007–10).
In her first self-initiated exhibition "Pet Market" (erstererster, Berlin 2015), Tanja enquired into the customs and preconceptions which form the relationship between people and their pets. While her exhibition "Creatures Made to Measure – Animals and Contemporary Design" at the Museum Marta Herford (2018-19) and Designmuseum Gent (May-Sep 2019) investigates the role of design in human-animal relationships yet further, the exhibition "Touch deeper" (Lothringer13 Halle, Munich 2016–17), investigated how the technological promise of efficiency and control has changed and is changing our environment.
Tanja regularly brings her curatorial examination to design education. Her previous teaching commitment at the industrial design department of Kunsthochschule Kassel (2010–15) resulted in, amongst other things, "Pet Market" which included work by her students, and at present she teaches a design theory seminar at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich on the subject of domination, affection, rage and idealisation in human-animal relationships (summer term 2018). Tanja co-founded UnDesignUnit in 2018 to bring her curatorial and scenographic expertise to the project.