Tina Lenz

With focus on imaginative ethnography Tina loves to invite people into collective artistic research. As freelance culture expert she’s coaching master students Advanced Concept Design at TU Delft and teaches as guest-lecturer at Design Academy Eindhoven, University of Arts Utrecht and CAFA School of Design in Beijing. Tina organizes fieldwork based on culture sensitive design and conducts action research together with students, residents and other participants. Her activities are grounded on the following principles of design anthropology: local participation, collaboration, forward-looking, holism, performative, iterative, transdisciplinar, transformation, evaluation and unfolding of possibilities.

In 1999 she completed her master’s degree at Sandberg Instituut. In 2009 she participated in a premaster in anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit, followed by an Erasmus exchange at the University of KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2017 she completed a master’s degree in Art Education at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. In 2018 she organized design research Moving Moengo together with filmmaker Magda Augusteijn and residents of Moengo in collaboration with art academy Nola Hatterman, Paramaribo. In 2019 they were artist-in-residence at Werkplaats Molenwijk Framer Framed and realized with support of Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst the exhibition Van Amulet to Artefact. In 2020, the artistic research Ritueel Opened was set up at Drieslag shopping center on behalf of Bureau Ruimtekoers with a contribution from Creative Industries Fund NL. In the meantime, together with Collectief de Drieslag and Yosser Dekker, artistic director Bureau Ruimtekoers, the Persian, Kurdish spring festival Norooz will be launched with support from the Fund for Cultural Participation. Think, talk and help build the Tower of Babel, an art project at NDSM. In the summer of 2021, TAAK and the NDSM Foundation will invite Amsterdammers and local communities to create a large installation with city stories and visions of the future at the wharf in Amsterdam North. An exploratory study was carried out from May 2021 to June 2022 on behalf of the VriendenLoterij Fonds, part of the DOEN Foundation. In addition to conversations, observations, making vignettes and applying active methods, participants shared their perceptions by responding to the question: what impression has participation in social art practice left on you? From 2023 Tina will unfold together with social designer Madelinde Hageman a participatory study of emotional capital in which 250 participants collectively express personal perceptions of poverty and wealth through radical imagination. The pilot will take place during Blikopener Festival in Groningen where people from different layers of society actively will be involved in the artistic process to shed light on poverty and wealth from different perspectives.