Tina is a German social designer based in Amsterdam. In 1996 she studied graphic design at Academy of Fine Art & Design St. Joost, Breda and completed in 1999 her master’s degree in Design at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. In 2009 she participated in a premaster in anthropology at the VU Amsterdam, 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.

Currently Tina is senior lecturer artistic research at Utrecht School of the Arts and visiting professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing. From 2009 to 2019 she was lecturer Social Design VEGA school Durban, tutor Moving Design ArtEZ Zwolle, supervisor final exam students AKV | St. Joost and tutor minor Cultural Diversity WdKA Rotterdam. She organizes fieldwork based on Participatory Action Research [PAR], Culture Sensitive Design and conducts artistic research together with students, residents and other participants. Her research is grounded on the following principles of design anthropology: local participation and collaboration, forward-looking, holism, performative, iterative, transdisciplinary, transformation, evaluation and unfolding of possibilities (Miller, 2018).

In 2018 she organized an artistic research with twenty residents of Moengo in collaboration with art academy Nola Hatterman, Paramaribo. In 2019 with Framer Framed she realized the exhibition Van Amulet to Artefact in Werkplaats Molenwijk and last year a participatory research took place with entrepreneurs shopping center on behalf of Bureau Ruimtekoers. In 2021, Tina will be commissioned by Bankgiro Loterij Fonds | The DOEN Foundation to spend a year exploring the impact of participatory art in society. Together with ‘Drieslag Collective shopkeepers’ and Ruimtekoers team she will facilitate the spring festival Norooz in Malburgen, Arnhem.

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