Tina Lenz is design anthropologist and lecturer Artistic Research at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and visiting professor at School of Design CAFA 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 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 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. Urban interventions will be initiated in collaboration with Circus Andersom and residents of Malburgen. Together with initiator Madelinde Hageman, Language for Loneliness workshops are given at Framer Framed in Amsterdam East for young people between 16 – 24 years old. Till 2022, commissioned by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, a qualitative and exploratory study will be conducted into the impact of participatory art in society.