ABOUT

Alexandra Fruhstorfer is a transdisciplinary designer with an investigative and research driven approach.

Within her creative practice she questions prevalent political and cultural paradigms, while trying to embrace phenomena of accelerated technological and ecological change.

Using design as a strategic, yet playful tool she aims to enable more equitable imaginaries for our material culture on a planet in trouble.

Experimenting with methods from industrial design, design research, social design and futuring Alexandra creates artefacts and experiences that aim to provide space for critical reflection and collaborative action.

As an advocate of a holistic and inclusive approach to her practice she works with stakeholders from science, culture, business, activism and the civil society in order to bring the transformative power of design to a broad audience.

Currently she thinks about new job profiles for a future of technological unemployment, explores ways to render toxic microfibres harmless for coming generations, creates architectural models that include the needs of pigs, birds and raccoons and tries to become better at unmaking.

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Alexandra graduated from Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2017. With the project 1070 Unseen she was awarded the MehrWert Design Prize in 2018 and received the Startstipendium, a federal grant for emerging designers, in 2019. The same year her project Transitory Yarn was included in the MAK Design Lab at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2021 she was nominated for the Ralph Saltzman Prize of the Design Museum in London.

Lately her work has been shown also at the Triennale di Milano, the CID Grand Hornu in Belgium, the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, the Porto Design Biennale and the MOMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021

ongoing! until 3rd of April '22 Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich
Plant Fever / Menu from the New Wild

MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York
Broken Nature / Transitory Yarn

CIS Tecnoloxía e Deseño, Ferrol
The Archive of Vibrant Matter / Transitory Yarn

Suluv Gallery, Novi Sad
May I introduce: Alien / Making Oddkin

Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade
Exhibition Art & Science 2021 / Woodiana Oracle

Fabrikraum, Vienna
May I introduce: Alienexpress / Making Oddkin

Casa do Design, Porto Design Biennale
Museum of Vibrant Matter / Captivating the Fibresphere

Casa do Design, Porto Design Biennale
Ma(t)eralities / Transitory Yarn

2020

Le Grand-Hornu, Belgium
Plant Fever / Menu from the New Wild

Graz Kulturjahr 2020 / Lendhafen, Graz
das Zukunftsamt der Arbeit / Wer schafft die Arbeit?!

Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna
May I introduce: Alien / Making Oddkin

IDS show, Toronto
Edible Futures / Menu from the New Wild

2019

IDS show, Vancouver
Edible Futures / Menu from the New Wild

Dubai Design Week, Dubai
Nature Based Generations / Transitory Yarn

ongoing! Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
MAK Design Lab Collection / Transitory Yarn

Agriculture and Food Museum, Ingenium Canada
Edible Futures / Menu from the New Wild

Triennale di Milano, Milan
Broken Nature / Transitory Yarn

Schloss Hollenegg for Design, Hollenegg
Ad Mensam / Menu from the New Wild

2018

Amerling Haus, Vienna
1070 Unseen

 LAZNIA Centre for contemporary Art, Gdansk
Graphics go politics! / Chlorine Washed Chicken

Vienna Design Week, Vienna
1070 Unseen
AWARDED THE MEHRWERT DESIGNPRIZE

Maker Faire, Vienna
Transitory Yarn

MAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna
Ästhetik der Veränderung / Everything is Shifting

2017

Kunstfabrik, Groß Siegharts
Transitory Yarn & Weftwarp

Dutch Design Week / Design Indaba, Eindhoven
Antenna Conference / Menu from the New Wild

Alte Post, Vienna
The Essence / Menu from the New Wild

Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna
How Will We Work / DeRIVE

Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna/Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein/Design Museum, Gent
Hello Robot / Uninvited Guests (Superflux)

Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Stadtfabrik (IDRV) / Transitory Yarn

2016

Alte Post, Vienna
The Essence / Transitory Yarn, Mechanics of Holes

2015

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
All of this belongs to you / Drone Aviary (Superflux)

World Food Expo / Cumulus, Milan
Design to feed the world / Rejam

2014

Künstlerhaus, Vienna
The Essence / DeRIVE, Rejam

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York
How Things Don't Work: The Dreamspace of Victor Papanek / Table Manners, DeRIVE

Power Station of Arts, Shanghai
Design Shanghai / DeRIVE

2013

Künstlerhaus, Vienna
The Essence / Table Manners, Microbial Ventilation

2012

Künstlerhaus, Vienna
The Essence / Urine-Fertilizer Machine No.1

 

TALKS, WORKSHOPS & TEACHING

2021

Human Computer Interaction, TU Vienna
 Panel talk / Design Thinking

Conference Planet Matters, Vienna Biennale for Change
 Talk / From Life with a Sheep and Trapping Toxic Textiles

Ars Electronica, Linz
Workshop / Diviners Wanted!

We Stand As One: Campaign Against Human Trafficking, Voice of the Free and Austrian Embassy, Manila
 Workshop / Glimpses of the Future

Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bolzano
 Talk / Unmake, for god's sake!

Casa do Design, Porto Design Biennale
 Workshop / Captivating the Fibresphere

2020

Studio Design Investigations, University of Applied Arts Vienna
 Panel talk / from experiential futures to more accessible futuring practices

Human Computer Interaction, TU Vienna
 Talk / Creative Thinking

Plant Fever, CID Grand Hornu
Insta Live-Talk / Menu from the New Wild

Studio Design Investigations, University of Applied Arts Vienna
 Talk / from experiential futures to more accessible futuring practices

Radio Helsinki, free Radio Graz
 Interview / Wer schafft die Arbeit?!

postcoronal LAB, St. Pölten
Podcast Interview / Invasive Spezies - Aliens unter uns

Lendhafen, Graz
Podiumsdiskussion "Wie wollen wir arbeiten?" / Wer schafft die Arbeit?!

Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna
AILien Talks during Angewandte Festival

Reininghaus Gründe, Graz
3-day Workshop / Wer schafft die Arbeit?!

FH Campus 02, Graz
Kick-Off Presentation & Workshop / Wer schafft die Arbeit?!

2019

University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Student and Diploma Crit

HTL Mödling, Lower Austria
Virtual Reality Workshop

PechaKucha, Vienna
Transdisciplinary Design

2018

Vienna Design Week, Vienna
postcard workshops

Schloss Eckartsau, Lower Austria
100 years ago: Karl & Zita / opening talk

AHS Rahlgasse, Vienna
3-day film and foto workshop supported by Canon,
How to ethically kill a turtle

Maker Faire, Vienna
interactive workshop / Transitory Yarn

2017

Dutch Design Week / Design Indaba
Antenna Conference / Speaker

Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Stadtfabrik / Talk about Transitory Yarn

Design Austria, Vienna
Graphics go politics! / Note for Chlorine Washed Chicken

 

EDUCATION

2011 - 2017
University of Applied Arts Vienna,
Industrial Design Mag. des.ind
Studio Fiona Raby (Dunne&Raby, UK) & Anab Jain (Superflux, UK)

2007 - 2009
Higher Technical School, Mödling
College for Interior Design and Furniture Construction

2006 - 2007
University of Vienna, Vienna
Political Science

PRESS FEATURES

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WORK EXPERIENCE
since 2012
working as independent designer and artist
2015
Superflux London
2012
ongoing WW Wohnwagon GmbH
2012 - 2015
Polka Products
2011 - 2014
University of Applied Arts Vienna, ID2, study assistant