Fellow Katharina Meyer

Katharina Meyer

Media Policy Lab Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg

  Fellow at CAIS in December 2017

Polynocular Tech Lab – Laboratory for reflective and transdisciplinary technological development

Technological development is often a process that concerns only experts. Behind factory gates and laboratory doors, developers work on hardware and software that influence our daily lives and determine the scope and limits of our actions – for example, when algorithms based on datasets decide to which risk category insured persons belong, or which items of news are to be displayed to different people. The driving forces behind development are often market logic and scaling potential, and not necessarily sensitivity to diverse user groups or technological impact assessment.

Educational institutions, on the other hand, can offer a space where it is possible not only to develop technologies, but also to question them. This is the purpose of the Polynocular Tech Lab project, where students and practitioners from technological and artistic backgrounds, as well as from the humanities and social sciences, work together in the experimental setup of a Spring School. Their aim is not only to deconstruct existing technologies, such as codes and machines, but also to rethink and develop practical prototypes.

The Summer School is the first phase of the Polynocular Tech Lab, which will continue to exist in the university context thereafter. The long-term goal is to establish a canon of methods and theories for the transdisciplinary development of technology, one that can be used both in training and in practice.

Main Research Topics
  • Sociology and history of technology
  • History of science and ideas
  • Critical design and interdisciplinarity research in innovation contexts
  • Media culture
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2013: Curator at re:publica, with responsibility for special tasks and science
  • Since 2016: Curator at the STATE Festival for Open Science, Art and Society
  • 2014-15: Project management “Digital Humanities/DARIAH-DE” at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, joint project with 12 German universities on research in the humanities and cultural sciences that uses digital methods and processes
  • 2013-14: Research assistant at the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, at the Chair occupied by Dr. Mercedes Bunz (Hybrid Publishing Lab)
  • 2010-12: MA at the Free University Berlin, Arts and Media Administration
  • 2006-10: BA at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design; main focus: history of science and technology, history of culture and art, applied cultural studies
  • Meyer, K. (2017, Juni). Eclectic Memory Game of Modernism. Digital Bauhaus Summit (Track: Modern Talking), Weimar.
  • Meyer, K. (2017, Juni). Collective Creativity – A short story about unexpected encounters and old friends. .process Festival, Dortmund.
  • Meyer, K. (2016, November). Unfolding the Truth: The Personal Consequences of Leaking & Whistleblowing. Disruption Network Lab, Berlin.
  • Meyer, K. (2018). Anpassungprozesse technologischer Innovationen in Aktivismus und Kunst. In Kommission „Digitalisierung im Alltag“ d. Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (Hrsg.), (H)acktivismus und Partizipation? Zur politischen Dimension des Digitalen. Tagungsband, Kommunikation@Gesellschaft (im Erscheinen).