Fellow Dr. des Theresa Züger

Dr. des Theresa Züger

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
  • Civil disobedience
  • Hacktivism
  • Theory of democracy
  • Technology research
  • Political philosophy of the media
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since March 2017: Consultant for digital projects / Media Policy Lab, Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg
  • August 2015-March 2016: Curator of the festival for digital art and culture (transmediale)
  • August 2012-June 2016: Research assistant at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • 2009: MA in theatre, film and television studies, German, and philosophy at the University of Cologne
  • Züger, T. (2017, Dezember). Hacktivism und andere Formen des digitalen zivilen Ungehorsams, City Data Explosion, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Hamburg und Bremen.