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Works antidisciplinarily, is a speculative and a computational designer.
He currently lives in Ravensburg / Stuttgart.

Vita

Benedikt Groß is a speculative and computational designer who works antidisciplinarily.

His work deals with the fascination of relationships between people, their data, technology and environments. He is particularly interested to speculate about these relationships in the near future. He uses design as a vehicle to visualize potential implications and scenarios.

He holds an M.A. in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London, a Diploma in Information & Media from the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and is Alumnus of the MIT Senseable City Lab.

Benedikt is a professor of Interaction Design at his alma mater HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and is concurrently associate Director of Design at moovel Lab (subsidiary Daimler AG) where his work deals with future mobility concepts and mobility related data.

He is co-author of ‘Generative Gestaltung’, which is considered being one of the standard books in the field of computational design, with translations to English (Princeton Architectural Press), French (Editions Pyramid) and Japanese (BNN).

Benedikt’s work has been published widely and exhibited internationally. Some notable features include publications in Wired, CAN, Page, Form, Fast Co.Design, Spiegel Online, Guardian, IEEE VIS and exhibitions at the Japanese Media Arts Festival, Ars Electronica, V2_ & the New Institute, Open Data Institute, Node Festival to name a few. Benedikt has been recognised with awards such as the IxDA Best Concept, Excellence Award of the Japanese Media Arts Festival, Information is Beautiful Award Silver, Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica and German Design Award. Furthermore, Benedikt has taught and lectured internationally.

Based in South Germany, Benedikt balances his time between teaching and working on commercial- and self-initiated research projects and raising a family.

 

Education

2011 Oct – 2013 Jun
MA in Design Interactions, graduated with distinction, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2007 July
Diploma in Information and Media, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2005 – 2006
Erasmus exchange, HGK Basel, Basel, CH

2003 – 2005
Studies in Information and Media, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2002 – 2003
Studies in Geography and Computer Science, University Stuttgart, DE

Professional Experience

2017 Mar – Present
Professor for Interaction Design, Interaktionsgestaltung Program, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2016 Jan – Present
Director of Design at moovel Lab, moovel, Stuttgart

2015 Sep – 2017 Aug
Professor for Digital Design, Digital Media Design Program, HS Ravensburg-Weingarten, DE

2014 Oct – 2015 Dec
Research Associate at moovel Lab, moovel, Stuttgart

2014 June – 2014 Sep
Data Visualization Consultant with the Development Data Group at the World Bank

2013 Oct – Present
Founder of Studio Benedikt Groß

2013 Sep
Visiting Research Fellow at MIT Senseable City Lab / S.M.A.R.T, University of Singapore, Singapore

2012 Nov – Dec
Research Assistant/Data Visualization Specialist at MIT Senseable City Lab / S.M.A.R.T, University of Singapore, Singapore

2012 Jun – Sep
Data Visualization Specialist at Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, US

2009 – 2011
IX- and UX-Designer, Conception, Project Management, Intuity Media Lab, Stuttgart, DE

2007 – 2009
Academic Assistant, founding member of the media lab for the interaction design course, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2007 – 2009
Author of Generative Gestaltung, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz, DE

2005 Mar – 2005 Oct
Internship with MESO, Frankfurt, DE

2002 Sep – 2003 Jan
Internship with Slog Design, Biberach, DE

Teaching

2015 Sep
Workshop, “City as a Service Intensive School”, with Wio d’Hespeel, PUSH, Erice, IT

2015
Guest Tutor, Eingabe/Ausgabe – Grundlagen der prozessorientierten Gestaltung, Fachhochschule Potsdam, Potsdam, DE

2014 Apr
Workshop, “New Threads on Authorship – Phantom Books”, with Koby Barhad, Shenkar College, Tel Aviv, IL

2013 – 2014
Tutor for “Digital Culture” (Theory) and “Interactive Communication Systems”, BA Interaktionsgestaltung, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2012 Apr
Workshop, Computational Book Design, Basel School of Design, Basel, CH

2006 – 2009
Tutor in BA Interaktionsgestaltung and MA Communication Planning and Design, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2009 Jul
Workshop, Alternative Visualisations of Hierarchical Data in 3d, Collab. Franklin Hernandez-Castro, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2008 Nov
Workshop, “100 Jahre HFG”, 3d Projection on Architecture/VVVV Workshop, Collab. Joreg, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2008 Apr
Workshop, VVVV Course, Node 08 – Forum for Digital Art, Frankfurt, DE

2006 Mar
Workshop, VVVV Course, HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design, Basel, CH

Publications, Texts, Books, Interviews

2016 Sep
Book, “ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky”, ISBN 9781101995815, Penguin Random House, Benedikt Groß, Joey Lee, US

2016 Jan
Paper, ”Shanghai Metro Flow – Multiple Perspectives into a Subway System”, Till Nagel, Benedikt Groß. Leonardo, MIT Press Journals

2014 Nov
Paper, ”Shanghai Metro Flow – Multiple Perspectives into a Subway System”, Till Nagel, Benedikt Groß. Proceedings of the IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program, VISAP’14: Art+Interpretation, 9-14 November 2014, Paris, France. pages 137-138

2014 Aug
Chapter, “Hubcab – Exploring the benefits of shared taxi services”, Decoding the City – How Big Data Can Change Urbanism, ISBN: 303821597X, Birkhäuser Basel, CH

2014 Jun
Interview/Feature, “The Art of Visualizing Data”, Colliding Worlds, ISBN: 0393083365, W. W. Norton & Company New York, US

2013 Oct
Chapter, “Hubcab – Exploring the benefits of shared taxi services”, Die Stadt entschlüsseln, ISBN: 3038215902, Birkhäuser Berlin, DE
Interview, “Mappers spot all the pools in L.A. Basin“, LA Times, US
Interview, “Speculative cartography & programmed landscapes – a chat with Benedikt Groß”, CreativeApplications.Net

2013 Jun
Interview, Text, “Grenzverschiebung”, basil.js feature, Page Magazine, June Issue, DE

2010 Apr
Text, “Tools and Authorship in Computational Design”, Thesis, Royal College of Art Library, UK

2013 Mar
Interview, “Generative Design”, The Digital Turn: Design in the Era of Interactive Technologies, ISBN: 3906027023, Park Books

2013 Mar
Practice Profile, “Gestalter@Work”, Page Magazine, March Issue, DE

2012 Aug
Book, “Generative Design”, ISBN: 9781616890773, Princeton Architectural Press. Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Groß, Julia Laub, Claudius Lazzeroni, US

2011 Jan
Book, “Design génératif”, ISBN: 978-2350172156, Editions Pyramid, Paris. Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Groß, Julia Laub, Claudius Lazzeroni, FR

2010 May
Radio Interview, “Matrix – Computer & Neue Medien”, ORF futurezone, AT

2009 Sep
Book, “Generative Gestaltung”, ISBN: 978-3-87439-759-9, Hermann Schmidt, Mainz. Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Groß, Julia Laub, Claudius Lazzeroni, DE

2009 May
Interview, “Interaction Design and New Tools”, Weave Magazine, May Issue, DE

Selected Press

2016
“Aerial Bold Project”, featured on Wired.com
“Aerial Bold Project”, featured on Page Online
“Roads to Rome”, Page Magazine, March Issue, DE

2015
“Roads to Rome”, featured on Spiegel Online
“Roads to Rome”, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Issue Dec 15 2015
“Roads to Rome”, featured on Wired.com
“Roads to Rome”, featured on Gizmodo.com
“Roads to Rome”, featured on Repubblica.it
“Roads to Rome”, featured on Flowingdata
“The Autonomous Human Drone Taxi”, featured on Gizmodo.com

2014
“Population.io”, featured on Fast Co.Design
“Hubcab”, featured on nytimes.com
“Aerial Bold Kickstarter”, featured in the Guardian, UK
“Aerial Bold Kickstarter”, featured on Wired.com
“Aerial Bold Kickstarter”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net
“Aerial Bold Kickstarter”, featured on Gizmodo.com
“Aerial Bold Kickstarter”, featured on Fast Co.Design
“Hubcab”, front cover feature in PNAS, Issue 37, US
“The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, featured on Architizer
“Avena+ Test Bed”, front cover feature in KONstruktiv Mag., Issue 293, AT
“The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, featured in the Landscape Architecture Mag., US
“Hubcab”, featured on Fast Co.Design
“Hubcab”, featured on Infosthetics
“The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, review by Denis Woods in Cartographica 49:1, 2014, pp. 77–78, CA

2013
Now We Know How Many Swimming Pools There Are In L.A.“, Huffingtonpost.com
The Deeply Private Information Hidden in Plain Sight“, TheAtlanticCities.com
How Two Guys Figured Out The Number of Pools in Los Angeles“, Gizmodo.com
Feature Article, “The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, Wired Magazine UK, November Issue, UK
Feature Article, “Avena+ Test Bed”, Wired Magazine UK, October Issue, UK
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured on Gizmodo.com
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured on Designboom.com
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured on Dezeen.com
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured in Engadget Distro Mag Issue 96
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured on Processing.org Exhibition
“Avena+ Test Bed”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net
“Speculative Sea Level Explorer”, featured on Infosthetics
“basil.js”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net
“Speculative Sea Level Explorer”, featured on TheAtlanticCities.com
“Speculative Sea Level Explorer”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net

2012
Feature Article, “Metrography”, Wired Magazine UK, April Issue, UK
“Generative Design”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net
“Metrography”, featured on Infosthetics
“Crime Sounds”, featured in “Robot cleaners and the Museum of Me: Intel’s vision of the future”, guardian.co.uk

2011
“MapMap Vauxhall”, featured on CreativeApplications.Net
Feature Article, Interview, “MapMap Vauxhall”, City Picture, DE
“MapMap Vauxhall”, featured on Infosthetics

2010
Feature Article, “Generative Gestaltung”, Form Magazine, January Issue, DE
Feature Article, Tutorial, “Generative Gestaltung”, Page Magazine, February Issue, DE
Feature Article, “Generative Gestaltung”, Page Magazine, January Issue, DE

2009 Dec
“Generative Gestaltung”, featured on Slanted

2009 Jan
“related pages”, featured on Infosthetics

2008
Feature, “Seelenlose Automaten”, Fontmag of FontShop International, US

2007
“Seelenlose Automaten” featured on generatorx.no
Feature, “Raumstaben”, Page Magazine, January Issue

Talks

2015 Nov
Artist Talk, Shapeshifters, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, BE

2015 Oct
Artist Talk, “Data Improvisations”, IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program, Chicago, US

2015 Apr
Artist Talk, New Design Areas, KISDtalks, Köln International School of Design, DE

2014 Nov
Speaker, “Framing Reality with Data”, KIKK Festival, Namur, BE

2014 Apr
Speaker, “Reading and Writing Landscape”, Resonate 2014, Belgrade, RS
Speaker, “Reading and Writing Landscape”, Chaos Computer Club Easterhegg 2014, Stuttgart, DE
Artist Talk, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE
Artist Talk, Shenkar College, Tel Aviv, IL

2014 Feb
Artist Talk, Japanese Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, JP

2014 Jan
Artist Talk, Mediendesign – DHBW Ravensburg, DE

2013 Nov
Speaker, “Reading and Writing Landscape”, The World 2.0 – Do It Together, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, DK

2013 Oct
Speaker, “Reading and Writing Landscape”, Visualized.io Berlin, DE

2013 Jul
Speaker, Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2013, V2_ & The New Institute, Rotterdam, NL

2012 Apr
Speaker, “The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, geomobLDN, London, UK

2012 Apr
Speaker, “Speculative Maps and Open Data”, Open Data on the Web Workshop, W3C, London, UK

2012 Feb
Speaker, “Mashing up OSM and Mental Maps”, geomobLDN, London, UK

2010 Oct
Speaker, “Generative Gestaltung”, Decoded Conference Munique, DE

2009 – 2010
Lecture Tour, “Generative Gestaltung”:
HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE
FH Salzburg, AT
HTW Berlin, DE
FH Augsburg, DE
HTWG Konstanz, DE
BA Mannheim, DE
AKA Stuttgart, DE
HGK Basel, CH
and more …

2006 Apr
Speaker, “Raumstaben”, Typo Berlin, Berlin, DE

2005 Apr
Speaker, “Kelten Digital”, FMX-05, Stuttgart, DE

Exhibitions

2015 Oct
Exhibition, “Aerial Bold”, IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Exhibition, ”The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, 12th Bienal de Artes Mediales, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, CL

2015 Sep – 2015 Nov
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, Experimental Thinking / Design Practices, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, AU

2015 May
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, Experimental Practice, RMIT Design Hubs, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, AU

2014 Nov – 2014 Dec
Exhibition, ”The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, Mapmaker Manifesto, 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Exhibition, “Metrography”, Mapmaker Manifesto, 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, TR

2014 Sep
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, CyberArts Exhibition of the Ars Electronica Festival, OK Center, OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz, AT

2014 Jul – 2014 Aug
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, Feral Experimental: New Design Thinking, UNSW Galleries, Paddington, AU

2014 Jun – 2014 Aug
Exhibition, ”The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design (LA Forum), Los Angeles, US

2014 Oct
Exhibition, “Syn Bio Ads”, BIO-FICTON International Synthetic Biology Festival, Vienna, AT
Exhibition, “DNA Control Agency”, BIO-FICTON International Synthetic Biology Festival, Vienna, AT

2014 Feb
Exhibition, “The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, National Gallery, Tokyo, JP

2014 Jan
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, “Mansolt, Landscape in perspective”, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL

2013 Nov
Exhibition, “Shanghai Metro Flow” is part of the Aesthetics City, Design Shanghai Biennale, CN

2013 Oct
Exhibition, “The Big Atlas of LA Pools”, The Book Lab, swissnex, San Francisco, US

2013 Sep
Exhibition, “Avena+ Test Bed”, Sustain RCA Show 2013, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Exhibition, “Metrography”, Information In Style – Information Visualization in the UK, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, CN

2013 Jun
Exhibition, “Final SHOW”, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2012 – 2013
Commission, “Metrography”, Data-As-Culture Art Commission of the Open Data Institute, London, UK

2012 Sep
Exhibition, “Metrography” is featured on Visualizing Gallery Brücknerhaus, Ars Electronica, Linz, AT

2008 Mar
Exhibition, “Seelenlose Automaten”, DigitalArt.LA Gallery, LA, US

2008 Apr
Exhibition, “Attack + Swap” and “Seelenlose Automaten”, Node 08 – Forum for Digital Art, Frankfurt, DE

2006 Oct
Exhibition, “Attack + Swap”, Eikones, Basel, CH

Awards

2014
Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica 2014, AT
IxDA Interaction Awards Best Concept, US
IxDA Interaction Awards Best Student, US
IxDA Interaction Awards Finalist Disrupting, US

2013
Excellence Award of the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, JP
Notable Mention, Global Urban Humanities Initiative, UC Berkeley & Berkeley Center for New Media, US
Nomination, Sustain RCA Award, UK

2011
Nomination, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2011, DE

2010
Red Dot, DE
ADC Silver (best project in category), DE
Nomination, ADC*E, EU
Distinction, Designpreis Rheinland-Pfalz, DE
Distinction, Joseph Binder Award, AT

2008
Output 11 (winner project), DE

2007
Output 10 (winner project), DE

2005
iFiF Communication Design Award, DE

Scholarships

2012 – 2013
DAAD scholarship “Jahresstipendium Bildende Kunst, Design, Film”