Johannes works at the crossroads of anthropology, STS, and media studies, and studies computational models, psychological categories, sociological theories, speculative designs, and their intersections. Johannes’s first book “Cognitive Code. Post-Anthropocentric Intelligence and the Infrastructural Brain” (2019) is based on fieldwork in neuroscience laboratories and provides deep insights into the bio-politics of contemporary machine learning. His current work investigates cross-contaminations between social and political theory on one side, and machine learning and generative algorithms on the other, to generate insights about emerging modes of governing through design.
Johannes has a strong interest in experimenting with research methods, knowledge practices, alternative pedagogies and publication formats that unsettle disciplinary paradigms and render research in the humanities operational in real-world contexts. He’s affiliated with the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures / the Critical Media Lab Basel (criticalmedialab.ch) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology / Milieux – Institute for Art, Culture, Technology at Concordia University Montréal.