Johannes Bruder


FHNW Academy of Art and Design

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 ( and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology / Milieux – Institute for Art, Culture, Technology at Concordia University Montréal.