Philipp Schmitt explores the social and cultural dimensions of data and computation.

WORKING TITLE — 23.08.2018

Philipp Schmitt (b. 1993, Germany) works at the intersection of art, design, and research. His practice engages with the philosophical, poetic, and political dimensions of computation by examining the ever-shifting discrepancy between what is computable in theory and in reality.

Philipp's work has been featured, exhibited and awarded in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Notable exhibitions include Uncanny Values at MAK Vienna, Seeing at Science Gallery Dublin, Festival Images de Vevey, and Hello Robot at Vitra Design Museum. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Ars Electronica Center Linz. His artist book, Computed Curation, was published by Bromide Publishing House in 2018 and is part of the MoMA Art Library Collection.

Philipp got an MFA (DT) from Parsons / The New School and a BA in Interaction Design from HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. He is an alum of MIT SENSEable City Lab and the Designed Realities Lab.

Selected Exhibitions

2019 May - Sep
"UNCANNY VALUES. Artificial Intelligence & You" Vienna Biennale for Change 2019, MAK, AT

2019 Mar
The Chair Project, "Interfacce del Presente", Link Art Center, BASE Milano, IT

2019 Mar - Sep
Raising Robotic Natives, "Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival", XXII Triennale di Milano, Milan, IT

2018 Sep
Computed Curation & Human Element Inc, Przemiany Festival, Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw, PL

2018 May
Camera Restricta & Human Element Inc, "Nothing but flowers", Lodz Design Festival, PL

2018 Jan - Mar
Roads to Rome, Art of Networks III (Complenet'18), Northeastern University, Boston, US

2018 Jan – Feb
Duo Show (with Markus Wulf), German Consulate General, New York, US

2017 Dec
Computed Curation, "Machine Learning for Creativity and Design" (Online Exhibition), NIPS 2017, Long Beach, US

2017 Oct
Computed Curation, IEEE VISAP'17 Phoenix, US

2017 Sep
Computed Curation, NYC Media Lab Summit '17, New York, US

2017 Jun – Sep
Human Element Inc, "How Will We Work?", Vienna Biennale 2017, Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL), University of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT

2017 Feb – 2022 [touring]
Raising Robotic Natives, "Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine", Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, DE
Touring: MAK Vienna (AT), Design Museum Gent (BE), Gewerbemuseum Winterthur (CH), MAAT Lisbon (PT), San Telmo Museum (ES).

2017 Jul – Sep
Raising Robotic Natives, "Machine Made: Art, Robots and AI", QUAD, Derby, UK

2016 Jun – 2018 [touring]
Unseen Portraits 2, SEEING, Science Gallery Dublin, IE
Touring: Frost Museum of Science Miami (US), Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (US),

2016 Oct
Roads to Rome, IEEE VISAP'16 Baltimore, US

2016 Sep – Oct
Camera Restricta, Festival Images de Vevey, CH

2015 Nov
Camera Restricta, WILDESIGN (Kaohsiung Design Festival), Pier-2 Art Center Kaohsiung, TW

2015 Jun
Screening, Make Longer Cables, Bundesfestival Video 2015, Halle (Saale), DE

Professional Experience

2019 Feb - 2019 May
Artist in Residence, Runway AI, Brooklyn, NY

2018 Jun - 2018 Aug
Research Assistant with Daniel Sauter, Parsons School of Design, New York, US

2017 Sep – 2018 May
Research Assistant at Designed Realities Lab (with Dunne & Raby), The New School, New York, US

2017 Feb – Jul
Research Fellow (Data Visualization Specialist) at Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, US

2016 Sep – ongoing
Founder at Office of Philipp Schmitt, DE

2015 Oct – Dec
Working Student at moovel Lab, Stuttgart, DE

2015 Aug – Sep
Intern at Studio Benedikt Groß and moovel Lab, Stuttgart, DE

2014 Aug – Dec
Intern at Studio NAND, Berlin, DE

2010 Feb – 2014 Feb
Freelancer at bueroparallel, Würzburg, DE

2008 Nov, 2009 Sep
Intern at bueroparallel, Würzburg, DE

Awards, Grants, Nominations

2017 Dec
Nomination, Computed Curation, Infinity Awards, International Center for Photography, New York, US

2017 Dec
2nd Price, Computed Curation, NTU International Photography Awards '17, Singapore, SG

2017 – 2018
DAAD scholarship "Jahresstipendium Bildende Kunst, Design, Film", DE

2017 – 2018
Provost Scholarship, The New School, US

2017 Mar
Jury Selection (Art Division), Roads to Rome, 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, JP

2016 Nov
Winner (Silver Award), Roads to Rome, Information is Beautiful Awards, US

2016 Oct
Special Mention, Roads to Rome, German Design Award, DE

2016 Sep
Honorable Mention, Roads to Rome, FastCo.Design IBD Awards, US

2016 Jun
Student Notable, Camera Restricta, Core77 Design Awards, US

2015 Nov
Shortlist Disrupting, Camera Restricta, IxDA Interaction Awards, US

2015 Jun
Nomination, Make Longer Cables, German Youth Film Award, DE

2014 Nov
Nachwuchspreis Neue Medien (winner project), Location-Based Lightpainting, DE

2014 - 2016
German National Scholarship Program (Deutschlandstipendium), DE

Teaching & Talks

2019 Feb
Artist Talk, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), US

2018 Nov
Workshop, "Machine Learning for Designers", HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

2018 Aug - Dec
Graduate Teaching Assistant, MS Data Visualization, Parsons School of Design, New York, US

2018 Aug
Graduate Teaching Fellow, MFA Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design, New York, US

2018 Apr
Guest Critic, "Urban Intelligence", The New School (Media Studies), New York, US
Workshop, Geo Visualization, Parsons School of Design, New York, US

2018 Mar
Guest Lecture, Speculative Futures Meetup, New York, US

2018 Feb
Paper Presentation, 14th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, New London, US

2017 Apr
Guest Lecture, Digital City Design Workshop (11.320), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, US

2017 Jan
Talk, This Happened #3, Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), DE

2015 Dec
Workshop, Web Development, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

Publications & Interviews

2018 Dec
Paper: "The Chair Project: A Case-Study for using GANs as Automatism," P. Schmitt, S. Weiß. ML for Creativity and Design Workshop. NeurIPS 2018, Montréal, CA

2018 Oct
Paper, "Embodied Machine Learning", Proceedings of the Workshop on Visualization for AI explainability (VISxAI), IEEE VIS 2018, Berlin, DE

2018 Oct
Paper, "Challenges of Driver-By IoT Sensing for Smart Cities: City Scanner Case Study", A. Anjomshoaa, S. Mora, P. Schmitt, C. Ratti. PURBA 2018, ACM UbiCOMP, Singapore, SG

2018 Jun
Paper, "Augmented Imagination: Machine Learning Art as Automatism". Plot(s), the MA Design Studies Journal, New York, New York, Volume V, 2018.

2018 May
Book, Computed Curation, ISBN 978-77600-5-4, Bromide Publishing House Ltd, Hong Kong, HK

2018 Feb
Paper, "Computed Curation". Proceedings of the 16th Biennal Symposium on Arts & Technology, p. 96-98, Ammerman Center, Connecticut College, New London, 02/2016

2017 Apr
Interview, agenda design 4, 04/2017, DE

2016 Oct
Paper, "All Roads to Rome: Visualizing Mobility at Scale", R. Reimann, B. Groß, P. Schmitt. Proceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), p. 37-40. Baltimore, Maryland, 10/2016

2015 Oct
Feature/Interview, Landesschau, SWR Television, DE
Radio Interview, SWR, DE
Interview, Camera Restricta, Camera Magazin, 06/2015, DE

2015 Sep
Radio Interview, Nova, Funkhaus Europa, DE
Radio Interview, Kompressor, Deutschlandradio Kultur, DE
Radio Interview, Spark, CBC Radio One, CA


2017 - 2019
MFA (Design & Technology), Parsons School of Design at The New School, New York, US

2015 Jan – Jun
Guest student, Design School Kolding, DK

2012 - 2016
BA in Interaction Design, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

Selected Press

Discursive Design: Critical, Speculative, and Alternative Things. Tharp, Bruce and Stephanie. MIT Press 2019, US

Book Review by Loring Knoblauch, Collector Daily, US

TV Feature, Raising Robotic Natives, "Homo Digitalis", BR/ARTE/ORF, Oct 18 2017
Camera Restricta, Cornelia Kemp, "Foto und Film - Die Technik der Bilder", Deutsches Museum München, ISBN 978-3940396570
Computed Curation featured on CreativeApplications
Feature, Raising Robotic Natives, "Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine", Vitra Design Museum, Exhibition Catalogue, ISBN 978-3-945852-10
Feature/Interview, Human Element Inc., PAGE Magazine, 06/2017, DE

Human Element Inc. featured on FastCo.Design
Human Element Inc. featured on CreativeApplications
Feature, Raising Robotic Natives, form Magazine, July/Aug 2016, DE
Feature, Camera Restricta, Fount Magazine, Jun 2016, DE
Radio Feature, Raising Robotic Natives, Spark, CBC Radio One, CA
Raising Robotic Natives featured on FastCo.Exist
Raising Robotic Natives featured on
Raising Robotic Natives featured on
TV Feature, Camera Restricta, Télématin, France 2, FR
Feature, Camera Restricta, Neural Magazine, Feb 2016, IT
Feature, Roads to Rome, PAGE Magazine, 03/2016, DE

Feature, Roads to Rome, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Dec 16 2015
Roads to Rome featured on
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Roads to Rome featured on Spiegel Online
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Roads to Rome featured on Citylab
TV Feature, Camera Restricta, L'Oeil de Links, Canal+, FR
Radio Feature, Camera Restricta, France Info, FR
Camera Restricta featured on Zeit Online
Camera Restricta featured on WIRED US/UK/DE/JP
Camera Restricta featured on
Camera Restricta featured on Libé
Camera Restricta featured on
Camera Restricta featured on FastCo.Design
Camera Restricta featured on
Camera Restricta featured on
Camera Restricta featured on CreativeApplications
TV Feature, Camera Restricta, Digit@l, Discovery Channel, CA
Unseen Portraits featured on
Feature, Location-Based Light Painting, PAGE Magazine, 04/2015, DE

Location-Based Light Painting featured on
Location-Based Light Painting featured on
Location-Based Light Painting featured on
Location-Based Light Painting featured on
Make Longer Cables featured on CreativeApplications