Maja Kuzmanovic

Maja Kuzmanovic is a transdisciplinary artist, experience designer, writer, speaker and process facilitator with a fondness for contemplation, cultivation and futurecrafting. Maja founded FoAM in 2000 as a department of the Belgian blue-sky research institute Starlab and co-founded several FoAM studios. Maja currently operates nomadically as part of FoAM Earth and acts as a steward of the FoAM network. Maja’s particular approach to people and technology has been recognised by the MIT's Technology Review and the World Economic Forum, awarding her the titles of Top 100 Young Innovator and Young Global Leader. Maja was a researcher and designer at GMD (now Frauenhoffer) and the Dutch Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Germany. She lectured and developed the curriculum for Design Technology at the University of the Arts Utrecht (NL). Her academic background includes art theory and design, design futures and interactive media and public leadership. She studied at the Accademia di belle Arti Venezia (IT), Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Art, Media & Technology (NL), University of Portsmouth (UK) and Harvard University / Kennedy School of Government (USA). Maja spends most of her time in between fields and cultures, on the lookout for emergent patters of change. She is intrigued by transitions and moments when time stands still - peak experiences, rituals and convivial gatherings. In recent years, living with uncertainty became the core of her creative practice. Whether working with environmental turbulence, re-imagining possible futures or hosting participatory events, Maja's work is grounded in care. Care for animate, inanimate and partially animate matter.

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