Dr. Johannes Bruder – Researcher

Johannes Bruder is a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures and the Critical Media Lab Basel.

Johannes’s research targets infrastructures, technologies, and media that support epistemologies & empiricisms in art, design, science and their (sub)cultural distortions. He is determined to find alternative modes of being faithful to experience in observing, sensing, representing and exhibiting. Current research interests include interactions between psychological research and computing / AI, narratives and dispositifs of creative practice, and media studies of psychic life.

Johannes is a member of the COST Action Network “European Forum for Advanced Practices” (Working Group 3: Strategies, https://advancedpractices.net) and does conceptual work at awalkingcontradiction.org. In 2019, he was the Head of Study at ECAM, the school’s graduate program for art, design, and media based research.

Former affiliations include the Institute of Advanced Studies “Media Cultures of Computer Simulation” (Leuphana University), eikones Institute of Iconic Criticism (University of Basel), the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine (SSHM) at King’s College London, and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne.



Cognitive Code. Post-anthropocentric Intelligence and the Infrastructural Brain. McGill-Queen’s University Press (2019). https://www.mqup.ca/cognitive-code-products-9780773559172.php.

Journal articles

“Neuropsychologies of the Paranoid Mind and the Technologies they Breed”, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture. (in preparation)

“Cloud Cosmogram” (with Maya Indira Ganesh), Datafarms. Circuits – Labour – Territory, https://www.datafarms.org/2019/12/16/cloud-cosmogram/.

“Psychic residues, or: maths, wires, code”, in: Krewani, Heibach, Schütz (eds.), The Construction of Media Authorship. History – Present – Future (forthcoming, DeGruyter).

“Where the sun never shines. Emerging Paradigms of Post-Enlightened Cognition”, Digital Culture & Society, Vol. 4 (1) (2018), pp. 133-145. PDF.

“Infrastructural Intelligence. Contemporary entanglements between neuroscience and AI”, Progress in Brain Research, 233 (2017), pp. 101-128, doi: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2017.06.004.

“Enjoy the Creepy Naked Cyber Girl!”, continent., Vol. 5(1) (2016), http://continentcontinent.cc/index.php/continent/article/view/231, with Sarah Benhaïm.

“Letter from the Editors: Lost & Found, continent., Vol. 5(1) (2016), http://continentcontinent.cc/index.php/continent/article/view/224, with Felix Gerloff & Jamie Allen.

“Editorial: Bilder der Aliaa Magda Elmahdy – Eine Kontroverse”, Rheinsprung 11. Zeitschrift für Bildkritik, No. 4 (2012), with Thomas Brandstetter.

“Sirs, Mr. Motaba, ganz aus der Nähe und höchstpersönlich. Folgen des Changierens zwischen Bild und Modell in Wolfgang Petersens Outbreak (1996)”, Rheinsprung 11. Zeitschrift für Bildkritik, No. 2 (2011), pp. 99-111.

“Die Kultur der Komputation. Digitale Bilder als Index?”, Kunsttexte 1/2010, www.kunsttexte.de.


“Lost & Found”, continent., Vol. 5(1) (2016), ed. with Jamie Allen & Felix Gerloff, http://continentcontinent.cc/index.php/continent/issue/view/23.

“Bild Modell Aller-Retour”, Rheinsprung 11. Zeitschrift für Bildkritik, No. 2 (2011), ed. with Inge Hinterwaldner, Martina Merz, Reinhard Wendler.

“Streitbilder/Controversial Images”, Rheinsprung 11. Zeitschrift für Bildkritik, No. 4 (2012), ed. with Thomas Brandstetter.

Contributions to edited Volumes

“Why is it so hard to describe experience? Why is it so hard to experience description?” in: Bruno Latour (ed.), reset Modernity! Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 496-515

“Fetish”, in: James Elkins et al. (ed.), Theorizing Visual Studies. Writing through the Discipline, New York: Routledge, pp. 120-122.


“The brain, the person, and the social: a workshop report.” Somatosphere, 11 July 2011. http://somatosphere.net/2011/brain-person-and-social-workshop-report.html/.

“The brain, the person, and the social. How can STS deal with neuroscience objects and practices?” EASST Review 29/4 (2010), p. 4-6.

“Of Demons, Geniuses and the Rat Man”, Science as Culture 20/3 (2011), pp. 405-410.

Talks / Presentations


“Distracted Attention: Mindful Algorithms and the Algorithms of Mindfulness,” 4S New Orleans (Panel: Attention!), September 2019

“Intelligence is Artificial!” Symposium Re-Imagining AI, Basel, June 2019 (with Maya Indira Ganesh)

“Neuropsychologies of the Paranoid Mind and the Technologies They Breed,” Seminar in Media and Political Theory, Concordia University Montréal, April 2019

“Donkey Kong is not a Circuit! A psychogram of contemporary neural media,” SCMS Annual Meeting, Seattle (Panel: Neural Media), March 2019

Awards / Fellowships

Best PhD Dissertation, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne (2015)


2019, History of Tech, ETH Zurich, Infrastructural Imaginaries (w/ Daniela Zetti)

2018, Critical Media Studies, Academy of Art and Design, Tripping out!

2018, Critical Media Studies, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Computer-(r)aided design

2017, Critical Media Studies, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Mediating Critique

2016, Kontext, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Infrastructural Imaginaries / Imaginary Infrastructure (w/ Jamie Allen)

2015, MA Design, Master Studio Design, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Resetting Modernity (w/ Jamie Allen)

2015, Kontext, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Do you watch Hollywood movies?

2014, Kontext, Academy of Art and Design Basel, ParaMedia (w/ Jamie Allen)

2014, MA Design, Master Studio Design, Academy of Art and Design Basel, ANT and its Love for Monsters

2013, BA Gesellschafts- und Kommunikatonswissenschaften, University of Lucerne, Medien der Sichtbarkeit

2012, MA Design, Master Studio Design, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Design mit ANT: Praxistheorie und kreativer Prozess

2011, MA Visual Communication and Iconic Research, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Making visible: Techniques of Visualisation

2010, eikones Summer School 2010, University of Basel, Die Visualität der Gesellschaft




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