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Friederike Glaser

MA work

The Material Landscape of Data

The underlying aim of my work is the exploration of the potential of a new resource from a Design Products perspective: The Material Landscape of Data.

Our obsession with security and a desire to mitigate any possible threat led to the construction of a highly developed security system, which in turn gave rise to the formation of an accepted culture of surveillance. No longer are we solely facing the threats we know, but additionally the unknown threats of the digital.

The Internet has evolved from an instrument of freedom to an instrument of super-surveillance strongly affected by government control and corporate interest, destabilising society. An algorithmic system of surveillance, with its own particular systems of control and governance, which clearly reshaped our daily life and behaviours and changed drastically the way we perceive security.

Through confrontation, experimentation and fragmentation I am investigating in the socio-political implications of the internet and different aspects of our online control society aiming to unlock our perception of privacy and security.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2015



  • Friederike Glaser works within the material landscape of data, exploiting this resource from an aesthetic as well as a theoretical approach. 

    Through fragmenting complex subject areas and investigating grey areas, the unregulated digital codes of behaviour, corrupt legislation and inherent faults within technological creations, Glaser creats alternative routes to existing structures and established understandings of our digital society. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Product Design, University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd, 2013; BA, Lund University School of Industrial Design, 2012
  • Experience

  • Workshop Leader, Royal College of Art, Chatham, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • The Poetry of the Functional, Industriemuseum Chemnitz, Germany, 2013
  • Awards

  • Prize, German Federal Ecodesign Award, 2013