Tanja Seiner is a designer and curator based in Munich.
She devises and designs products, environments and exhibitions in collaboration with cultural institutions, corporations and non-profit organisations. Her expertise includes strategic thinking, concept development, creative direction, design, and the curation of exhibitions and discursive formats.
Subsequent to her diploma in product design from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design she worked as senior designer at studio Jerszy Seymour Berlin. Here she conceived consumer goods and furniture for industry (Magis, Vitra, Groupe SEB et al.) and collaborated on conceptual installations for museums amongst which MUDAM Luxembourg, MAK Vienna and Marta Herford (2007–10).
In her exhibition “Pet Market” (erstererster, Berlin 2015), Tanja enquired into the customs and preconceptions which form the relationship between people and their pets. While the exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure” at the Museum Marta Herford (Sept 2018 – Jan 2019) and Design Museum Gent (May – Sept 2019) investigates the role of design in human-animal relationships yet further, the well-received exhibition “Touch deeper” (Lothringer13 Halle, Munich 2016–17), investigated how the technological promise of efficiency and control has changed and is changing our environment.
Tanja regularly brings her curatorial examination to design education. Previous teaching commitments include theory and practice based seminars at the design department of Kunsthochschule Kassel (2010–15) and at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich (summer term 2018).
Together with Sarah Dorkenwald and Karianne Fogelberg, Tanja Seiner founded UnDesignUnit, a studio that considers design to be a significant medium and a strategy for conceiving innovative and discursive formats, thereby continuously aiming at advancing design as a critical practice.
She is also founding member of the housing cooperative KOOPERATIVE GROSSSTADT.