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Joëlle Bitton is an artist and a human-computer interaction researcher. She currently teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts in Interaction Design. With her works, Joëlle explores a sense of material intimacy and personal geography with machines and systems. She likes most to entangle strangeness and familiarity together. As such, in her doctoral thesis at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she created interactive fabrication processes with personal data as a way for individuals to have an intuitive control of machines.

At Media Lab Europe in Dublin, she explored the mediation of technologies in human relationships and their potential social impact, notably with the projects "RAW" and "Passages". She also conducted similar research studies on the creative uses of technologies at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. She graduated from Université Paris Sorbonne with a dissertation in history on the 19th-century rise of nations correlated with the development of networks and technologies.

She advocates for the de-evangelisation of technologies and design as problem-solvers and as markers of progress.

CV (Selected Events)


Doctorate of Design (DDes) "Measure of Abstraction: Embodied Fabrication and the Materiality of Intimacy"
Harvard University Graduate School of Design


MA New Media Studies
Telecom Paris / École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris


DEA Contemporary History (History of Technology): "Machines de l'Imaginaire"
University Paris IV Sorbonne


MA Geography (Geopolitics): "Guyana: Identities and political conflicts in a multi-ethnic society"
University Paris I Sorbonne


BA in History
University Paris I Sorbonne