JUST Michael Tonio Werner

Since 2023: Steering Committee, DigitalFUTURES, Chair, Mark Cousins Theory Award


2010 / 2011   Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art,                                                                                              

                      New York City, USA


2007 - 2009   MFA Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

                      DAAD Postgraduate Fellowship


2000 - 2007   Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

                      Installation and Interdisciplinary Practice with Prof. Daniel Buren

                      (Diploma /  Master / Meisterschüler)

                      Architecture with Prof. Elia Zenghelis (2000 – 2002)


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Michael Just is an interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin, Germany, southeast Austria and Hong Kong. He studied Fine Art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Daniel Buren (Master/Meisterschüler 2007), received an MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (2009) and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York City, USA (2010/2011). He is currently pursuing a PhD at the City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media. In 2024, he is a visiting researcher at Delft University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Ecologies of Architecture Research Group. He is furthermore a Steering Committee member at DigitalFUTURES, where he chaired the 2023 Mark Cousins Theory Award. Michael is also developing an interdisciplinary residency program in rural Austria – CASTED: Center for Aesthetic, Social, Technological and Ecological Discourse.

Michael has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Teaching includes institutions such as the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Goldsmiths - University of London, Art Center College of Art and Design, and the China Academy of Art, School of Design and Innovation.

Research Interests/Areas

- Installation and Site-Specific Art

- Socially-Engaged, Participatory and Community-Based Art

- Artistic Practice and Post-Anthropocentric Architecture, Urbanism and Design

- New Forms of Artistic Research and Art Education

- Morphogenetic Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology and Biomimetic Design

- Process Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, Architectural Theory

- Theory-Practices of Decolonization and Anthropology beyond-the-Human



2004-2006 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

Teaching Assistant to Professor Daniel Buren

2008-2009 Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Teaching Assistant

2010 Accademia di Belle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy

Visiting Artist

2012 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA

Visiting Artist

2016 Accademia di Belle Arti Roma, Rome, Italy

Visiting Artist

2018 Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

Visiting Artist

2020 China Academy of Art, School of Design and Innovation, Hangzhou, China

Visiting Lecturer