Chris Woebken (b. Hamburg, DE) is an artist, design futures researcher and educator. His work examines the potential of design for discussing new imaginations around complex social, technological and ecological challenges. He is teaching at the Weitzman School of Design at Penn and Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Woebken earned a Master’s in design interactions from the Royal College of Art in London. Woebken co-founded the Extrapolation Factory, a participatory futures research studio. He participated in art residencies at Eyebeam, Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Fellowship and his work was supported by grants from the Shed, NYFA and the Graham Foundation.

His work has been exhibited widely including at the MoMA, NCCA National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, and the China National Museum in Beijing. He has created special commissions for Z33 in Leuven, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and ZKM in Karlsruhe.

Woebken resides in the traditional and unceded land of the Lenape also known as Brooklyn, New York.

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email: hello at chriswoebken dot com
studio: New Lab, 19 Morris Ave, 11205 Brooklyn, NY
elsewhere: Instagram,
Areas I specialize in: 
Participatory Futures Research, Structuring participatory design engagements, Critical & experimental design curriculum and workshop development, Special interest in biodesign and ecology research

Current & Upcoming: 
2/19 - 7/29/2023 ‘New York, New Publics’, collab. with Tei Carpenter, Emmanuel Oni and the Youth Design Center, MoMA, NY, US

Past project partners include:
Arts & Culture: Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City, Local Projects, Dunne & Raby, Goethe Institute, MIT Media Lab - Playful Systems Group, MOS Architects, Strelka Institute, Sagmeister Inc., The Green Eyl, The Living, Van Alen Institute, Walker Art Center, YesYesNo, Youth Design Center, Z33

Public Sector: NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Education, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Red Cross Climate Center, UNICEF

Industry: Autodesk Research, ComEd, Dubai Future Foundation, IDEO, Forum for the Future, Ford Motor Company, frog design, Ginkgo Bioworks, Intel Research, Microsoft Research, Space10