re:publica x Reeperbahn Festival
22-23rd September 2023
Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, researcher, educator and media activist based in Tel Aviv. His love/hate relationship with data informs his design work, art pieces, activism, research, teaching, workshops & city life. Mushon is developing his research titled “Friction and Flow” — a design theory of change. Among Mushon’s collaborations, he is the co-founder of Shual.com – a foxy design studio; SpeculativeTourism.com - audiotours through the futures of cities; Normalizi.ng – discover what normal people look like; the AdNauseam extension – clicking ads so you don’t have to; YouAreNotHere – a tour of Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv; Kriegspiel – a computer game version of the Situationist Game of War; and multiple government transparency and civic participation initiatives with the Public Knowledge Workshop. Mushon also designed the maps for Waze.com and led the design of Localize.city. His creative work has been exhibited worldwide in museums such as the MoMA in New York and the SFMOMA in San Francisco; presented in festivals and biennales such as Ars Electronica, Offf, Future Everything, Re:publica, Transmediale and Manifesta; and awarded prizes and grants from PrixArs, Rhizome, Turbulence, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Gallery Dublin, the Swiss Confederation and others. Mushon is an alumni of Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He teaches digital media as a senior faculty member at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. He has previously taught new media research at NYU and Open Source design at Parsons the New School of Design and in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.