Yin Aiwen

1987, China

Started teaching in Situated Design in 2019


Yin Aiwen is a practicing designer, design theorist and project developer, who uses writing, speculative design and time-based art to examine the social impact of planetary communication technologies. She advocates relationship-focused design as a strategy to redesign, re-engineer and reimagine the relationship between technology and the society. Aiwen holds a BFA in Visual Communication from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and an MFA in Design from Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. She was a researcher in The New Normal in Strelka Institute, Moscow in 2017, a fellow in Art Center South Florida, Miami in 2017 and a resident in ZK/U Berlin in 2019.

Aiwen leads a module on the future of women’s work and alternative social arrangements with block chain technology. She has taught as a guest tutor in various departments of the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam between (2015-2016) and Strelka Institute (2018-2019), where she shared her own practices with students, and help the students to contextualize their work in the current techno-political climate. She also organized workshops at Waag Society, Het Nieuwe Insituut, University of Toronto, Narva Art Residency, and more.


Aiwen specializes in turning criticism and theory into design practice, devising new design strategies with institutional instruments that respond to the ever-shifting techno-political environment. With her keen focus on interpersonal relationship as (de)institutional design practice, she explores new ways of artistic intervention and maintenance through the lens of feminism, queer activism, post-colonialism and Marxism.
Exhibitions & Bibliography 

Aiwen’s work had been exhibited internationally, venues include Dutch Design Week (NL) Today’s Art (NL), Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Faena Art Center (AR), Chaumont Design Graphite (FR), SXSW festival (US) and more. Her writing appears on renowned publishing platforms includes: Volume Magazine (NL), Metropolis M (NL), DAMN Magazine(BE), Miami Rail (US), Rhizome (US) and more. Besides exhibiting and writing, she works as a strategic consultant for cultural institutions. She also has been an initiator and project developer for projects like Monolithm (2016-2017), Phi (2017-2018), ReUnion (2017 – ongoing), Urbanizing the digital (2017 – ongoing), which have received supports from Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fonds NL