- Female Imagination and the Production of Space Talk Bartlett UCL 3/3/2021 - Beyond Virtual Reality Talk AA 12/10/2020 - NFF Exhibition Utrecht 25/09-3/10/2020 -  NFF Gouden Kalf Nomination Best Interactive 2020 - N E W S - N E W S - N E W S 

Beyond
Virtual 
Reality





Paula Strunden


RESEARCH - DESIGN - TEACHING - Co-founder of Virtual Fruits - Associate of Store London - XR Workshops - Location-based VR Installations - AA Media Studies Course - Store After-School-Clubs - Mixed-Reality -

Weightless Collaboration by Paula Strunden & John Cruwys, MU Artspace Eindhoven, 2020


Micro-Utopia: The Imaginary Potential of Home, Unit 24, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 2017-18


Talking Trees of Tallinn by Paula Strunden, Architecture Biennale Tallinn, 2020


Presenting Talking Trees of Tallinn, TAB Symposium Tallinn, 2020


Making-of Infra-thin Magick, PhD Research, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2020-2023


Making-of Weightless Collaboration, Amsterdam, 2019

VR After School Club, STORE London, 2019

Micro-Utopia: The Imaginary Potential of Home by Paula Strunden, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam 2020


Presenting Weightless Collaboration, Nederlands Film Festival Utrecht, 2020


Rhetorical Bodies: I body, you body, we body..., No Dancing Allowed, Q21, 2022


Media Studies VR Courses, Architectural Association London, 2019-2022


Infra-thin Magick - An XR Ceremony, Exhibit Gallery, Academy of FIne Arts Vienna, 2022
Weightless Bricks by Paula Strunden, John Cruwys & David Flook, Royal Academy of Arts London, 2019


1-Day VR Workshops, STORE Rotterdam, 2020


Infrathin Magick XR Ceremony, Exhibit Gallery Vienna, 2022 


Weightless Collaboration by Paula Strunden & John Cruwys, Finalist Nederlands Film Festival Utrecht, 2021


Infra-thin Magick - An XR Ceremony, Exhibit Gallery, Academy of FIne Arts Vienna, 2022


Infra-thin Magick - An XR Ceremony, Exhibit Gallery, Academy of FIne Arts Vienna, 2022



- Paula Strunden - PhD Researcher @ Academy of Fine Arts Vienna - EU Research Program TACK Communities of Tacit Knowledge : Architecture and its Ways of Knowing- Media Studies Tutor @ Architectural Association London - Co-founder Virtual Fruits -  Co-founder Soft Bodies - ABOUT - ABOUT - ABOUT


Based between Amsterdam and Vienna, Paula Strunden is an architectural designer and PhD researcher who builds multisensory extended reality experiences, merging virtual and mixed reality technologies with physical objects and crafts. To read Paula’s full CV please click here ︎ ︎ ︎

R E S E A R C H / By designing speculative room-scale installations and interactive 1:1 models, Paula explores possible futures of spatial computing and investigates how we can live, work and play within a hybrid physical/digital world. Since March 2020, she is affiliated with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, conducting a PhD by design in the research framework TACK Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020.
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D E S I G N / Since graduating from the Bartlett UCL in 2018, Paula's mixed reality work has been exhibited at film and design festivals internationally as well as at the Royal Academy of Arts, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, MU Artspace Eindhoven and the Tallinn Architecture Biennale. As partner of Soft Bodies, she developed with John Cruwys the research-led design project Weightless Bricks Act I & II that has been supported by the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds for Digital Culture and nominated for The Netherlands’ most prestigious film award The Golden Calf (in Dutch: Gouden Kalf) in the catageory of Best Interactive 2020.
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T E A C H I N G / As Associate of Store and co-founder of Virtual Fruits, Paula has lead XR workshops at public high-school, universities and cultural institutions in London and abroad, such as Whitechapel Gallery, Zabludowicz Collection, V&A,Kunsthalle Vienna and Het Nieuwe Institut Rotterdam. She tutored at the Bartlett UCL summer school programme and teaches Communication & Media Studies at the Architectural Association London.
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For any questions or thoughts about potential collaborations,
please get in touch:

p a u l a @ s t r u n d e n . c o m

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Thanks to all the wonderful collaborators & supporters:

Alexandra Anderson (Co-founder Virtual Fruits)
John Cruwys (Co-founder Soft Bodies)
David Flook (Co-founder Soft Bodies)
Fabian Strunden (UX Design)
Kevin Pollard (Sound Design)
Jesper van den Ende (UX Coding)
Sofia Strunden (Graphic Design)
Bodo Neuss (Voice Over)

Stimuleringsfonds NL
Frame Magazine
Dutch Design Week
Open City Doc
Tallinn Architecture Biennale
MU Artspace
Royal Academy of Arts
Eye Filmmuseum

EXHIBITIONS - TEXTS - TALKS - WORKSHOPS - Alison’s Room at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam - Je-Roaming at Archizoom EPFL Lausanne - Expanded Bodies After School Club Store London - Multi-sensory Interfaces at Archizoom EPFL Lausanne - 


Links to selected exhibitions      

+ UPCOMING Alison’s Room at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, November 2022

+ ONGOING Infra-thin Magick at ‘Speculative Fiction’ at Exhibit Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, July - October 2022


+ ONGOING Rhetorical Bodies at ‘No Dancing Allowed’ at Frei_raum Q21 / MQ Vienna, June - September 2022

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Je-Roaming at ‘Database, Network, Interface: the Architecture of Information’ at Archizoom, EPFL in Lausanne, September - December 2021

+ Micro-Utopia at ‘Cosmowoman: Places as Constellation’, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, 2021

+ Weightless Collaboration at NFF Extended Realities Exhibition in Utrecht, November 2020

+ Weightless Collaboration at MU Artspace in Eindhoven, March-August 2020

+ Micro-Utopia at Virtual Dioramas, Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, November 2019

+ Weightless Collaboration at Expanded Realities Exhibition in London, October 2019

+ Talking Trees of Tallinn at Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonian Museum of Architecture in Tallinn, September - November 2019

+ Weightless Bricks at Invisible Landscapes, Royal Academy of Arts in London, February-April 2019

+ Micro-Utopia: The Imaginary Potential of Home at Open City Documentary Festival in London, September 2018


Links to selected talks      

+ LECTURE ‘Multi-sensory Interfaces’ at Archizoom, EPFL Lausanne and Zoom, 8 November 2021 ︎ Recording

+ SYMPOSIUM ‘Simulating Atmospheres’ at 4th Austrian Doctoral Symposium in Innsbruck, 21-22 October 2021

+ LECTURE ‘Beyond VR - Designing for the multi-sensory mind’ with Bogomir Doringer at Social Design Studio of Angewandte Vienna via Zoom, May 2021

+ PANEL DISCUSSION ‘Traversing the Binaries: Unstable States and Dual Truths’ at Goldsmith University via Zoom, May 2021

+ TALK ‘Female Imagination and the Production of Space’ at the Bartlett International Lecture Series via Zoom, March 2021

+ LECTURE ‘Beyond Virtual Reality’ at the Architectural Association via Zoom November 2020 ︎ Recording

+ TALK ‘How will we live in 2040?’ Dutch Design Week Talks: Future Living organised by Frame Magazine in Eindhoven, October 2019

+ SYMPOSIUM ‘The Talking Trees of Tallinn’ at TAB 2019 Symposium Beauty Matters. Just like love, it’s real in Tallinn, September 2019

+ SYMPOSIUM ‘Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration’ at Expanded Realties Symposium, Open City Documentary Festival London, September 2019

+ SYMPOSIUM ‘Architecture of the Immersive Internet’ Symposium by Lara Lesmes, Fredrik V Hellberg and James Taylor-Foster at the AA, March 2019

+ PANEL DISCUSSION ‘Constructing A Real Virtuality’ at Royal Academy of Arts London, February 2019


Links to selected texts      

+ PUBLICATION ‘Being here and there: Embodying Virtual Reality’ by Paula Strunden / Manege #2 Automation

+ PUBLICATION ‘Micro-Utopia: A Theoretical and Practical Study of Inhabiting the Virtual’ by Paula Strunden / Design Ecologies

+ Je-Roaming in ‘Database, Network, Interface: the Architecture of Information’ Exhibition Catalogue / Archizoom, EPFL

+ ARTICLE ‘Vom physischen Erlebnis eines virtuellen Raums’ by Arian Lehner about Soft Bodies / Architektur Aktuell

+
INTERVIEW ‘Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration’ with Paula Strunden / NFF Interactive

+ ARTICLE ‘The Agile Workplace 2.0: finding new tools for connection’ by Peter Maxwell about Soft Bodies / Frame

+ INTERVIEW #805 with Paula Strunden by Kent Bye/ Voice of VR

+ EXHIBITION REVIEW ‘Bescheiden vr-installaties in Eye Filmmuseum’ by Jan Pieter Ekker / Parool

+ EXHIBITION REVIEW ‘Mogelijke Werelden in Galerie Neus’ by Jeroen Popelier / Mister Motley

+ INTERVIEW ‘Your future remote workplace is half VR half carefully positioned real-life objects’ with Paula Strunden by Rab Messina / Frame

+ ARTICLE ‘Post Digital Communication’ by Peter Maxwell about Soft Bodies / LSN Global

+ EXHIBITION REVIEW ‘Galerie NEUS: een plek voor de ondernemende utopist’ by Marlies Rothoff / Gelderlander


Links to selected courses      

+ SUMMER SCHOOL ‘Inflatable Bodies’ at STORE Rotterdam, July 2022

+ UNIVERSITY COURSE ‘Psychotropic House’ at the Architectural Association London, Jan - March 2022

+ AFTER-SCHOOL-CLUB ‘Expanded Bodies’ with Sofia Strunden at STORE London, March 2022 


+ 1-DAY WORKSHOP ‘Tekenen in Virtual Reality’ at STORE Rotterdam, August 2021

+ UNIVERSITY COURSE ‘Metacampus’ with VR Academy at Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, September - October 2021

+ UNIVERSITY COURSE ‘A Room of One’s Own’ at the Architectural Association London, Jan - March 2021

+ UNIVERSITY COURSE ‘Inhabitable Reliefs’ at the Univeristy of Innsbruck, Dec - March 2021

+ AFTER-SCHOOL-CLUB ‘Creature Feature’ with Marie Walker-Smith at STORE London, Jan - March 2021

+ 1-DAY WORKSHOP ‘Folding Filthy Lucre’ with Alex Anderson at Victoria & Albert Museum London, March 2020

+ 1-DAY WORKSHOP ‘Land of Milk & Honey’ at Zabludowics Collection London, March 2020

+ SUMMER SCHOOL ‘Drawing without Walls’ with Alex Anderson at Whitechapel Gallery London, July 2019

+ DESIGN-CLUB ‘Virtual Vases’ with Alex Anderson at STORE London, January 2019

+ SUMMER SCHOOL ‘Infraworlds’ with Alex Anderson & Thomas Parker at The Bartlett University College London, July 2018


- for more images and videos please visit Vimeo / Instagram or LinkedIn - for more info - CONTACT - paula@strunden.com - ︎ ︎ ︎