Program Director, Associate Professor
Garðar holds a B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Studies from Design Academy Eindhoven. He mixes contextual, material and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. Utilizing a variety of mediums to manifest his voice; objects, spatial, artefacts, speculation, video, performance, talking and writing.
Balancing academia with studio practices his work ranges from developing his own projects, curating exhibitions, advising in the public and private sector, project managing and conducting workshops. Garðar also writes in various publications and gives public talks across platforms, often in the form of performative lectures and dialog in conferences, symposium and radio.
Thomas Pausz is a critical designer based in Reykjavik.
He holds a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Arts in London (MA RCA 2009) and a BA in Philosophy from Paris X University (2000).Thomas creates multimedia scenarios for alternative ecologies. His installations and interventions in living systems create empathy with non-human forms of life such as plants, bees or imaginary species. His narrative projects de-centre the human gaze and offer alternative sensory experiences of the environment. Thomas is actively engaged in collaborations with scientists in the fields of Biology (NCBS India), Marine Ecology (IUEM France), Forestry and Agronomy in Iceland (LBHI), and leads workshops at the crossroad of Design and Life Sciences internationally.
Thomas Pausz is a founding member and Assistant professor at the MA Design Explorations & Translations program at the Iceland University of the Arts. In 2017 he co-founded the Northern Bumbling Network for the study of pollinators in the Nordic Countries and the Korpa Project for collaboration between Agronomy and Design in Iceland. In 2012-13 Pausz was a Fellow at the Akademie Schloß Solitude, and in 2016 he was a resident Artist at the Delfina Foundation.
Marteinn Sindri Jónsson
Thesis & Text Supervisor, Adjunct
Marteinn Sindri Jónsson is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Design and Architecture. He has been involved in developing the integration of theory and practice in the MA Design Programme, guiding academic practice, thesis writing and design research. Marteinn holds a BA and an MA degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland and has within the field of philosophy focused on the history of ideas, political theory, ontology, aesthetics, media and communication. Marteinn has worked as a radio producer for the Icelandic National Radio RÚV for years as well as developing his artistic practice as a musician.
Kolbrún Þóra Löve
Visual Communication, .gif master
Kolbrún holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York and a Masters Degree in Design from the Dirty Art Department at Sandberg Instituut / Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She teaches visual communication with emphasis on the intersections of media, image and theory. She works primarily within the realm of ecology and image, and has been one of the directors of Iceland-based arts and design journal Neptún Magazine since 2014.
Sam Rees is a generalist with a passion for DIY culture, manifesting itself through printed matter, installation, workshops and project management. He studied interactive arts, has been teaching interactive media courses at the IUA since 2014, was a co-founder of the Fjúk residency and is one of the organisers of the Reykjavik Zine and Print Fair. In recent years, his focus has been on the development of interactive dioramas - sequential narrative installations, eclectic assemblage exploring technological waste and our perception of robotics. Last year he participated in residencies at Signal Culture in upstate New York and a rural fab lab in Portugal.
Tinna Ottesen is a spatial storyteller that works with the narrative elements of space within the fields of art, design, theatre, dance, performance and film.
She carries a post master from A.pass in advanced scenography, studied production design in the Danish Filmschool and Visual Communication in the Danish Designschool.