Mike is a critical designer, researcher and educator, instinctively drawn to the obscure corners of technological research. Stimulating collaborations with experts from the life to computer sciences, he generates extraordinary processes and tools to challenge society’s preconceptions. In 2014, Mike co-founded Thought Collider with Susana Cámara Leret, an experimental, critical art/design research practice based in Amsterdam. Their work focuses on the exploration of the meanings and values that can be derived from alternative ways of experiencing built and mediated environments, motivated by emerging technologies. Mike is additionally co-founder of The Data & Ethics Working Group, a collaborative research team exploring public interaction with data access, exchange and retrieval systems, and ethics of data ownership.
Aside from his work with Thought Collider, Mike collaborates with Arne Hendriks on the creation of the worlds first community built floating island of fat – The FATBERG. The initiative is an ongoing critical design research project focused on the construction and growth of a floating island of fat. Fat performs a unique and vital function as an energy reserve, stored within the body for times of scarcity. And yet, from a western perspective, fat has lost this function. It is stored and stored some more, but rarely used for its original purpose. Fat simply is.
Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing
Their work is rooted in design, has a flavor of art and a profound touch of science. It’s a blend of different types of knowledge that brings forth new knowledge. Central to their approach is an open-ended and all-inclusive mindset. Western science is as legitimate as indigenous traditions. In their…
As advances in nanotechnology bring us increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae could become attractive sources for tapping energy. The Latro lamp by designer Mike Thompson is a speculative product responding to this potential future market. It utilizes living algae as its power source. The idea was…