Emile De Visscher is a designer, engineer, PhD graduate and research associate focusing on small scale manufacturing systems and more generally on our relation to production and consumption.


Enthousiast about the current utopia of local, distributed and urban manufacturing, his work develops into a series of tools and machines he defines as "technophanic", in the sense that their mechanisms resonnate with symbols, myths or fantasms.


The tools he develops unfold in different contexts, uses and objects, allowing not only to actually produce solutions for our society, but also to question our current habits and discourses. Through both design, engineering, material sciences, but also critical writing and curating, he explores the different ways technologies and techniques interact.



Emile De Visscher holds 2 Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (FR, 2009) and Imperial College (UK, 2012). as well as a MA in design from the Royal College of Art (UK, 2012). He then obtained a PhD through the program SACRe (Science, Art, Création, Recherche) between Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Univserité Paris Science et Lettres.


Since 2019, Emile De Visscher is a research associate in the Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity" at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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