Interdisciplinary Games was founded by Silja Klepp and Johanna Barnbeck in order to develop games that systematically support research between different fields and disciplines. COLLAB is the first in a series of games to improve methods and communication in these settings.
Silja Klepp is Professor of Human Geography at Kiel University. Her research group “Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas” deals with human-environment relations in the Anthropocene.
In her current research on climate change adaptation, she integrates environmental justice perspectives and critical theories in the study of the social effects of climate change.
Silja’s field research experience includes countries such as Italy, Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Libya, Malta, and Zambia. Together with others she founded the transdisciplinary network of environmental justice EnJust. In order to achieve more inclusive and creative ways of making science she works with transdisciplinary approaches and artistic research.
Johanna Barnbeck is an artistic researcher and creative consultant based in Berlin. She applies and teaches creative methods to generate artistic-scientific insights, working at the intersection of art, design, science, and technology.
Her research focuses on self-reflective practices, such as "Categories to Come" on language and sexuality, as well as interdisciplinarity through camera-based feedback methods.
Johanna studied Cultural Analysis and Artistic Research in Amsterdam, where she later carried out research at the Rijksmuseum. Since then, she has led interdisciplinary teams with diverse backgrounds from inside and outside of academia.
Experimenting with science communication has always been a crucial aspect of her projects. This ultimately lead her to found Spread the Nerd, an agency for innovative science communication.