Irina Shapiro’s practice merges design projects, learning contexts and educational programmes that explore situational, participatory and performative qualities of design and applied arts. Shapiro’s research focuses on pedagogical and artistic approaches that act within multiscale, multispecies environments and open up inter-relational forms of knowledge production.

She is a co-initiator of Open Set — an alternative platform for art/design research and development outside and in-between institutional environments and disciplines. Shapiro regularly teaches on experimental pedagogies, mapping multidisciplinary lexicons and practices, and collaborative design modes. Since 2016 she is involved in the Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute as a core tutor.

Irina Shapiro lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.