Susanna Hertrich – Associated Researcher

Susanna Hertrich works at the intersection of conceptual design and contemporary art. She studied at the Peter Behrens School of Art in Düsseldorf and Tokyo University of the Arts. She received an MA degree from the Royal College of Art in London (2008). Her artistic research investigates extensions of the human senses and the role of the physical body in relation to technology-driven environments. Susanna is a recipient of numerous grants and was an invited artist in residence at the Goethe Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto (2015), Tsinghua University Art & Science Media Laboratory in Beijing (2012) and Tokyo Wonder Site (2012). Her artworks are exhibited internationally, among others at HKW House of World Cultures, Berlin; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Marta Herford; FACT, Liverpool, Boston Center for the Arts and MAK, Vienna. Susanna has had teaching positions at Chiba University in Japan, Anhalt University in Dessau, University of the Arts Berlin, Academy of Art and Design in Basel and Bergen Academy of Art & Design in Norway.


Conference Papers

Hertrich, S. and Honda, A., Brighter Than A Thousand Suns: A Uniform To Detect And Display Radiation. TEI 17. New York: ACM, 2017. Pages 659-663.

Hertrich, S. und Joost, G. AAA – Automated Anchoring Device. Devices That Alter Perception in conjunction with ISMAR 2010, October 13th 2010, Seoul, South Korea.

Hertrich, S., Hemmert F., et. al. Synthetic Empathy. Devices That Alter Perception in conjunction with ISMAR 2010, October 13th 2010, Seoul, South Korea.

Hertrich, S. and Reynolds, C. (2009) Prostheses for Instincts. International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2009). August 23 – September 1, 2009, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Hertrich, S., Fear Tuners. Devices that Alter Perception Workshop (DAP 2008) in conjunction with UbiComp 2008, September 21st, 2008, Seoul, South Korea.


Devices That Alter Perceptions, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010

Talks / Presentations

14.05.2019    Die Zukunft der Künste in Reale Utopien, Das Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (/w Jan Claas Van Treeck)

2018    Minds, Bodies and the Machine, Presentation and Panel, Mapping Festival, Geneva (CH)

2018    Empathy and Justice, Presentation, Art Academy Munich (DE)

2017     What remains… Discussion with Martina Siegwolf, DOCK, Basel (CH)

2017     Altering Perceptions „Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Art Research Symposium“, Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation, Barcelona (ES)

2017    New Senses Dept. of Media Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin (DE)

2017    Haunted – Artist Talk (w/ Kyoko Ebata), IIDj, Tokyo (JP)

2017    Brighter Than A Thousand Suns – Artist Talk Creative Hub 131, Tokyo (JP)

2016    Poetry of Real Symposium Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Basel (CH)

2016    Human Upgrade – Artist Talk Schader-Stiftung gallery, Darmstadt (DE)

2016     The Connected Body panel discussion, ZKM, Karlsruhe (DE)

2016     Meister, Cyborgs und Maschine panel discussion, DASA, Dortmund (DE)

Exhibitions / Shows


2018     On the dependence of our worldview on the duration of the moment Kunstverein Mannheim (DE)

2016     Human Upgrade Schader-Stiftung gallery, Darmstadt (DE) (/w Hannes Wiedemann)

2015     Prostheses. Transhuman Life Forms Art Laboratory Berlin (DE)

2011    Berlin Wild Life Haus am Waldsee/Skulpturenpark, Berlin (DE)  (/w Michiko Nitta)

2010    Gloomy Haven Felix Ringel Galerie/garage, Düsseldorf (DE)



2019     Experiment Zukunft, Kunsthalle Rostock (/w Shintaro Miyazaki)

2017–19     Hello, Robot  *

— Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (DE)

— Vienna Biennial, MAK, Wien (AT)

— Design Museum, Ghent (BE)

— 2018 Gewerbemuseum Winterthur (CH)


2018    The End is Where We Start From. On Tsunamis, Nuclear Explosions and other Fairy Tales
             Balzer Projects, Basel (CH)

2017     First, I was afraid Dorsky Gallery, New York City (US)

2017     I Dread To Think… Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston (US)

2017     Kairos Castle Castle Van Gaasbeek, Gaasbeek (BE) *

2017     Arts Track TEI17 Intl. Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, Yokohama  (JP)

2016    Second Nature HEK – House of Electronic Art, Basel  (CH)

2016    Don’t Expect Anything European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück (DE) *

2016    The Next Big Thing Is Not A Thing Bureau Europa, Maastricht (NL) *

2015    The Ticking of Time Emaar Pavilion Gallery, Dubai (AE) *

2015    Digital Art Fest National Academy of the Arts, Sofia (BG)

2015    The Informed Body NODE Forum for Digital Arts, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)

2014    III. Biennial of Contemporary Art Mérida (VE)*

2014    Intimacy Paraflows Festival, Künstlerhaus Wien  (AT)*

2013    Von Tagebuch bis weblog: Tägliche Strategien in der Gegenwartskunst
Municipal gallery Bietigheim-Bissingen (DE)*

2013 O’Clock CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (CN) *

2012 Hey, Alter Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (DE)

2012 Get some fresh AIR Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokio (JP)

2012 Revolve EMAF European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück (DE) *

Funding / Grants

Grants, scholarships & artist residencies (selection)

2019     Atelier Mondial, full stipend for artist residency at Tokyo Arts and Space Residency, Japan

2017     Berlin Senate, support for intl. cultural projects: exhibition in New York

2017     Goethe Institute, travel grant for Boston

2015     Goethe Institute Kyoto, full stipend for artist residency at Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto

2012     Goethe Institute, full stipend for TASML Tsinghua Art & Science Media Lab, Beijing

2012     Tokyo Wonder Site, artist residency

2011      The Federal German Cultural Foundation, project grant

2010     Schering Foundation for Art & Science, exhibition grant

2005     Norwegian Arts Council, Art & Technology project grant

2005     Norwegian Research Council, travel stipend for China

1999     Japanese Ministry of Culture and Education full stipend for Tokyo National University of the Arts,
Dept. Intermedia Arts, Prof. Masaki Fujihata


2016                 Visiting lecturer, Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Basel (CH)

2014 – 2015    Visiting Associate Professor, Chiba University (JP)

2013 – 2014    Course leader, MAID, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (DE)

2011 – 2013    Visiting lecturer, University of the Arts Berlin (DE)

2002 – 2006    Associate Professor, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (NO)

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