Susanna Hertrich

Artist statement

Susanna Hertrich is a multi-disciplinary artist working and living in Berlin and Basel. Her works investigate the liminal space between the visible world and those things that normally remain hidden. Her objects demonstrate an expanded sense of reality. In a seemingly mundane context, they celebrate moments of the »strangely familiar.«
In her artistic research, she invents wondrous devices and fantastical wearables that subtly satirise our present reality. These body prostheses articulate social criticism as well as showing an outlook into an alternative future.


Susanna 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). Next to her artistic practice she is a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures at the Academy of Art & Design in Basel FHNW, Switzerland conducting an SNF-funded project »The Sensorium of the Animals« (in collaboration with Shintaro Miyazaki). Her artistic research investigates extensions of the human senses and the role of the physical body in relation to technology-driven environments. Earlier research assignments include a stay at the Meta-Perception group at the University of Tokyo (2009) and the Design Research Lab at the University of the Arts in Berlin (2011). 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 works are exhibited internationally, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Marta Herford, CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), FACT (Liverpool), Emaar Pavilion Gallery (Dubai), EMAF European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück), NODE Digital Arts Forum (Frankfurt), La Triennale di Milano and EMPAC (Troy, New York).

Susanna has been a visiting professor at Chiba University in Japan, Anhalt University in Dessau, Academy of Art and Design in Basel and she has been appointed Associate Professor at Bergen Academy of Art & Design in Norway between 2002 and 2006.

(Growing) photographer's portfolio on lensculture since 06.2017

Solo and duo exhibitions

— 2016 —

  • Schader-Stiftung/Gallery (w/ Hannes Wiedemann), Darmstadt (DE)

— 2015 —

  • Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin (DE)

— 2011 —

  • Haus am Waldsee/Sculpture park (w/ Michiko Nitta), Berlin (DE)

— 2010 —

  • Felix Ringel Gallery/garage, Düsseldorf (DE)

Selected group exhibitions

— 2019 —

  • Hello, Robot / MIT Museum, Cambridge (USA)

— 2018 —

  • Hello, Robot / Kunstgewerbemuseum Winterthur (CH)

— 2017 —

  • I dread to think… / Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston (USA)
  • Hello, Robot / Vitra Design Museum, Weil (DE)
  • Kairos Castle. The art of the moment / Kasteel Van Gaasbeek, Gaasbeek (B)
  • Hello, Robot / MAK, Vienna (AU)
  • I dread to think… /Dorsky Gallery, New York City (USA)
  • Field Trip Asia / Edwin's gallery, Jakarta (IDN)

— 2016 —

  • Second Nature / HEK Hause der Elektronischen Künste, Basel (CH)
  • States of Emotion / STATE Festival, Berlin (DE)
  • Collection / Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt (DE)
  • Future of Visions. Don't expect anything / EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (DE)
  • The next big thing is not a thing / Bureau Europa, Maastricht (NL)

— 2015 —

  • The Ticking of time / The Gallery at Emaar Pavilion, Dubai (UAE)
  • Digital Art Fest, National Academy of the Arts, Sofia (BG)
  • Et Omnia Veritas / Kielce Institute of Design, Kielce (PL)
  • Field Trip Asia / Art Gallery National Institute of Education, Singapore (SG)
  • Field Trip Asia / Vargas Museum, Quezon City (PH)

— 2014 —

  • Ⅲ. International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Mérida (VE)
  • Intimacy / Paraflows Festival for Digital Art and Culture, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (AU)

— 2013 —

  • Weblog / Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen (DE)
  • Fail Again / Souterrain Galerie, Berlin (DE)
  • O'clock / CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
  • Look Twice / Alte Kongresshalle, Munich (DE)

— 2012 —

  • Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (JP)
  • EMAF European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück (DE)
  • Hey, Alter / Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (DE)

— 2011 —

  • Now / MARTa Herford, Herford (DE)
  • Über Lebenskunst Festival / HKW House of World Cultures, Berlin (DE)
  • Architecture of Fear / Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt (B)
  • O'clock / La Triennale di Milano, Milan (I)

— 2010 —

  • EMPAC Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York (USA)
  • Membranes. Surfaces. Boundaries / Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin (DE)
  • Festival for Expanded Media, Filmwinter Stuttgart (DE)

— 2009 —

  • Piksel Fest, Gallery stifelsen 3,14, Bergen (NO)
  • Foundation Kop, Breda (NL)

Selected GRANTS

Selected screenings

  • 2016 | Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (Germany)
  • 2010 | AND Festival, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster (United Kingdom)
  • 2009 | AND Abandon Normal Devices Festival, FACT Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Selected public appearances

Selected bibliography

» Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary«, Lars Müller Publishers, Zürich, 2016, p. 205

»Anatomy of a Fairytale« — Andreas Greiner, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, 2016, p. 195

»The next big things is not a thing«, exhibition catalogue, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, 2016

Won, J. ,»From Design 2« , Colon Publishers, Gyeonggi, 2016

McAlhone, B. et al., » A Smile in the Mind«, 2nd Edition, Phaidon London, 2016

Marzalkowski, T., » Prothesen als Thesen«, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 25.11.2015

»In.Stability«, exhibition catalogue, Institute of Design, Kielce, 2015, p. 70-71

Mareis, C., »Theorien des Designs. Zur Einführung«, Junius Verlag, Hamburg, 2014

Sandu Publishing, »The Art of Calendar Design«, Sandu Publishing Co., Guangzhou, 2015, p. 9

»Intimacy«, exhibition catalogue, Paraflows Festival, Wien, 2014, p. 33-44

»Vom Tagebuch bis zum Weblog. Tägliche Stratgien in der Gegenwartskunst«, exhibition catalogue, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, 2013, cover, p. 54-55

»O’clock«, exhibition catalogue, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2013, p. 111

»Wheel of Time. Calendar Design«, Design Media Publishing Ltd., Shenyang, China, 2012

Marta Herford et al., »Jetzt. Now.«, Kerber Publishers, Bielefeld, 2011, p. 52-53

Péus, C., »Zeigen, wie die Zeit vergeht«, Art Das Kunstmagazin, Number 10/2011, p. 108

Gardner, Edwin, Monnik, »Still City Glossary«, Too Much Magazine, September 2012, p.13, 24

Schwartzman, M., »See yourself sensing., Black Dog, London, 2011, p. 10

Boudier, L., »Les objets fous d’artistes«, Éditions Hoëbeke, Paris, 2011, p. 84-85

Basheer Graphic Group, »Creative Calendars«, Links Intl., 2010, cover, p.196

Klooster, T.,»Smart Surfaces«, Birkhäuser, Zürich, 2010, p. 41

Selected web articles

The Avery Review Molecular Intimacy, May 2016 // Heise Technische Zukunftsvisionen: das European Media Art Festival 2016, 27.04.2016 // Berlin Art Link Studio visit, 24.11.2015 // Hyperallergic exhibition review, 20.11.2015 // Art in Berlin exhibition review, 16.10.2015 // exhibition review, October 2015 // Creative Applications Jacobson's Fabulous Olfactometer 28.01.2015 // The Creators Project Jacobson's Fabulous Olfactometer 28.01.2015 // Frankfurter Neue Presse exhibition review , 24.04.2015 // xsead Prostheses for Instincts, 2014 // Med in Art Susanna Hertrich, 2014 // Plan A Machine Dreams, 2014 // Blouin Art Info exhibition review, 11.03.2013 // Architectural Digest exhibition review, 11.03.2013 // Goethe Institute China | interview, 11.2012 // Domusweb Architettura de la Paura, exhibition review | O'clock, exhibition review, 2011 // Arbitare exhibition review, 11.10.2011 // BerlinArtLink exhibition review , 29.08.2011 // Architonic exhibition review, 2011 // We-Make-Money-Not-Art Architecture of Fear – exhibition review, 31.10.2011 // Dezeen Chrono-Shredder, 17.06.2010 //