Susanna Hertrich

Artistic research

Over the past years, my artistic research has been focussed on investigating extensions of the human senses and the role of the physical body in relation to technology-driven environments. My interest was to narrate about novel ways to overcome the boundaries between bodies, minds and technology. Thereby, I have asked whether our natural bodies which basically remain unchanged since prehistoric times are fit for today’s challenges of survival under unnatural living conditions. All these projects share A) a utilitarian approach, taking into consideration findings in psychology, behavioural biology, neuroscience and haptics, B) an exploration of their poetic qualities and C) an undeniable degree of wild speculation. The artefacts and images resulting from this research have to be understood as vehicles to carry a narration about the cultural imaginaries in which these anticipated technologies have become reality. These explorations live two lives: as artworks, they appear in exhibitions and as conference papers, they have been presented to academic audiences.

Research affiliations

— 2016 – 2018 —

Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures
Academy of Art & Design
FHNW, Basel (Switzerland)

— 2012 —

TASML Art & Science Media Laboratory
Tsingghua University, Beijing (China)

— 2010 —

Design Research Lab
University of the Arts Berlin (Germany)

— 2009 —

Meta Perception Research Group,
The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Related publications

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 Perception 2010, Reader, Create Space Intl. (2011), ISBN 1463664249

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