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.


Related publications

Miyazaki S.and Hertrich, S., Following the Elephant-Nosed Fish: Making Things More Complicated as a Form of Resistance in NERD – New Experimental Research in Design, Birkhäuser Publishers (2018), ISBN 978-3-0356-1742-9

Hertrich, S. and Honda A.,  Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, March 23–23, 2017, Yokohama, Japan.

Hertrich, S. and 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. 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



(2013–19) Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures IXDM, Basel (CH)  // (2012) Tsinghua University, TASML Tsinghua Art and Science Media Laboratory, Beijing (CN) //  University of the Arts (UdK), Design Research lab (2010-11), Berlin (DE) // (2007) Intel Corporation, Practices and People research group, Hillsboro OR (US) // (2009) The University of Tokyo, Department of Creative Informatics, Meta Perception research group, Tokyo (JP) // (2008)  The Open University, Ubiquitous Computing Lab, Milton Keynes (UK)