Denise Hirtenfelder

Researcher & Artist


“Often the future appears as a distant planet, but in fact we should understand it as a parallel world to the present.”


Denise Hirtenfelder (*1997, AT) is an artistic match-maker, puzzle builder and art-related researcher working in the field of Future Thinking and Art-Science. Her approach focuses primarily on critically examining the cultural model of the advancing 21st century in response to current challenges, in order to rewrite the script for a sustainable future as a global community. Therefore, she does not hesitate to confront the prevailing power structures and outdated systems within our society in the Global North with new creative tools and counter-models that show us alternative possible future scenarios.

Denise Hirtenfelder graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in (de)Fine-Art from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. For her graduation project „Re-Writing the Script – A New Relationship to Finitude” she was nominated for the Research Award of her educational institution, as well as honorably mentioned as the 3rd place winner of the Drempelprijs for Commercial Practice. She is currently working as a Researcher & Artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in the field of Art Thinking.

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