Katherina Heil

born 1982 in Hamburg, Germany
based in The Hague

initiator of the Sensory Threshold LAB
part of Billytown artist initiative


"Cosmic phenomena have always been an inspiration to explore, research, imagine and create mythologies and stories in order to give meaning and context to our lives. As it unfolds, the interpretations and visualizations of the cosmos constitute spaces, give notion of presence, communicate time. Moreover, it may trigger sensations of awareness or a shift in perspective, a mind bending sense of placing oneself in the context of the idea of an expanding universe."
(Katherina Heil 2020)

2013-2015 MFA Fine Art, AKV St.Joost, Den Bosch/ Breda, Netherlands
2011 Master class of James Higginson, Fine Art Photography,Berlin, Germany
2009 - 2011 Culture Science Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
2006-2009 BA Photography/ Visual & Motion Design, Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, Germany


2022 RSVP
Billytown Gallery, The Hague NL

2022 (Duo) Zwischen oben und Unten
Galerie LinksRechts, Hamburg DE


2021 POSITION. 2.0

Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg DE

2021 Sensory Threshold LAB 2021 – OHRIVERSUM
De Fabriek Eindhoven

2020 No View, The Radio
WEST Den Haag
NL, online
2020 not cancelled Netherlands
digital art fair, online
2020 (Duo) Spacial Drift – works by Andrea Acosta & Katherina Heil
Exgirlfriend Gallery
, Berlin DE
2019 Ceramic on the Spot
Willem Twee Kunstruimte
, 's-Hertogenbosch NL
2019 (Solo) Dunes, Meteors, and Spaceships
The Orchid and The Wasp, Amsterdam NL
2019 Cosmographia, Symposium (in collaboration w/ Rik Möhlmann and PACTO collective)
project space, Athens GR
2019 (Solo) Sensory Thresholds III – Cosmographia
A-DASH project space, Athens GR
2018 DayTripper
Kioskas, Neringa LT
2018 (Solo) Sensory Thresholds II – Passerby
Nida Art Colony
, Nida LT
2018 (Solo) Sensory Thresholds I – Spinning on the grid
galerieGallery Rotterdam NL
2017 (Solo) Things can be seen more easily in motion (in conversation with Gemma Medina Estupiñan)
De Fabriek
Eindhoven NL
2017 On Air
Stichting Kaus Australis
, Rotterdam NL
2017 Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery (curated by Alys Williams and Chris Bayley)
VITRINE Gallery, Basel CH
2016 in the corner of the eye
Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam NL
2016 Time out of mind, (curated by Whatspace)
Billytown Gallery,
The Hague NL    
2016 Official Opening of the new location
European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk NL
2016 Test case V
European Ceramic Workcenter
, Oisterwijk NL
2015 Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict (curated by Bas van den Hurk, Koen Delaere)
, Tilburg NL
2015 the collection - Graduation show MFA
Greylight Projects
, Brussels BE
2015 It could be the goldfish is mistaking the bow-tie for a football
Gallery Boetzelaer | Nispen
, Amsterdam NL
2014 A presentation for Bucharest
Make A Point, Bucharest RO
2014 There & There - no(w)here
VORT platform
, Den Bosch NL
2013 XOHOUILLE, in conversation with Emmanuel Lambion
W-O-L-K-E, Brussels BE
2013 Two-headed monster
Space Shuffle
project space, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin DE
2013 Macht Kunst
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle
, Berlin DE
2012 I Have Nothing To Say. EINmagazine Issue#1 launch, exhibition & artist's talk
, Berlin DE
2012 De-Construction-Re-Construction, Month of Performance Art Berlin
Galerie L’Atelier-KSR, Berlin DE
2012 kaleidoskop anniversary
, Berlin DE
2012 Altered States, curated by Kevin Bright
Panke Gallery,
Berlin DE
2012 Transient Museum
Freies Museum Projektraum, Berlin DE
2011 modern classic
Your Mum
, Berlin DE
2011 Let them eat cake
48 Stunden Neukölln
, Berlin DE
2010 HOST @ Crane Kalman
Crane Kalman Gallery,
Brighton UK
2010 The Foto8 Summershow
HOST Gallery
, London UK
2010 The moment in between
kaleidoskop gallery
, Berlin DE

Residencies / working periods
2019 A-Dash, Athens, GR
2018 Nida Art Colony, Nida/ Vilnius, LT
2017 De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL
2016 Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL
2016 EKWC, Oisterwijk, NL
2015 working period/ MFA, supervised by George Korsmit, New York, USA
2014 Bucharest AiR, working period/ MFA, supervised by Tudor Bratu, Bucharest, RO
2013 W-O-L-K-E, working period/ MFA, supervised by Emmauel Lambion and Marjolijn Dijkman, Brussels, BE,
2007 working period/ BA Photography, supervised by Prof. Matthias Leupold and Todd Weinstein, New York, USA

2021 Stroom Den Haag, SPOT exhibition grant
2021 Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam, Project Grant
2020 Scholarship of Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Artist Grant
2019 Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam, Project Grant
2018 CBK Rotterdam, O&O Research and development grant
2016 Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam, Tijdelijke Binnenlandateliers

Artist talks / Lectures / Workshops

2019 Symposium (initiator), Sensory Threshold LAB: Cosmographia - Symposium & Exhibition, A-DASH, Athens, GR
2019 Residency Talks / Generator, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL
2018 Lecture/ Reading groups (initiator) - in collaboration with artists in residence at Nida Art Colony, LT
2016 Text and language within artistic practice, artist talk with Anabel Lange and Bas vd Hurk, Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL
2015 Thesis Event MFA St. Joost, Artist Talk, BREW, Brussels, BE
2012 Guest speaker, Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, Berlin, DE

Workshops/ Collaboration / Other
2019 - now part of the artist intiative Billytown, and since 2020 part of the Yearly Program Group of Billytown, The Hague
2019 Sensory Threshold LAB, in collaboration w/ Rik Möhlmann, PACTO collective, Dimitris Rentoumis, Kyriaki Goni, Demelza Watts, initiated as part of my residency at A-DASH, Athens, GR
2018 NAC-Reading Group, initiated as part of my residency at Nida Art Colony, Nida, LT
2016 Studio visit for students of the Laurens College during my residency at Kaus Australis, in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
2015 Workshop supervisor for BFA students, Artistic Choices – the meaning in the materials, AKV St. Joost, Breda/ Den Bosch, NL,
2014 Workshop supervisor for BFA students, How to use – sources and working conditions, AKV St. Joost, Breda/ Den Bosch, NL
2014 Building up an exhibition - workshop developed as part of the MFA program, in conversation with Marnix van Boetzelaer, Amsterdam, NL

Sensory Threshold LAB
a laboratory where different practices come together, (ongoing since in 2019)

Thanks for the support of
supported by mondriaan fund supported by cbk rotterdamfonds kwadraat