Katherina Heil

born 1982 in Hamburg, Germany
living between Hamburg and The Hague

initiator of 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)

2019 Dunes, Meteors, and Spaceships, The Orchid and The Wasp, Amsterdam, NL
2019 Sensory Thresholds III – Cosmographia, A-DASH project space, Athens, GR
2018 Sensory Thresholds II – Passerby, Nida Art Colony, Nida, LT
2018 Sensory Thresholds I – Spinning on the grid, galerieGallery, Rotterdam, NL
2017 Things can be seen more easily in motion, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL
2021 POSITION. 2.0, Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg, DE
2021 Sensory Threshold LAB 2021, OHRIVERSUM, De Fabriek Eindhoven, NL
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 Cosmographia, Symposium, in collaboration w/ Rik Möhlmann and PACTO collective, A-DASH project space, Athens, GR
2018 DayTripper, Kioskas project space, Neringa, LT
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, The Hague, NL    
2016 Official Opening of the European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk, NL
2016 Test case V, European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk, NL
2015 MOB Project, curated by Bas van den Hurk, Koen Delaere, WHATSPACE, 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, 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. Liebig12, 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, Raum, 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 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
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


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

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