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Denise Hirtenfelder.


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 Therefore, she does not hesitate to confront the prevailing power structures and outdated systems within our society in the Global North with new creative tools and counter-models that show us alternative possible future scenarios.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 an Artist & Researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in the field of Art Thinking, and is permanently located in Linz, Austria.


2018 - 2022 / Bachelor of Arts with Cum Laude,(de)Fine-Art, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

2017-18 / School Friedl Kubelka

for Artistic Photography, Vienna

2015-17/ KunstModeDesign - Herbststrasse, Vienna




Internships /

Work & More

Awards & Nominations

2020 / You in My Skin, Alte Schule, Millstatt am See (Solo)


2019 / Foef, Roodkapje, Rotterdam

2019 / Work in Progress, Atelier Stift Millstatt, Millstatt am See

2019 / 1/285, Roodkapje, Rotterdam

2018 / Enjoy Photography 6, Camera Austria, Graz

2018 / Red, Red Floor Gallery, Rotterdam

2018 / Common Ground, Fotogalerie, Vienna

2018 / Auge in Auge mit Man Ray, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna

2017 / Modekollektiv #0817, Semperdepot, Vienna

Curated Events

2021 / Morning Inspiration Sessions, Futurelab Day, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz


2019 / Fashionevent, eyes&ah, Millstatt am See

2019 / Work in Progress, eyes&ah in cooperation with KUNSTradln in Millstatt, Millstatt am See


2019 / Sprungturmeröffnung Millstatt am See, Live-Styling with Anna & Eva Gasser, eyes&ah, Millstatt am See


2019 /Musicweeks in Millstatt, curated exhibition in Kreuzgang Stift Millstatt, eyes&ah, Millstatt am See

2019 / Pulcinella Ball, eyes&ah, Spittal an der Drau

2022 / Graduation Catalogue, Willem de Kooning Academy


2022 / Re-Writing the Script - A New Relationship to Finitude, self-published


2021 / Speculative Linz, self-published


2021 / Heavy Waters, in Spin Magazine


2021 / The Experts of the Future, in A New Digital Deal, Ars Electronica festival catalogue


2019 / We are eyesandah, in KUNSTradln in Millstatt artist catalogue


2018 / When Snow falls in Vienna, in Togetherness of School Friedl Kubelka for Artistic Photography


2018 / Portraits, in Portraitsession with Eva Schlegel, Workshop of School Friedl Kubelka for Artistic Photogaphy

2022 - / Artist & Researcher, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz


2021 / Internship, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz


2019 -  2021 / Gallery Volunteer, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam

2018 - 2020 / Founder and Organisator eyes&ah, Austria 

2018 - 2020/ Holding Workshops and Lectures for Children and Teenagers for eyes&ah as well as independently

2017 / Member Creative Team and showing collection PSORIAS at a Fashionshow,  Modekollektiv #0817, Semperdepot Vienna

2017 / - Backstage Photography and Dressing at MQ Vienna Fashionweek

2016 / Backstage & Dresser, MQ Vienna Fashionweek

2016 /  Internship at the Fashion Label LILA, Vienna

2016 / Internship Tailoring, Michaela's Mode Atelier, Jennersdorf

2022 / Nomination Drempelprijs for Commercial Practice, honorably mentioned as 3rd place winner with "Re-Writing the Script - A New Relationship to Finitude", Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

2022 / Nomination Research Award with "Re-Writing the Script - A New Relationship to Finitude", Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

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