Denise Hirtenfelder.


Denise Hirtenfelder (*1997) is an Austrian conceptual artist and future narrative designer. She describes herself as an artistic match-maker and puzzle builder since she does not focus on a certain medium rather than on her position as a communicator and collaborator. Hirtenfelder's projects explore a field in-between art, design and research. She has a background education in fashion at the college "KunstModeDesign-Herbststrasse" and photography at the private school "School Friedl Kubelka for Artistic Photography" in Vienna. She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in (de)Fine-Art at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with her Minor choice in New Frontiers, Commercial Practice. Between 2018 and 2020 Hirtenfelder has been responsible for creative directing tasks as well as holding workshops and lectures for the Austrian fashion & art platform eyes&ah that supports and connects young upcoming artists and established designers. From March until September 2021 she joined the Ars Electronica Futurelab initially as an intern but quickly took the opportunity to lead her first projects for the 25th anniversary of the laboratory.

Regarding her works, Hirtenfelder encounters a commercial perspective of Fine-Arts and focuses on the relation between the next economy of artists and the challenges they face as members of the creative industry. Furthermore, she works with social structures in urban environments and how these can develop further in future. 


2018 - / (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

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

2021 / Speculative Linz


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

2021 / Intern & Project Manager at 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