area: Media Art
Kathrin Hunze works as media artist at the intersections of different forms of staging in the context of the moving image. Her artistic research focuses on the exploration of processes and mechanisms of new technologies and their effects in complex systems.
She studied communication design with a focus on time-based media and sound design at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, 2016, is a graduate of the Art and Media programme at the Berlin University of the Arts, 2019, and a distinguished graduate of the Art and Media programme at the Berlin University of the Arts, 2020. She was an artist in residence at the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna, 2020 and at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) Graz, 2019.
As a lecturer she teaches for the departments of art and media, fashion design, computation & design as well as communication design at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her audiovisual works have been exhibited in Berlin, Linz, London, Shanghai and New York. Her media art installations and performances have been presented at the CTM Festival Vorspiel, Ars Electronica and Centre Pompidou - West Bund Museum (Shanghai). She lives and works in Berlin.
In the residency Hunze explores ethical aspects of human-machine collaboration and coexistence in the present and future, while reflecting on the historical development of machines and domesticated animals. The focus is on the critical examination of human-machine collaborations as a reflection of society. What status will machines have in our society? How can a coexistence between man and machine function if other living beings, as well as some of our fellow human beings, have no intrinsic value for us, since we only use them, they serve us or we derive benefit from them?
Due to the historical background that connects us humans with machines and the function and use of artificial intelligences, it is not inconceivable that we will also be able to integrate human-machine collaborations into a co-evolutionary development in the future. For me, the domestication of animals and our different relationship to them is an essential link between humans and machines. Engaging with a machine as a companion species, training and working with it are initial approaches that represent only one possibility and require a deeper treatment of the topic of human-machine collaborations.