Kirstin Burckhardt (b. in South Africa) is a visual artist combining video and performance with sound and spoken word. Critically drawing upon her training in psychology and neuroscience, her practice addresses power dynamics intertwined with the body. Continuously questioning what defines a body, her artistic research focuses on interpersonal space as a locus of sensitivity that surpasses the body-mind duality in favor of empathy, transgenerational trauma, and the power of imagination.

She is the founder of the Body Map Institute and the co-director of the interdisciplinary and international project own own body own with the choreographer Brenda I. Steinecke Soto.

She studied fine arts in Hamburg (Germany), Lyon (France) and Hangzhou (China). Simultaneously, she obtained her masters-level degree in psychology at the University of Hamburg. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions at KINDL Berlin-Centre for Contemporary Art, KAI 10|Arthena Foundation, Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Festival of Future Nows 2017->∞. Exploratorio in Medellín (COL) and the Goethe Institut Sofia (BUL). She has collaborated closely with performing and visual artists from China, Sweden, and Colombia and has received working grants by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), the Goethe Institute Bogotá, and the city of Hamburg’s ‘Elbkulturfonds’ and ‘Arbeitsstipendium’ (working grant).


Fine Arts (MFA), University of Fine Arts Hamburg HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste), École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (FR), China Academy of Art Hangzhou (China)
Psychology (BSc and MSc), University of Hamburg. Key areas: clinical psychology, neuroscience  

Solo, Two-person, and Collaborative Shows (selected)

touching fine lines, site-specific performance, autopsy hall, Museum for Medical History, Hamburg
STROUX, project space by Christof Zwiener, Berlin
POISE – or how to balance like a bird hovering in air, collaborative exhibition with Nicole Wendel, frontviews at HAUNT, Berlin
spelling/spilling out possession – Kirstin Burckhardt performs a text by Jonathan Echeverri Zuluaga, cur. Anke Völk (l’oiseau presente), Haus der Statistik, Berlin
the movement our lips make to curl into language, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand, Norway  
Invisible Spaces I, Kirstin Burckhardt & Tom Früchtl, Bar K, Berlin  
» What do I feel when I feel your pain? «, MOM art space, Hamburg  
own own body own, performative video-installation with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, Mojo Club Hamburg  
It is probited to sit, stand or lie on the autopsy tables / Es ist untersagt, auf den Sektionstischen zu stehen, zu sitzen oder zu liegen, sight-specific intervention with Lara Bogatay, Daniela Böttcher, Dinah Büchner, Marie Golücke, Sophia Guttenhöfer, Raha Emami Khansari, Nicola Riede, 05/03/2018, in the context of the conference Material Cultures of Psychiatry, Großer Sektionssaal, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg
small-scale spectacle, performance with Lisa Rykena, hinterconti Gallery, Hamburg  
– things untold // como un cuerpo, performance with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, Exploratorio, Medellín (COL)  
TIDE潮汐, exhibition at the artist residency Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven  
*anghu- „eng, bedrängend“ (-> Angst), art in public spaces commissioned by the city of Heide in collaboration with Birke Baumann  
Folgendes zeigt: Kirstin Burckhardt, Folgendes Exhibition Space at HFBK
Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim (cat.)

Group Shows (selected)

Something Between Us, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
Moving Images Moving Bodies, online exhibition + festival, curated by Ludwig Seyfarth, a collaboration between and Goethe Institut Bulgaria
zwischen körpern / among bodies, online exhibition + publication + workshop, Kleine Humboldt Galerie
How beautiful you are!, Kosmetiksalon Babette as a guest at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Something Between Us, (March-August), KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
you’ve got mail! mail art project by Julia Katharina Thiemann during social distancing
Sexed Power – an exhibition in the context of sexualized power, MOM Art Space, Hamburg
CoNTACT – ways of distance and touch, frontviews at HAUNT, Berlin
KONTINUUM, Kleine Humboldt Galerie project website during the Corona pandemic
Auslöser, Institut für Alles Mögliche / Stützpunkt Abhörstation Teufelsberg, Berlin
Contemporary Closeness, active archive of personal accounts initiated during isolation and social distancing
zwischen körpern, Kleine Humbuldt Galerie at Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin
Live broadcast of audio piece by artists in residents of The Watch Berlin, cashmere radio, Berlin
Body in Pieces, performing Grow a Body with Gloria Höckner, KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf  
36. und 37. Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für Bildende Kunst zu Gast bei der Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg  
BETT, performance with Dania Burger and Eli Skatvedt, Mädchenkammer Berlin  
Festival of Future Nows 2017 -> ∞, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin  
Shades of Today – Picking up the Pieces Post-Truth, performance Grow a Body with Gloria Höckner, Centrum, Berlin  
Shades of Today – Picking up the Pieces Post-Truth, 48h Neukölln, Centrum, Berlin  
Ars loci 2017, exhibition and art prize (nomination) by the Neuhoff-Fricke Foundation for the promotion of the arts and sciences and the city of Nienburg  
Nominee exhibition of the city of Hamburg working grant
(Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst), Kunsthaus Hamburg  
Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, St. Johannes-Evangelist, Berlin
– ¶, Hinterconti Hamburg  
SETTLERS, Gallery of the HFBK Hamburg (cat.) curated by Julie Gufler & Julia Metropolit
Your current location is temporarily unavailable, graduate exhibition at HFBK Hamburg  
On Fiber and Space Art, Sanshang Contemporary Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China  
5th Open Studios, scholarship holders of the Art School Alliance Grant, studios Karolinenviertel Hamburg  
Mullican Klasse, Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin  
Soirée Flare #17, short-film festival of the European art and film academies, Montpellier, France  
Let’s get down to business, École de Commerce, Grenoble, France  
zu Fuß, Frappant Hamburg

Stipends and Residencies (selected)

– Artist in Residency to collaborate with Lisa W Carlson, KKV, Härnösand, Sweden
– Artist in Residency with Anne Gathmann and Anna-Lena Wenzel, The Watch, Berlin  
– Artist in Residency, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand, Norway  
– Funding of own own body own with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto by: Elbkulturfonds, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Goethe Institut Bogotá, Alcadia de Medellín  
– One-year working grant 2017 (Arbeitsstipendium bildende Kunst) by the city of Hamburg  
– Traveling grants for a research residency at the Fundación Espacio Arte in Medellín, Colombia: Institut für Auslandsbeziehung (ifa) & Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg (Office for Art and Media – International Cultural Exchange)  
Post-graduate program “Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt”, Berlin  
Artist in Residency, Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven  
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
Studio grant, 100 Ateliers für Hamburg  
Residency and study grant, Karl H. Ditze Foundation  

Publications & Artist Talks

Something Between Us, Verlag für Moderne Kunst
Interview on Body Ownership, Radiosalon für Alltägliches, radio interview with Anna-Lena Wenzel and Julia Bonn,  
Dort, wo der Körper stattfindet, catalog published on the occasion of the Working Grant (Arbeitsstipendium) 2017 by the city of Hamburg  
Artist Talk with Ludwig Seyfarth on the occasion of the show What do I feel when I feel your pain?, MOM Art Space, Hamburg  
Empathy Pain No-Pla-cebo, self-published artist zine on the occasion of the Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, sold at Buchhandlung Walther König, Berlin  
Untitled (antlers), catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, Berlin 2016  
SETTLERS, catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition series The Waves, HFBK Materialverlag, Hamburg 2014  
Sicht sammeln, catalog published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim 2012  

Collective, membership, advocacy

I, too, part II, Was ist Kunst wert? Symposium at Kunsthaus Hamburg, member in the initiative for fair wages to artists  
since 2018
Body Ensemble, collaborative with the choreographer Brenda I. Steinecke Soto  
Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung in Deutschland / Society for artistic research in Germany, founding member  

Research important to me

Work retreat to collaborate with Lisa W Carlson, Öland, Sweden
The World is Sound, three-week intense program on voice exploration and development through movement for performance artist, Berlin
Self-organized research stay, Sea Ranch, California