Alexander Peterhaensel studied Audiovisual Media Arts at the Kunsthochschule für Medien/ Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne (Class of Prof. Henrich, Prof. Moore, Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski) before founding the ‘Audiovisual Architectures Lab’ in Berlin in 2008.



Alexander Peterhaensel has exhibited internationally, has received and has been nominated for several fellowships and prizes, amongst others: Artist in Residency with the European Commission (2018 – 2019), Ars Electronica (2017, 2018), Media Art Biennale Wroclaw (2019), European Parliament (2019), Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (2018) and re:publica Berlin (2018).

Since 2014 he teaches Moving Image and Digital Production Processes at the Institute for Time Based Media at the University of the Arts Berlin as an Assistant Professor. Focus of his teaching and research are crossmedia design strategies, which are informed by algorithmic processes. In his responsibility for the Digital Post Production Lab he has designed a Virtual Reality Lab which is operational since 2016. He has lectured in various international and interdisciplinary contexts.

In his artistic practice and teaching Alexander Peterhaensel investigates contemporary and future questions of interdisciplinary media art/design such as the relationship between the virtual and the physical, the future of co-active HMI, the potentials of speculative design and the experimental use of immersive design methodologies. His conceptual approach results in multi-sensorial, dialogical artifacts and spaces of communication on multiple scales and in different contexts that lead to the emergence of an experimental speculative reality, based on computer-mediated processes.


Current Academic Position

Assistant Professor, University of the Arts Berlin, Institute for Time Based Media


Seminars, Workshops, Lectures, Talks

– Altinbas University Istanbul
– Berlin Open Lab
– European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Brussels
– European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra
– European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Karlsruhe
– European Parliament, Brussels
– Einstein Center for Digital Future Berlin
– State University São Paulo
– University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt
– University of Applied Sciences Augsburg
– University of Technology Durban
– University of Technology Berlin
– University of the Arts Berlin
– Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin


Artist Statement


In my artistic practice, research and teaching I investigate contemporary and future questions of interdisciplinary media art/design in light of the algorithmic revolution. Recurring themes touch questions of computer-mediated realities, implications of machine intelligence and machine agency, the future of Human-Machine-Interaction – for example in interactive media architectures in VR and AR. Aims of my work are to instigate informed discussions between scientists, artists, policy makers and the general public about an ethical use of information-technological products and services. I do so by creating artistic-scientific artifacts as well as designing novel forms of teaching and knowledge transfer. My works can be understood as multi-sensorial, multi-modal interfaces that generate temporary – often irritating – situations between people and technology. Performative and participatory strategies for playful user involvement generate an intuitive, multi-dimensional perception and understanding of information technologies and their implications on our lives.

Alexander Peterhaensel, 2016