Kunsthall Trondheim
Past exhibition

Susanne M. Winterling
A threshold-game of proximity, cluster and heat 

Susanne M. Winterling, A threshold-game of proximity, cluster and heat (2022). Production still, CGI rendering. Produced in cooperation with planetary sensing, TBA21-Academy, Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku). Co-commissioned by Kunsthall Trondheim and Schering Stiftung, Berlin. Courtesy the artist

In Susanne M. Winterling’s solo exhibition, on view from 7 September 2022, an invisible force will take the role of the protagonist. In recent years, Winterling has explored the cultural, biological, and medicinal aspects of temperature. In their recent work, heat features as energy often indiscernible to the human eye, which nonetheless makes bodies quiver—from desire as much as fear—and which causes landscapes to surrender to drought or transform to ashes.

This elementary force is not only destructive but can also assist in healing. One of the starting points for Winterling’s exploration of heat is ground-breaking developments in biomedical research: the equipment of bacteria with nanoparticles enabling them to carry medicine. The transfer of medicine via bacteria can be stimulated through temperature, allowing treatment to be purposefully delivered inside our bodies.

The exhibition A threshold-game of proximity, cluster and heat builds on the artist's research into the position that heat can hold in the relationship between humans and microorganisms. It connects to Earth landscapes while exploring the intimacy between bodies across species—in this case, humans and bacteria. The exhibition invites viewers to consider our various interdependencies as channeled through heat.

Thanks to:
Prof. Dr Simone Schürle-Finke, Ahmad Esmail, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Stefanie Hessler, Schering Stiftung Berlin, especially Christina Landbrecht, ETHGlobal, Bjørnar Sporsheim, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine at NTNU, Cellular & Molecular Imaging Core Facility (CMIC) at NTNU, Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku), Empty Gallery Hong Kong, Ivan the terrible, Whitehead Institute MIT, the working group on Dark Matter, Anti Matter and Condensed Matter https://dmamcm.susannewinterling.com, ARIKA, TBA21-Academy, Anne Karin Furunes, The Responsive Biomedical Systems Lab at ETH Zurich, especially Daphne Asgeirsson, Tinotenda Gwisai, Simone Hersberger, Nima Mirkhani, Thuy Trinh Nguyen, Anna Scheeder, and Thomas Valentin, Trondheim Science Center, RADIUS CCA Delft, especially Eva Burgering and Sergi Rusca.


During the exhibition period, Winterling’s work planetary planetary loop of gravitation (2018) will be shown at Trondheim Science Center’s Planetarium, (Vitensenteret, Kongens gate 1) Friday 16 September from 9 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday 25 September from 3 pm – 4.15 pm.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway, Trondheim municipality, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa) and The Fritt Ord Foundation.

Susanne M. Winterling (born in Rehau) is an artist living and working in Trondheim, Norway and Berlin, Germany. Recent exhibitions and projects include RADIUS CCA, Delft (2022), MOMENTA Biennale de l’image (2021), Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2021), Kunstverein Freiburg* (2020), Project 88, Mumbai *(2019), Parrotta Contemporary Art, Cologne (2019), Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (2018). Since 2017, Winterling has worked on the ongoing artistic project on bioluminescence https://planetarysensing.com and since 2019, they’ve been a part of the working group on Dark Matter, Anti Matter and Condensed Matter https://dmamcm.susannewinterling.com. They were awarded a fellowship at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, UK, 2021/2022.

*With The Kalpana (Goutam Ghosh, Susanne M. Winterling, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay)