Johanna Hardt

Johanna Hardt is an independent curator and writer with a strong interest in sonic artworks, the porous field of feminist new materialism, and the role of technology in remodeling the human (body). She has worked with and for the Heidelberger Kunstverein, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Cubitt Artists, Corsica Studios and the Azkuna Zentroa Museum in Bilbao. She holds an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

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High Pitch is a digital platform for sound criticism. Launched between Italy and Germany, it publishes critical and experimental writing on the production, curation and theorisation of sonic practices. Bi-annual issues highlight specific themes and provide a platform for established and emerging voices.


Eloïse Bonneviot, Anne de Boer: Tracing a Seeping Terrain

Sep 3, 2023 - Dec 3, 2023
at Heidelberger Kunstverein
Hauptstraße 97, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
The exhibition by Eloïse Bonneviot (FR, 1986) and Anne de Boer (NL, 1987) explores cultural responses to the accelerating ecological crisis through game mechanics. 

Supported by Innovationsfonds Kunst des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg

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photo Tanja Meißner & HDKV

Winds of the Anthropocene

Sep 3, 2023 - Nov 19, 2023
at Heidelberger Kunstverein
Hauptstraße 97, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

The film exhibition presents five artistic films that explore alternative ways of relating to the earth. The positions deal with biological and technological systems and explore the connection between human and non-human history.

With works by Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Kyriaki Goni, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva,Sybille Neumeyer, Mimi Onuoha

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Film by Sybille Neumeyer, photo Tanja Meißner & HDKV

Jakob Kudsk Steensen 
Studio Visit

published by BerlinArtLink, June 1, 2021
Berlin is a city wrenched from wetlands. Its erection at the junction of the Spree and Havel rivers meant taming the water to build a new world. No longer a settlement by the swamp, Berlin’s urban history as a marsh metropolis aligns it with other major cities in the world. 

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Über Körper Readings 

Sep–Nov 2021 
with Christina Bauernfeind
at Heidelberger Kunstverein
Hauptstraße 97, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Bodies are read - constantly and everywhere we interact, or choose not to. What constitutes bodies and how we understand them is a tricky business. Often unconsciously, we make assumptions about a person's gender, ethnic or sexual identity based on physical characteristics. This workshop will explore this uneasiness by looking at the body from a queer-feminist perspective, starting with the work of Vivian Greven and continuing with subsequent exhibitions at the Heidelberger Kunstverein (up until 2022). Readings by thinkers such as Paul B. Preciado and Sara Ahmed were paired with popular music videos and discussed together. 

Vivian Greven, photo: Thilo Ross & HDKV

Marwa Arsanios 

Published on the occasion of Marwa Arsanios' solo exhibition "Matter of Alliances" at the Heidelberger Kunstverein
Editor: Johanna Hardt
Design: KontextKommunikation Heidelberg
ISBN: 978-3-948096-99-1+

‘Let’s imagine a land that wishes to separate from the private property regime.’ The fourth part of Marwa Arsanios’ film series ‘Who Is Afraid of Ideology?’ begins with this invitation, setting the film’s conceptual framework. Soon, it confronts us with an actual piece of land in Lebanon: a private quarry in the mountains. The aim is to transform it into a common with the help of an agricultural cooperative. Various local community members share their insights into the area’s complicated administrative, legal, and geological history.

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Images courtesy of the artist, Mor Charpentier, Paris and Heidelberger Kunstverein. Photo Tanja Meißner & HDKV.

568 rows 18 columns

with new media artist Jayson Haebich

March 10, 2018
at Cubitt Artists, London

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‘568 rows 18 columns’ is a project that investigates how an archive informs the identity of a cultural institution while exploring the possibilities and limits of visual data representations such as graphs and maps.

The event marks the end of Out of Data Research Group’s six-month archival research inquiry at Cubitt. The research group – comprised of Goldsmiths MFA Curating students Johanna Hardt, Ashley Janke and Katie Yook – has brought about the datafication and digitization of information from Cubitt’s Archive. The research has been driven by their interest in challenging the apparent face value of data as a medium of knowledge transfer by exploring more fluid and dynamic modes of visual representation.

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Jayson Haebich, photo Chiara dalla Rosa

ICA Public Market Space

July 27, 2017
at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

In response to the ICA's 'In formation' programme, the ICA Student Forum organised a one-day event exploring collective modes of working. Taking the etymology of the word 'forum' (from the Latin for 'public marketplace') as its starting point, the ICA Public Marketplace challenges the conventional meaning of the word 'market' by collectively producing knowledge and sharing and exchanging ideas rather than consuming culture. 


     (c) Johanna Hardt, 2024