Linda Havenstein (* 1984) is a German video and media artist. She lives and works in Berlin.

According to her own statements, her work deals with the relationship between humans and technology and the cultural implications of the post-digital age.

She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Japanese Studies, Comparative Literature and Journalism from the University of Leipzig in 2011. Havenstein also attended courses in Cultural Studies at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa and Art Theory at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig.

Linda Havenstein is concerned with processes and structures that underlie everyday experience. In videos and installations, which are based on rhythmic sequences or signal sequences, she condenses cultural and social processes. They are attempts to condense the totality of thought fields into small gestures and thus reflect on the human desire for meaning, cause, and identity. Havenstein deals with codifications and algorhithmic orders and transfers them to language and objects.

Havenstein exhibits in international museums and galleries, including Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Japan, How Art Museum China, NYIT Auditorium in New York, Seoul Museum of Art, and Kunstraum Bethanien in Berlin.

Linda Havenstein has been nominated or awarded various prizes, such as the Changdong Fellow Grant, associated with an artist-in-residency program in Seoul, or the Future Storytelling Production Grant from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Leveling – Video Work 2015-2019

The artist applies facial cream to her face. Applying more and more, she levels out her face and disappears into the
background. First inspired by observations of modern cityscapes and beauty ads, the work is a reflection on human
interference in our living environment and with it eventually ourselves.


Japanologie, Komparatistik, Journalistik, Magister Artium, Universität Leipzig, Germany, 2004 – 2011

Cultural Studies, (Guest Auditor) University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, 2010 – 2011

Art Theory, (Guest Auditor) Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig, Germany, 2020

Artist Talks, Lectures, Presentations

Platform Enterprise Podcast, Interview Linda Havenstein 2021               

DIGITAL STORYTELLERS, Sehsüchte Festival, Filmhochschule Konrad Wolf  Babelsberg- Potsdam, Deutschland 2019              

SCOPE SESSIONS, Somos Gallery, Berlin, Deutschland 2019               

FREIE WISSENSCHAFTSAKADEMIE, Nürnberg, Deutschland 2019              

CONVERSAS BERLIN, Berlin, Deutschland 2018                 

AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE, Nürnberg, Deutschland 2018              

UNIVERSITY OF THE RYUKYUS, Okinawa, Japan 2018              

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT VOL 16, Bonar Hall, Dundee, UK 2017               

ARTIST CONFERENCE, Korean Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium 2015             

YAIR, Kofu, Japan 2010                      

Awards, Grants and Residencies

SLANT PROJECTS, online residency programm, Taiwan-UK 2021               

SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART, Residency Grant, Seoul, Korea 2020               

SOCIAL ART AWARD, short list, Berlin 2020               
NEON DIGITAL ART FESTIVAL, Commission grant, Dundee, UK 2016               

CHANGDONG FELLOW GRANT, National Museum of Modern &    Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea 2015               

FUTURE STORYTELLING AWARDS, 2. Preis, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2014               

FUTURE STORYTELLING PRODUCTION GRANT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2014

AOMORI CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, Residency Grant, Aomori, Japan 2013              

THE LUMEN PRIZE DIGITAL ART AWARD, short list, UK 2013               

DAAD RESEARCH GRANT, DAAD, Germany 2008              


Social Art Award 2020, Social Art Award eV, Berlin, Deutschland (Catalogue) 2020              

Marzahner Mischung, Der Tagesspiegel, 04.11.2018 (Newspaper)

Walking Art, Interartive, 12/18, ISSN 2013-679X (Magazine) 2018

New Visual Culture, Daegu Art Space, Daegu, Korea (Catalogue) 2016              

New Cartographers, Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea (Catalogue) 2015              

MMCA 2015, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (Catalogue) 2015               

Artist’s Portfolio, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (Catalogue) 2015              

The Lumen Prize Digital Art Award 2014, Lumen Prize, UK (Catalogue) 2014               

Linda Havenstein, LandEscape Art Review, 8/2013, LandEscape Art Review, UK (Magazine) 2013   

Nichidoku Yonnin no Geijutsuka, Aomori de Kyôsakuten, Asahi Shinbun Digital, 2013/12/3, Asahi, Shinbun, Japan (Zeitung)

Aomori Contemporary Art Center Report 2013, Aomori Public University, Japan (Catalogue) 2013               

Exchange – Planting the seed, Aomori Public University, Japan (Catalogue) 2013               

100g Durchschnitt, bitte! Begehungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Deutschland  (Catalogue) 2010               

Curatorial Work

SOFT CITY, Co-Curator, Schloss Biesdorf Berlin, Deutschland 2018              

PLATFORM PROJECT, Co-Curator, Murata & Friends, Berlin 2012              

GALLERY ASSISTANT, Murata & Friends, Berlin, Deutschland 2011              

ASSITANT TO THE CURATOR, Art Autonomy Network, Yokohama, Japan 2009              

ASSITANT TO THE CURATOR, WANAKIO 2008, Maejima Art Center, Okinawa, Japan 2008