Isabel Paehr works as a media artist, game developer and researcher in Berlin. Paehr’s research interest in both her written and material work focuses on the relation between virtuality and concepts of the nonhuman. Her modes of presentation are exhibitions, city walks, online spaces, games and publications. She is 1/2 of the experimental game studio Topicbird.





  • 2017-18: Master class student, Prof. Joel Baumann, new media department, School of Art and Design Kassel, Germany
  • 2015: Exchange semester at Kyoto SEIKA University, Digital Creation department, Japan
  • 2011-17: MA Visual Communication, new media department, School of Art and Design Kassel, Germany

Publications and Talks (selection):

  • 2019 – Talk: Lo-fi Augmented Reality, EnthusiastiCon, Berlin, Germany
  • 2019 – Talk: Developing speculative game mechanics, CF+, Kassel University, Germany
  • 2018 – Talk & Performance: Play Forward: EXP_eriments & EXP_eriences that question virtual gazes, DisruptEncodeConsolidate Workshop, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2018 – Conversation Piece: Alien Screens in Loren Britton’s Translation Conversation, stadium (gallery), Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 – Talk: Resistant material practices against big data regimes, DSG Congress in Göttingen, Germany
  • 2017 – Text: Invisible Machines in Privacy Arena, Kassel University Press
  • 2016 – Text: Webcamera Obscura in The Additivist Cookbook, edited by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke

Residencies and Fellowships (selection):

  • 2019: Recurse Center, programming retreat in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2018: Stugan, Sweden
  • 2017: Lieberum Fellowship, Kassel, Germany
  • 2015-18: German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Exhibitions (selection):

  • 2019/06: KUNST#quer#KOPF: Where Arts and Neuroscience meet, exhibition at HBK Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2019: Bauhaus and Photography – On new visions in Contemporary Art, commissioned VR installation, Museum für Fotografie in Berlin, Germany
  • 2019: Visionary Spaces. Kandinsky, Mondrian, Lissitzky and the Abstract-Constructivist Avant-Garde in Dresden 1919 – 1932, commissioned VR installation, Albertinum Dresden, Germany
  • 2018/12: Bauhaus and Photography – On new visions in contemporary art, VR installation, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2018/10: Casual Connect Games Festival, awarded with the ‘Most Innovative Game’ award for SHI•RO in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2018/09: Urban AR Lab Performance, Organe der Veddel in Hamburg, Germany
  • 2018/09: CAA Hangzhou, Groupshow in Hangzhou, China
  • 2018/09: Global Connect Games Conference in Helsinki, Finland
  • 2018/08: Aktion, Groupshow in Kassel, Germany
  • 2018/07: Rules and Play, Groupshow in Kentucky, USA
  • 2018/04: European Media Arts Festival INIT, Groupshow in Osnabrück, Germany
  • 2018/01: Ludicious Game Festival in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2017/11: Monitoring Media Art Exhibition, Groupshow in Kassel, Germany
  • 2017/10: Less Adorno, More Play, Groupshow, Kasseler Kunstverein, Germany
  • 2017/09: Stadttfinden Festival, Urban AR Lab Performance in Leipzig, Germany
  • 2017/05: GameZone itfs, Groupshow in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2017/02: Make it fit, Groupshow, Panke Gallery in Berlin, Germany
  • 2017/02: Panel Additivism Cookbook Launch, transmediale in Berlin, Germany
  • 2016/12: [r] klaʊd, Groupshow, x-pon-art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2016/10: Privacy Arena, exhibition, Interim, Kassel, Germany
  • 2016/07: Bitsummit Festival, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2015/07: ROOMing, Groupshow, kara-S gallery, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2015/02: Textstelle, exhibition with Freya Chakour and Ida Lorbach, Kunsttempel in Kassel, Germany