Poetics of Encryption
Inhabiting SHEE


with Juliana Cerqueira Leite and Dr. Barbara Imhof


26 May 24, 4 pm

In English

Venue: KW 4th floor

Registration via reservation@kw-berlin.de



<p><em>SHEE Consortium</em>, 2016. Photo: Bruno Stubenrauch.</p>

SHEE Consortium, 2016. Photo: Bruno Stubenrauch.


On the last day of the exhibition, KW invites artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite and space architect Dr. Barbara Imhof to a conversation. Building upon the former’s engagement with SHEE, the so-called Self-deploying Habitat for Extreme Environments, the discussion will focus on the intersection of new technologies, spatial design and human life. SHEE is a habitat system developed by 7 partners as part of an EU project. Imhof was involved in the development with her company LIQUIFER.
On view in Poetics of Encryption at KW, Leite’s centerpiece sculpture explores the relationship between her own body and SHEE’s architecture, through a body-casting performance set within a 1 to 1 model of the system.


Juliana Cerqueira Leite (b. 1981, Yolanda) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, Graduate Sculpture program in 2006, as the inaugural recipient of the Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize. In 2019, she received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for her exhibition Orogenesis at the National Archaeological Museum, Naples, IT. She was awarded the 2016 Furla Art Prize for her contribution to the 5th Moscow Young Art Biennale. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo shows including the National Archaeological Museum, Naples (2019); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); and Arsenal Contemporary, New York (2018). Selected group exhibitions include the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Ecology, São Paulo (2021); Arsenal Contemporary, Montréal (2019); and Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2019). Her work has also been featured in the Antarctic Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016); and the Vancouver Biennale (2014).


Barbara Imhof serves as the co-managing director of LIQUIFER Vienna – Bremen, alongside managing partners Waltraut Hoheneder and René Waclavicek, since 2004. Their globally recognised work is featured in a recent compendium published by PARK Books. Additionally, since September 2023, Barbara has held the position of Professor for Integrative Design with a focus on Extremes at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University in Innsbruck, Austria. Trained as an architect and with a degree in Space Studies, Imhof collaborates with engineers, scientists, and artists. Barbara Imhof has served as a simulation astronaut at the MOONWALK simulations, participated in expeditions to Antarctica and the South Pacific, and was recently elected as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow of the Class of 2024.