Sissel Marie Tonn


Sissel Marie Tonn is a Danish artist based in The Hague. She studied Film and Media studies at the University of Copenhagen, Artistic Research at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. Her work has been exhibited in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Ballroom Marfa; Istanbul Design Biennial, Framer Framed, Amsterdam; and Stroom, Den Haag. In 2016 she received the Theodora Niemaijer prize for emerging female artists.

Tonn’s practice focusses on sensory and perceptual structures of attention and perception within environments undergoing change. She situates herself within the public discourse by seeking knowledge across a variety of fields and disciplines, and approaches these issues by zooming in on minor events of experience.

She perceives her works as ‘tools’ that challenge the body’s preconfigured modes of paying attention, and seeks to highlight the reciprocal relationship between the body and the surrounding environment. Her research focusses on the inherent plasticity of the human organism, and how artifacts, forms of knowledge and the space we build around us, shape our perception of the environment.

She is a co-founder of the Reading Room, a project based at Stroom, The Hague, which seeks to engage artists and scholars in evenings of mutual exchange.

Sissel engaged with the MA Artistic Research department as part of our Research Week Intensive Covid-19 and the Climate Emergency.