Designing Time (2019) Helga Schmid in collaboration with Mále Uribe Forés, Piotr Ceglarek and Emily Candela Image credits: © Francisco Ibáñez Hantke /@estudioibanez
Somerset House Studios resident

Helga Schmid

Artist/designer exploring the multifaceted nature of time in public, cultural and academic contexts.

Dr Helga Schmid is the founder of Uchronia, a platform for critical and imaginative thought on our contemporary time crisis, challenging current perceptions and offering alternative ways of being in time. In her work, she creates immersive installations, time-based performances and temporal experiences. She advises, promotes and lectures on technological acceleration processes, the politics of time, alternative temporal systems, and deep time. Helga uses methods of unlearning, experimentation and systems thinking to foreground how specific timing impacts our cognitive and physical performance. By looking at the politics of time, especially contemporary work patterns and time norms, she proposes an alternative approach on time and timing. She actively practices the implementation of designing time in workshops, experiential events and exhibitions. She advocates temporal freedom and social change, promoting a positive relationship with, and experience of, time in the now and the long now.

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Circadian Space (2018) New production/commissioned by Z33 House for Contemporary Art for Istanbul Design Biennial 2018. Helga Schmid in collaboration with Tereza Červeňov, Piotr Ceglarek, Malé Uribe Fores, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar and Michaela French
Circadian Dreams (2018/19) Design Museum. In collaboration with Malé Uribe Fores, Piotr Ceglarek and Emily Candela.


Helga has a background as a researcher in the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and works internationally as an artist/designer on high-profile projects, at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and the British Museum. Her work has been exhibited and featured in publications, blogs and magazines worldwide, such as the London Design Museum, Serpentine Marathon, Dia Art Foundation in New York, Istanbul Design Biennial, and DMY Berlin. In 2018 she was a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum in London. She has received a number of international awards including the Type Directors Award, Art Directors Award, Best German Books Award, as well as a Fulbright scholarship and two DAAD scholarships. 

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Circadian Dreams (2018/19)Commissioned by the Design Museum.  New production/commissioned by the Design Museum. Helga Schmid in collaboration with Mále Uribe Forés, Piotr Ceglarek and Emily Candela Image credits: © Francisco Ibáñez Hantke /@estudioibanez
Circadian Dreams (2018/19) Helga Schmid in collaboration with Mále Uribe Forés, Piotr Ceglarek and Emily Candela


The residency builds the basis for the development of a Time Institute, operating on a worldwide scale, influencing higher education in art and design with regard to time, fostering critical conversations on work norms in the cultural sector and beyond, and taking an active part in the discussion on the politics of time in the UK and internationally.