Kathrin Tillmanns studied Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf with a focus on Photography and Interdisciplinary Image Concepts after a classical training in photography. Kathrin Tillmanns was a guest student at the KHM Cologne with Prof. Dr. Peter Bexte.
From 2008-2014 she worked as a research assistant at the teaching and research area of Photography and Interdisciplinary Image Concepts with Prof. Gerhard Vormwald.
Since 2015 she has been a member of the institut bild.medien at the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Since 2021 in the management of the institut bild.medien. Since 2022 she has been a member at the Centre for Digitisation and Digitality (ZDD).
Kathrin Tillmanns completed her doctorate in 2016 after studying for a doctorate at the Institute for Media and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf under University Prof. Dr. Reinhold Görling and University Prof'in Dr. Angela Krewani on the topic of "Media Aesthetics of the Shadow - On Redefining the Human-Technology Relationship in the Digital Age".
Her artistic and scientific work focuses on imaging processes. Her research interest is determined by technically generated images, as well as the contexts of their creation, impact and reception.
The focal points of her artistic work are initially photographic images, as well as the examination of the question of their conditions, of viewing and contemplation, of proximity and distance, of their particular relationality and materiality, of their special significance in terms of media and cultural studies, and of their use.
Kathrin Tillmanns has also exhibited regularly as an artist since 2003 and teaches as a lecturer at the Department of Design in the field of transdisciplinary image concepts, narrative systems and hypermedia.