Sebastian Schmieg’s work engages with the algorithmic circulation of images, texts and bodies within contexts that blur the boundaries between human and software, individual and crowd, or labor and leisure. At the centre of his practice are playful interventions into found systems that explore hidden – and often absurd – aspects behind the glossy interfaces of our networked society. Schmieg works in a wide range of media such as video, website, installation, artist book, custom software and lecture performance.

Schmieg’s works have been shown at, among others, The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Rhizome, New York; Transmediale, Berlin; NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf; Panke Gallery, Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin and Dresden.

Solo/Duo Shows

2018

  • Projected.Capital, duo show with Silvio Lorusso, Roehrs & Boetsch, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Speedreading, Galerie b Stuttgart, Germany
  • Lifelong Learning, duo show with Silvio Lorusso, Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia

2017

  • Decisive Camera, Link Cabinet, Online
  • Work | Game, panke.gallery, duo show with Sebastian Lütgert, Berlin, Germany

2016

  • Decision Space, The Photographers’ Gallery London, UK, Online
  • Search By Image (Lena/Fabio), The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK, Media Wall
  • Segmentation.Network, Rhizome.org Frontpage, Online
  • Learning About, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea

2015

  • LSTM (Long Short Term Memory), Cointemporary, Online

2014

  • Parallel Universes, ScreenSaverGallery, Online/Screensaver

2013

  • Books and Blankets 1: Search by Image, Digital-Soirée, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 56 Broken Kindle Screens, duo show with Silvio Lorusso, Link Point, Brescia, Italy

Group Shows

2019

2018

2017

  • THE WRONG CLUB, Galerie Ampersand, Cologne, Germany
  • The Reading Laboratory
  • Piksel Festival, Bergen, Norway
  • Modern Times, Dikeou Pop-Up, Denver, USA(Screening)
  • Escaping the Digital Unease!, Langenthal, Switzerland
  • WINDOWS, Basel, Switzerland
  • Bienne Festival of Photography, Bienne, Switzerland

2016

  • Impakt Festival: Authenticity?, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Robots Building Robots, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • Sight & Sound, Montreal, Canada
  • Performing Encounters (Screening), Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
  • Colomboscope 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • THE POSTHUMAN (Screening), Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, Hungary
  • setBackground, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2015

  • The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar, Academy Art Museum, Easton, USA
  • Phaenomenale, phæno, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • UNCANNY, REVERSE, New York, USA
  • Abandon Normal Devices, Grizedale Forest, UK
  • ISEA, Vancouver, Canada
  • NEWMAN, Druskininkai, Lithuania
  • Offline Art: Are you still there?, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 16th media art biennale WRO 2015, Wroclaw, Poland
  • WTi 2.0, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • The New Black (Resonate), Gallery 12 New Media HUB, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Transmediale: Capture All, Berlin, Germany

2014

  • Autopoiesis is Greek for self creation, digital3mpire, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • The C(h)roma Show, Croma store, Bangalore, India
  • Suchroutinen: Erzählungen von Datenbanken, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
  • Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Out of Office, Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici, Les Territoires, Montreal, Canada
  • #local-non-off-line, Cologne, Germany
  • Transmediale: Afterglow, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2013

  • Art Hack Day Berlin: Going Dark, LEAP, Berlin, Germany
  • local.#non.access, km temporaer, Berlin, Germany
  • SI Fest #22, Savignano, Italy
  • Vanishing Point, bitforms gallery, New York, USA
  • Never Odd or Even | Palindrome, team titanic, Berlin, Berlin
  • #FUTUREMYTH, 319 Scholes, New York, USA
  • Structures for Reading, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, USA
  • DVD Dead Drop Vol.5, Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA
  • Fahrenheit 39, Ravenna, Italy
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

2012

  • reflecting on networks, km temporaer, Berlin, Germany
  • Multiplicity 2, 129 Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • BYOB Berlin, Platoon Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
  • MICRO Festival, Milan, Italy
  • platform 79, Berlin, Germany
  • Anika Schwarzlose & Jonas Lund, Sebastian Schmieg, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Curation

2019

2018

Talks

2019

2018

  • Menschen als Software-Erweiterungen, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Theater und Netz, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
  • re:publica, Berlin, Germany
  • Encoding Cultures: Leben mit intelligenten Maschinen, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • I Will Say Whatever You Want In Front Of A Pizza, HfK Bremen, Germany

2017

  • Humans as Software Extensions, 34C3, Leipzig, Germany
  • Reading as Data-Mining, FAU Erlangen, Germany
  • Brno University Of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
  • I Will Say Whatever You Want In Front Of A Pizza, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany
  • Menschen als Software-Erweiterungen, World Usability Day, Frankfurt, Germany
  • The Conference, Malmö, Sweden
  • Ten Desperate Attempts At Exploring The Medium Of Leisure, with Leisure Inc., panke.gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • re:publica, Berlin, Germany
  • Resonate, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Transmediale Excursion: “The melancholy of subversion: Rethinking resistance in the post-truth era”, Berlin, Germany

2016

  • Ringvorlesung, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany

2015

  • Performing Encounters, District, Berlin, Germany
  • Expose and Repurpose: Opposing Self-Commodification, Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
  • User-generated Art, Digitaler Salon, HIIG, Berlin, Germany

2014

  • Artist Talk, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland
  • tschk!talks, Berlin, Germany

2013

  • Pecha Kucha, Berlin, Germany

2012

  • Reflecting On Networks, Artist Talk, km temporaer, Berlin, Germany
  • tschk!talks, Berlin, Germany

Teaching

Since 2019

  • Professor at HTW Dresden

2018

  • Lecturer, Uni Hildesheim

2017

  • Lecturer, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

2015 + 2016

  • Lecturer, FH Potsdam

2014 + 2015

  • Lecturer, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

Residencies & Commissions

2018

  • Drehmoment, Kulturregion Stuttgart + Stadt Leonberg, Germany, Commission

2017

  • Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, Residency

2016

  • The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK, Commission
  • EMBASSY gallery Edinburgh, UK, Commission

2015

  • Abandon Normal Devices, UK, Commission

2014

  • Goethe@WRO, Goethe Institut + WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, Residency

Awards

2018

  • Shortlist “P3 Post Photography Prototyping Price”, Fotomuseum Winterthur + Julius Bär Foundation
  • Shortlist “net based award”, Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel

2015

  • Social Media Art Award, Phaenomenale, with Silvio Lorusso

2010

  • Expanded-Media-Preis “Online/Offline”, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Articles, Interviews, etc.

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