Sebastian Schmieg examines the algorithmic circulation of images, texts and bodies. At the centre of his practice are playful interventions into found systems that explore the hidden – and often absurd – realities behind the glossy interfaces of our networked society. There the boundaries between human and software, individual and crowd, as well as labor and leisure are blurring. 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; HeK, Basel; 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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