Sebastian Schmieg investigates the algorithmic circulation of images, texts, and bodies. He creates playful interventions that penetrate the shiny surfaces of our networked society and explore the realities that lie behind them. In particular Schmieg focuses on labor, algorithmic management, and artificial intelligence. He works in a wide range of media including video, website, installation, artist book, custom software, lecture performance, and delivery service.

Schmieg’s work has been exhibited internationally at The Photographers’ Gallery London, MdbK Leipzig, HeK Basel, and Chronus Art Center Shanghai. He lives and works in Berlin and Dresden.

Solo/Duo Shows

2020

  • Platform Ghosting (duo show with Silvio Lorusso), Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia

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

2021

  • Right now: Fleeting Media. Publishing Post-Photography, Fotobibliothek in der Passage, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 2020

    • Better Off Online, König Galerie / König Digital, Online
    • The Sea Is Glowing, Exportdrvo, Rijeka, Croatia
    • FitArt, App
    • On entering a living being. From Social Sculpture to Platform Capitalism, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
    • Human services, PAN! et LAC&S, Limoges, France
    • Algotaylorism, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France
    • 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

2021

  • Laborious Intelligence, Online KISDtalk, Köln International School of Design
  • 2020

    • Interface Cultures Invited Lectures Series, University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, online
    • Laborious Relations, with Silvio Lorusso, Aksioma, online
    • Unheimliche Heimlichkeit, mit Florian Alexander Schmidt, (How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours)) in neoliberal times)?, online
    • Gallery.Delivery: In conversation with the courier, Livestream
    • Entreprecariat book presentation: Silvio Lorusso in conversation with Sebastian Schmieg, panke.gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • Automate All The Things! Symposium, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • 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.