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.

Selected Exhibitions

2018

2017

2016

  • Impakt Festival: Authenticity?, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Decision Space, Online, The Photographers' Gallery London, UK
  • Search By Image (Lena/Fabio), Media Wall, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
  • Robots Building Robots, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • Sight & Sound, Montreal, Canada
  • Performing Encounters (Screening), Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
  • Colomboscope 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Learning About, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
  • THE POSTHUMAN (Screening), Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, Hungary
  • Segmentation.Network, Online, Rhizome.org Frontpage
  • setBackground, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2015

2014

2013

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
  • Jonas Lund & Sebastian Schmieg, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011

2010

  • FILE, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany

2009

  • A Maze, Berlin, Germany
  • DesignMai, Berlin, Germany
  • PixelAche, Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland

Selected Talks, Presentations, Conversations

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"

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

Residencies, Awards, Commissions

2018

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

2017

  • Akademie Schloss Solitude, Digital Solitude Program, Fellow

2016

  • The Photographers' Gallery, London, Commission
  • EMBASSY gallery Edinburgh, Commission

2015

  • Social Media Art Award, Phaenomenale, with Silvio Lorusso
  • Abandon Normal Devices, Commission

2014

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

2010

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

Teaching

2018

  • Uni Hildesheim

2017

  • Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

2015 + 2016

  • FH Potsdam

2014 + 2015

  • Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

Workshops

2017

  • Image+, Fototage Biel

2016

  • Arbeiten und arbeiten lassen, Kunsthochschule Kassel
  • Machines are Learning – But What Exactly?, Merz Akademie Stuttgart

2015

  • To Download, Not To Stream, tell.net Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart

2014

  • Doing It Wrong – Countergaming Strategies, WRO Art Center

Education

  • University of the Arts, Berlin, 2013 (Prof. Joachim Sauter, Prof. Siegfried Zielinski)
  • Merz Akademie, Stuttgart (Prof. Olia Lialina)

Selected Articles, Interviews, etc.