Kerstin Ergenzinger is an artist working in the fields of installation, electronic arts/new media and drawing. Her works explore the sensory and conceptual relationships between the individual and its physical surroundings. By focusing on processes of perception, on technologies and strategies applied in spatial and mental navigation and the production of knowledge, she investigates the limits of human perception and our capacity to comprehend and interpret our environment. How do you move in the world, and how does that feel? How does your body relate to other bodies and to its surroundings, and how can you define the coordinates of our own position? In response to these fundamental questions, she develops in her works diverse points of view that play with the opposition between metaphorical distance and physical immediacy. Alongside her studio practice she is frequently involved in collaborative projects and research projects in other fields such as dance, music, film and science.

Kerstin Ergenzinger is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the North Rhine-Westphalia Scholarship for Young Artists (Media Art) and a work stipend granted by the Arts Fund Foundation. The recipient of the international residency grant of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, she has researched in Cambridge, Massachusetts and undertaken residencies with IASPIS and the Goethe-Institut in Taipei, and was also awarded a studio grant by the Kölnischer Kunstverein. In 2012 she was awarded a grant by the Lower Saxony Foundation to produce work at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art and the Prize of the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. In 2013 her installation Rotes Rauschen was recognized with the prestigious VIDA 15.0 Award for International Research in Art and Artificial Life. In 2015 she received an Honorary Mention of the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award and will be Visiting Artist at Arts@Cern early 2017.

Kerstin Ergenzinger studied Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture and drawing at Berlin University of the Arts and Chelsea College of Arts, London and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies in Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Since November 2016 she is a fellow at the Graduate School at the University of the Arts Berlin.


2016-2018 Fellow, Graduate School for the Arts, UDK Berlin
2012-2013 Lectureship, Integrated Media / University Oldenburg
2005-2007 Postgraduales Studium an der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Diplom)
2002 Sculpture Department / Chelsea College of Art and Design London (Erasmus Austauschstipendium)
1999-2004 Studium der Bildenden Kunst / Universität der Künste Berlin (Meisterschülertitel)
1996-1998 Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Freien Universität Berlin (Zwischenprüfung/BA)
1996 Kibbuz / Israel (Volunteer)


2016 Stipend of the Graduate School for the Arts, UDK Berlin DE
2015 Kunstfonds Bonn publication grant publication Navigating Noise. (date of publication early 2017)
2015 Honorary Mention Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award
2013-2014 LAP - Leuphana Arts Program - associated artist
2013 VIDA 15 - First prize; Art and Artificial Life International Awards, Fundación Telefónica
2012 »Award Kunstministerin des Freistaates Sachsen«
vergeben durch die Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau | CYNETART-Festival
in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Sächsischen Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
2012 production scholership Stiftung Niedersachsen für Medienkunst 2012 am Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst
2011 scholership Medienkünstlerinnen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, betreut vom HMKV Hartware Medienkunstverein Dortmund
2011 travel scholership Staatskanzlei Nordrhein-Westfalen, Cambridge/Boston USA
2010 international scholership for media art Stadt Oldenburg, des Goethe Instituts Taipeh und des Digital Arts Center Taipeh
2009 annual working scholership Stiftung Kunstfonds
2008-2011 studio grant des Kölnischen Kunstvereins und Imhoff Stiftung/ Köln
2008 award Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen für junge Künstler(innen) -Sparte Medienkunst
2008 Friedrich Vordemberge scholership der Stadt Köln
2008 residency IASPIS international artist studio program in sweden / Malmö
2007 award Gleichstellungsbüros der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
2007 Lu.xus light art award Stadt Lüdenscheid
2001-2006 scholerdhip des ev. Studienwerks Villigst e.V.
2000 scholership der Dorothea Konwiarz-Stiftung für junge Malerinnen


2016 - ongoing Rhythmic Textures interdisciplinary research project at the Graduate School for the Arts, UDK Berlin
2016 - ongoing collaboration with the research consortium nuClock, the exchange will interface arts and quantum physics. Part of the work will be aligned with the European FEAT initiative; an action that brings together artists and FET projects.

kinetic, interactive architectural sculpture for "ortsflüchtig" a production with the dancer Johanna Roggan& the guts company
premiere 30.10.2015 Hellerau, Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden

2012- ongoing Acts of Orientation: joint research project with Nathanja van Dijk and Thom Laepple in cooperation with the Schering Stiftung,the Leuphana Arts Program and the research group Analog Storage Media of the Humboldt University's Excellence Cluster Image Knowledge Gestaltung and A Tale of a Tub Rotterdam
2012-2013 Regie, Set-Design, Dramturgie, Schnitt für das Intermediales Filmprojekt
RAUMCHOREOGRAFIEN - Begegnungen mit dem Werk der Bildhauerin Gerlinde Beck Premiere Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 5.12.2013
2011 Bühne, Video und Kostüm für "TIMESHIFT...oder die Zeit ist ein Vogel..."
experimentelles Musiktheaterprojekt mit Recha la Dous und Susanne Blumenthal; gefördert vom Fond experimentelles Musiktheater" des NRW Kultursekretariats
Premiere 4.12.2011 im großen Haus des Stadttheater Münster
2009-2011 Land Use Poetics - artistic research initiative gathering artists, architects and urban theorists for landscape experiments and interventions.
2010 künstlerische Beratung und technische Realisation der Theaterinstallation: "ImPotencia" mit VOLUMEN EXPRESS and FRIENDS.
Preview Black Box Oslo März 2010
Premiere Sophiensaele Berlin April 2010


2015 ACTS of ORIENTATION - interdisciplinary round-table conference, Schering Stiftung Berlin 2015
2010 Land Use Poetics II - international workshop on spatial practices, technologies and imaginaries, on the Isle of Thanet (Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate)
2009 Land Use Poetics - international workshop on spatial practices, technologies and imaginaries, SLU dept of landscape architecture Malmö University
2007 imPact / pact Zollverein Essen
2007 feldstärke / pact Zollverein Essen


2015 durch das Gestern ins Heute geblickt #2/ workshop SK-Stiftung Köln
2012/2013 lectureship- Integrated Media / Universität Oldenburg
2012 Lecture - Digitale Medien / Hochschule der Künste Bremen
2012 Luftmonster - workshop HMKV Dortmund
2012 Talk - Edith-Russ-Haus für MedienKunst, Oldenburg
2012 Parallelwelten - workshop HMKV Dortmund
2012 durch das Gestern ins Heute geblickt - workshop SK-Stiftung Köln
2010 Talk -'Cluster' Digital Arts Festival, Digital Arts Center Taipei
2010 Bilderforscher - workshop SK-Stiftung Köln
2009 Talk - nefilmmakers, Kopenhagen
2008 Lecture - Institut für Kunst, Kultur und Kommunikation Malmö Hogskola
2008 Lecture -IASPIS / Stockholm
2006 Lecture - philosophie kunstverein / Köln
2006 Lecture - Karl-Rahnner-Akademie / Köln


2009 invited competiton Denkmal für die Opfer der NS-Militärjustiz, Einladung NS-Dokumentationszentrum der Stadt Köln
2003 design Schwarzkopf-Europa-Preis für die Schwarzkopf Europa Stifung


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