BIO

Kerstin Ergenzinger is an artist working across the fields of installation, sculpture, electronic arts, sound and drawing. She finds and repurposes light, sound, kinetics and traditional media towards farther thinking investigations. The inextricable relations between body and world, perception and the perceived, sensing and sense making are central themes of her practice. She is frequently involved in collaborative research projects, recently co-editing the volume "Navigating Noise" (Walther König, Berlin 2017): a collection of academic and artistic contributions that address the need for alternative means of orientation to deal with noise and to understand and (re)establish our unstable position within a highly technologized, mediated, and globalized reality. .

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, 2017 she has been Guest Artist at Arts@CERN.

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. From November 2016-2018 she was a fellow at the Berlin Center of Advanced Studies of the University of the Arts Berlin.

awards, grants, residencies

2016-2018 Fellowship, Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences / Graduate School, University of the Arts Berlin and Einstein Stiftung
2017 Guest Artist, Arts@CERN
2016-ongoing Associate Artist Member of the nuClock consortium, EU-funded FET project dedicated to the development and implementation of optical clocks based on nuclear transitions
2016 publication grant, Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn
2015 Honory Mention, Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award
2015 exhibition grant, Schering Stiftung Berlin
2013-2014 Associated Artist, Leuphana Arts Programm LAP, Lüneburg
2013 1. Prize VIDA 15.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards, Fundación Telefonica
2012 CYNET Award of the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts
2012 Grant for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art
2011 scholership Medienkünstlerinnen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, betreut vom HMKV Hartware Medienkunstverein Dortmund
2011 Travel Grant of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia for Cambridge/Boston USA
2011 production grant, Fonds Experimentelles Musiktheater, Kunststiftung NRW
2010 exchange scholership of the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art Oldenburg, the Goethe Institut and the Digital Arts Center Taipei
2009 Annual Working Grant, Kunstfonds Bonn
2008-2011 Studio Grant of the Kölnischer Kunstverein and Imhoff Stiftung 
2008 Award of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia  for Young Artists - field  Media Arts 
2008 Friedrich-Vordemberge-Grant, City Cologne
2008 IASPIS International Artist Studio Program in Sweden, studio Malmö
2007 award Gleichstellungsbüros der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
2007
First prize LUX.US Light Art Award of the city Lüdenscheid
2001-2006 Study scholarship ev. Studienwerk Villigst e.V.
2000 Dorothea-Konwiarz-Grant for young paintress

education

2005-2007 Media Art, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Diploma / Postgraduate Studies)
2002 Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art and Design London (Erasmus Exchange)
1999-2004 Fine Arts, University of the Arts Berlin (Meisterschüler / MFA)
1996-1998 Comparative Literature, Free University Berlin (Grundstudium / BA)

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