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Primate Colors
film, China, 2015
Shape Shifting
film, Japan, 2015

Born in the year of the goat in Baracoa/Cuba, Elke Marhöfer is an artist living in Berlin. Via the potentialities of moving image and suppositious writing she works with notions of self-admitted foreignness and radical othering. She collaborates with dear friends and things, revising notions of animals, vegetables and objects. Within distant environments she investigates specific events and practices that traverse binary oppositions. Linking for example, the nonhuman with the postcolonial, she discusses how nature cuts across history, being simultaneously historical situated, evoking human and nonhuman testimonies of past and current events, recognizing their specificities, and at the same time surpassing and escaping historical formatting with its unique and machinic mode of constantly evolving, changing and creating something new. Elke tests nonhuman perspectives, translating a technology like the camera, from a human cultural and technical device into an extension of the intensive forces within the surrounding environment, so that the camera becomes a tool, which is in principle not different from nonhuman animal tools, similar to orangutans using leaves to make squeaky kiss noises.

Elke studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin, at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City. In 2016 she was awarded a PhD by the University of Gothenburg. Since 2017 Elke pursues a post doctoral research in collaboration with Mikhail Lylov at the Kyoto University in Japan. She has received fellowships, grants, and generous support from IASPIS Residency Sweden, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her art exhibitions include the Palais de Tokyo Paris, Manufactura’s Studio Wuhan, FCAC Shanghai, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, NGBK Berlin, Kunstverein Hannover, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and The Showroom, London. She lectures in conferences such as DARE, Deleuze and Artistic Research Conference Ghent, Deleuze’s Cultural Encounters with the New Humanities, Hong Kong and Daughters of Chaos, Deleuze Studies International Conference Stockholm. Her films have been screened at the BFI - Film Festival London, Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival Ghent and Images Film Festival Toronto.

prendas - ngangas - enquisos - machines {each part welcomes the other without saying}
film, Cuba, 2014
Mohammad Ali
film, Burkina Faso, 2014

Nobody knows, when it was made and why

film, England, 2012
No, I am not a toad, I am a turtle!
film China/South Korea, 2012
Is there something else I've lost?
film, China, 2011 
immigration humans plants animals ghosts (late afternoon confusion)
installation, China/Shanghai, 2010

Material for Analyses for Oposition - MAO

platform, China/Wuhan, 2010
permeable super real
film, China, 2010

Fragmented Forest

film, China, 2012

nearness to large rivers eats the eyes

2-screen projection, Burkina Faso, 2007
film, Burkina Faso, 2007


film, Burkina Faso, 2008
17 octobre 1961 Paris
drawings, 2007
The melancholy freedom to graze in the ruins of the past, as well as calling unreason to one’s aid, in defiance of the eternal Freud and the eternal Marx, to facilitate the dawning of the event
installation, 2008
you don't have to go to college
IDEA, print 2007
slides, Germany/France, 2006

Les exclus

film, Germany, 2006
Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise I
drawing, 2005

Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise II

drawing 2006

lookin'out for Wachsamkeit

film, Germany, 2005 

Erase you (Acéphale mix)

film, Germany, 2005/07

Without qualities

performance, 2006


helle nacht nichten;

film, Germany/France/USA, 2004


How to learn to like the same?

performance, 2004


das ist die idee - quodlibet

drawings, 2006 - 2004
  distribution von aufmerksamkeit print 2003  

mach dich weg und denke wir installation 2003



hip hop killed the video star installation 2003



  révolutionaires! il n'y a pas de révolution installation 2002  
    Hardcore (Félix Gonzáles Torres) print 2003  

moving territories installation 2003


are you sure what you are fighting for? print 2003


Attraction and Solidarity print 2003


air condition 225 Central Park West transfered in one day to 543 East 12th Street installation 2002


fuckem if they dont wanna see, o' listen o´read installation 2001


carottes installation 2000


phantomas entangled by aida Bosnia/Kosovo/Serbia/Republic of Macedonia, film 1999-98


theorie designt print 2004 - 1999


1,2,3,4,5 print 2006