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Elke Marhöfer born in the year of the Goat, in Baracoa, Cuba. Lives in Berlin, Germany.


Research and Education
2020-17 Post Doctoral Researcher at the Kyoto University, Japan.

2016 Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts, awarded by University of Gothenburg.
-------Title of the thesis: Ecologies of Practices and Thinking. Supervisors: Jussi Parikka and Bryndís
-------Snæbjörnsdóttir. Co-supervisors: Harun Farocki, Angela Melitopoulos and Jean Marie Straub.
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2001/02 Whitney Independent Study Program, New York
1997 Gender and Cultural Studies, Humboldt University Berlin
1996 University of the Arts, MFA, Berlin
1995 School of the Art Institute Chicago


Teaching and Long Term Engagements
2013-07 Akademin Valand, School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Mentoring Subject Teacher
2005-07 Berlin University of the Arts, Assistant Lecturer for the class of Prof. Leiko Ikemura

Selected Awards, Residencies and Grants
2020-17 Three-year research grant by the Swedish Research Council. In collaboration with Mikhail Lylov.

2013/12 Global Prayers Artist Research Fellow Grant
2010 IASPIS Residency, Sweden
2009 TCG Kunming Residency, China. In collaboration with Lina Persson.
2007 Lukas Cranach Video Art Prize
2005 Cité des Art International, Paris
2004 Berlin Senate Department of Science, Research and Culture
2003 Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2002 Alfredo Jaar Grant, New York


Selected Festivals and Screenings
2017 transmediale – ever elusive, Festival for Art and Digital Culture, Berlin
2016 TIFF Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto
-------Cinemateket, Stockholm
-------fylkingen, Stockholm
2015 BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta
-------Berlinale, Internationale Filmfestspiele, Forum Expanded
-------International Film Festival Rotterdam
-------Courtisane Festival Ghent
2014 Cinematek, Brussels
-------The Showroom, London
-------Courtisane Festival, Ghent
2012 Images festival, Toronto and Kino Arsenal, Berlin
Okto TV, Filmkunst, Vienna
2011 Case Study China 2, 4d, Berlin and trans305, Paris
-------World Social Forum, Dakar
2010 Kino Arsenal, Berlin
2008 100 dage 100 videoer, GL Strand, Kobenvaven
2007 They – We – How to film colonialism? b_book, Berlin
2006 Erratic Signals, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada
Evas Arche und der Feminist, Berlin
2001 Money/Nations, Videonale 9, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
2000 Euro Vision 2000 Shedhalle Zurich and Prague
1999 b_books, Berlin

Selected Talks and Lectures
2016 Seminar with Christoph Brunner, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

-------Ethics, Art and Moving Images, Symposium organized by Silke Panse, University for Creative Arts Canterbury
-------Seminar with Simon O’Sullivan at Goldsmiths University of London
-------Seminar with Marie-Luise Angerer, Institute Art and Media, at University of Potsdam
-------Ecologies of Existence, organized by Christoph Brunner and Yvonne Volkhart at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
2015 The Dark Precursor, International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, Ghent
-------Daughters of Chaos, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Stockholm
2014 Deleuze’s Encounters with the New Humanities, organized by Rosi Braidotti, Hong Kong
2013 Global Prayers Congress, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
-------Notes on Travel and Theory, Konsthall, Gothenburg
2012 redemption and liberation in the city, Mumbai
2011 Graduate School UdK Berlin together with Anselm Franke, organized by Judith Raum
2010 UDK, University of Art, Berlin
2009 Looking at shadows, organized by Judith Raum, Kunstverein Frankfurt
2008 UDK, organized by Sophie Hamacher, University of Art, Berlin
2005 Just do it!, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria
2004 Seminar with Yvette Mattern, University at Albany, State University of New York
-------16beaver, New York City
2003 Attraction and Solidarity, National Museum, Cluij, Romania
1999 University of the Arts, Brunswick

Selected Group Exhibitions and Commissions
2015 Kyiv Biennale - The School of Kyiv, Ukraine
-------Urban Synesthesia, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
-------From Here To Afternoon II, D21, Leipzig
2014 One Hundert Years later, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013 From Here to Afternoon, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2012 Dear Aby Warburg, what can be done with Images?, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
-------THAT, which not said – subtexts in politics and arts, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Lichtenberg, Berlin
2011 Folge der Generationen, Motorenhalle, Dresden
-------LiquidShell, IAC, Berlin
-------Autofokus { and the meantime belongs to becoming }, General Public, Berlin
-------Open Studios, IASPIS, Stockholm
-------The Sound Of Nowhere, Beijing
-------Changes, Halle 14, Leipzig & aufaeg, Nürnberg & ACC, Weimar
2010 Territories of the In/Human, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
2009 Orders. Secrets. Embarrassments ... And Then We Start Again, General Public, Berlin
-------Moral Phantasies, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
-------Politics of Redistribution, Magazin 4, Kunstverein Bregenz & Open Space, Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Wien
2008 The Tea Pavilion, at the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial
-------DRESSing the MESSAGE, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
-------Moral Phantasies, Kunstmuseum Ittingen
-------Unstern. Sinistre. Disastro, ACC, Weimar
-------Art after education, Röda Sten, Gothenburg
-------Into the music, Kunstraum Munich
-------Just Play, Edith Ruß Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg
2007 Kunsthalle Lichtenberg, Berlin
-------ÜBERleben, Galerie Program, Berlin
-------The Evil | Part 1 & 2 | Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
2006 storylines, Centre d'art Passerelle, Brest & Kunstverein München, Munich
-------Klartext Berlin, Kunstraum NOE, Vienna
-------Periferic 7, Focusing Isai, Biennale Romania
2005 storylines, gallery public, Paris
2004 Back and Forth Epilog, gallery K&S, Berlin
-------Nine Points of the Law, Image / Power / Property / Relations, NGBK, Berlin
-------Subduktive Massnahmen, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
2003 Attraction and Solidarity, Clui, Romania
-------unoccupied territories, gallery K&S, Berlin
2002 Open Studios at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions, Research Projects and Commissions
2020-17 Disturbed Ecologies, Kyoto, Japan
2017 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2012 No, I am not a toad, I am a turtle! Archive Books, Berlin
2010 immigration humans plants animals ghosts (late afternoon confusion), FCAC, Shanghai
-------Material for Analyses for Opposition (MAO), Manufactura's Studio, Wuhan
2008 Realness can escape – the rest is instinct rising from the shock of the moment, MASA at Platform Garanti, Istanbul
-------How could it come to this, Elke, wasn't it a long way down? Babette, Karl Marx Allee, Berlin
2007 Here Comes Our Daily Need For Biopower, Studio Protokoll, Clui
2003 Hip Hop killed the Video Star, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2002 revolutionary – there is no revolution!, Galerie Koch und Kesslau, Berlin
-------revolution will be televised, Raum 3, Berlin
2000 Here we go!, Galerie Koch und Kesslau, Berlin

Selected Publications
-------Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov, Shape Shifting, Berlin: Archive Books, 2015.
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-------Elke Marhöfer, prendas - ngangas - enquisos – machines, Berlin: Archive Books, 2015.
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-------Elke Marhöfer, Nobody knows, when it was made and why, Berlin: Archive Books, 2015.
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-------Elke Marhöfer, No, I am not a toad, I am a turtle! Berlin: Archive Books, 2012.
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-------Li Xiao Fei and Elke Marhöfer, Interview, Shanghai: Fei Contemporary Art Center, 2010.

-------Journal article
-------Elke Marhöfer and Gunvor Nelson. “What triggers this kind of filming?.” OEI: On Film 69-70 (2015); 99-100.
-------Elke Marhöfer. “Nicolás Guillén Landrián.” OEI: On Film 69-70 (2015); 452-457.
-------Elke Marhöfer. “Film Chaos.” Paletten (2014); 44-49.
-------Jean-Marie Straub, Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov. “A Thousand Cliffs.” In Standpunkt der Aufnahme (Point of View) edited by Tobias Hering. Berlin: Archive Books, 2014.
-------Elke Marhöfer. “You don’t need no education.” In What is to be done? edited by IDEA, Clui. Kassel: dokumenta 12 magazine, 2007.

-------Chapter or part of a book
-------Elke Marhöfer. “17. octobre 1961 Paris.” In The Evil, edited by Raimar Stange & Gal.Lehmann, Dumont Verlag, Cologne, 2007.
-------Elke Marhöfer. “Les exclus.” In Klartext – Berlin, edited by Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, 2006.
-------Elke Marhöfer. “mach dich weg und denke wir.” In Nine Points of the law, edited by NGBK, Berlin, 2003.

Selected Video and Filmography
* Shape Shifting, 16 mm, color and sound, 18 min. 26 sec., Japan, 2015.
* Primate Colors, 16 mm, color and sound, 30 min. 50 sec., China (Hong Kong), 2015.
* prendas - ngangas - enquisos - machines, 16 mm, color and sound, 29 min. 34 sec., Cuba, 2014.
* Mohammad Ali, 16 mm, color and sound, 4 min. 3 sec., Burkina Faso, 2014.
* Nobody knows, when it was made and why, 16 mm, black & white, no sound, 10 min 21 sec., England, 2015.
* No, I am not a toad, I am a turtle!, 16 mm, color and sound, 50 min. 29 sec., South Korea/China, 2012.
* Is there something else I've lost?, 16 mm, color and sound, 40 min, China, 2010.
* permeable super real, Video, color and sound, 33 min 33 sec., DV, China, 2010.
* Fragmented Forest, Video, color and sound, 15 min, China, 2010.
* sugar-free, Video, color and sound, 55 min, Burkina Faso, 2008.
* nearness to large rivers eats the eyes, Video, 2-screen, color and sound, 25 min, Burkina Faso, 2007.
* Bauern! (Farmers!), digital video, color and sound, 51 min, Burkina Faso, 2007.
* Les exclus (The excluded), 16mm, color and sound, 8 min, France, 2006.
* lookin´out for Wachsamkeit 1, Video, color and sound, 13 min, Germany, 2005.
* Erase you (Acéphale mix), Video, color and sound, 5 min, Germany, 2005.
* bright night nothings;, Video, color and sound, 23 min, Germany/USA/France, 2004.
* phantomas entangled by aida, Video, color and sound, 27 min, Bosnia/Kosovo/Serbia/Republic of Macedonia, 1998/99.