Alisa Berger

The main focus of my work in recent years has been on the ongoing research on illusionary boundaries of identity and body. There is a mixture of personal, cultural, and historical narratives that feedback within a human body. As a first approach to these different contexts and perspectives, I try to establish a cinematic language which mixes the structures of fictional narratives and the pure presence of subjects and objects within a real or simulated space. In addition to film and video I also include media like text, installation, and performance in my work.


2010 Psychology at the University of Hagen
2010 – 2016 “Media Art” at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
2013 “Artes Plasticas” at Universidad Nacional de Colombia

scholarships / residencies / grants
2013 Residency at lugar a dudas, Cali, Colombia
2013 D​AAD​ Scholarship for the international exchange to Bogota, Colombia
2017 DAAD Scholarship for international exchange to Tokyo, Japan / research at Kazuo Ohno Dance studio
2017 Grant of “Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V.” (Womens Cultural Office) – International Artist Exchange to Georgia and Armenia.
2017 Studio grant of Bonner Kunstverein
2017 Young German Film Committee (Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film) “Script Grant for talented film”

2015 Best Super-8-Film Award at Artifact Film Festival Calgary for Island Story
2017 Best Narrative Feature Film Award at Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival for Die Körper der Astronauten (Eng.: The Astronauts’ Bodies)
2017 Nomination for FIRST STEPS Award for Die Körper der Astronauten (Eng.: The Astronauts’ Bodies)
2017 Best Screenplay Award (H.W.Geißendörfer Drehbuchpreis) at Kinofest Lünen for Die Körper der Astronauten
2018 Best Film Award at International Filmfestival of Uruguay “New Directors” for Die Körper der Astronauten (Eng.: The Astronauts’ Bodies)
2018 Golden Star Award at Central Java Film Festival Indonesien for Die Körper der Astronauten
2018 Special Mention at 32. Cineuropa Compostela Film Festival for Die Körper der Astronauten

exhibitions / screenings / performances

Babette Cafe @ Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, performance, Berlin, DE
Gemeinde Köln / Tiefgarage, AWAKENING: FUTURE, solo of bergernissen, Köln, DE
Palace Of Youth Creativity & Goethe Institut Tashkent “Die Grenze”, group, Uzbekistan

Artisterium XI, Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition, group exhibition, GEO
C.A.R. – Contemporary Art Ruhr, art fair, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, DE
Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, group exhibition, Almaty, KAZ
PATARA Gallery, Behind the Curtain, solo exhibition, Tbilisi, GEO
Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel, Surviving Fitness, group exhibition, Wolfenbüttel, DE
NCCA – Ural National Centre of Contemporary Art, group exhibition, Yekaterinburg, RU
Goethe-Institut Yerevan / Mirzoyan Library organized by Frauenkulturbüro NRW, screening and performance, Yerevan, ARMENIA
OAG – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur und Völkerkunde Ostasiens, lecture and screening, Tokyo, JAPAN
Sci-Fi Film Festival, screening, London, UK
Armenian Art Fair, Open Space, Yerevan, ARMENIA
S.Y.P. artist space and gallery, solo exhibition of “Three Borders”, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
AUTOCENTER “last dance” at Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, group exhibition, Berlin, DE
International Video Art Festival Now&After, Artplay St. Petersburg, group exhibition, St. Petersburg, RU
DC Independent Film Festival, screening, Washington DC, USA
Filmmor Women Film Festival Istanbul, screening, Istanbul, TURKEY
Internacional Festival Cinematográfico del Uruguay, screening, Montevideo, URUGUAY

Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund, “Die Grenze” group exhibition, Dortmund, DE
Culture Centre “Korpus” & Goethe Institut, “Die Grenze” group exhibition, Minsk, BLR
Hartware MedienKunstverein Dortmund – video of the month “Three Borders”, solo exhibition, Dortmund, DE
History Museum Tbilisi & Goethe Institut, group exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia
Dovzhenko Centre / Plivka Art Center & Goethe Institute, group exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine
Museum Centre Peace Square & Goethe Institut,  group exhibition, Krasnoyarsk, RU
Artplay St. Petersburg & Goethe Institut, group exhibition, St. Petersburg, RU
BACC Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, group exhibition, Bangkok, THA
MMOMA – Moscow museum of modern art & Goethe Institut, group exhibition, Moscow, RU

San Diego Underground Film Festival, screening, San Diego, USA
KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, performance “TAKE UP YOUR SPACE”, Düsseldorf, DE
Anthology Film Archives – AXWFF, screening, NewYork, USA
CCA – Center for Contemporary Art, artist talk, screening, Tbilisi, GE
Eidolon – philosophical film festival, screening, Liévin, FR
FAR OFF, screening, curation, Köln, DE

“Landscapes of fear” CD-Release auf Grünrekorder Label, Köln, DE
Coastal Currents, Altered States Filmprogramm, screening, London, UK
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, performance, Düsseldorf, DE
Believing History, group exhibition, Kloster Lorsch, DE
European Media Art Festival EMAF, group exhibition, Osnabrück, DE
Videonale Parcours, LVR­Museum & Fabrik45, performance, Bonn, DE

Kunstfilmtage 2014, group exhibition, Düsseldorf, DE
Kunstpavillon, group exhibition, München, DE
Cinemateca Distrital, screening, Bogota, CO
K21 Ständehaus Kunstsammlung NRW – Lichterfest, performance, Düsseldorf, DE
“Portrait of the living Sky”, Roxie Cinema, screening, San Francisco, USA
The 8fest, screening, screening, Toronto, Canada

Festival Internacional de la Imagen, screening, performance, Manizales, CO
Kühlhaus, team titanic, Berlin Art Week, group exhibition, Berlin, DE
open studio , Lugar a dudas, performance, Cali, CO
Museo del Banco de la Republica, performance, Bogota, CO

Zaija Lab, screening, Beijing, CH

1999 “Biblioteca Utopij”, book, IMA-Press, Russia ISBN 5-7070-0102-10
2014 KUNSTFILMTAGE, catalogue
2014 Full Saturation, catalogue/postcards
2015 Believing History, catalogue, Kloster Lorsch, Kerber Verlag
2015 EMAF – European Media Art Festival, catalogue
2015 Videonale, catalogue
2015 Landscapes of fear, sound-art compilation with various artists, Grünrekorder Records Label
2018 Solo for One, catalogue
2018 And she was like BÄM, catalogue and artist presentation, Strzelecki Books
2018 Bonner Kunstverein Open Studios, catalogue
2018 “Wistawka powod – wistawka prazdnik” – Novosibirsk group show, catalogue
2018 Art press 2, ISSN 0245-5676, Oktober Ausgabe


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