Using elements of kinetics and robotics, Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler create sculptures and installations that explore the effects of technical developments on aesthetic and social aspects of life. In their works, material qualities of a visual and haptic nature are just as important as programmed processes, algorithms and physical laws.

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RE:PLACES

generative installation

Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Robotic installation RE:PLACES 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
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As the material swells from the robots’ organs, it curls and warps until it cools and hardens in its final shape.
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At the beginning of the performative installation RE:PLACES, the space is already characterised by sculptures with expressive shapes and colours. On closer inspection, the objects show properties that seem untypical of their materiality - massive plastic that forms multicoloured, abstract structures and sometimes throws bubbles at the surface. The chunks, which consist of different types of plastic, originate from industrial production, where they arise as waste products from the cleaning of machines.
Moving through this scenery is a complex construction reminiscent of a planetary lander on three legs. In a branched funnel system, it transports different coloured granules made from plastic waste. The plastic material is heated and compressed in a cylindrical extruder in the centre of the robot and swells out as a colourful mass. The hot material curves and twists until it cools and solidifies into its final form. In creative processes lasting several minutes, the 1.70m high robot sheds the plastic objects and spreads them around the exhibition space like three-dimensional brush strokes.
The result is a variety of intertwined forms with glass-like surfaces and fascinating colour transitions - material properties that are not usually associated with plastic. The visual and haptic experiences enable an intuitive and aesthetic approach to the thematic complex around plastic and its problematic use. A new perspective on the materiality is stimulated to promote public discourse on plastics.
The title of the installation RE:PLACES is short for ‘Recycling PLA Closed-Circuit Extrusion Shaper’. The objects created during an exhibition can serve as raw material again and thus close the cycle.

At the beginning of the performative installation RE:PLACES, the space is already characterised by sculptures with expressive shapes and colours. On closer inspection, the objects show properties that seem untypical of their materiality - massive plastic that forms multicoloured, abstract structures and sometimes throws bubbles at the surface. The chunks, which consist of different types of plastic, originate from industrial production, where they arise as waste products from the cleaning of machines.
Moving through this scenery is a complex construction reminiscent of a planetary lander on three legs. In a branched funnel system, it transports different coloured granules made from plastic waste. The plastic material is heated and compressed in a cylindrical extruder in the centre of the robot and swells out as a colourful mass. The hot material curves and twists until it cools and solidifies into its final form. In creative processes lasting several minutes, the 1.70m high robot sheds the plastic objects and spreads them around the exhibition space like three-dimensional brush strokes.
The result is a variety of intertwined forms with glass-like surfaces and fascinating colour transitions - material properties that are not usually associated with plastic. The visual and haptic experiences enable an intuitive and aesthetic approach to the thematic complex around plastic and its problematic use. A new perspective on the materiality is stimulated to promote public discourse on plastics.
The title of the installation RE:PLACES is short for ‘Recycling PLA Closed-Circuit Extrusion Shaper’. The objects created during an exhibition can serve as raw material again and thus close the cycle.

At the beginning of the performative installation RE:PLACES, the space is already characterised by sculptures with expressive shapes and colours. On closer inspection, the objects show properties that seem untypical of their materiality - massive plastic that forms multicoloured, abstract structures and sometimes throws bubbles at the surface. The chunks, which consist of different types of plastic, originate from industrial production, where they arise as waste products from the cleaning of machines.
Moving through this scenery is a complex construction reminiscent of a planetary lander on three legs. In a branched funnel system, it transports different coloured granules made from plastic waste. The plastic material is heated and compressed in a cylindrical extruder in the centre of the robot and swells out as a colourful mass. The hot material curves and twists until it cools and solidifies into its final form. In creative processes lasting several minutes, the 1.70m high robot sheds the plastic objects and spreads them around the exhibition space like three-dimensional brush strokes.
The result is a variety of intertwined forms with glass-like surfaces and fascinating colour transitions - material properties that are not usually associated with plastic. The visual and haptic experiences enable an intuitive and aesthetic approach to the thematic complex around plastic and its problematic use. A new perspective on the materiality is stimulated to promote public discourse on plastics.
The title of the installation RE:PLACES is short for ‘Recycling PLA Closed-Circuit Extrusion Shaper’. The objects created during an exhibition can serve as raw material again and thus close the cycle.

RE:PLACES

generative installation

Plastic Plastics

anamorphic sculptures

everywhere
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
plastic sculpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler

Plastic Plastics

anamorphic sculptures
everywhere

fading substance

degenerative installation

fading substance decompose process of plastic objects 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
fading substance decompose process of plastic objects 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
fading substance decompose process of plastic objects 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
fading substance decompose process of plastic objects 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
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Fleshy-looking anamorphic objects, reminiscent of organs or light-shy sea creatures, float in an artificial environment.

fading substance

degenerative installation

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Spitting Bot

robot sculptor

Spitting Bot robot skulpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Spitting Bot robot skulpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Spitting Bot robot skulpture 2021 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler

Spitting Bot

robot sculptor

Siblings

light-active robot family

Siblings mini robotic artworks 2018 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Siblings mini robotic artworks 2018 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Siblings mini robotic artworks 2018 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Siblings mini robotic artworks 2018 by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
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The group of tiny robots sits quietly in the dark, but as soon as light hits their sensors, things get hectic. Like insects squirming under a rock, each Sibling starts to wobble in its own way—some of them dance, while others move more awkwardly; kept under a dark glass, the siblings can be playfully kept in check. The bodies of these unique relatives are made of plaster, with electronic components poking out at the top, like hairdos. Each family member has its own style.

Siblings

light-active robot family

From the Labratory

Vincent and Emily

interactive robot couple

Vincent and Emily 2013 robotic artwork by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Vincent and Emily 2013 robotic artwork by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Vincent and Emily 2013 robotic artwork by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Vincent and Emily 2013 robotic artwork by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler

Vincent and Emily

interactive robot couple

Makrocontroller

light sculpture

Makrocontroller 2021 light sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Makrocontroller 2021 light sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Makrocontroller 2021 light sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
Makrocontroller 2021 light sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler
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Shiny metallic conductor tracks cut across a deep black surface, forming a net-like pattern with moving dots of light shimmering in bright colors. The play of light brings to mind the nighttime twinkle of distant cities.

Makrocontroller

light sculpture

Object c

breathing installation

object c, breathing installation by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, 2016
object c, breathing installation by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, 2016
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In a shallow black basin filled with clear liquid, a shimmering layer of dust has settled at the bottom, beneath the reflective surface. At the center is a small ring-shaped coil from which two thick shoots wind up to the ceiling and into the shadows of the building’s overhead installation. In the eye of the electrified ring, the particles arrange themselves in dark patterns, disperse, and reassemble in a regular rhythm, like a kind of breathing animating the intricate particle universe.

Object c

breathing installation

Amplified Entity

moving sculpture

Amplified Entity, moving sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, 2016
Amplified Entity, moving sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, 2016
Amplified Entity, moving sculpture by Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, 2016
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There’s a twitching and stirring: wave-like contractions ripple through a shiny copper body. A coil of thick copper wire forms a delicately articulated tubular shape with a smooth outer shell and a haphazardly branched system on the inside. Milky transparent strands with fine copper veins protrude from beneath the imposing object; once electricity runs through its veins, it takes on a strange life of its own.

Amplified Entity

About

Liebl & Schmid-Pfähler

Using elements of kinetics and robotics, Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler create sculptures and installations that explore the effects of technical developments on aesthetic and social aspects of life. In their works, material qualities of a visual and haptic nature are just as important as programmed processes, algorithms and physical laws.

Both artists studied in the class of Ulrike Gabriel and afterwards in the class of Julika Rudelius at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. As a duo, they graduated with distinction in 2017 and received their diplomas in Electronic Art under Prof. Julika Rudelius and in Sociology and Theory of Media under Prof. Dr. Marc Ries.

Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler founded the interdisciplinary studio house "Atelier Wäscherei". As part of a group of nine artists, they have converted the abandoned building of a former Offenbach laundry on their own initiative. Since 2019, it has offered a diverse community of artists space for encounters and individual work, is the nucleus of interdisciplinary group projects and regularly opens up as a venue for events to a broad public.

AWARDS, GRANTS

  • Artists-in-Residence, ArtNature/NatureArt, Crespo Foundation, Glenkeen Garden, IE, 2022
  • unreal plastic, Neustart für bildende Künstlerinnen und Künstler, BBK, Berlin, 2021
  • Kunstpreis Kunst und Technik, Kunstverein Heidenheim, 2021
  • Brückenstipendium der Hessischen Kulturstiftung, Wiesbaden, 2021
  • HAP hessenweit, basis e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 2021
  • Hauptpreis der Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt, 2020
  • Stipendium für bildende Künstler*innen, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, 2020
  • Projektstipendium der Hessischen Kulturstiftung, Wiesbaden, 2020
  • European Media Artist Residency, EMAP, FACT Liverpool, GB, 2020
  • Artists-in-Residence, Kunstarkaden Kempten, 2020
  • Artists-in-Residence, EASTN-DC Network, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, GB, 2019
  • Artists-in-Residence, INTER_WE, Espronceda Center for Art and Culture, Barcelona, ES, 2018
  • Stipendium der Stiftung der Frankfurter Sparkasse, Frankfurt am Main, 2016
  • Preis der Johannes-Mosbach-Stiftung, Offenbach am Main, 2014
  • Deutschlandstipendium, Offenbach am Main, 2013 (Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler), 2014 (Carolin Liebl)
  • BEN Award, B3 Biennale, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, 2013
  • Artists-in-Residence, Goethe-Institut/ WRO-Art-Center, Wrocław, PL, 2013
  • Promos-Stipendium für São Paulo, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn, 2013
  • Lab Award, Lab30, Kulturhaus Abraxas, Augsburg, 2012
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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Carolin Liebl und Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, Kunstarkaden Kempten, 2020
  • WIR|ES, CADORO – Centre for art and science, Mainz, 2018
  • Feeling cosmic microwave background (mit/with Malte Sänger), Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, 2017
  • Amplified Entity, 1822 Forum der Stiftung der Frankfurter Sparkasse, Frankfurt am Main, 2016

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

  • Kinetismus: 100 Years of Electricity in Art, Kunsthalle Praha, Prague, CZ, 2022
  • NTAA’22, Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Zebrastraat, Ghent, BE, 2022
  • Device_art Festival, Kontejner/ZKM Karlsruhe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, HR, 2021
  • Ars Electronica – EMAP Garden, online exhibition, 2021
  • move to … ecosphere, Werkleitz Festival, Kubus der Ex-Stasizentrale, Halle (Saale), 2021
  • Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF), Sapporo, JP, online, 2020
  • 404 International Festival of Art & Technology, online broadcast, 2020
  • Habitat. Relazioni Trasversali, Casa delle Letterature, Rome, IT, 2019
  • 3D printing performance, Kunsthal vARTe, Varde, DK, 2019
  • The Only Stable Thing, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Venice, IT, 2019
  • Parma 360 Festival, Chiesa di San Quirino, Parma, IT, 2019
  • B-Seite – Festival für visuelle Kunst und Jetztkultur, zeitraumexit, Mannheim, 2019
  • Robotics – Festival di Arte e Robotica, Centrale Idrodinamica, Trieste, IT, 2018
  • Prototipoak. International Meeting of New Artistic Forms, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, ES, 2018
  • inter_nal movements, Espronceda Center for Art & Culture, Barcelona, ES, 2018
  • High Ends. Absolvent_innen Kunst der HfG Offenbach 2017, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 2018
  • 34C3, Messe Leipzig, 2017
  • WRO Biennale: DRAFT SYSTEMS, National Museum, Wrocław, PL, 2017
  • European Media Art Festival, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, 2017
  • PERFORM!, Videonale.16, Bonn, 2017
  • Moths, crabs and fluids, Griffin Art Space, Koszyki Hall, Warsaw, PL, 2016
  • Asche zu Farbgut, Gaswerk, Augsburg, 2016
  • Eco Expanded City, WRO Art Center, Renoma, Wrocław, PL, 2016
  • GENERATE! – Festival für elektronische Künste, Shedhalle, Tübingen, 2015
  • 4+8+2, CADORO – Centre for art and science, Mainz, 2015
  • NODE Forum for Digital Arts, Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, 2015
  • Kunststudentinnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2015
  • New Frankfurt Internationals II, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 2015
  • International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Dubai, AE, 2014
  • Nachwuchsförderpreis, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, 2014
  • Paraflows, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, AT, 2014
  • Spielsalon, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2013
  • GOGBOT: EROTEC. Teledildonics: sex + technology, Grote Kerk, Enschede, NL, 2013
  • FILE Festival, Centro Cultural FIESP – Ruth Cardoso, São Paulo, BR, 2013
  • Toolkit Festival, AplusA Gallery, Venice, IT, 2013
  • WRO Biennale: Pioneering Values, Ballestrem’s Palace, Wrocław, PL, 2013
  • European Media Art Festival, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, 2013
  • B-Seite. Festival für visuelle Kunst und Jetztkultur, zeitraumexit, Mannheim, 2013
  • Lab30, Kulturhaus Abraxas, Augsburg, 2012
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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe
  • Van der Koelen-Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft, Mainz
  • WRO Art Center, Wrocław, PL

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