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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generative installation

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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Plastic Plastics

anamorphic sculptures


Plastic Plastics

fading substance

degenerative installation

Fleshy-looking anamorphic objects, reminiscent of organs or light-shy sea creatures, float in an artificial environment.

fading substance



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Spitting Bot

robot sculptor

Spitting Bot


light-active robot family

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.


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Vincent and Emily

interactive robot couple

Vincent and Emily


light sculpture

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.


Object c

breathing installation

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

Amplified Entity

moving sculpture

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


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.


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



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


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


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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