Potrait Ellen Fellmann

Ellen Fellmann • Composer • Director • Videoartist

Ellen Fellmann works as a composer, artist and film director in the intersection of musical and visual composition. Study of music, classical vocal art and piano in Munich, academic study of musicology and philosophy in Munich and Berlin (Magister). Her practice is influenced by the thoughts of the philosopher Jacques Derrida and his theory of meaning. She thematises the differences as well as the contact-planes and the capability of communication between music, (moving) image and space.

As an interdisciplinary artist her work includes different forms of expression and media : instrumental and electro-acoustic compositions, multichannel soundchoreographies, audiovisual art, fieldrecordings, installations, photoworks and paintings as well as music films.

Grant from Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin 2003. Guest artist at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University Berlin, start of electro-acoustic spatialisation and audiovisual multi-channel composition in 2003. Bursary for International Summer School for New Music Darmstadt 2004, Artist-in-residence grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Résidences internationales aux Récollets Paris in 2006. Grant from Edith-Ruß-Haus Oldenburg for Media Art and Stiftung Niedersachsen in 2007. Award of IMEB France in 2008, concours SPOR Festival for contemporary music and sound art Denmark 2011. Support from Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia 2015, international cultural exchange fund of Berlin Senate Departement 2017, Global Grant 2018, support by Goethe Institut 2018.

Since 2002 she has also been working as a video director for concert and opera films and music documentaries. In 2005-06 numerous prizes and nomination for Prix Rose d’Or Luzern 2007 with the production of six classical symphonies in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Kent Nagano conducts classical masterpieces).

Her work has been shown at, among other places Maison de la culture Montréal, EMAF Osnabrück, ZKM Karlsruhe, Maison de l’Architecture Paris, New York Festivals, Gran Dansk Theater Aarhus, Denmark, Borusan Music House Istanbul, Akademie der Künste Berlin, NYCEMF New York, EMOP Berlin, ARTIFICIAL ENVIREMENTS by Ensemble ZARA Basel, Zürich, Bern, LE CUBE Rabat.

In 2007-08 commencement of teaching assignments at German universities and art academies. Since 2010 teaching position at University of the Arts in Bern / Switzerland in Soundarts-Music and Media Art and Contemporary Arts Practice.

In 2015 she began to work as a curator and produced the first EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS project in Berlin 2015 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and Radialsystem V. In 2017 she realized a second edition of the EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS exhibition and concert project at the Museum Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart and the Suisse Studio d’Opèra Biel / Bienne, Switzerland. www.extended-compositions.de

In 2017/2018 she stayed in Morocco with several artist residency programs and presentations and deepened her fascination for the country which she has captured since 2001 after a first working stay in Fes at the Festival de la musique sacree du monde.
In october 2018 solo exhibition the outside in in Morocco at the artspace Riad LE 18 Marrakech.

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Selected Presentations, Performances, Festivals

GROUP  Selected Presentations, Performances, Festivals
_1999 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) Shortfilmsection
_2000 VideoArt Festival Locarno / Switzerland
_2001 Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal Montréal / Canada
_2003 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück (EMAF)
_2003 Künstlerhaus Vienna / Austria during the exhibition abstraction now
_2004 Kunsthalle Darmstadt during the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt
_2005 Sophiensaele Berlin during the Festival Ultraschall. Festival für Neue Musik
_2005 ZKM Karlsruhe during the Festival Next generation
_2006 New York Film Festivals, Kent Nagano conducts classical Masterpieces
_2006 Hot Bird Award Venice, Kent Nagano conducts classical Masterpieces“
_2007 KKL Lucerne, Switzerland with the film „an Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss“
_2008 Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques IMEB Bourges, France
_2008 eXperimental Video Series New York, USA
_2009 T-U-B-E Munich during long night of music together with Christina Kubisch
_2009 Archizoom Lausanne/ Suisse - Exhibition CORPS SONORE - Architecture et son
_2009 Beethovenfest Bonn – Competition LOOK AT BEETHOVEN
_2011 Gran Dansk Theater Aarhus/Denmark, SPOR/ Festival for contemporary music and soundart
_2012 Borusan Music House Istanbul/ Turkey, in the course of RADIAL NIGHT
_2014 New York City Festival of Electroacoustic Music NYCEMF/ USA
_2015 Exhibition NeueZugänge at Gedok gallery Berlin (27.02.-12.04.2015)
_2015 Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin exhibition EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS (07-29.03.2015)
_2015 Radialsystem V Berlin Concert EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS (15.03.2015)
_2015 Gedok gallery Berlin exhibition FINSTERNIS (06.11.2015-23.01.2016)
_2016 Exhibition Center PYRAMIDE Berlin, exhiibition „URBAN“ (08.09.- 27.10.2016)
_2016 EMOP (European Month of Photography Berlin) exhibition „DIS/APPEAR – Photogarphic
Materialities“ (08.10.- 20.11.2016)
_2017  Presentations in the course of ARTIFICIAL ENVIREMENTS by ENSEMBLE TZARA in Bern,
Basel, Zürich and Ilanz (February)
_2017 Kunsthaus Centre Pasquart Biel, Switzerland with the second exhibition project  EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS
_2017 Festival Caravane Tighmert/ Oasis Tighmert, Guelmime, Morocco


SOLO  Selected Presentations, Performances, Festivals
_2006  Maison de l’architecture, Paris. Retrospective of audiovisual electroacoustic
compositions/ Videoart
_2006  Cinema Delphi Berlin, Film-Premiere of „Kent Nagano conducts Classical Masterpieces“ (60 min)
_2007  University of Fine Arts HKB Saar, Audiovisual art, Screening and Lecture on my audiovisual
compositions/ Videoart
_2008  University of Fine Arts Oldenburg, Media Art, Screening and Lecture on my audiovisual
compositions/ Videoart
_2008  Edith-Ruß-Haus for MediaArt Oldenburg, comission, Première of „Schwarz“ with musicians by
Oh-Ton Ensemble, (3 channel Video and 2 channel music with 3 musicians live)
_2009  Premiere of the Operafilm Alice in Wonderland in the Cinema International in Berlin
_2010  Screening and Portraitconcert with audiovisual compositions/ Videoart, presented by
Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin in the course of Netzwerk Neue Musik/ Ohrenstrand,
Pfefferberg Berlin
_2012  Presentation of my musicdocumentary „Musik ohne Heimat“ (60 min) at the Forum „The Look of
the Sound“ in Bremen
_2014  MusicFilmLab at Stummfilmkino Delphi in Berlin Screening/ Lecture/ Panel on my
audiovisual compositions/ Videoart
_2015  Akademie der Künste Berlin in the course of the festival Kontakte, Screening/ Lecture on my
audiovisual compositions/ Videoart
_2016  image movement/ Gallery Sprüth Magers Berlin, Screening/ Lecture on my audiovisual
compositions/ Videoart
_2017  Presentation at Tissardmine, Arfoud, Maroc in January 2017, artspace LE 18, Marrakech Maroc in
February 2017 at gallery LE CUBE in october, Rabat, Maroc
_2018  exhibition the outside in at the artspace Riad LE 18, Marrakech, Maroc with integrated public   
            programme (20.10.-20.11.2018)


Selected Awards/ Grants/ Residencies/ Comissions
_2006  Artist-in-residence grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Paris
Résidences internationales aux Récollets Paris.
_2006 award by New York Film Festivals, Certificate of Excellence for Kent Nagano conducts
Classical Masterpieces.
_2006 Hot Bird Award Venice, Jury Special Award for Kent Nagano conducts Classical
_2007   award by Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques at Bourges
(IMEB), France for my audiovisual composition/ Video Rot, presentation in may 2008.
_2007 Nominated for Prix Rose d’Or Luzern, Switzerland as Videodirector with the films „Kent Nagano
conducts Classical Masterpieces“ a serie of 6 Symphonies.
_2007 award by International Filmfestival World Fest Houston 2007, Platinum Remi Award for „Kent
Nagano conducts Classical Masterpieces“.
_2007 award by World Media Festival Hamburg, Intermediaglobe Silver for Kent Nagano conducts
Classical Masterpieces
_2007 award by International Filmfestival Tenerife, Teide Award for Kent Nagano conducts
Classical Masterpieces
_2008   grant and comission by Edith-Ruß-Haus for MediaArt Oldenburg and Stiftung Niedersachsen
_2009 - 2013 comission by Tonhalle Düsseldorf with conception and realization of the visuals and the
live-concertrecording for the Youth Concert Series „3-2-1 Ignition“ with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
three times a year at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, awarded with the european trendy brand 2015 in the course of international cultural awards
_2011   competition and comission by SPOR/ Festival for contemporary music and soundart
Aarhus/ Denmark with my work Order of things (Audiovisual composition with Video projection,
sound and Doublebass solo)
_2015   financial support by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and the Swiss Art Foundation Pro Helvetia for 
the realization of the exhibition and concert project EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS at Kunstquartier Bethanien and Radialsystem V.
_2016  Comission by Kunsthaus Centre Pasquart to realize a new curated second edition of the
EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS 2017 project (on 1600 qm space in 20 rooms on 4 levels)
_2017/18  with support by Berliner Senat/ intercultural exchange residencies / presentations in
Morocco at Tissardmine, Riad LE Marrakech, Caravane Tighmert, culture vultures Sefrou, Fes
_2018   Global Grant by Berliner Senat and support by Goethe Institut for the exhibition project
the outside in at artspace LE 18, Marrakech.