Carola Uehlken is an artist, curator and writer based in Berlin. She is interested in microorganisms, the way they inform human behaviour and well-being, and baroque and biomimetic architecture. Often her projects take literature, philosophy and art from various time periods in history as a starting point to question contemporary structures.

 

Her last projects investigated the role of global transport mechanisms and the establishment of preventive policing technologies. Since 2017 she collaborates with "Vision Forum", a mobile laboratory and a platform for developing new forms and contexts to produce and present interdisciplinary projects, and since 2021 with "The Palliative Turn", founded by Olav Westphalen establishing a discussion about care practises and how we want to spend our time within devastating developments due to climate change and a not satisfying "business as usual". Her artistic and curatorial outcomes often use the format of guided tours, in which the boundaries and expectations of a space, an architecture or a landmark is questioned and renewed. She writes articles for catalogues and independent publishing platforms.

  


Independent curator, artist and researcher since 2013

Press and Public Relations - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2020 - 2021

Associate Director - House of Egorn, Berlin, 2018 - 2019

Gallery Administrator - House of Egorn, Berlin, 2016 - 2018

Artistic Director - BABEL Berlin, 2017 - 2018

Artistic Director - LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, 2015 - 2016

Cats, Buckets & Ropes - critical circle discussing projects in process, Berlin, since 2016

 

 

2021

Sorrows, guided car tour, The Palliative Turn, initiated by Olav Westphalen, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam

Sensing Landmarks, multi sensorial guided tour, with Carima Neusser and John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal, Suomenlinna, Finland, supported by Nordisk Kulturkontakt 

Swimming Pool - Troubled Waters, curatorial assistance for Valeria Schulte-Fischedick, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 

Solo Market, with Carima Neusser, curated by Lola Göller and Johanna Landscheidt, interventions on weekly markets in Berlin

The Nature Within, interdisciplinary workshop on microbes and human behaviour, Östersund, Sweden 

Terrestrial Assemblage, public relations, curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Keumhwa Kim, Floating University, Berlin 

Terrestrial Assemblage: Ecological Thinking in Border Zones (Symposium), moderation, curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Keumhwa Kim, Floating University, Berlin 

 

2020

Gold all in my Veins, a multi sensoric guided tour, Sara Gurevitsch, Carima Neusser, Carola Uehlken & John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal, Outokumpu Old Mine Residency, Finland

The Nature Within, interdisciplinary workshop on microbes and human behavior, Italienske Palatset, Växjö, Sweden 

2019

Glossary of Rotating Actions, Janine Eggert and Ash Moniz, Kelder Projects, London 

The Value of Flowers, Daniel Kiss, Manuela Leinvoss, Carola Uehlken, Adriano Costa, Part One, Cologne

 

2018

THE MOBILE HOUSE TURNS WITH THE SUN, Niklas Goldbach, Verena Issel, Martijn In 't Veld, Marion Orfila, House of Egorn, Berlin

Hangzhou Hope Translation Agency, with Arthur Debert, Lola Göller, Benjamin Zuber, studio Göller, Berlin

Pierre-feuille-drapeau: Attaque sure le monde réel, screening with Arthur Debert: Ismail Bahri, Maming, Shana Moulton, Pilvi Takala, Wermke / Leinkauf, Musique Volantes, Metz, France

Babel - LELAB, art festival, organised with Arthur Debert, Lola Göller & Benjamin Zuber, participants: aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Awu, Wu Ding, Kenneth Dow, Chen Hangfeng, Zhang Lehua, Da Mian, Maming, Hu Renyi, Jessie Yingying Gong, Offshore College Shanghai,  Alisson Schmitt, Deyi Studio (Paul Devautour & Yilan, Cheng Ran, Bi Rong Rong, Song Xi, Li Xiaofei, Wang Xin, Yuan Yuan, Ma Yongfeng, Wang Zhibo, Ning Zuohong. Supported by ifa Insitute for Foreign Relationships

BABEL V, Michael Pohl, BABEL, Berlin

BABEL VI, Sara Björg Bjarnadottir, BABEL, Berlin

BABEL VII, Tiphaine Calmettes, Chen Hangfeng, Franziska Klötzler, Hanwei Li, Vincent Scheers, Club Sandwich, Saverio Tonoli, Ma Yongfeng, BABEL, Berlin

CONNECTING... , with Lola Göller, Benjamin Zuber & Arthur Debert, SPZ Prague

 

2017

BABEL I, John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal, Daniel Bickett, Arthur Debert, BABEL, Berlin

BABEL II, Kyoung Jae Cho, Isak Han, special guest: Soja Juretschko, BABEL, Berlin

BABEL III, John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal, Brad Henkel, Nana Pi Aabo Larsen, Andreas Hoem Roysum, BABEL, Berlin

BABEL IV, Capucine Vandebroeck, Marion Orfila, Dietrich Meyer, Lola Göller, BABEL, Berlin

 

2016

Neuschwanstein, Performance with Arthur Debert, Depot 4.9 - Nachrichten aus der Gegenwart 2 (News from the Present 2), Kunsthallen Rottstraße, Bochum

Extended City Dreams, Klötzler & Uehlken, video, 3:08 min

I lost my Phone in S(e)oul - Kunst-Spionage und Introspektion, Lecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg

 

2015

False Firmament / 空, Berndnaut Smilde, LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai

Light Gap / 隙光, Li Qing, LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai

The Cooling Effect /冷却塔, Mou Huan, LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai

DRINKING A DRINK, SINKING A SHIP / 看一看 想一想, Catherina Cramer, Nicholas Grafia, Susanne Griem, René Haustein, Niklas Heidemann, Philipp Höning, Daniel Hundt, Seungyho Jung, Sumi Kim, Christian Klement, Luisa Kömm, Johannes Leßke, Sebastian Liebl, Ill Jong Park, Jan Partke, Roman Podeszwa, Hanna Schneider, Meike Schulze-Hobeling, Stephanie Sczepanek, Katharina Siemeling, Vakho Sikharulidze, Kyoung Jae Cho, Manuel Talarico, V Art Center & LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai. Supported by Chronus Art Center & Goethe Institute Shanghai

What does ... What does it mean, to be independant ... mean?, Lecture,  Independant Art Space Festival 2015, I Project Space, Beijing

Per Se, Nina Schuiki, Oh la Art Space, Shanghai

INTER-YOUTH, with Ma Nan & Sheng Zi, International Art Award in the Museum of the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou

Snake 2.0, Katy Roseland, Jiang Jun, Wong Dan, bcp Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai

Snake, with Sun Qidong, Gao Shan, René Haustein, Inga Krüger, Gisa Pantel, Wang Hongfeng, Wu Ding, Zhang Mai, Daniel Kiss, bcp Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai

Talkshow, performance with Wang Xin & Katy Roseland, Moca Pavillon, Shanghai

SÖYLE BÖYLE, sound-performance, Klötzler & Uehlken, depot 4.9, Muenster

Searching for the beast within the Arts, Egill Saebjörnsson, organised at Chronus Art Center, supported by Goethe Institute, Shanghai

COSMOS, curatorial assistance for artistic director Li Zhenhua, Minsheng 21st Century Museum of Art, Shanghai

 

2014

WATCH YOUR STEPS, Ash Moniz, Felix Kalmenson, Hu Weiyi, Wong Man, Double Fly Art Center, Wang Xin, Ruben Gaehrken, Soeren Beineke, Minsheng Art Museum & bcp Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai

The Need of Doing Shows - Curatorial Practice in the neighbourhood and over long distances, Lecture, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Ring Around the Dowser, Tim Woodward, with team of FAK13, Geographical Museum, Muenster

ALLEREIN (ALL-IN), sound-performance, Klötzler & Uehlken, Municipal Ruller-Haus EV, Rulle

TRIAD,  installation + book release (TO DIG WHOLES), Klötzler & Uehlken, Academy of Fine Arts, Muenster

A Compagnia di Poveglia, performance, Kloetzler & Uehlken with jazz musicians David Boato and Francesco Sucal, Venice

 

2013           

Goys and Birls, with Clara Napp, in collaboration with the specialist conference: Inside. Outside. Others. The body in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. Bettina Dettmer & Willi Kramer, Ivan Geddert, Betsy Flock & Jan Partke, Gisa Pantel, Egill Saebjoernsson, Anne Staab, Benjamin Zuber, Academy of Fine Arts, Muenster

fak13, with Lejla Aliev, Manuel Talarico & Jan Enste, programme: Bahar Taheri, Shana Moulton, Alban Muja, Tim Woodward, fak13 Foerderverein für Zeitgenoessische Kunst, Muenster, supported by ifa Institute for Foreign Relationship, Cinema Muenster, Geological Museum Muenster, Sparkasse Muensterland-Ost, Institute for Cultural Affairs, Muenster

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS CHURCH, fak13 Münster, funeral for the exhibition programme with a performance by Shana Moulton and music by Walking Blues Prophets, fak and Gaststätte Kranefeld, Münster

TEXTE ZUR KUNST, image-editorial internship, Berlin (edition nr.90: "Wie wir arbeiten wollen (How we want to work)"

  

TEXT

"Phonic In and Off the World", Sarah Friend, Solitude Journal 3 Mutations, Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2021

"Weird Terrain", Berndnaut Smilde, catalogue text, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, 2021

"Swimming Pool - Troubled Waters", exhibition catalogue, editing, 2020 

"Beungradigungen im Dienste der Geistigen Revolution (De-Straightening on behalf of the Intellectual Revolution)", Klara Hobza, Swimmingpool - Troubled Waters, catalogue text, 2020

"In cycles we burn", Sandra Vaka, Swimmingpool - Troubled Waters, catalogue text, 2020

"Modern Talking", Event Horizon, Janine Eggert & Philipp Ricklefs, catalogue text, 2020

"Unreliable Blue",  Uncertain Image, Andrea Brandão, catalogue text, 2019

"Drifters", exhibition text, The Mobile House Turns with the Sun, House of Egorn, 2018

"If I were a house", with Arthur Debert, KONTAKT #30, publication by Alex Chevalier, 2018

"The Pyramid 2000", Shine on, you pretty pyramid, Lola Göller, catalugue text, 2017

"The Seven Wonders", Matiére Grasse, 2017

"CCOOPS, ON COOPERATION", artist book, self-published with Clara Napp, Leipzig, 2015

"Zero zero one", The Cooling Effect, exhibition catalogue, self-published, LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, 2015

"THOSE THAT HAVE THEIR FEET OPPOSITE OURS", exhibition text, Berndnaut Smilde, LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, 2015

"CAROLA", Interview with editor Chen Zhou, published in [soft], Shanghai, 2015

"THE CHINESE (C)DREAM" Ye Funa, Scope Magazine (issue 013), Beijing, 2015

"The Three Body Problem", catalogue text, Nina Schuiki, Per Se, Ohla Art Space, Shanghai, 2014

"TO DIG WHOLES", Klötzler & Uehlken, artist book, self-published, Muenster, 2014

هگرپزرم  Marz-e por Gohar, Bahar Taheri, fak Foerderverein fuer aktuelle Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Muenster, 2013

"Die Nervosität der Teile (The Nervousness of the Parts)", exhibition text, published in ÜBERKREUZ (CROSS-OVER), Daniel Lergon, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt, 2013