Lyoudmila Milanova

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Lyoudmila Milanova
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2008 - 11 audio-visual media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne / Diploma
2001 - 06 Theater, Film and Television Sciences at the University of Cologne / M.A. Degree 1998 - 99 German and English philology at the Sofia University / Bulgaria 


2016 AER, individual show, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne
2016 Birlikte, individual show, Schauspiel Köln (GR)
2014 On Material, individual show, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne (GR)

2017 Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne
2015 View from Above, group show, Flux Factory, NYC (US)
2015 First Person View, group show, Knockdown Center, NYC (US)
2014 Lange Nacht der Museen: Kunsthaus Rhenania / Galerie Le Coeur Cologne (GR) 2014 Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto (JP)
2014 Testlauf, group exhibition, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (GR)
2014 Montévidéo, Marseille (FR) 2014 PACT Zollverein, Essen (GR)
2013 Kunstnacht, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (GR) 2013 Dear Painting, Glasmoog, Cologne (GR)
2013 MEGAMIX, One Minute Showroom, Krefeld (GR)
2012 Architekturteilchen, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne (GR) 2012 Im Abklatsch, Boutique am Ebertplatz, Cologne (GR)
2012 let's pee on rabbits, Wertheim, Cologne (GR) 2012 KARAT, Cologne (GR)
2012 new talents 2012, Cologne (GR) 2011 Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano (IT)
2011 The Graduation Edition 2011, V2, Rotterdam (NL) 2011 ÉESI, Angoulême (FR)
2010 Grenzen, Raum Kalk, Cologne (GR)

Multimedia Performances / Scenography
2016 capri by night, curator of a permanent video screening in the public space, Schauspiel Köln (City Theatre Cologne)
2016 serpentine, curator of a multidisciplinary performance night, Schauspiel Köln 2015 *Evolution, an audio-visual dance performance, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne
2014 video installation for Time is Time is..., Choreographers Ilona Pászthy, Hyeong Hee Kim, Cologne/Seoul
2013 video projection for Debussy Opera, Opera Göttingen
2012 video projection for Der Demografische Faktor, Schauspiel Köln 2011 video projection for MESSA DE REQUIEM by Verdi, Opera Cologne

2015 artvideoKoeln 01, Cologne (GR) 2011 Berlinale Empfang (GR)
2011 Abstracta, Rom (IT)
2010 annual exhibition at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (GR)

Publication & Press
MOFF, art magazine, artist portrait, Cologne, April 2017
The Wall Street Journal, an article about the First Person View exhibition, NYC, August 13, 2015 Deutschlandradio Kultur, a long feature about the Debussy Project, Göttingen, January 11, 2014 new talents exhibition catalog, Cologne, 2012
Magazin Edno (art magazine), Bulgaria, 2011 offtopic #3, (art magazine), Cologne, December 2011
Metropolis, Arte, a feature about solid light, October 1st, 2011

since 2016 curator for Schauspiel Köln
2014 - 2016 multimedia projections at Schauspiel Köln since 2011 video artist for opera, theater, dance
since 2011 editor


Residencies, Grants 
2017 A.i.R. Residency Unlimited, NYC (USA)
2016 project grant Ministry for Culture NRW (mfkjks) 2016 project grant Kulturamt, Stadt Köln
2015 project grant by Kunststiftung NRW (Art Foundation NRW) 2015 A.i.R. FLUX Factory, NYC (US)
2015 A.i.R. PACT Zollverein, Essen (GR)
2014 Feldstärke International 2014, PACT Zollverein, Essen (GR) 2014 project grant by Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (GR) 2013 A.i.R. Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (GR)
2011 The European Academy for Music and Performing Arts Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano (IT) 2011 Exchange Program with the European School of Visual Arts, Angoulême (FR)

2015 Nomination for Villa Aurora grant (LA)
2013 Nomination for Nordrhein-Westfallen Award for young media artists (GR) 2010 Best of Porsche Award, Filmakademie Baden Württemberg (GR)

Seeing clouds from both sides
Inkjet print on fine art paper semigloss, paper roll 120 x 330 cm, mounted with white binder clips, 2016

Seeing clouds from both sides
 framed edition: Inkjet print on fine art paper semigloss, each framed in a floater frame out of mapple wood, white matt, 45 x 55 cm, 2016

Clouds, seen simultaneously from above and below. For this purpose, the artist photographed clouds synchronously from above and from below by means of a satellite camera. Once the satellite has reached the desired degree of latitude, it captured with its camera a frame of the clouds from above. As a center of the image it uses the position of the artist who, at the same time, captures the same cloud formation from below. Within a very short moment the two camera lenses point to each other.

Date and time of shooting the image: 14.08.2016, 12:04:58
Place (center of both images): Cologne, Jugendpark, 50.950333, 6.975583

The project is supported by Orbit Logic Inc. (USA) and KOMPSAT (South Korea)

 mixed media installation: postcards, 
postcard holder, stand, video projection, parachute, 2016

Installation view

        Midway, 305m above                  Red Woods, 888m above

    Yemen, 361m above                Mytilini, 627m above 


Simulation of aerial photographs simulating tourist snap shots.
The view from above turns the familiar world view into a neutral pattern. Distance and perspective let cities and nature loose depth and become relative. The images mimic tourists snap shots, simulating the artist point of view. This simple mark of a personalized gaze expresses the artists attitude to information represented through media and in general and the relationship to distant objects. On the other side, integrating a personal element into those objectified landscapes sug- gests a process of an appropriation of the other and the foreign.

 exhaust pipes, catalyst, 2016

The round object imitates the ancient Egyptian figure Ouroborus - the serpent, which bites itself in the
tail, a symbol of the eternal cycle, self-sufficient, but self-destroying. Here, the catalyst nearly devours the exhaust, while in the second one it is a metamorphosis of a snake, covered with a snake skin through a car tuning method.

chess deconstructed
 two-channel video, duration: 21 min, 2015

Two professional chess players play on a board without square fields.
Proportions and precision of the game are broken. At the same time, we see them performing movements and vocal score that reflects the process of thought during the game and more general, the 
in- scription of rules on the human body.

 audio-visual dance performance, duration: 22 min, 2015

The project is about time as a generator of identity and about repetition as a basic time-unit of the process of becoming .
If we look at the time in the present moment, it might appear as a point, a moment of standstill. By increasing the amount of time to a week, a month or a year, we recognize the repetition as the basic unit of time organization. Despite the daily re- turn of the same, differences arise between the individual repetitions that drive the process of growing. Due to these small variations of the same, we are able to experience a change, a progress. Rhythms and tempos belong to the articulation of the experience of time. The individual steps between standstill and movement and the elementary sensual discretion are central to the work.

linear simultaneity
Inkjet prints, size variable, 2014

Drawings from a swinging brush in the back of a car. On the left side: the gps tracking line and the length of the routes. The countless micro-states of a body during energy conversion are made visible as a chaotic pattern, but yet perceptible as line from the view of a satellite.

bus drive simulator
 wooden spring board, hand strap, audio instructions, 2014

Physical experience of everyday life is taken out of its usual context and placed in an isolated setting. A spring board and a hand strap offer the possibility to experience a bus ride outside of a bus, guided by a voice giving instructions. The work focuses on the subtle body movements we try to control during a bus ride. It explores movement in a state of passivity as well as casual situations as a repetitive pattern.

the shortest way
 steel plate, 70 x 80 x 0,5 cm / coal, paper, different sizes of frottage, 2013

The shortest way is the principle according to which matter breaks. Each occurring force tries to take the fastest way to the center of the earth. The state of the broken-ness here is not considered as a state of degradation, but as a motivation for further shifts in meaning. The fracture pattern of glass is transferred to a steel plate (part I), while rubbings of splin- tered glass of a car turn into landscapes.

solid light
 mirrors, servo motors, sensors, sun light, a lamp, 2011

Sunlight has been frozen by a kinetic mirror, which follows the sun (heliostat), while the light from a lamp has been moved by a second heliostat simulating the current sun position. The time-controlled transformation of light is the focus of the project.