Isabell Spengler's films are elaborate audio-visual compositions, breaching out and connecting various forms of experimental and queer film and performance practice. Inhabiting a world of self-designed costumes, props, language, logic and time-structure, her fantastic looking protagonists struggle to fit in, appropriate, transform or just live in the real environments they encounter.
Isabell Spengler, born in Berlin, studied experimental film at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Meisterschülerin, Prof. Heinz Emigholz, 1999) and at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Los Angeles (MFA, 2001). From 1999 to 2004 she lived in Los Angeles. Since 2004 she is teaching experimental film and media at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Since 1997 her award-winning work, including films, video installations, photography, performance and talks has been in shown in exhibitions and filmfestivals world wide. Most recently at the Int. Berlin Filmfestival (Berlinale 2007, 2009 and 2010), Center for Contemporary Art in Riga, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Stedefreund gallery in Berlin, Images Festival and InsideOut Festival in Toronto, Kansai Queer Film Festival in Japan, Outfest in Los Angeles, EXIS Festival Seoul, Experimenta Bangalore, KunstfilmBiennale Cologne, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and at the "Jack Smith! Live Film! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" Festival at Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin.
Her filmography includes "Psychic Tequila Tarot" (1998), "Permanent Residents“ (2005), "Syncpoint“ (2007), "Telepathie Experiment I" (2007), “The Pitch” (2008), “LINT LENT LAND” (2009) and “Osmosis of the Unicorn” (2009).
Father, Mother, What Should I Film Today?
2012, 52:00 minutes, colour, German with English Subtitles
2009, 12:00 minutes, colour
2009, 09:00 minutes, colour
2008, 16:27 minutes, colour, English
2007, 03:54 minutes, Colour & B/W, English & German
2006, 06:47 minutes, colour
2006, 02:30 minutes, colour
2005, 09:32 minutes, colour, English
2004, 10:26 minutes, colour, English
Transformation in the Land of Enchantment
2003, 05:37 minutes, colour, English
1998, 24:00 minutes, colour, English