Daniel Theiler

Daniel Theiler plays with conventions in a humorous way by reorganizing spatial, architectural, and social formations.

Theiler is a visual artist, filmmaker, and architect. He graduated as Meisterschüler of Nina Fischer in Art and Media at UdK Berlin. Prior studies of art at Bauhaus University Weimar under Danica Dakić and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and architecture at TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, and the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. Theiler’s conceptual and often site-specific art examines spaces and their embeddedness in historic and cultural contexts, employing a large variety of analog and digital media ranging from video, photography and sculpture to public interventions and websites, which frequently results in hybrid works combining different media. Theiler is particularly concerned with the themes of reconstruction and vision, status and social integration. The relationship between utopia and social reality is central in his works.

He has shown his work internationally in exhibitions, art and film festivals, including the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE), Kunsthalle Rostock, 3. Berliner Herbstsalon, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Sapporo International Short Film Festival (JP), Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (DE/FR), 50th Molodist Kyiv Film Festival (UKR), Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival (TR), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Biennale Mulhouse 021 (FR), and Humboldt Forum Berlin. He received awards and grands including the Architecture Film Award at International Short Film Week Regensburg and the Best Experimental Film and Audience Award at the Kurzsüchtig Filmfest in Leipzig. Theiler is part of the Emerging Artists program of the Federal Association AG Kurzfilm and German Films and is represented in public collections. His publication “Reconstructing Tomorrow” in which he examines the cultural-historical and socio-cultural context of the Berlin Mitte district and questions the associated manifestations of power-political hierarchies was published in 2021 by Hatje Cantz. He lives and works in Berlin.

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Daniel Theiler
Top Down Memory / 12:20 / 2021 ▶
Daniel Theiler
Das Ende einer schönen Romanze / 03:45 / 2019 ▶
Daniel Theiler
When Feathers Fly / 08:06 / 2018 ▶
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