Master of Fine Arts: Kim Engelen

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Berlin/Germany, Week 41, 2014

In comparison to English, in the Dutch language we have a female and male word for artist: kunstenaar (male) and kunstenares (female). In the German language there is also a difference: Künstler (male) and Künstlerin (female). I noticed that a lot of female artist (including myself) still use the male form in their applications and other texts. I think we do this because we want to keep it general, feel that using the male form is more strong or because we do not want to make a statement and thus in fact make a sort of anti feminist statement.

So I was thinking from now on when writing in Dutch or German I will consciously write the female form. And when I write in English I will write artistA Kim Engelen, instead of artist Kim Engelen. Yes as a statement.

Not completely sure yet, if I am going to write only the letter a behind artist: artista Kim Engelen or even more bolder: artist-a Kim Engelen or artist.a Kim Engelen. This I have to think about. Because (to me) there are differences in this way of writing the additional a. And thus I ask myself is the statement related to my sex and my status in the art-world or more to the status, as in the position of the artist in the art-world. In my artwork I also think and work around position, so for my additional a, it would be in combination with my art-practice, be more precise to write artist-a Kim Engelen. Then I have ánd the female form of artist covered and also the positioning of the artist.

However in Spanish (and Italian?), artist is alway written as artista, the difference between the sex is in the article. El artista (male) and la artista (female). So then in fact to make it clear I should have to write, artista:a or artista-a. However there are other layers possible in how the reader perceives it. S/he could read a wish in the additional letter A: The wish to be an A-status artist. This would not necessarily be something that I would want to express with that additional a. Because I would write artist with an a to point out that I am female artist and secondly to make the reader think about the position of the artist in the art-wold and not so much about the status of that particular artist (me). So now I am thinking again I should write artist with an a, but without the dash: not artist-a Kim Engelen, but artista Kim Engelen.


Project [Self-portraits]
Via Facebook: Ben Okwuego Auslander 3 times can never be compared to peopled that have been called that more than 1000 times. However, never mind if 3 hates you 2 will not only like you but loves you.


imageKim Engelen, [Self-Portraits] 9 October 2014, Berlin/Germany, MY MEDICINE, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • theguardian, Sanjoy Roy, Step-by-step guide to dance: Yvonne Rainer, 2010, read online»
  • Adelita Husni-Bey, frieze, Issue 154, by Paolo Magagnoli, 2013, read online»
  • Ahmet Ögüt,The Silent University, 2012, read online»
  • Michael K. Corbin, Whatever happened to Fun?, 2014, read online»
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Children, 1807-1882, read online»
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Gleam of Sunshine, 1807-1882, read online»
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Children, 1807-1882, read online»
  •, Christie Chu, Olafur Eliasson Floods Danish Museum with River Installation, 2014, watch online»
  •, Jeff Koons Retrospective Vandalized, read online»
  •, Sarah Cascone, Astronaut Publishes Art Book of Stunning Space Photography, 2014, read online»
  •, Eileen Kinsella, Schlumberger Collection Could Break $85 Million, 201, read online»
  •, Sarah Cascone, Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Was Covered in Her Children’s Art, 2014, read more»  
  •, Benjamin Sutton, Annie Leibovitz Backed Out of Photographing Kimye Wedding, 2014, read more»
  • JSTOR Daily, James MacDonals, Dutch scientists have an answer to how the Egyptian Pyramids were built, 2014, read online»
  • Exberliner, How to get health insurance in Germany, 2010, read online»
  • Exberliner, Ben Knight, Sick system: how krank is the Krankenkasse?, 2010, read online»
  •, Health Insurance for freelancer, accessed 2014, read online»
  •, Künstlersozialversicherungsgesetz (KSVG), accessed 2014, read online in DE»
  •, BDZ, 1. Ik wil gaan werken in Duitsland en blijf in Nederland wonen, wat verandert er?, accessed 2014, read online in NL»
  •, BDZ, 2. Ik wil gaan werken in Nederland en blijf in Duitsland wonen, wat verandert er?, accessed 2014, read online in NL»
  •, BDZ, 11. Hoe zit het met de ziektekosten verzekering? Ook voor mijn gezinsleden?, accessed 2014, read online in NL»
  •, BDZ,  U werkt in Nederland én Duitsland?, accessed 2014, read online in NL»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 7
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 4, chapter 7-13, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  •, Blake Gopnik and Christian Viveros-Fauné, Strictly Critical Video: One Hour Looking at a Jackson Pollock Painting at MoMA, 2014, watch/read online»
  •, Cait Munro, Amy Poehler Makes a Mean Art Dealer, 2014, read/watch online»
  • The Marquis de Condorcet: 1. Life and Times, uploaded by Peter Smith, 2013, watch online»
  • Katharine Hamnett, Vogue, Can Fashion Change The World? 2013, watch online»
  • Toni Negri Interview, uploaded by conceptoefecto, 2008, watch online in ES»
  • Antonio Negri, (Illustrated) Comic Book Trailer, uploaded by Red Quill Books, 2011, watch online»
  • Antonio Negri - Goodbye Mr. Socialism, uploaded by freundeskreis videoclips, 2011, watch in DE»
  • Bofa da Cara, Pere Ortín & Nástio Mosquito, My European Mind: Teaser, 2014, watch online»
  • LXTV, The artists behind The Gates Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2007, watch online»
  • Delfina Foundation, Help us stage a groundbreaking exhibition on performance art in the Arab world through rare archives & new contemporary artworks, 2014, watch online»
  • lacandotcom, Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou in dialogue “communism and philosophy”, 2010, watch online»
  • Greg Lynn: Organic algorithms in architecture, TED2005, watch online»
  • Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck, TED2013, watch online»
  • TheDeenShowTV, Kidnapped & Tortured I U.S Attorney General Ramsey Clark on Aafia Siddiqui, 2014, watch online»
  • vvvmiddenlimburg,  Ontdek Roermond - Video Tour gemaakt door Hotel Dux, 2012, watch online in NL»
  • Dailymotion, Rupert Sheldrake The morphogenetic Universe: Telepathy Dogs & Cats, uploaded by dm_51216b2e3eaf2,  2013, watch online»
  • The Osgood File, Laughter Is The Key To Keeping Your Memory Sharp, 2013, hear online»
  • Roué Verveer “Mans genoeg” - Ik ook van jou!, uploaded by puuree, 2011, watch online in NL»
  • Communicatietip voor De Vrouw door Roue Verveer, uploaded by Esther Esselbrugge, 2011, watch online in NL»
  • Roué Verveer, over Valentijnsdag, uploaded by puuree, 2011, watch online in NL»
  • Najib Amhali - Scheiding - Alles Komt Goed - Scheiding, uploaded by Michael J Jackson, 2013, watch online in NL»
  • Abraham Hicks, Don’t Like Your Now? Don’t Think About It, uploaded by Mr David Archer, 2013, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, Choose the best feeling action that you can find, uploaded by zmahoon, 2013, hear online»
  • Abraham Hicks, To Feel Good When Body Feels Bad, You Must…!, uploaded by VortexOfCreation, 2014, hear online»
  • SpiritualTeachers, Meaning Of Life - What is your life purpose - Lesson of Dharma with Deepak Chopra, 2014, watch online»
  • Sidney Poitier, Stir Crazy, 1980
  • Matt Piedmont, Casa de Mi Padre Film, 2012
  • Expo/Presentation/Workshop:
  • Berliner Pool, Kulturförderpunkt and curator Kate Brehme (Contemporary Art Exchange), supported by Supermarkt, Taking Care of Business, website»
  • Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, David Schnell, website»
  • Jens Walther, Bastian Muhr und Simon Rübesamen, website»

Berlin/Germany, Week 40, 2014

Berlin is great. Although an occasional hick up. Like in the last 2 weeks, I have been called “Auslander” 3 times. Which is sort of funny or perhaps odd (being a white skinned, blue eyed, blond European who speaks German). This was after having received a letter concerning my Aufenthaltrecht here in Berlin. Which then became less funny. Apparently I am only allowed to be in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland zum Zwecke der Arbeitssuche. Meaning my right of residence is only for the purpose of seeking employment. So I am currently dealing with papers, phone-calls, agencies like fantastic Charitas, lawyers, looking for a “real” job besides being an artist and a portion of uncertainty. This does come in between of working on “art”. But I guess that is being part of being an artist.


Project [Self-portraits]
Kendall Baker, via Skype: "Kim I think you should be very proud of yourself. All the people from the group are really into it."



Kim Engelen, [Self-Portraits], 30 Jan 2013, MY BLING BLING FROM GENEVA, Geneva/Switzerland


  • Read:
  • Day, Jeremiah. „Autonomy.” Berlin: Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK, 2013. 25.
  • Allen, David. „Powerful Teacher Learning, What the Theatre Arts teach about Collaboration.” Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 1961, 2013. 154. Chapter 1 & 2
  • Cesar Vallejo, Bordas de Hielo, 1892-1938, read online»
  • Cesar Vallejo, Under The Poplars, 1892-1938, read online»
  • Cesar Vallejo, To My Brother Miguel In Memoriam, 1892-1938, read online»
  •, Henri Neuendorf, Artists to Serve Radioactive Soup at Frieze London, 2014, read online»
  •, Alexander Forbes, What Is Behind the Art Investment Boom?, 2014, read online»
  •, Sarah Cascone, Russian Church Leader Deems Contemporary Art “Filth and Stupidity”, 2014, read online»
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  •, Christie Chu, Tour Damien Hirst’s Many Real Estate Holdings, 2014, read online»
  • denofgeek, Five directors and their questionable filmmaking techniques, 2012, read online»
  • Movies & TV Stack Exchange, What techniqes are used by directors to make an actor cry?, 2012, read online»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 6
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 4, chapter 5-6, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Eman Mohammed, The courage to tell a hidden story, TED2014, watch online»
  • Hyeonseo Lee, My escape from North Korea, TED2013, watch online»
  • Jill Bolte Taylor, My stroke of insight, TED2008, watch online»
  • Thandie Newton Embracing otherness, embracing myself, TEDGlobal2011, watch online»
  • Matthew O’Reilly, “Am I dying?” The honest answer, TED@NYC 2014, watch online»
  • Andrew Solomon, How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are, TED2014, watch online»
  • Dean Parisot, Galaxy Quest, 1999
  • Herbert Ross, Play It Again Sam, 1972

Berlin/Germany, Week 39, 2014 is a public display case for invited artists and was founded in July 2007. In both the English and German languages the notion of the shimmer corresponds. Shimmer is a vague expression, resisting determination. is run by Zurich-based artist Miriam Steinhauser as part of her artistic practice. The initial concept for arises from the artist’s visit to the German Film Museum in Frankfurt.

The editor invites artist-friends mainly from Zurich, Switzerland, Berlin and London to contribute a visual interpretation of the notion of shimmer with one picture of their choice. Each month, another artist’s selection will be uploaded.

For the month October a work of mine is presented. It’s from my [Bridges] series: Glienicker Brücke, No. 2, Berlin, Germany, 2012


Project [Self-portraits]

Via LinkedIn: Lothar R. Kiessl
"hi kim,
thanks for connecting. you have a way to communicate with your art photos.very smart



Kim Engelen, [Bridges] Glienicker Brücke, No. 2, Berlin, Germany, 2012


Geneva/Switzerland, Week 38, 2014

Geneva Bridge Encounter with Daniela on 23 September 2014

It was around 11am/11:30am on and my last, fifth day in Geneva, Switzerland when I met Daniela at the Mont Blanc Bridge. I asked her to make a photograph of me on the bridge. There was a lot of back-light, so she asked me if I wanted to have a look to see if the picture was alright. She had made a vertical framed photo, so I asked her if she could make a horizontal photo showing the bridge on the background. After doing so she asked again if the photo was okay. And then I saw that the flags were not fully showing. So I asked her if she wanted to make another one and then showing the flags also. And this she did.

After this we came to talk a little bit. She told me that she studied tourism. She spoke English, Romanian, French, Spanish and she wanted to learn German. She still needed to study half a year and she wanted to work in the hotel business. She told me that in the Eastern part of Europe people were really friendly. And I could notice this friendliness she was referring to in herself. She was very open and kind while she continued to talk with me. I asked if she wanted to join me for a coffee, this she didn’t do, but she kept standing with me and talking. Striking on her was her dark full hair and pink painted lips and that she had a few small tattoos on her fingers. But for the rest she was dressed classy with a white jacket and moccasins shoes. I told her that this was part of a Bridge-Project, that I make photographs of Bridges all over the world. She was interested so I told her that I did this as an artwork, that I ask people to make a picture of me on a bridge. I told her that my interest in my work is in people and communication. And that I see bridges in this action more symbolically. The bridge as way so you can go back on forth on. In the beginning the bridges were build for economic interest, in order that the people could do trade and do business with the people on the other side. But also on a personal level you can go to the other person and make contact with the other person, but you can also return, so you can stay with your own values and go to and fro from this position. The only danger there is, is war. War can destroy bridges and then this form of free communication stops.

I think it was a short talk about 7 minutes or so. And I also don’t know if I can use these pictures because of the excessive back-light. Nevertheless this encounter belongs to one of the more nice talks I had during my mini-bridge performances. Also because she remained so calm, she didn’t acted nervous or hurried. I also don’t think it was sexual or something. It was just a nice short grounded encounter with possibly mutual interest or curiosity, very easy and pleasant.

She asked me if I had visited Eastern European countries. And I told her the Czech Republic and Hungary. Although I couldn’t remember the name Budapest. I always confuse it somehow with Istanbul. I don’t know why. So maybe it would be good to view my own work more regularly. Or else I don’t even remember the names of the bridges neither.

Usefully when I am making a trip I am already fantasizing a little bit about where the next trip is going to. And I think it would indeed be nice if the next city would be Bucharest. Because she told me that Bucharest had build two new bridges and that only just half a year ago they build a new bridge. She said that the country is more and more attractive in tourism. Also the rural side, because people would go there to see how the people are dressed and such. So maybe it is nice for my next mini-bridge performance to go to Romania.

Thank you Daniela from Romania for this nice Bridge encounter.


Project [Self-portraits]
Via email: Karl AnderssonKim - good to hear from you, more than a year later!

Are you in Berlin or elsewhere? Well I check your blog and see that you’re here!
In fact, your weekly reports inspired me to do the same at - though not as elaborate, mostly covering my media consumption, so the more serious work I do, the shorter the week report. But it’s a good way to stay on top of things, for me. Let’s meet soon.”


imageKim Engelen, [Bridges] Pont du Mont-Blanc (Mont Blanc Bridge) No. 84, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014


  • Read:
  • Durand, Roger. „Henry Dunnant.” Geneva: Humanitarian Geneva, 2010. 96.
  • News Art Net, Josh Niland, John Kerry Blasts ISIS’s Cultural Destruction in Met Speech, 2014, read online»
  • Karle Wilson Baker, I Shall Be Loved As Quiet Things, 1878 - 1960, read online»
  • Karle Wilson Baker, Within the Alamo, 1878 - 1960, read online»
  • Karle Wilson Baker, The Tree, 1878 - 1960, read online»
  • Christopher Marlowe, Who Ever Loved That Loved Not at First Sight?, 1564 - 1593, read online»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 4
  • Allen, David. „Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity .” New York: Penguin Books, 2001. 267. Chapter 9
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 3, chapter 21-40, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Geneva Region, 2014, watch online»
  • Geneva ~ inspiring history, Jonathan Tame, 2007, watch online»
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Grußwort Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel an das DRK, 2010, watch online»
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Jerry Nilson, Die Geschichte einer Idee - Die internationale Rotkreuz- und Rothalbmondbewegung, 2004, watch online»
  • YagoOrwell, The Geneva Convention, 2009, watch online»
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid on a Speaker Cone, uploaded by bendhoward, 2008, watch online»
  • Sound Waves, artgod, 2006, watch online»
  • PowerVine, Resonance, 2007, watch online»
  • Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by resonance in 1940, Uploaded by Simon Lespérance, 2006, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks - How to deal with conditions, uploaded by Z.Zeahorse, 2014, watch online»
  • INTSIG, CamCard - Read Your Card, Mind Your Business, 2013, watch online»
  • phoenixrising113, National Lampoon’s European Vacation - shopping in Italy, uploaded 2008, watch online»
  • Richard Lee McKim Jr., The Masters Course - How to Use Your God Power, Chapter 2, uploaded 2013, watch online»
  • Fantasy Island, Season 4, 1980
  • Harold Ramis, National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1983
  • Expo/Presentation:
  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, - La Humanitarian Adventure,
    - Trop Humain (All too Human), Geneva/Switserland
  • CERN, Universe of Particles, Geneva/Switserland
  • The Centre d’Art Contemporain, Biennale de l’image en Mouvement (Biennial of Moving Images 2014), Geneva/Switserland
3 weeks ago / 1 note

Berlin/Germany, Week 37, 2014

Dear Miriam Steinhauser,
Thank you for inviting me for your project SHIMMER as Collective Research Project. I would be pleased to take part in this.

Instead of offering an obvious work for this from my [Sun-Penetrations] series. I would like to propose another work, which is then more symbolic. What I would seem to feel fitting in your initiated database “Shimmer” is a work from my [Bridges] series. In the photograph I have in mind you see me standing in front of a sign saying “You are leaving the American Sector” in the four languages English, Russian, French and German, representing the former GDR dividing sectors. In the way back you see the Glienicker Bridge. This is the bridge that is worldwide known through the spectacularly staged third and final spy swap in 1986. This photo I sense is right for this moment since my being is physically in Germany and involved, from a safe position, with its past. But also while it connects with my current project “Communistic Curating” for which I think and research about the Fall of the Wall. And where we as a group of artists work together in a “One for all and all for one principle” in which we even share the economic outcomes. Which also raises shimmery questions, since we now have the 25th anniversary coming up of the fall of the wall. So I would be keen in showing that particular photograph for your Collective in October of the [Bridges] Series.

Please let me know what you think.

If you like I also have a few artists in mind whose work could be fitting in your database as well. Who work with topics that might fit in the idea of Shimmer.



Project [Self-portraits]
Via email: Neil Turkington “Very well indeed! Great to see you’re out there and doing it.  All the best, Neil”


imageKim Engelen, [Sun-penetrations], 22 Augustus 2013, IMG_4065, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • Artlyst, London Art Network, The Maclean Boring, Colony, art, human, interesting, derivative, trite, superficial,vapid, 2014, read online»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 3
  • Allen, David. „Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity .” New York: Penguin Books, 2001. 267. Chapter 8
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 3, chapter 4-20, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Tracey Emin. 20 Years, VernissageTV, 2009, watch online»
  • Uldus Bakhtiozina, Wry photos that turn stereotypes upside down, TED2014, watch online»
  • Zak Ebrahim, I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace, TED2014, watch online»
  • Gorbachev & Glasnost in the USSR, uploaded by ColdWarWarriors, 2010, watch online»
  • Glasnost and Perestroika: The Failed Reforms that Sparked a Revolution, uploaded by Ben Kaplan, 2012, watch online»
  • Benjamin Riehm, Du musst dein Andern Leben, 2014, watch online»
  • SafeCatfish, “Dirty Waters, Dangerous Fish”, 2010, watch online»
  • Claudio Lai, Michael Newton-Past Life Therapy-Journey Between Lives, 1996, watch online»
  • Origin of Earth’s Magnetic Field, J. Marvin Herndon, 2008, watch online»
  • How to Do the Splits, Howcast, 2010, watch online»
  • Richard Lee McKim Jr., The Masters Course - How to Use Your God Power, Chapter 2 + 3, uploaded 2013, watch online»
  • Season 5, Curb your Enthusiasm, disk 2, Robert B. Weide, The Seder, 2005
  • Season 5, Curb your Enthusiasm, disk 2, Larry Charles, The Ski Lift, 2005
  • Season 5, Curb your Enthusiasm, disk 2, Bryan Gordon, The Korean Bookie, 2005
  • Season 5, Curb your Enthusiasm, disk 2, Larry Charles, The End, 2005
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin

Berlin/Germany, Week 36, 2014

Next week I am going to Geneva to make some new work for my [Bridges] series. My head this week is so full. It will be good to really go out and DO something.


Project [Self-portraits]
J.T.: “Dein Titel “Communistic Curating” finde ich genial.


Kim Engelen, [Self-Portraits] 31 Aug 2014, TWO LITTLE WORMS IN MY APPLE SYRUP, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • A Short History of Subway Pictures, The year in Picutres, 2008, read online»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 2
  • Allen, David. „Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity .” New York: Penguin Books, 2001. 267. Chapter 4
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 3, chapter 4-14, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • RT global news channel, The fall of the Berlin Wall through the eyes of Putin, 2009, watch online»
  • AFN Europe news report, Fall of the Berlin Wall / Berliner Mauerfall 1989 - US American Forces Network, uploaded by ehrentitle’s channel, 2009, watch online»
  • Peter Wensierski, Leipzig 1989, uploaded by Filme zum Mauerfall, 2012, watch online»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 2 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 3 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 4 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 5 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 6 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • Dr Quantum - Double Slit Experiment, This clip is from: “What The Bleep Do We Know!?: Down The Rabbit Hole”, uploaded by Brad Cameron, uploaded by mongodlx, 2006, watch online»
  • Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Party Trick, Gary Barker, 2013, watch online»
  • Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Perception, Spirit 2000, watch online»
  • Rob Williams, The Psychology of Change, Spirit 2000, watch online»
  • Anthony de Mello - Wake Up 1 (How to pray), Malcolm Neal, 1987, watch online»
  • Earthweareone, Dr Wayne Dyer,  If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place, 2012, watch online»
  • Richard Lee McKim Jr., The Masters Course - How to Use Your God Power, Chapter 2, 1-5, uploaded 2013, watch online»
  • Terrence Malick, Badlands, 1973
  • Douglas Sirk, Magnificent Obsession, 1954
  • Expo/Presentation:
  • CFA Berlin, Group show, How soon was now: Gert & Uwe Tobias, Georg Herodl, Tal R, Dana Schutz, Juergen Teller, Katja Struz, Chris Ofilce, Cicily Brown,Thomas Kiesewetter, Anselm Reyleg, Georg Beselitz, Julian Schnabel, Christian Rosa, Norbert Schwontkowski. And Norbert Schontkowski, Bilder aus dem Nachlass
  • Berlin Avantgarde, Pop-up Art Gallery Berlin@The Ballery, Birth of the Cool, facebook»
  • NGBK, Part of the Game, Brandon LaBelle, Monument (to the Wild Imagination), in Collaboration with Janine Eisenächer, Hana Lee Erdman, Omar Nicolas, Steffi Weisman
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin

Berlin/Germany, Week 35, 2014

A group of artists who are willing to work under the idea: “All for one, and one for all”,
in order to have a joint group-exhibition on the 9th of November 2014. This is the day of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“Communistic Curating” means that this will be a valuable show for all the artists who participate. If one artist sells work, this will be divided under all the participants. So everybody will gain from the sale/s, also the ones who don’t sell any work. This with the underlying idealistic idea “All for one and one for all.”

Timetable: (10 meetings, 2 hours per week 15:00-17:00)
Expected time consumption for the organizational aspect: an average of 6 hours per week. Total 60 hours.
For the artists own work: xx

Divided tasks involve:
A. Location.
B. Money
C. Texts
D. Photography
E. Catalog
F. Press
G. Paperwork
H. Sales

Overview Meetings (organization), read online»
More info, read online»


Project [Self-portraits]
Shereen Tadros, via Whatsapp:Maar wel meest bijzondere kwaliteit in mijn ogen :-) hoe je open staat voor alles (niet alleen mensen, maar ook kinderen, dieren, situaties, verhalen, enz) gewoon alles om je heen….. Zonder vooroordeel…En doordat je heel goed luistert/bekijkt zonder vooroordeel begrijp je ook beter wat je ziet, hoort of meemaakt. Wat ik ook bijzonder vind is hoe integer je bent :-) ja ja je bent best een toppie kimmie!!!”



Kim Engelen, [Sun-Penetrations] 1 Aug 2014, IMG_6236, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • 14 Lessons Mark Cohen Has Taught Me About Street Photography, by Eric Kim, 2014, read online»
  • Wieland, Rayk. „Ich schlage vor, dass wir uns küssen.” München Zürich: Piper, 2010. 208. Chapter 1
  • Allen, David. „Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity .” New York: Penguin Books, 2001. 267. Chapter 3
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 2, chapters 39-48, Volume 3, chapter 1-4, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Mark Cohen - Photographer, Michael Engler, 2013, watch online»
  • Bruce Gilden (2014) New York, uploaded by mongodlx, 2014, watch online»
  • Walker Evans in His Own Words, Getty Museum, 2012, watch online»
  • Helen Levitt 1913-2009, uploaded by Daylight Multimedia, 2009, watch online»
  • Herni Cartier Bresson, uploaded by StudioRipa, 2012, watch online»
  • Meeting Lee Friedlander, uploaded by superlumina, 2010, watch online»
  • Shih Chieh Huang- Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea TED2014, watch online»
  • Heather Barnett- What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime, TEDSalon Berlin, 2014, watch online»
  • William Ury: The walk from “no” to “yes”, TEDxMidwest2010, watch online»
  • NOS Verslag - Einde Berlijnse Muur, uploaded by NLvintageTV, 2013, watch online in Dutch»
  • InZicht: ommuurd Berlijn 1 / Berlin walled-in (english subtitled) 1961 - 1989, uploaded by Jan Geerling, 2009, watch online»
  • BA of Berlin: Architecture in Resistance to the Wall, uploaded by Bradley Angell, 2009, watch online»
  • Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, 1988, uploaded by opravdový člověk on 2013, watch online»
  • Charles Darwin: Natural Selection, Brain-Tools, Jon Perry, 2013, watch online»
  • Beautiful Minds - James Lovelock - The Gaia Hypothesis / Gaia Theory, BBC Productions, Paul Bernays, 2010, watch online»
  • Prof. Clare W. Graves, Graves Modell Ebene 1 und 2 - Überleben und Stammesgesellschaft, 2011, watch onlline»
  • Richard Lee McKim Jr., The Masters Course - How to Use Your God Power, uploaded 2013, watch online»
  • John Cacioppo: The lethality of loneliness, TEDxDesMoine2013, watch online»
  • Bruce Muzik, The big secret nobody wants to tell, TEDxSinCity2011, watch online»
  • Tracy McMillan: The person you really need to marry, TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen2014, watch online»
  • Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome, TED@NYC, watch online»
  • Terence Davies, The Long Day Closes, 1992
  • Expo/Presentation:
  • Hannah Goldstein, Good-bye Schweden, Fenster61, website»
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin
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Berlin/Germany, Week 34, 2014

This week I bought a book that I want to read in the light of one of my current projects “Powerful Teacher Learning: What the Theater Arts Teach about Collaboration”. But also yesterday my very dear long time friend has visited me in Berlin. She moved with her husband and children to Dubai, so we don’t see each other that regularly as we used to do. And it felt so good. So natural, so easy, so real. Not artificial and new and exciting. But balanced and to the point. And we talked the whole day through non-stop, both eager to inform and be informed about each other and our ongoing “projects”.

And today tired after my whole day of Course -with respect to a future project- and laying on the couch thinking of her and from her to my art. I suddenly thought: Could I compare my art for myself as a dear friend? What does indeed feel relaxed and comfortable in my art/experience? And what needs to be updated or checked or balanced? And I think that my experience as an artist working is that what makes it comfortable, I know no matter what, that “it” will be there. And last week I gave a presentation, and here I stated some of my successes, which give me good memories, good feelings and thus a sense of gratefulness. And in return gives me respect as an artist (hmm yes, it seems to work that way) and that again makes me realize that I do have (developed) skills. But then I want to and have to be informed, what is going on in my art and in the art in general? This is a ongoing process, this keeps it interesting. And new and fresh all the time.

Shereen and I talked also about other people we have met that came into our lives and are not anymore or people that re-appeared. During salsa a contemporary dancer came up to me and told me that she had read about me/my work online and that if I would look for someone for my videos she was game. This made me think about making videos again. Here I was completely in my comfort zone. I like/d doing videos together with people. Doing these mini-performances together and having the videos almost as memorabilia. Things that go smoothly, like a good friendship, are so nice. So why not go back to video? That was so easy. Why go for the hard/er projects? Yet then again, why not and-and? To keep it balanced, to the core and trustworthy, but also lively and open for new currents or new to be friends/art works?


Project [Self-portraits]
Shereen Tadros, during lunch:Dat ben jij, iedereen is gelijk voor jou. Hiërarchie bestaat bij jou niet. Je bent zo lief, hoe je doet tegen mensen, zelfs de obers enzo. Maar tegelijkertijd ben je ook pittig.”


Kim Engelen, [Sun-Penetrations] 23 July 2014, IMG_6205, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • Simone Reber, Künstler Tue Greenfort: Der Mensch als Teil des Biotops, 2012, read online»
  • Tue Greenfort, Frieze No.6, In A word, 2012, read online»
  • Joachim Fahrun, Klaus Zapf: Linker, Kapitalist und Vorstandsschreck Berlins bekanntester Spediteur ist tot, Die Welt, 2014, read online in German»
  • Michel Feher, Self-Appreciation; or, The Aspirations of Human Capital, 2009, read online»
  • Louis Althusser, Marxism and Humanism, 1964, read online»
  • Kazalarska, Svetla. 2009. Contemporary Art as Ars Memoriae: Curatorial Strategies for Challenging the Post-Communist Condition. In: Time, Memory, and Cultural Change, ed. S. Dempsey and D. Nichols, Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conferences, Vol. 25., read online»
  • Allen, David. „Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity .” New York: Penguin Books, 2001. 267. Chapter 1-2
  • Getting Things Done. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 2, chapters 18-24, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Willy Brandt - a Vision for Peace and Justice, S&D Group, 2013, watch online»
  • Department of Defense, Robert Saudek, The Road To The Wall / Berlin Wall Documentary Film Video, uploaded by rosaryfilms, 2009, watch online»
  • The Berlin Wall Documentary on the Berlin Wall from Construction to Destruction, uploaded by Documentary Sector, on 2014, watch online»
  • Feminism on the wall: Jessica Pabón, TEDxWomen, 2012, watch online»
  • Anti-Humanist Curating Seminar #1, 2010, hear online»
  • Anti-Humanist Curating Seminar #2, 2010, hear online»
  • Interview mit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi kurz nach dem Mauerfal, uploaded by Transzendentale Meditation Deutschland, 2011, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, Listen to your gut feeling!, uploaded by 649904, 2013, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, She has issues with trust , uploaded by 649904, 2013, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, Signs of your alignment are everywhere, all day, uploaded by dewdrop157, 2014, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, Your relationships reflect your vibrational stance , uploaded by zmahoon, 2013, watch online»
  • Abraham Hicks, Trying too hard to achieve compatibility in relationships, uploaded by joyofalignment, 2012, watch online»
  • Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck): Alison Ledgerwood, TEDxUCDavis, 2013, watch online»
  • How to make healthy eating unbelievably easy: Luke Durward, TEDxYorkU, 2014, watch online»
  • The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen at TEDxClaremontColleges, 2012, watch online»
  • Robert B. Weide, The Larry David Sandwich, 2005
  • Larry Charles, The Bowtie, 2005
  • Robert B. Weide, The Christ Nail, 2005
  • Robert B. Weide, Kamikaze Bingo, 2005
  • Robert B. Weide, Lewis needs a Kidney, 2005
  • Robert B. Weide, The Christ Nail, 2005
  • David Steinberg, The Smoking Jacket, 2005
  • Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (Rashômon: original title), 1950
  • Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education (La mala educación: original title), 2004
  • Expo/Presentation:
  • Gallery BQ-Berlin, Richard Wright: Nine Chains to the Moon, 
    Alexandra Bircken: B.U.F.F., website»
  • Galerie Nagel Draxler, Anna Fasshauer: New Works, website»
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin
  • Meeting No. 4 “Communistic Curating”

Berlin/Germany, Week 33, 2014

Dieter Daniels in a presentation about Mail Art In The GDR, makes a distinguish between the artist and the artist “normal civil life”. These are of course not new words. In fact they have become so “normal” that one does not really notice them. But how is this so? What is a normal life for an artist? Do you have a normal life when you have a job for which you get paid? Or is it normal because you perhaps have a job (or not) and/or you are having a more understandable life pattern or more understandable work in itself? Or when you have a second job (that gets paid) next to your work as an artist (perhaps not really paid). I do feel that here in Germany artists are taken more serious. Even people who are telling me, there is too much competition here, why are you coming here? Etc. etc. I feel that artists are viewed perhaps as making an important contribution to society. Or are at least acknowledged as artists and have thought about their precarious situation. And also apparently not just everybody can call him/herself artist. Here in Berlin I found out that there is a Social Security Benefits Office for Artists (Künstlersozialkasse or KSK.) Artists have to provide all kind of proof that their profession is artist. But then once you are in this KSK… In Germany “normal” people pay > € 300 - per month for Health Insurance. Artists only pay > € 74 - per month. (Depending on their income). Interestingly you still have to earn at least € 3900 per year to be able to subscribe into this system. So still even in this wonderful social security possibility for artists there is the money issue. Understandably yes, because depending what you earn they calculate what you pay.


Project [Self-portraits]
Astier Goytom, during diner: “Du passt sehr gut auf dir selber auf.” […] “Naja du ernährst dich gut.”


Kim Engelen, [Sun-Penetrations] 9 Aug 2014, IMG_6273, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • Andres, Stefan. „Wir sind Utopia.” München: R. Piper & Co Verlag, 1951. 106.
  • We Are the People: A Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig, Spiegel Online, Andrew Curry, 2009, read online»
  • Peaceful Revolution, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, accessed 2014, read online»
  • Fall of Communism, U.S. Department of State, accessed 2014, read online»
  • The Berlin Wall: Poetry of the Wall, Marilyn Turkovich o.a., 2011, read online»
  • The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, The art of Good, Editor Michael Sartorius, accessed 2014, read online»
  • Berlin, Steven Augustine, Thisrecording, 2009, read online»
  • Vadertje Staat, vadertje valt, Bas de Vries, accessed 2014, read online in Dutch»
  • Top 10 books about the Berlin Wall, Suzanne Munshower, The Guardian, 2009, read online»
  • König August, Berliner Zeitung, Maxim Leo, 2014, read online»
  • Libelle,  Antirimpelfitness voor het gelaat, 2011, read online in Dutch»
  • Monica Byrne, The anti carreer artist,, 2014, read online»
  • Anti-Artist Fits Nicely In Museum, Alan Riding, NY Times, 1996, read online»
  • Woman on fire: Concha Buika, The Free Library, 2009, read online»
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 2, chapters 7-18, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall: How A Reaction By Peaceful Revolution Sparked Reform, Kaitlyn Shepherd, uploaded by Lukemaraben3, 2012, watch online»
  • Capitalism vs Communism - Freedom versus Oppression - Propaganda Cartoon - Cold War 1940s, uploaded by Historia - Bel99TV, uploaded 2014, watch online»
  • The Cold War, part 1: From World War to Cold War, uploaded by Media Rich Learning, 2009, watch online»
  • Capitalism, Socialism and Communism Documentary, uploaded by DocumentaryMixDotCom, 2010, watch online»
  • Discussion Part II - Mail Art In The GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Open Discussion - Mail Art In The GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Discussion I - Mail Art In The GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Clint Smith, The danger of silence, TED@NYC, 2014, watch online»
  • Colin Robertson, A TED speaker’s worst nightmare, 2012, TED2014, watch online»
  • Talithia Williams: Own your body’s data, TED2014, watch online»
  • scooby1961, Losing fat? Gaining muscle?, 2010, watch online»
  • Akira Kurosawa, Red Beard (Akahige: original title), 1965
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin
  • Meeting No. 3 “Communistic Curating”

Berlin/Germany, Week 32, 2014

Kim Engelen

Master of Fine Arts and

International Cultural Entrepreneur

Kim Engelen has attained an international career as visual artist and cultural entrepreneur for over 15 years.  She has studied in the Netherlands, the US and Sweden. In 1999, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Netherlands. And in 2013 Engelen achieved a Master of Fine Arts from the Critical and Pedagogical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy/Lund University in Sweden.

Engelen has been celebrating many successes: inter/national exhibitions and screenings, receiving worthy references, sponsoring, funding and awards, such as The Short Rotterdam Award: an economic prize of 40.000 € to create her short film “Women” on 35mm film for the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.  Next to having several TV appearances and (radio) interviews, she launched numerous festivals and performances.

Kim Engelen received recognition for her experience and skills, which resulted in her appointed role as the Head Lecturer and Film Coordinator at the Film Department of SAE Institute, teaching jobs in the Netherlands and Germany. And several video related commissions for clients such as the Municipality of Rotterdam.

She attended artist residencies in Belgium, Germany and Spain. Living and working in the Netherlands, Spain, USA and Sweden. Engelen choose Germany as 5th country in which she wishes to continue to work. One of her upcoming projects is “Communistic Curating”, which is is a group exhibition for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Project [Self-portraits]
Han Goan Lim: “MOOI, KIM, Goed dat je in Berlijn blijft. Ik denk dat er daar op dit moment meer mogelijkheden en kansen zijn dan hier. Hou vol  en heel veel succes met je werk (en natuurlijk ook geluk in de liefde). Het gaat helemaal goed komen met jou. We houden contact ! Hartelijke groeten en liefs. Han Goan Lim”


COURSE, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • William Wordsworth, A Character, 1770–1850, read online»
  • William Wordsworth, A Complaint, 1770–1850, read online»
  • William Wordsworth, A Morning Exercise, 1770–1850, read online»
  • William Wordsworth, A Fact, And An Imagination, Or, Canute And Alfred, On The Seashore, 1770–1850, read online»
  • Samantha García, The Future Is Female, for the new inquiry, 2012, read online»
  • Matt Shine for,  The Future Is Female In UK Boardroom  Women will occupy two thirds of the high flier jobs, 2014, read online»
  • Art in the GDR, Goethe-Institut, KuBus 58, read online»
  • Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, Wales: A tale of two ladies ahead of their time, by Anne Campbell Dixon, 2002, read online»
  • Katharina Schuler, Zeit online, Hartz IV soll unbürokratischer werden, 2014, read online in German»
  • Neemt Kickstarter crowdfunding in Nederland over?, Jacco HupkensNRC, 2014, read online in Dutch»
  • Dr. Nicholas Perricone, read online»
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 2, chapters 1-10, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmusen, Artist’s song, 2010, watch online»
  • Jesús Carrillo, Museo Reina Sofía, 2014, watch online in Spanish»
  • Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, watch online»
  • Noam Chomsky, Purpose of Education, Learning without Frontiers, 2012, watch online»
  • Shai Reshef, An ultra-low-cost college degree TED2014, watch online»
  • David Chalmers, How do you explain consciousness?, TED2014, watch online»
  • Randal Koene & Colin Hales, Conversation on among others Panpsychism, uploaded by Adam Ford, 2012, watch online»
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The origin of thought, 1968, uploaded by Maharishi Universtity, watch online»
  • Troy van Beek interview, episode 2, Maharishi University, 2012, watch online»
  • Jim Carrey - Jim Carrey’s Unnatural Act, 1991, uploaded by IWJAF’s channel, watch online»
  • Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation, uploaded by theJourneyofPurpose TJOP, watch online»
  • Capitalism and Socialism: Crash Course World History #33, CrashCourse, 2012, watch online»
  • Panel Introduction by Tatiana Bazzichelli - Mail Art in the GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Karla Sachse - Mail Art In The GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Presentation Dieter Daniels - Mail Art In The GDR,, 2013, watch online»
  • Toyo Ito, The Berlage Lectures, 1998, Henryk Gajewski, re-edited by Tomaat web-tv for Archi-Tv, 2013, watch online»
  • Nicolas Bourriaud, Postproduction, uploaded by djlightbolt Nicky Enright, 2011, hear online»
  • Plas Newydd, Llangollen,Wales - home to Ladies of Llangollen, uploaded by liverpoolboxingbaby, 2011, watch/read online»
  • Alberto Iglesias. El faro- cuento lleno de ventajas, uploaded by Canal de dracat16, 2009, hear online»
  • Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Show Spring Summer 2014 Paris, uploaded by Fashion Channel, 2013, watch online»
  • What is Crowdfunding? CrowdFunding planning? What, How, Why and when, uploaded by David Khorram, 2012, watch online»
  • Oneplanetcrowd Crowdfunding Circus: Ocean Sole, 2014, watch online in Dutch»
  • Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener, 2005
  • Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky, The Man from London (original title: A londoni férfi), 2007
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin
  • Meeting No. 2 “Communistic Curating”

Berlin/Germany, Week 31, 2014

Rethinking my resume. On my website at the moment is still the “regular” artist CV form online. So I need a bit more time. But here is my first attempt (without font-styling):

Kim Engelen (Netherlands, 1973)

Master of Fine Arts, Critical and Pedagogical Studies
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Practice

Agent Walter de Winter I +49 (0) 176 569 45015 I  I +49 (0) 152 120 47972

Visual artist & cultural entrepreneur

Malmö/Sweden, Lund University, Malmö Art Academy, Critical and Pedagogical Studies,
Master of Fine Arts, 2011-2013
San Francisco/USA, California College of the Arts,
Master of Fine Arts, Aug-Dec 2010-2010 
Den Bosch/Netherlands, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, AKV | St.Joost,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1994-1999

Scholarships/Artist in residencies:
Kassel/Germany, dOCUMENTA 13, Jun-Sept 2013
Rotterdam/Netherlands, Foundation Duende, Jul-Aug 2011
Rotterdam/Netherlands, AGORA, Culture entrepreneurship, 2011
Delft/Netherlands, Foundation id11, Het Tijdelijk Verblijf, Dec 21-28 2009
Barcelona/Spain, Hangar, Sept-Oct, 2009
Amsterdam/Netherlands, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, The Netherlands Media Art Institute, ‘Territorial In/-/formation’, Linda Hilfing, 2009
Antwerp/Belgium, Sint Lucas, ‘Borderlines and their Disappearance’, Feb 16-21 2009
Rotterdam/Netherlands, Coolpoliticscinema with Eddy Terstall, 2008
Utrecht/Netherlands, Filmfestival Utrecht, Re:visie, ‘SuperPowerPointCinema’ with Mieke Gerritzen, Koert van Mensvoort Sept 29-Oct 2 2008
Rotterdam/Netherlands, Rotterdam Film Fund, € 40.000 to create short film “Women”
on 35mm, 2007 
Eindhoven/Netherlands, The Factory, Sept 1999

Rotterdam Film Fund, Rotterdam Shorts, 2007
SLOR, Foundation Local Broadcasting Rotterdam, 2006
Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultuur-Ondernemen, 2002
Foundation Marguérite, 2001
Red Bull creativity Contest, 2001
SSK, Fund for Artists, Supporting Policies, 2001
Foundation A.M.V.J. Gebouw, 2000
Foundation Neeltje Buis, 2000
Foundation Bekker-La Bastide Fonds, 2000
SSK, Fund for Artists Flanking Policies, 2000
Lucas prize, individual works, 1999
Forbo Project Tapijt Stipend, 1999
SSK, Fund for Artists, Supporting Policies, 1999

International Experience:
Globally numerous exhibitions, screenings, performances and art related commissions
Various catalogs, press attention and TV appearances

Club Memberships:
Deutschen Künstlerbund e.V.
BBK Berlin (Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlins e.V

Cydney Payton, Executive Director & Chief Curator BMoCA 1990 – 2000 I Executive Director & Chief Curator MCA Denver 2001 – 2008 I Curator and Writer 2014
Goan Han Lim, Independent Museums and Institutions Professional I Creative Director Artpark 2014
Maj Hasager, Program Director of Critical & Pedagogical Studies, Malmö Art Academy, 2011-2014

For full Curriculum Vitae please visit:


Project [Self-portraits]
Henri Hartman: “Wieso bist du nicht in San Francisco geblieben, dort ist das Kunstklima mehr angenehm und warm. Wieso mit so ein Lebenslauf bist du nach Berlin gekommen?


Kim Engelen, [Self-Portraits], 22 July, KEEP ON MOVING, MY LEGS IN THE SUBWAY, Berlin/Germany


  • Read:
  • Erwin Wurm, Wear Me, OutHatje Cantz; Bilingual edition, 148 pp., 2011
  • Erwin Wurm in het Haagse GEM: het eerste lachen of het laatste?, by Bertus Pieters, 2011, read online NL»
  • Georg Franck, The economy of attention, 2007, read online»
  • Rosalind Kraus, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, 1979, read online»
  • Catharina Ahlgren, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, read online»
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 2, chapters 1-7, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Kerstin Stakemeier: Digitales Körperwissen - Neue Materialismen in der Gegenwartskunst, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München, 2104, watch online»
  • Erwin Wurm, Beauty Business, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, vernissage TV, videoikir, Heinrich Schmidt, 2011, watch online»
  • Jimmy Carter on Ukraine, Israel and addressing injustices faced by females around the world, PBS NewsHour, 2014, watch online»
  • Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture, DLD ld-conference, 2007, watch online»
  • Georg Franck, Empathie und die Generation Ich, DAI Heidelberg, 2013, watch online»
  • Nicolas Bourriaud intro by, uploaded by Tom Porat, 2013, watch online»
  • Andrew Solomon: Notes on an Exorcism, The Moth, Catherine Burns, 2008, watch online»
  • Mysteries of the Bible, Samson And Delilah, uploaded by 2buellerbelles, 2011, watch online»
  • Lenny Bruce at Carnegie Hall, disc2, 1961, uploaded  by Theo Cas, watch online»
  • Ze Frank, Are you Human?, Ted2014, watch online»
  • Valeria Lukyanova, Real Life Ukrainian Barbie (Full Length), uploaded by VICE 2013, watch online»
  • Mary Quant - Mini Skirts inventor, uploaded by CBC, 2012, watch online»
  • Mary Quant,  Fashion from 1969, uploaded by LuciferrSam, 2013, watch online»
  • Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011
  • Expo/Presentation
  • Uqbar, Eva Kietzmann, Petra Kübert: Living ressorts, Presentation: Project Space Festival
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin
  • Meeting “Communistic Curating”

Berlin/Germany, Week 30, 2014

Lovingly received the 2 catalogs from Ineke Bakker.
Catalog 1: The One minutes on tour in Shanghai (page 14), Curator Ineke Bakker.
Catalog 2: Modern Times, Cinema Zuid, Episode 6, Number One (page 19), art critic/curator Sacha Bronwasser.

Although I am respectful about the chosen topic “Number One” and great full that the curator/s found my footage in the archive. I do feel a bit misunderstood in my concept after reading the introduction text in the catalog from curator/art critic Sacha Bronwasser. Text fragment: "The hunt for fame has become pretty jaded.”

Behind my video, which is a registration of a planned action/performance, is the feeling of daring to be yourself. Not because of the desire to be different, or to be famous. But from the stand point of being authentic. And when you are yourself (authentic) you can stand in your strength. The video is filmed in multicultural Rotterdam.

The stickers that where put on arbitrary passers-by where produced as a positive reformulation (or counter-energy) with in mind the negative notes I remembered that where pinned on the back of (some) kids in high school. With texts as “kick me” or “I am stupid”. With the unfortunate kid for a while unknowingly walking around with that note on their back. On the green stickers I had printed in red letters the message “I am great”. It is not a paper-note but a sticker (which will thus stick hopefully better (physically as well psychologically regarding the message). So it comes from something negative or at least difficult (daring to be yourself in a world where being the same is more safe) and is openly positive. Not putting the note on the back but putting the sticker visibly for the person on them.

So it is in a way interesting that this video from 2003 is chosen/appropriated in a compilation for a registration (or possibly critique) to the fame culture. Which then is a little bit difficult for me to bear as an artist with a sincere action. Since my video from 11 years ago is perhaps a tiny bit misunderstood (in the best case scenario) and then placed in a compilation of an account of present-day competitive mass culture, with its collective desire of wanting to be number one.

Reading back my own text from 2003 (which is still on my website). I still stand behind it: “There are many people, who are quite competent and/or very interesting, but they don’t feel themselves that great. With this action I wanted to make people think good about themselves and that they at least to themselves dare to say: “I am Great”.


Project [Self-portraits]
Petra Runggaldier as reaction to my mindmap: “Du sprichst mehrere Sprachen, du hast gelebt in mehrere Ländern. Also du kannst dich anpassen indessen doch in deine eigene Kraft stehen. Also an dir selber treu bleiben. Du hast deine Vision als Kraftgeber um immer auf zurück zu greifen. Schön dabei ist das spirituale als Basis wenn alles falsch geht. Auch wenn Zielen nicht gelingen ist da ein Pfeil in deine Dartscheibe “Abenteuer”. Also eigentlich gewinnst du immer weil dieses Ziel ist dann trotzdem erreicht. Deine Kunst ist sicher und auch etwas um auf zurück zu greifen.“


imageKim Engelen, [Sun-Penetrations] 16 July 2014, IMG_6178, Berlin/Germany/Netherlands


  • Read:
  • John Roberts, The Intangibilities of Form. Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade, Image & Narrative, Mieke Bleyen, 2009, read online»
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 1, chapters 16-end, read online»
  • Jens-Uwe Meyer, Coole Slogans und knackige Namen kreieren, Starting up, Kreativ-Workshop I Rat, Recht, Hilfe
  • Film/Sound:
  • JAY Z “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.”, directed by Mark Romanek with o.a. Marina Abramovic, 2013, watch online»
  • John Roberts, Art after Art in the ´Expanded Field`, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, The Shaping Sculture Lecture 2011, watch online»
  • Restoration and installation of Pierre Soulage’s 1968 at the Butler Institute of American Art’s Trumbull campus, Keynote Media Group, 2012, watch online»
  • Anti-war speech by war veteran, uploaded by Phaedrus, 2009, watch online»
  • Awesome Feminist-like Abigail Adams Letter from CSPAN’s New Series on First Ladies, LiberalOasisTV, 2013, watch online»
  • Steven Holl and Jeffrey Kipnis: Existential Sensitivity, ArchDaily, Spirit of Space, Rory Stott, 2013, watch online»
  • Helen Caldicott: Fukushima 2013, uploaded by M o’rourkeb on 2013, watch online»
  • Ra Uru Hu, An Introduction To The Human Design System, 2009, watch online»
  • Barbara Hulanicki, Jai Stokes, BathinFashion, 2014, watch online»
  • John Roberts, Interlude (Telephone), Album: Glass Eights Label: Dial Records, 2010, watch online»
  • Brian Eno, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, 1978, hear online»
  • Brian Eno & Harold Budd | Ambient 2 - The Plateaux Of Mirror, 1980, Whole album HD, uploaded by Ambient Land, 2014, hear online»
  • Lenny Bruce (1 of 7), uploaded by Hendrix0strat on 2009, watch online»
  • Lenny Bruce at Carnegie Hall, disc1, 1961, uploaded  by Theo Cas, watch online»
  • Blake Edwards,  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
  • Course
  • .garage GmbH, Berlin

Berlin/Germany, Week 29, 2014

Thank you Rotterdam. It was not easy to leave you. And I will always keep a warm hart for you. Dearest biggest harbor city of Europe and second largest city of the Netherlands. With the fabulous and powerful saying “Geen woorden naar daden.” (No words but deeds). I learned and gained a lot from and through you. Thanks to you I won “Short Rotterdam” an economic award of almost € 40.000 to create my short film “Woman” on 35mm. You are the city where I had my my biggest commission up until now. And where I worked as the coordinator for the Film Department at SAE (School of Audio Engineering with about 49 schools all over the world). Where I had an artist in residency at Duende just before it had to close down and I had no place to go to when I came back from Spain. It was good meeting great artists working and living in Rotterdam, such as my “coach” from that time period Goan Han Lim. Where I had some of my finest performances such as “The Life of Jogger” through the streets of the city, the wonderful group performance “Words don’t come easy” at Theaterwerkplaats Werklicht and at Le Sud the performance “P.I.T.”. Radio and TV appearances, Figuranten-festival, exhibitions such as at Art Park (Art Embassy) and where I had many many screenings such as at The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Sub Urban Video Lounge, Blaak010, Festival Wereld van Witte de With, Dek22, Centre for Fine Arts (CBK), Locus010, City TV Television, Filmtheatre OffCorso, during Rotterdam Cultural Capital City of Europe, Ministry of Dance.

Rotterdam “Gateway to Europe”, you where my springboard to go out and live in 4 other countries besides the Netherlands and doing artist in residencies abroad and starting 2 Masters of Fine Arts: one at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in the US and one in Sweden (which I finished). Berlin will be much more easy now. I thank you a lot and will miss you.


Project [Self-portraits]
Via email, Ineke Bakker: “hoi Kim Hoe is het toch met jou?? Leuk dat ik steeds je naam weer tegenkom:) mag ik je adres misschien even checken want ik wil graag de catalogus van Shanghai + Cinemazuid op de post doen. Kim Engelen - Finsestraat 34 a - 3028 SK Rotterdam - Netherlands - klopt dit nog? veel groetjes van Ineke”



Kim Engelen, [Sun-Penetrations] 13 July 2014, IMG_6136, Rotterdam/Netherlands


  • Read:
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 1, chapters 1-15, read online»
  • Asier Mendizabal, Frieze, Issue 132, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, 2010, read online»
  • Elihu Burritt 1810-1879 Biography, Elihu Burritt Library, accessed 2014, read online»
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, You Foolish Men, 1651 - 1695, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Conferencia Asier Mendizabal, uploaded by ramonaweb START, 2012, watch online in Spanish»
  • Asier Mendizabal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2011, watch online»
  • Thom Mayne: I wanted to produce something off, published by Louisiana Channel, 2014, watch online»
  • Abraham H. Maslow: An introduction to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, presented by Rory Lees-Oakes on 2011, watch online»
  • Encountering Maslow, presented by Jessica Grogan and produced by Daniel Oppenheimer, published in 2013, watch online»
  • Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge TED201, watch online»
  • Sr. (Sor) Juana Inés de la Cruz, uploaded by Willy H, 2013, watch online»
  • Program for the 30th Anniversary of the Committee for Sexual Minorities of the Capitol Region Conference of Churches (Tape 1) uploaded by ccsuli in 2013, watch online»
  • Bonnie Cashin, Katie Schenkel, 2013, watch online»
  • Brian Regan - Stand Up Comedy, Directed by on Troy Miller, 2007, watch online»
  • Expo/Presentation:
  • Alexander Janetzko: Sugar & Zint, Fenster61, Berlin
  • Michael Vorfeld / Boris & Yumiko Hegenbart, Errant Bodies / project space, Berlin

Rotterdam & Delft & Maasbracht/Netherlands, Berlin/Germany, week 27/28, 2014

Small adjustment to my footnotes. Normally I would place the creator of the work first, then the name of the video or person who it was about and then the year of creation. Now I start with the name of the person who is depicted, then the creator of the video with its date. This to have the person who I was searching for first. And then the creator of the video plus the date of creation at the end.
Previous way: Magrada Proyectos, Antoni Gaudí: The Days of Creation, 2013
New: Antoni Gaudí: The Days of Creation, Magrada Proyectos, 2013


Project [Self-portraits]
Pap: "Compliment hoe je eruit ziet. Vraag maar aan mam. Want je hebt toch beulewerk verricht."



Kim Engelen, [Self-Portraits], 14 July, REACHING OUT, Rotterdam/Netherlands


  • Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances:
  • The One Minutes on Tour Shanghai, series Number one (for Cinema Zuid) June 11-July 13, 2014, view flyer»
  • Read:
  • The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Anonymous, (8th −13th centuries), translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), Volume 1, read online»
  • Film/Sound:
  • Carl Rogers (non-directive Person Centered Therapy) counseling session with Gloria is the 1st of a training film titled Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, 1965, watch online»
  • Albert Ellis (the-way-you-are-thinking-about-things-makes-you-unhappy Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) counseling session with Gloria is the 3rd/last of a training film titled Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, 1965, watch online»
  • Antoni Guadi: The Days of Creation, Magrada Proyectos, 2013
  • Francis Poullain de la Barre: A Cartesesian Feminist, published by Peter Smith on 2013, watch online»
  • Claire McCardell, uploaded by Maggie Black, 2013, watch online»
  • Luís Carvalho at ModaLisboa Vision Autumn Winter 2014/2015 by FashionChanne, 2014, watch online»
  • Jeff Dunham (Early Years: Baby And Peanut), uploaded by vinyljunkie76 on 2011, watch online»
  • Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away, 2000
  • Alex Bruce (‘Losang Tenpa’): Putting the chicken before the egg, ANU Channel, 2013, watch online»
  • Mike van Diem, Karakter, 1997

Rotterdam & Maasbracht/Netherlands, Week 26, 2014

[Communistic Curating]
This week step B of my emigration to Berlin: back in the Netherlands to move out from my Rotterdam apartment. Which means I can’t be much behind the computer right now, but I did send out an invitation to 8 contemporary professional working artists to do a group-exhibition on 9 November 2014 (The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall).

The group show’ working title is “Communistic Curating”. It is an experiment to see if it is possible to do a group-exhibition in the Friedrichstraße/near Check Point Charley with an accompanying catalog, press attention and a large amount of visitors. With the idea that this will be a valuable show for all the artists who participate. All participants are invited to join weekly sessions where we will discus all the facets of the exhibition (and everything around it). But the most particular element probably is, that it is an invitation to also share financially. So if one artist sells work, this will be divided under all the participants. So everybody will gain from the sale/s, also the ones who don’t sell any work. This with the underlying idealistic idea All for one and one for all.”


Project [Self-Portraits]
Via email, Paolo Salvagione : “Bravo! Well written and insightful. Reading your thesis left me wanting to read more about your three models. Smiling, Paolo”



Kim Engelen, [Self-Portraits], 1 Dec 2012, SENSING BERLIN, Berlin/Germany


  • Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances:
  • The One Minutes on Tour Shanghai, series Number one (for Cinema Zuid) June 11-July 13, 2014, view flyer»
  • Read:
  • Upton Sinclair, A Prisoner of Morro, 1898, read online»
  • William Shakespeare, A Lover’s Complain, 1564-1616, read online»
  • Guevara, Ernesto “Che”. „El Diario del Che en Bolivia.” Guevara, Ernesto “Che”. El Diario del Che en Bolivia. Cuba: Editorial de ciencias sociales, La Habana, 2009. Page 49, 362.
  • Napoleon Hill, W Clement Stone. „Actitud Mental Positiva .” Napoleon Hill, W Clement Stone. Actitud Mental Positiva . Vert. María Antonia Menini. New York: Vintage Español, Randon House, Inc., 2013. 409. Page 316-338
  • Film/Sound:
  • TEDWomen, Shirin Neshat: Art in exile, 2010, watch online»
  • Fritz Perls (demanding-total-authenticity Gestalt therapy) counseling session with Gloria is a third of a training film titled Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, 1965, watch online»
  • Biography Book Review: Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley, uploaded 2012, hear online»
  • America’s First Celebrity Designer Valentina Schlee by curator Kohle Yohannan, 2013,, watch online»
  • Vera Brittain, Testament of youth, by Kyra Swankaert 2012, watch online»
  • Adam Dubin, Lewis Black In God We Rust Full stand up, 2011, watch online»
  • Bobby Roth, Heartbreakers, 1984
  • Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: Insurrection, 1998
  • Stuart Baird, Star Trek: Nemesis, 2002
  • Amy Heckerling, I Could Never Be Your Woman, 2007
  • Roger Michell, Notting Hill, 1999
  • Woody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose, 1984
  • Sofia Coppola, Somewhere, 2010
  • Carlos Carrera, El crimen del padre Amaro (English: The Crime of Padre Amaro), 2002
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