Simon Karlstetter, born 1985, is an artist, musician and cultural entrepreneur who lives and works in Augsburg and Munich, Germany. He is using photography, drawing, manual printing-techniques, performance, music and sound in his works. He is interested in subjects such as technology, time, society and relationship. His practice is circling around the following topics: shifting perception of authorship, de- and recontextualization of images, appropriation, artistic approaches to photographic archives as well as remix and sampling as forms of art.

He is the founder and one of the artistic directors of the internationally renowned organization for contemporary photography »Der Greif«, as well as a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artist-collective »Studio Furio«, that unites dance, theatre, music and media art.

He is giving lectures and talks about his work at events around the world, as well as workshops at internationally renowned universities and institutions.


Short CV (Longer one on request)


• Artist-Talk & Portfolio Review, Master Photography, ÉCAL, Lausanne, Switzerland

• Artist-Talk, Photo Is:Rael, Tel Aviv

• Symposium »The Image in the age of Hypermedia«, Lishui Photo Festival, China

• »Thread Count«, Unseen Amsterdam (with »Der Greif«)

• Der Greif 10 years anniversary, Kunstverein München (with »Der Greif«)

• Nuit de l’Année, Rencontres d’Arles (with »Der Greif«)

• Artist-Talk, Foam X Arles

• »Old News«, Festival Origen, Riom, Switzerland

• Artist-Talk & Workshop, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Saarbrücken



• Kunstförderpreis (Art-Price), City of Augsburg (with »Der Greif«)

• Panel-discussion »Allmacht Algorithmus«, EMOP Opening Days, C/O Berlin

• Page Impressions, International Photoszene-Festival, MAKK, Cologne, Germany (with »Der Greif«)

• »(Un)filtered Scenarios. An Experiment in Distributed Selection«, SITUATIONS, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (with »Der Greif«)

• Artist-Talk, Kunstverein München

• Panel-discussion »On Collaborations: Gaining and Losing Control over the Use and Life of Images and Words«, Masters Series, Krakow Photomonth 2016, Krakow, Poland

• »A Process 2.0«, Krakow Photomonth 2016, Krakow, Poland (with »Der Greif«)

• Panel-discussion »Forget about Digital vs. Analog! New Concepts of Photography«, C/O Berlin



• Kulturförderpreis (Art-Price), City of Landsberg (with »Studio Furio«)

• Page Impressions – A space for international photo magazines, Einraumhaus, Mannheim, Germany (with »Der Greif«)

• Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau (with »Der Greif«)

• Dance-Theatre »Repeater RPTR II«, Concept & Music, Schwere Reiter, Munich (with »Studio Furio«)

• »Guest-Room: Katrin Weber«, Galerie f5,6, Munich, Germany (with »Der Greif«)

• Lecture and workshop »In Between Photographs«, London College of Communication, London, UK

• Lecture and workshop »In Between Photographs«, Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, Russia

• Artist-Talk, »Independent AIR« residency program, Silkeborg, Denmark

• Portfolio-Reviewer at Voies Off, Arles and at Krakow Photomonth

• Workshop »In Between Photographs«, FilBooks, Istanbul, Turkey



• »Photography Magazine of the Year«, Lucie Awards, Carnegie Hall, New York City (with »Der Greif«)

• »A Process«, Artist-Talk, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands (with »Der Greif«)

• »A Process«, Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany (with »Der Greif«)

• Dance-Theatre »Repeater RPTR«, Concept, Music, Dramaturgy, Staddtheater Landsberg (with Studio Furio)

• BLZT, Production-Grant for »Repeater RPTR«



• Schmiede Schnittstelle: »Return«, Kunstraum pro arte, Hallein, Austria

• Lecture, Free University of Bozen, Faculty of Arts and Design, Bozen, Italy

• Lecture, University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Augsburg, Germany

• Artist-Talk, Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Fotografie Leipzig, Germany

• Werkschau HS Augsburg, Master of Arts (»Entortungen«)



• »Lutz radelt«, »extra« Festival for experimental Film– and Videoart 2012, Galerie KUB Leipzig (with Luis Lüps)

• Dance-Theatre »Myopic Bounds«, Music, Dramaturgy, Stadttheater Landsberg

• Performance »Wortschlag«, Finissage »Große Kunst«, Achselschwang



• Preview Art Fair, Berlin (with »Der Greif«)

• Study-Residence in Paris (Studio Pascal Mourgue), New York and Istanbul

• Artist-Talk, Fotohof Salzburg, Austria



• »Magazine Library«, Tokyo/Los Angeles (with »Der Greif«)

• De Zines, Madrid (with »Der Greif«)

• Mags we Love, Köln (with »Der Greif«)

• Artist-Talk, Creative Consume, Munich, Germany


Fairs & Festivals (2009-today, with Der Greif)

Participation at Art- and Photography-Fairs and Festivals  with »Der Greif«: Unseen, Amsterdam; Polycopies, Paris; Vienna Photobook-Festival, Vienna;  FotoDoks, Munich; I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel; Fotobook-Festival, Kassel; Photoireland Book & Magazine Fair, Dublin; Stroke Urban Art Fair, Munich; Printout!, London


Publications & Press (2009-today, mainly with Der Greif)

• Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis, Catalogue, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau (with »Der Greif«)

• »Collectors Edition«, Stuart Tolley, Thames&Hudson (with »Der Greif«)

• American Suburb X, Spiegel Online, Zeit Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, BR Capriccio, Deutschlandfunk, Zündfunk, fm4, on3 Südwild, Page, Slanted, booooooom.com, itsnicethat.com, etc.