Isabell Spengler

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

Osmosis of the Unicorn

2009, 12:00 minutes, colour


2009, 09:00 minutes, colour

The Pitch

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

Permanent Residents

2005, 09:32 minutes, colour, English

The Natural Life of Mermaids

2004, 10:26 minutes, colour, English

Transformation in the Land of Enchantment

2003, 05:37 minutes, colour, English

Psychic Tequila Tarot

1998, 24:00 minutes, colour, English