Ale Bachlechner
*1984 in Austria

Diploma with honours in Comparative Literature from the University of Innsbruck (2004-2010)
Diploma with honours from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Prof. Phil Collins, Prof. Julia Scher, Dieuwke Boersma (2010-2016)

2012-2016 Research Assistant to Prof. Phil Collins
2016 Lectureship at the University of Cologne
2018-2021 Artistic member of the Junges Kolleg of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
2018 Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin für Videokunst und Performance (interim lecturer) at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
2021 Lectureship at Caspar-David-Friedrich-Institut University Greifswald
2021/22 Lectureship at Bauhaus University Weimar
2022/23 Lectureship at Universität Siegen
2024 Huggy Bears Performance Art Program, Vienna

selected screenings, performances and exhibitions


FEEL WHAT YOU’RE FEELING premiere at 69. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, April 28th

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT at Diametrale Film Festival, Innsbruck, March 5th

Group exhibition PERFORMANCE ALS INDIVIDUELLES RITUAL? at Haus zur Glocke Steckborn, June 10th – July 8th

CRYING AND LYING premiere at Phönix Theater Steckborn, CH, June 17th 2023

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT at frame[o]ut open air at MQ, Vienna, July 28th

Solo exhibition and performance as part of the SPOTLIGHTS series, curated by Clemens Wilhelm at hilbertraum Berlin, Aug 25th

JUST WANT YOU TO BE at Cinema Next Tour, Young Austrian Film, Cinematograph Innsbruck, Oct 18th

STUDIO HALLO at group exhibition TV GARDENERS at NKR Neuer Kunstraum Düsseldorf, November 11th – December 10th


SELF STORAGE, a video and sound installation in collaboration with Antje Velsinger & team as part of BODIES OF CAPITALISM: ACQUIRED TASTE at Gewächshaus Hamburg, December 4th

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT at Diagonale ’22 in Graz. Festival for Austrian Film, April 5th-10th

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT is Video Of The Month at HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund in January


MEN AND ME solo live performance at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf as part of “Hitting Puberty”, celebrating 15 years of Stiftung IMAI, Sep 11th 2021

JUST WANT YOU TO BE is commissioned and presented online by medienwerk.NRW as part of the series “Revisited: Reservate der Sehnsucht”

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT at 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, NRW-Competition May 1st-10th

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT as part of “Hitting Puberty – Episode 2”, selected by Ale Bachlechner, celebrating 15 Years Stiftung IMAI Inter Media Art Institute screened at Videolounge NRW Forum Düsseldorf and online March 12th – April 18th

UMZUG IN EINE VERGLEICHBARE LAGE, videos for a dance piece, a collaboration with Artmann&Duvoisin, premiere at tanzhaus NRW March 11th-13th, shows in Cologne, Krefeld and Frankfurt (Oder)


LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT at Kasseler Dokfest Nov. 17th-22nd, installation also included in Monitoring exhibition “Soft Power”

LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT solo exhibition at FAK Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst Münster Oct 30th – Nov.15th

STUDIO HALLO in group show TRAP at Künstlerhaus Dortmund Oct 24th – Jan 31st 2021

Collaboration with Kathrin Ebmeier for the exhibition GHOSTS, TRACES, ECHOS: WORKS IN SHIFTS at the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne Oct 31st 2020 – April 25th 2021

STUDIO HALLO screening at Mañana Bold im Husslehof Frankfurt Feb 28th

STUDIO HALLO installation exhibited at EMAF European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück April 24th – May 26th

Screening of STUDIO HALLO at HilbertRaum as part of the programme THE BENEFITS OF DISORDER Berlin August 4th

Performance and screening at BLONDE COBRA #1 QUEER EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS Filmpalette Cologne, July 6th and BLONDE COBRA #2 December 14th & 15th

MEN AND ME performance as part of the exhibition A POTENTIAL DISASTER at LABOR Ebertplatz Nov 08th-29th

Screening of STUDIO HALLO at Temporary Gallery Cologne as part of “I am the danger! The Art of TV Series: Episode 2” Nov 30th

Series of lecture performances for EDIT FILM CULTURE festival & exhibition at silent green Kulturquartier Berlin, July 5th-8th

RESPONSIBILISATION exhibition at Nordrhein-Westfälische Akadmie der Wissenschaften und der Künste in Düsseldorf, Nov 9th-22nd

SATURN RETURN screening at Galerie januar in Bochum Oct 26th

DON’T WE ALL? lecture performance at the symposium “Situating The Everyday. Interdisziplinäre Erforschung von Alltag” at Labor für Kunst und Forschung, Universität Köln Feb 3rd

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION exhibited at Videonale.16 – Festival für Video und zeitbasierte Kunstformen from Feb. 17th – Apr. 2nd 2017 at Kunstmuseum Bonn

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION performance installation at Art Cologne April 26th – 29th

at Elles Tournent Festival Brussels
at World of Women Film Festival Sydney
at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION participatory performance installation, Cologne March 30th – April 3rd

at International Women’s Film Festival Cologne/Dortmund
at Strange Beauty Film Festival Durham, North Carolina

STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS installation at Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne

OUR POSITION VANISHES performance & video at Impulse Festival, Mülheim a.d.R

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION lecture performance at the symposium “Women under Surveillance” at Academy of Media Arts Cologne

EDEN WAS NEVER SO CLOSE exhibition at Art Cologne

FULL SATURATION exhibition at Kunstpavillon München

KOMBI 2 exhibition at Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin

INSPITE OF THE NIGHT performance at Bauhaus Dessau

awards and grants
DAAD award for outstanding achievements 2013
Advancement award for female artists from the Academy of Media Arts 2014
“Junge Szene” individual stipend Kunstsstiftung NRW 2017
Project grant from the SK Stiftung Kultur SparkasseKölnBonn 2017
Project and research grant for Fine Arts from the City of Cologne 2019
Working Grant from Stiftung Kunstfonds 2023

publications: “Don’t we all?” in Lilian Haberer, Karina Nimmerfall, Mirjam Thomann (Hg.): „Mass Observation 2.0. Situating the Everyday“ Strzelecki Books, Köln, 2017.

“You made me love you – Selbstinszenierung und der direkte Kamerablick.” in Jane Eschment, Hannah Neumann, Aurora Rodonò, Torsten Meyer (Hrsg.) “Arts Education in Transition: Ästhetische Bildung im Kontext kultureller Globalisierung und Digitalisation” kopaed, München, 2020.

“I’m sure everybody’s doing their best” Ale Bachlechner (monograph, 144 pages, hardcover) DISTANZ, Berlin, 2022
with essays by Kerstin Honeit and Ellen Maria Wagner, a conversation between Phil Collins, Sharon Smith and Lilian Haberer and a conversation between Anke Stelling and Ale Bachlechner.