Elisa Balmaceda works as an experimental and multidisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher. She is interested in the politics and poetics of the visible and the invisible, exploring and bringing together fields such as public space, handcrafts, machines, infrastructures, cosmology, waste, landscape, occultism and magical thinking. Her latest work investigates the materiality of light, energy and communication technologies and the extent to which it shapes current notions of time and space, as well as our conception of the real and the imaginary.

Currently, Balmaceda works on a long-term research-art project as a fellow artist at the Innogy Foundation for Energy and Society. In addition, she also collaborates with a team developing projects of art and architecture in public space, and she prepares several exhibition-projects that will take place in Chile, Germany and the former Yugoslavia between 2017-2018. Her last exhibition was recently shown at Matjö – Raum für Kunst (BBK Cologne), occasion where she was awarded the KHM-Women Artist Award (2016) given each year to graduate artists from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Elisa Balmaceda (b.1985)
Lives and works in Cologne, Berlin and Santiago.


2016-2017 UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin, Guest-Student Ph.D. Kolloquium (Prof. Siegfried Zielinski).
2011-2015 KHM, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, MA/Diploma in Media Arts (Prof. Mischa Kuball, Prof. Julia Scher).
2010-2011 UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin. Guest-student
(Prof. Angela Melitopoulos/ Klasse Hito Steyerl).
2003-2007 PUC, Universidad Católica de Chile, BA in Fine Arts


2017 NRW Kunststiftung (DE)
2017 KHM Award for Women Artists 2016 – Academy of Media Arts Cologne (DE)
2017 1st Price: Art +Architeture Contest (Team: Philipp Drebber, Thomas Schmidt), University of Cologne (DE)
2016-2017 VISIT – Innogy Foundation for Energy and Society (DE)
2015 FONDART Grant (Arts Council, CL)
2015 St. Moritz Academy (St. Moritz, CH)
2014 Michael Horbach Foundation (Cologne, DE)
2011-2013 DAAD Scholarship (Germany)
2008-2009 FONDART Grant(Arts Council, CL)
2008-2009 GLOGAUAIR Artists in Residence Program Berlin (DE)


2017 KHM- WOMEN ARTIST AWARD, Gallery Matjö -Raum für Kunst (BBK), Cologne, Germany.
2016 INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURES, Q18 – Kunstraum, Atelierhaus Quartier am Hafen, Cologne, Germany.
2015-2014 FULL SPECTRUM, curated by Georg Elben and Julia Honer. EG Null – Raum für Junge Kunst, Generali Deutschland AG, Cologne, Germany.
2010 HUNTERS IN THE SNOW. Espacio Eduardo Vilches, Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile
2008 BAD ROBOT. Centro Cultural de España (CCE), Santiago, Chile


2016 THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS, curated by Merlina Rañi and Gallery MK, Berlin, Germany
2016 DON’T LOOK NOW, Kunsthaus Rhenania (Rundgang KHM), Cologne, Germany.
2016 QUILLAGUA SPACE, Galeria Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile.
2015 KUNSTNACHT, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.
2015 12º BIENAL DE ARTES MEDIALES, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
2015 AURA PORTRAIT SERIES, Art Cologne International Art Fair, Stand of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.
2015 DIALOG DER STERNE, Walzwerk, Puhlheim, Germany.
2014 EIN BUCH IST KEIN BEHÄLTER, Moltkerei Project Space, Cologne, Germany
2014 17th ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL CINEAMBIENTE, “Karukinka” experimental short-film, Torino, Italy.
2013 FILM FESTIVAL DOCLISBOA 13, “Karukinka” experimental short-film selected for the national competition, Portugal.
2013 THE NATURE OF THINGS. Group exhibition “Searching for the White Cube”. Bochum, Germany.
2013 RUNDGANG. Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.
2013 LANGUAGE IS AN INVISIBLE LANDSCAPE. A project by Marta Leite. Altes Finanzamt, Berlin.
2012 RUNDGANG. Academy of Media Art Cologne, Germany.
2012 SECHS MINUS. Curated by Natalie Hoyos, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany
2012 ACHT BRÜCKEN MÜSIK FÜR KÖLN: John Cage. Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany
2011 NORDART. Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
2011 JUGARRETA. Cultural Center Palacio La Moneda, Santiago, Chile
2011 MEHR LICHT, Glogauair Artists in Residence Programme, Berlin, Germany
2010 1993: A NIGHT OF EKPHRASIS. Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany
2010 WE BELONG HERE. Back Gallery Project, Santiago, Chile
2010 CLÁSICO UNIVERSITARIO. CCU Art Gallery, Santiago, Chile
2010 NO NOS CONOCE NADIE. La Perrera Arte, Santiago, Chile
2009 SOUVENIR. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Berlin, Germany
2009 ESPACIO COMPARTIDO. Balmaceda Arte Joven Gallery, Santiago, Chile
2009 FOCUS CHILE. Latin American House in Brussels, Belgium
2008 OPEN STUDIOS. Glogauair Artists in Residence Program Berlin, Germany
2008 CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL IN BARCELONA. Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain
2008 CRUCES. Museum for Contemporary Arts of Valdivia, Valdivia, Chile
2007 BAD ROBOT (Degree project). Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

2016 Journal: KHM nº5 “Grenzen und Gespinste”, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
2015 Catalogue: “EG Null: Raum für Junge Kunst”, Cologne, Germany
2015 Catalogue: “Dialog der Sterne”, Cologne, Germany
2014 Catalogue: “Searching for the White Cube”, Cologne/Bochum, Germany
2013 Catalogue: “Rundgang”, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany
2012 Catalogue: “Echoraum”, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany
2011 Catalogue: “Nordart”, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
2011 Article: “Jugarreta: once visiones en torno al juguete”, Revista ARTISHOCK, Chile
2010 Catalogue: “Clasico Universitario”, Santiago
2010 Catalogue: “Balmaceda Arte Joven Gallery 2009”, Santiago
2009 Catalogue: “ Souvenir: 25 Artists in Residence in Glogauair”, Berlin
2009 Catalogue: “Focus Chile”, Brussels (2009)
2009 Article: “Artistas futboleros crean su propio clásico universitario” by Rodrigo Castillo. Las Ultimas Noticias Newspaper, December 6th, 2009.
2008 Catalogue: “BAC Festival 2008”, Barcelona
2008 Article: “Explosiva Rebelión de Arte en BAC!” by Carolina Lara B., El Mercurio Newspaper, December 8th 2008.