Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.
Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Art in General NY, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi, Meta House Phnom Penh, Goethe Institutes in Kolkata, Mexico City, New York and Paris, and at Festivals like Short Film Festival Oberhausen, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest Austin Texas, Mix Festival NY, Independent Exposure Seattle and Video Art Plastique Basse-Normandie.
Heiko Kalmbach's feature documentary IF ONE THING MATTERS – A FILM ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS premiered in the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and has been presented at Festivals in Copenhagen, Leipzig, Torino, Lisbon, Oslo and Toronto. Besides producing and directing his own work, Heiko has worked as writer/director, DP and editor for institutions like Rockefeller Foundation and YIVO Institute NY and for broadcasters like Arte, 3Sat, Discovery Channel Germany, SRF, M6 France, TV Ontario and SBS Australia.
His collaboration with composer Katharina Rosenberger, the interactive sound and video installation VIVA VOCE, featuring vocal artists Shelley Hirsch, Juliana Snapper and Pamela Z, was shown at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles in 2013 and at Sweet Thunder Festival in San Francisco in 2014. It will be on view in Berlin in September 2015.
Heiko Kalmbach’s work as stage director and projection designer has been presented at Volksbühne Berlin, La MaMa E.T.C. NY, Theaterhaus Jena, Fusion Festival, Chamäleon Theater Berlin, Aarshi Theater Group Kolkata, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Autorentheatertage at Thalia Theater Hamburg, Crash!Boom!Bau! Festival, Dramafest Mexico City, the Kitchen NY, Schleswig Holsteinisches Landestheater, Tanztage Bremen, Roxy Basel, Stadttheater Bern, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, on Hapag Lloyd's MS Europa2 and on worldwide tour with the y2d/Chamäleon production LEO which was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Three Weeks Editors Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Adelaide Fringe Award and the John Chattaway Innovation Award.
Heiko Kalmbach has been leading workshops and seminars in his fields of practice since the late 1990s. He pursued Drama, Film and Cultural Studies at Universities in Berlin and Bremen before earning a BfA in Film (Honours) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998. He has been teaching spatial media design at Technical University's MA Program ‚Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum‘ in Berlin since 2011 and has been a studio tutor and lecturer for film and dramaturgy at the Architectural Association's Interprofessional Studio in London since 2009.
Individual grants and residencies include an Artist's Fellowship for Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Martin Scorsese Award, Russell Hexter Filmmaker's Award, Nestor Almendros Award, Artist Residencies at Camargo Foundation in France, MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, kunst:raum Sylt-Quelle in Germany, Human Resources Gallery LA, USA, and at Sitterwerk St Gallen in Switzerland.
- Heiko Kalmbach - Vimeo Channel
- VIVA VOCE - interactive sound & video installation
- VIVA VOCE - select clips of installation
- Heiko Kalmbach - @ IMDB
- AA London - Interprofessional Studio @ Architectural Association London
- TU Berlin - Szenischer Raum / Spatial Composition
- FRAMING REALITY - Taller de video-documentación
- IF ONE THING MATTERS - a film about Wolfgang Tillmans, Berlinale 2008
- LEO - Video Design
- TOSCA, SST - Projection Design