Visual Artist (Video/Film Producer, Director, Photography) I Performance Artist

Carola Schmidt (born in Horn, Austria) started as a student of Prof. Gabriele Rothemann / University of applied Arts / Vienna, and completed her MFA at the University of Arts Berlin, studying under Professor Rebecca Horn. 

In 2008, she won the renowned Diagonale best newcomer prize and was awarded a Sophie and Emanuel Fohn stipend. Numerous awards and nominations for her music and video art have since followed. She has exhibited widely in Berlin and Vienna as well as in Hungary, Brazil, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Mexico and China.

Carola Schmidt is an established artist, director, and filmmaker, whose portfolio includes international museum exhibitions, and collaborations with various artists, TV stations, record labels and festivals.

Although her production and artistic experience covers a wide range, she specialises in producing artistic visual media content, including AI generated music videos & stage videos, documentaries, press photos & social media content, album covers and visual artworks; mainly in the cultural context, for both newcomers and large clients. She realizes projects from start to finish: from the initial artistic concept, through to the conception and implementation, including editing and post-production. She has hosted events such as the Berlin Music Video Awards.

In 2016 she brought her alter ego Lulu Schmidt into being – a performative, multi-talented, erotic, romantic and overexposed persona, acting out her journey of self-discovery.

As a one-woman orchestra (Vox/electronica/keys/violin) she developed a comprehensive live concept which integrates lighting, stage design, and costume. She is known for her shrill conceptual stagings, which focus on the themes of transformation and identity.

The Austrian artist currently lives and works in Vienna, Berlin, and Waldviertel (AT).

Scholarships, Grants

2020: Lulu Schmidt nominated for Austrian music x-port award

2020: Carola Schmidt artist scholarship Stadt Wien & Land NÖ

2020: FIRE wins prize for best music video @ Byron Bay Film Festival

2019: FIRE wins award best music video @ Bucharest short cinefest festival

2018: INES Talent Award for Lulu Schmidt

2017:  funding / grant for Album Production BiPopularity (Lulu Schmidt) by MUSIKFONDS Austria  

2013 nomination Berlin Music Video Awards for Innocent

2011 Drehbuchförderung Spielfilmprojekt TANGOWERK vom Bundesministerium f. Kunst u. Kultur / Österreich

2010 START Stipendium für Filmkunst vom Bundesministerium f. Kunst u. Kultur / Österreich für Spielfilmprojekt TANGOWERK (Projektentwicklung)

2009 BEETHOVENFEST BONN: Produktionskostenzuschuss / “The last trick!”

2008 DIAGONALE Preis für den besten Österreichischen Nachwuchsfilm 2007/2008 für “Wir bitten dich, verführe uns!”

2008 Sophie und Emanuel FOHN Stipendium

2007 Meisterschülerstipendium von REBECCA HORN/ UDK Berlin

2006 Stipendium der Kulturabteilung MA7 der Stadt Wien






presenting a limited series of AI generated Oil paintings

current exhibition:Traklhaus, Salzburg - opening 25.4.24, 19h / Artist Talk 26.4.24, 18h


24.4. EFRAT ALONY - Bruckner Universität Linz

artistic collaboration / AI generated stage videos for Efrat Alony



upcoming: Vernissage EGA Wien opening 7.5.24


upcoming: 23.8./24.8.: Progress Festival

live: LULU SCHMIDT X ENGL - "Reset Ritual"



Galerie Roland Puschitz (Project Info)



Kultursommer Wien: LULU SCHMIDT X D´AVANTGARDE - "ChatGTP gone wild" - Szenische Lesung, - Regie& Konzept: Carola Schmidt     link (Kultursommer Wien)


LULU SCHMIDT X THE GHOST - Artist talk, Museumsquartier Wien, FOTO WIEN, mit MK Gallery Berlin, Moderation: Adam Bloomberg. (curated by Anna Charlotte Schmid and Tobias Laukemper, Berlin)


LULU SCHMIDT X THE GHOST - "Unleashing the aura"solo exhibition, Rathaus wien , AI generated limited edition series-oil on canvas - info link


"DOWNSTREAM" - group exhibition. KC GRAD Gallery, Belgrade


Kunst am Kanal, Wien "LULU SCHMIDT & The Ghost - "Hunters Daughters": oil paintings & walk-in video installation


 BMKÖS - Sektion Kunst & Kultur - Auslandsstipendium für Filmkunst


COPINGMOVES -  Dance and video project- sempowerment workshop in cooperation with Heizhaus Leipzig, Kultur macht Stark Kulturstiftung des Bundes Deutschland und Aktion Tanz.

featured at Ursula Blickle Videoarchiv, Belvedere Wien




Verleihung des deutschen Tanzpreis: "We live in a strange World" video screening, Theater und Philharmonie Essen, Aalto Theater, Dachverband Tanz

AI generated Cover Artwork & music video production for:

Ankathie Koi ("Baby Boy"), Nhoah ("TUNE", "Sie lacht am Dach", "When we" "Sommernacht")



music video productions: FOOL OF THE LOVING KIND -Ankathie Koi- weblink

BLACK TO GREY - Tin Man Falls video link, SIRENEN -Sigrid Horn

WAVES FESTIVAL Vienna - live video stream Performance (Lulu Schmidt) video link

art project Lulu Schmidt nominated for Austrian Music X-port Award

Carola Schmidt artist scholarship Stadt Wien

artist grant by  Land NÖ for realization of concept for interactive art project RITES OF ENERGY CANALIZATION

FIRE wins prize for best music video @ Byron Bay Film Festival

founding of EMPOWERZONES - (a collective with Christin Schmidt realising socio cultural video and dance projects with young girls across Europe) - weblink

URBAN RITES OF STRENGTH - a dancevideo project featuring young girls from across germany and austria to exchange, connect and empower each other during the lockdown. funded by Chance Tanz, Kulturstiftung des Bundes (DE)  & Kultur macht stark. link

WE LIVE IN A STRANGE WORLD - art project & video installation production feat. texts by Greta Thunberg / Fridays by Future, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (DE), Chance Tanz & Kultur macht Stark in cooperation with Heizhaus Leipzig weblink

Hollywood isn´t calling - production of visual content (artistic press fotos & videos) for Israeli jazz singer Efrat Alony - weblink


MQ HOFMUSIK @ Museumsquartier Vienna – Solo Performance Lulu Schmidt

FM4 Club @ VIENNALE – Int. Filmfestival, Vienna @Kunsthalle Wien - Album Release Concert BiPopularity

live video snippet I photos I link

Linecheck Festival Milano – Milano Music Week Performance Lulu Schmidt

Music Video Production: Lulu Schmidt – Fire (dir. Rupert Höller) videolink

Albumrelease Lulu Schmidt – BiPopularity, founded by Österreichischer Musikfondsalbumlink

Press Info GERMAN  Press Info ENGLISH

Popfest Wien / Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt) link

Berliner FestspieleCapturing the moving Body, workshop with Christin Schmidt

Haus der Berliner Festspiele:  Ready To Let Go/ 2 channel video installation, Filmscreening

Rote Bar, Volkstheater Wien - Aus dem Häuschen- Lulu Schmidt / Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

Salon im Looshaus, Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

Take Festival Vienna: Performance within the binary experience by Sabrina Stadlober  (Lulu Schmidt)

Bar jeder Vernunft, Berlin: Solo Performance Lulu Schmidt, with SAFI

Berghain Kantine Berlin / Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

 FreitänzerInnen – Artistic Dance Film project in cooperation with Jugendpsychiatrie Altenburg im Rahmen von Kultur macht Stark – with Christin Schmidt

FIRE – artistic dance film production in cooperation with Christin Schmidt, with Bewegungsküche Jena, Kultur macht Stark.

ALBUM RELEASE BiPopularity funded by Österreichischer Musikfonds.

Radio Rotations including: Radio FM4 ”M” Rotation / Playliste + IV Nachmittagsshow, LRT Opus / National Radio Lithuania / daytime rotation, The Cat Radio / UK / daytime rotation, Radio Ballade / France / daytime rotation, Radio Nova / Portugal / singular Plays, Fuori Aula Radio Verona / daytime rotation, New Model Radio / Slovakia / daytime rotation, Altr Radio / Slovenia / daytime rotationRadio Soundportal Graz / Rotation, Campus & City Radio 94.4 (St. Pölten / AT): Rotation, BR Zündfunk / DLF Info / DLF Nova / Ju:Nai (Magdeburg) / Rotation Stadtradio Göttingen / Rotation & Singlereview , Afk Max (Nürnberg) / Rotation , Free FM (Ulm) / Rotation & Phoner & Singlereview ,uv.

Co-Production & Cinematography for 1h live video Nhoah live @stairway to nothingness Glacier concert   teaser

Music Video Production: Lulu Schmidt – Play (dir. Adriana Berrotean) videolink


“Handel Fast Forward” – production of album cover photos & music video teaser  for israeli singer Efrat Alony –webseite -videos/fotosvideo3

production of music videos & visual concept for upcoming album of berlin Singer INA VIOLA Ina Viola / songs “untouchable“, “sheep”,  “au revoir” –

production of artistic documentary FUNDAMENTAL (a Project by Rainer Prohaska) for Landesgalerie Niederösterreich / Krems / Austria – in production

“BiPopularity” – electronic Music Album Production / Lulu Schmidt, production funded by MUSIKFONDS AUSTRIA – in production

“Der goldne Ball” music video production for berlin electronic Artist NHOAH – in pre-production


Electric Spring Festival Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)      watch video

Waves Festival, Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

Production for Ruhrfestspiele, “Your Love is fire” – Theater/Film Production: Stage Videos, Sounddesign – Dir. Rafat Alzakhut, Theater an der Ruhr, Summerhall Edinburgh Festival, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes Deutschland

Film/Media Production: producing/editing the Conference Video Teaser for Danube Cultural Conference, Interreg / Danube Transnational Program of the European Union – for BMUKK Bundeskanzleramt Kultur und Kunst / Austria, based on the Documentation “Boring River” (Rainer Prohaska)

honored to be receiving funding/ grant for my Album Production BiPopularity (Lulu Schmidt) by MUSIKFONDS AUSTRIA  link

Artist talk – speaking at the Danube Cultural Conference/Pecs, Hungary about the artistic work of Rainer Prohaska in the Danube cultural Region. “The key to raising attention. Challenges and perspectives of audience development along the Danube”

Performance/ featured in the TV commercial 4 Jägermeister COLD by Ralf Schmerberg / triggerhappyproductions / Radical Media / Oppermann Weiss,      feat. Nadja Auermann – on TV in North America / USA / UK – All Motion Media

“Escalate” / Film Production, Video Project, with Christin Schmidt. Production of a Series of Dance Videos with young Kids & Teenagers from Weimar West. (in cooperation with WeDance, founded by Jugend ins Zentrum, im Rahmen von Kultur macht Starkvideo

 “Geistern” / Jena, Video Project with Children, with Christin Schmidt, („Geistern“ ist ein Projekt des Fördervereins KinderStärken! in Kooperation mit der Westschule Jena und dem Bewegungsküche e.V. und wurde gefördert von ChanceTanz, einem Projekt des Bundesverbands Tanz in Schulen e.V., im Rahmen des Programms Kultur macht starkBündnisse für Bildung des BMBF.)

Project Management on Site & Guest Artist in Residence at Art Project “Mobile Teahouse” by Rainer Prohaska, Martha Museum Herford.

Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt): ARENA WIEN , support Band for KÄPTN PENG   live video snippet

Solo Performance (as Lulu Schmidt) at: Most:Wanted music conference hosted by Berlin Music Commission. -feat. St.Vito. live video snippet


Music & Video production”Beautiful Day” for the the Netflix Movie “Fucking Berlin”, Video available on DVD & Blue Ray.   video

performances Lulu Schmidt (Solo): POPFEST WIEN (link), Lido Berlin, Columbia Theatre Berlin, Gretchen Berlin, Playground Festival / Das Werk, Wien.   read review/  falter vienna

proudly hosting the Berlin Music Video Awards

Loosbar, Wien: “Art on Drugs” / Lesung (Carola Schmidt)


BORING RIVER (FILM, 50min.) /with Rainer Prohaska, premiering at DONAUFESTIVAL, Krems – info

live performances :

RE:PUBLICA , Berlin – Music Performance (with Tangowerk)
FUSION Festival / Berlin (with Tangowerk)
Funkenflug Festival Berlin (Lulu Schmidt / Solo Performance)
Forever Now Festival Berlin (with Tangowerk)
Progress Festival, Waldviertler Hoftheater: Live Performance /Art on Drugs
Klunkerkranich, Berlin
live performance III-Points Festival / Miami (with Tangowerk) video

 “EMERGENCY” Music Video nominated for Berlin Music Video Awards & on Rotation @ MTV France.


live Performances as Lulu Schmidt with Tangowerk:
Fusion Festival/ Lärz, Bardot Club/MiamiClub 69 /Buenos Aires video, Milion/Buenos Aires, Unite Benefit/Volkshaus Zürich, Pow Wow Festival/Leipzig, Berlin Music Week/Postbahnhof Berlin, Kino International/ Berlin, Rotes Rathaus / Berlin, Ritter Butzke / Berlin, MS Stubnitz / Hamburg, Ultra Ber / Buenos Aires, Columbiahalle Berlin (with Mia.), Docks/ Hamburg (with Mia.), Dresden / Scheune, Frankfurt am Main / Zoom (with Mia.), München / Ampere (with Mia.), Köln / Luxor (with Mia.), …

nominated for Berlin Music Video Awards for  musicvideo GELD / BLING (Tangowerk feat. Mia.) in cooperation with Amnesty International  watch video

directing the official music video QUEEN / MIA. for Universal Music Germany – produced by PARTIZANwatch

Lulu Schmidt entering the Finale of Berlin Song Contest with the Song “I am not me!” watch videoteaser

Lulu Schmidt: selected live performances (with Tangowerk): Ritter Butzke / Berlin, MC Stubnitz/Hamburg, Kino International Berlin (Berlin Music Week), Schwuz, Berlin, …  watch tangowerk live epk


Gartenbaukino, Vienna ‘ÜberMut’ – screening

Christopher Street Day Berlin, Finale (Main Stage / Brandenburg Gate) – performance as Lulu Schmidt with Tangowerk

 Mashup Filmfestival Rome (Innocent)

screening of ‘ÜberMut’ documentary and opening performance by Lulu Schmidt feat. 4 former Boys Choir Members and Peter Quehenberger at exhibition by Carmen Brucic, Neue Galerie, Innsbruck

“Innocent” nominated for Berlin music Video Awards

Reminders Day Aids Gala Berlin – “Innocent” – performance as Lulu Schmidt


film production: artistic documentation for the VIENNA BOYS CHOIR (WIENER SÄNGERKNABEN) (Congress on Courage – a Project by Carmen Brucic).

appearance & artistic cooperation at the theatre event “Congress on Courage” by Carmen Brucic. Performance as Lulu Schmidt. “I AM NOT ME!” / dec. 14/15 2012, Vienna Boys Choir concert hall, Vienna 

“Innocent” – music video (director) – released worldwide 2011/12

2012 Beethovenfest Bonn (screening / “The last trick”)

2012 on Tour with Tangowerk as Lulu Schmidt.

Tangowerk – the making of (documentary, 40 min., by Carola Schmidt) – online @ spiegel TV //>  watch here


Babylon Berlin – Tangowerk – Night – / Screening: “Wir bitten dich, verführe uns”, “Tangowerk (Doku)” & live performance / weblink: report by dpa @ stern.de

Drehbuchförderung Spielfilmprojekt TANGOWERK vom Bundesministerium f. Kunst u. Kultur / Österreich

release of a DVD with my films / videos as part ot the Album TANGOWERK (-R.O.T / Universal)  feat .NHOAH, Adriana Varela, Mieze Katz, Louie Austen, Berlin Comedian Harmonists, etc – buy at Amazon

“The black rose” / “La rosa negra” – Galeria Hilario Galguera / Mexican embassy at Studio Roel Berlin – weblink

“We IN EXIT”: Bühnenvideos für ein Theaterstück von Euforia & Herbst, Préchody Festival, Eisenberger Fabrik Gmünd / NÖ

MK Gallery, Berlin: “The beauty in seduction”


Projektentwicklung TANGOWERK (Musik – Spielfilm, 90 min.): START Stipendium für Filmkunst vom Bundesministerium f. Kunst u. Kultur / Österreich

curating TAPE MODERN Nr. 18 (“I am completely operational“)

Everybody learns from disaster, Villa Elisabeth Berlin

Sendetermin “The last trick”( Look at Beethoven) – WDR/ Westdeutscher Rundfunk 16.03.2010

“Urbi et Orbi”- Paço das Artes / MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som), São Paulo, Brazil (Filmscreenings), curated by Hugo Fortes

Tape modern No. 12 –TAPE- Berlin, curated by Amir Fattal & Erik Niedling

Videoscreenings Mostravídeo Itaú Cultural,Vitoria & Belo Horizonte, Brazil”Berlin: Transitions and Transformations”curated by Hugo Fortes

Kunsthaus Bonn / Beethovenfest Bonn “The last trick!” / screenings

Beethovenfest / Bonn: Produktionszuschuss für “The last trick!”

Gegenwelten Filmfestival- Künstlerhauskino Wien – 14.03.09 – weblink

Bühnenvideos // – Mia. “Wilkommen im Club” Tour / (12/08 – 03/09)- weblink / tourtermine

“luring into!” / Heiligenkreuzerhof, Wien, curated by Gabriele Rothemann


Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, “Babylon-Mythos und Wahrheit” – Bibliartes Shortlist

“Rites of Passage”, curated by Rebecca Horn, Galeria Maior, Pollenca -weblink

Holdudvar Galeria, Budapest / LADA Project: „We beg you to seduce us!“ / „Kérünk téged, csábíts el minket!“ (solo)

feature: SAATCHI GALLERY, "what's on", curated by Alix Rule

participation in “Künstler treffen in Berlin”, Ricardo von Brasch, Prestel Verlag 2008 / weblink

Mia. „Mein Freund“ // Experimental Film, released on Mia. Mein Freund Maxi CD // feat. Nikolai Kinski / Sony BMG / weblink

DIAGONALE / Austria / Festival des österreichischen Films /

(Award for best newcomerfilm 2007/2008 – “Wir bitten dich, verführe uns!/ We beg you to seduce us!”)

.BHC / “BHC Kollektiv Shows 1+2” / Centrum Hungaricum Berlin Alexanderplatz

 Ram Gallery,Rotterdam / LADA Project : “guess who is coming”, with lada project


 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (solo)/ “wir bitten dich, verführe uns!”

Kunsthalle Wien  / permanently featured at Ursula Blickle Videoarchiv from 11 / 07 , nominated for ursula blickle videoprize

Schloß Sarcow, Berlin / “chateau ivre”, curated by Rebecca Horn

Filmforum, Gmünd / NÖ – stadtkino prinz / interaktive lesung & filme mit pfefferkornuntertonvanilli

Infernoesque, Berlin / “infernesque grande”

DFFB- deutsche film- und fernsehakademie, berlin / “ungewöhnliche begegnung”- carola schmidt, tiko karrasch, judith bauch

Udk, Berlin / Meisterschülerausstellung (meisterschülerin von rebecca horn) – article about my film by saatchi online

209205 Eveningside Dr, Los Angeles CA / ex.serials no.2 (katalog)

Udk, Berlin / performance night, class of rebecca horn.

Artothek Galerie, Wien: “the last trick” (Solo)

Galerie Kaiserstr., Wien : “franz jagt urselbein”

Kunsthaus, Meiningen: “sexophil”

Stiftung Starke, Berlin: “tiger im löwenpalais”

Rodles Tage, Rödles, Germany: “too lazy for the revolution!” (mit t. tillmann)

Zinnober @ Berlinale @ HAU, berlin: “eine nacht zinnober” / mit sally busse + ina viola blasius

Sophiensaele, Berlin: “100 jahre sophiensaele” / “(…)-eine zerstäubung in mehreren posen”


Hiroshima, Japan: “mendanart”

Klangkunstbühne, Berlin: “eigenart” (ruedi häusermann)

MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien: “the essence” (diaprogramm) (katalog)

Institut für Philosophie, die Angewandte, Wien: “magie, zauberei und illusion”

Culturni Centar, Belgrad: “beograd film festival” / filmprogramm

Kunstwoche Grafenschlag /ö: “wenn elemente walten”, videoprojektionen zu einer lesung von pfefferkornuntertonvanili

Kunstakademie Münster / filmprogramm (katalog)

Internat. forum der kunst u. kultur, politik u. wissenschaft, berlin: “cross the river”

Stiftung Starke, Berlin: “mitternacht-tage im löwenpalais”

Galerie König, Wien: “48h” / “lesung : lauschangriff“, performance” mit t. tillmann, spiegelinstallation, mit magda tothova

Künstlerhaus, Wien: “the essence” / (diaprojektionen) (katalog)

Chinatournee (violine) mit dem wtv / conductor: huw rhys james