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

Carola Schmidt studied at Berlin University of the Arts (UDK), in the class of Rebecca Horn. In 2008, she won the renowned Diagonale best newcomer prize and was awarded a Sophie and Emanuel Fohn stipend. Numerous awards for her music and video art have since followed.

Carola Schmidt is an established director, photographer and producer, 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 music videos, documentaries, portraits, stage projections, and visual artworks; 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.

"Carola Schmidt moves between film, photography, and visual design. Her works display the fragile values of today’s society; full of magic, seduction and euphoria.

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.

"Carola Schmidt’s art background also rubs off on her musical alter ego: Lulu Schmidt’s sound, videos, performances and self-con- ception are carried by the desire for staging, by eccentricity, breaks and rein- terpretations. On top of that she adds an (electro-)pop sensibility that ensures that the messages about gender roles and star cult also find their way into the ear. She describes her crossing the border between avant-garde and mainstream, introspection and expressiveness as hangover pop. And it has a lot to offer." (The Gap)

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 and Berlin.

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 Awasrd 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



2019: MQ HOFMUSIK @ Museumsquartier Vienna – Solo Performance Lulu Schmidt link

2019: FM4 Club @ Viennale – Int. Filmfestival, Vienna @Kunsthalle Wien: Album Release Concert BiPopularity  live video snippet

2019: Linecheck Festival Milano – Milano Music Week Performance Lulu Schmidt

2019: Production: Lulu Schmidt – Fire (dir. Rupert Höller) videolink

2019: Albumrelease Lulu Schmidt – BiPopularity, founded by Österreichischer Musikfondsalbumlink

Press Info GERMAN  Press Info ENGLISH

2019: Popfest Wien / Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt) link

2019: Berliner FestspieleCapturing the moving Body, workshop with Christin Schmidt

2019: Haus der Berliner Festspiele:  Ready To Let Go/ 2 channel video installation, Filmscreening

2019: Rote Bar, Volkstheater Wien / Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

2019: Salon im Looshaus, Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

2019: Take Festival Vienna: Performance within the binary experience by Sabrina Stadlober Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

2019: Bar jeder Vernunft, Berlin: Solo Performance Lulu Schmidt, with SAFI

2019: Berghain Kantine Berlin / Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

2019: FreitänzerInnen – Artistic Dance Film project in cooperation with Jugendpsychiatrie Altenburg im Rahmen von Kultur macht Stark – with Christin Schmidt

2019: FIRE – artistic dance film production in cooperation with Christin Schmidt, with Bewegungsküche Jena, Kultur macht Stark.

2019: Single Release Lulu Schmidt – HAPPY AND I HATE IT ft. Klumzy Tung.

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.

2019: Co-Production & Cinematography for 1h live video Nhoah live @stairway to nothingness Glacier concert   teaser

2019: Music Video Production: Lulu Schmidt – Play (dir. Adriana Berrotean) videolink

2018: “Handel Fast Forward” – production of album cover photos & music video teaser  for israeli singer Efrat Alony –webseite -videos/fotosvideo3

2018: production of music videos & visual concept for upcoming album of berlin Singer INA VIOLA Ina Viola / songs “untouchable“, “sheep”,  “au revoir” –

2018: Sandro Kessler / Kesslerpartner (Switzerland):  visual concept, web design, production of image film for Internet appearance – in production

2018: production of artistic documentary FUNDAMENTAL (a Project by Rainer Prohaska) for Landesgalerie Niederösterreich / Krems / Austria – in production

2018: “BiPopularity” – electronic Music Album Production / Lulu Schmidt, production funded by MUSIKFONDS AUSTRIA – in production

2018: “Der goldne Ball” music video production for berlin electronic Artist NHOAH – in pre-production

2017: Electric Spring Festival Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)      watch video

2017: Waves Festival, Vienna – Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt)

2017: 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

2017: 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)

2017: honored to be receiving funding/ grant for my Album Production BiPopularity (Lulu Schmidt) by MUSIKFONDS AUSTRIA  link

2017: 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”

2017  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

2017 “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

2017 “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.)

2017 Project Management on Site & Guest Artist in Residence at Art Project “Mobile Teahouse” by Rainer Prohaska, Martha Museum Herford.

2017 Solo Performance (Lulu Schmidt): ARENA WIEN , support Band for KÄPTN PENG   live video snippet

2017 Solo Performance (as Lulu Schmidt) at: Most:Wanted music conference hosted by Berlin Music Commission. -feat. St.Vito. live video snippet

2016 Music & Video production”Beautiful Day” – Song featured in the Movie “Fucking Berlin”, Video available on DVD & Blue Ray.   video

2016 performances Lulu Schmidt (Solo): POPFEST WIEN (link), Lido Berlin, Columbia Theatre Berlin, Gretchen Berlin, Playground Festival / Das Werk, Wien.   read review/  falter vienna

2016 proudly hosting the Berlin Music Video Awards

2016: Loosbar, Wien: “Art on Drugs” / Lesung (Carola Schmidt)

2015 live performances :

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

2015 BORING RIVER (FILM, 50min.) /with Rainer Prohaska, premiering at DONAUFESTIVAL, Krems – info

2015 “EMERGENCY” Music Video nominated for Berlin Music Video Awards & on Rotation @ MTV France.

2014 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.), …

2014 directing the official music video QUEEN / MIA. for Universal Music Germany – produced by PARTIZANwatch

2014 Lulu Schmidt entering the Finale of Berlin Song Contest with the Song “I am not me!” watch videoteaser

2014 nominated for Berlin Music Video Awards for  musicvideo GELD / BLING (Tangowerk feat. Mia.) in cooperation with Amnesty International  watch video

2014 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

2013 Gartenbaukino, Vienna ‘ÜberMut’ – screening

2013 Christopher Street Day Berlin, Finale (Main Stage / Brandenburg Gate) – performance as Lulu Schmidt with Tangowerk

2013 Mashup Filmfestival Rome (Innocent)

2013 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

2013 “Innocent” nominated for Berlin music Video Awards

2013 Reminders Day Aids Gala Berlin – “Innocent” – performance as Lulu Schmidt

2012 film production: artistic documentation for the VIENNA BOYS CHOIR (WIENER SÄNGERKNABEN) (Congress on Courage – a Project by Carmen Brucic).

2012 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 

2012 “Innocent” – music video (director) – released worldwide 2011/12

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

2012 on Tour with Tangowerk as Lulu Schmidt.

2011 Tangowerk – the making of (documentary, 40 min., by Carola Schmidt) – online @ spiegel TV //>  watch here

2011 Babylon Berlin – Tangowerk – Night – / Screening: “Wir bitten dich, verführe uns”, “Tangowerk (Doku)” & live performance / weblink: report by dpa @ stern.de

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

2011 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

2011 “The black rose” / “La rosa negra” – Galeria Hilario Galguera / Mexican embassy at Studio Roel Berlin – weblink

2011 “We IN EXIT”: Bühnenvideos für ein Theaterstück von Euforia & Herbst, Préchody Festival, Eisenberger Fabrik Gmünd / NÖ

2011 MK Gallery, Berlin: “The beauty in seduction”

2011 release of music video “Dancing on the Volcano“: TANGOWERK by NHOAH / feat. Headvoice / weblink to video@TAPE TV

2010 Projektentwicklung TANGOWERK (Musik – Spielfilm, 90 min.): START Stipendium für Filmkunst vom Bundesministerium f. Kunst u. Kultur / Österreich

2010 curating TAPE MODERN Nr. 18 (“I am completely operational“)

2010 Everybody learns from disaster, Villa Elisabeth Berlin

2010 Sendetermin “The last trick”( Look at Beethoven) – WDR/ Westdeutscher Rundfunk 16.03.2010

2010 “Urbi et Orbi”- Paço das Artes / MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som), São Paulo, Brazil (Filmscreenings), curated by Hugo Fortes

2009 Tape modern No. 12 –TAPE- Berlin, curated by Amir Fattal & Erik Niedling

2009 Videoscreenings Mostravídeo Itaú Cultural,Vitoria & Belo Horizonte, Brazil”Berlin: Transitions and Transformations”curated by Hugo Fortes

2009 Kunsthaus Bonn / Beethovenfest Bonn “The last trick!” / screenings

2009 Beethovenfest / Bonn: Produktionszuschuss für “The last trick!”

2008 Gegenwelten Filmfestival- Künstlerhauskino Wien – 14.03.09 – weblink

2008 Bühnenvideos // – Mia. “Wilkommen im Club” Tour / (12/08 – 03/09)- weblink / tourtermine

2008 “luring into!” / Heiligenkreuzerhof, Wien, curated by Gabriele Rothemann

2008 Mia.- “Mausen (MTV Version)” -filmsnippet / exclusively on mtv – weblink

2008 .BHC Berlin Alexanderplatz

2008 Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, “Babylon-Mythos und Wahrheit” – Bibliartes Shortlist

2008 “Rites of Passage”, curated by Rebecca Horn, Galeria Maior, Pollenca -weblink

2008 Holdudvar Galeria, Budapest / LADA Project: „We beg you to seduce us!“ / „Kérünk téged, csábíts el minket!“ (solo)

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

2008 Mia. „Mein Freund“ // Experimental Film, released on Mia. Mein Freund Maxi CD // feat. Nikolai Kinski / Sony BMG / weblink

2008 DIAGONALE / Austria / Festival des österreichischen Films /

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

2008 .BHC / “BHC Kollektiv Shows 1+2” / Centrum Hungaricum Berlin Alexanderplatz

2008 Ram Gallery,Rotterdam / LADA Project : “guess who is coming”, with lada project

2007 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (solo)/ “wir bitten dich, verführe uns!”

2007 Kunsthalle Wien  / permanently featured at Ursula Blickle Videoarchiv from 11 / 07 , nominated for ursula blickle videoprize

2007 Schloß Sarcow, Berlin / “chateau ivre”, curated by Rebecca Horn

2007 Filmforum, Gmünd / NÖ – stadtkino prinz / interaktive lesung & filme mit pfefferkornuntertonvanilli

2007 Galerie Weissenseer Freitag, Berlin / filmscreening carola schmidt / tiko karrasch

2007 Infernoesque, Berlin / “infernesque grande”

2007 DFFB- deutsche film- und fernsehakademie, berlin / “ungewöhnliche begegnung”- carola schmidt, tiko karrasch, judith bauch

2007 Udk, Berlin / Meisterschülerausstellung (meisterschülerin von rebecca horn) – article about my film by saatchi online

2007 209205 Eveningside Dr, Los Angeles CA / ex.serials no.2 (katalog)

2007 Udk, Berlin / performance night, class of rebecca horn.

2006 Artothek Galerie, Wien: “the last trick” (Solo)

2006 Galerie Kaiserstr., Wien : “franz jagt urselbein”

2006 Kunsthaus, Meiningen: “sexophil”

2006 Stiftung Starke, Berlin: “tiger im löwenpalais”

2006 Rodles Tage, Rödles, Germany: “too lazy for the revolution!” (mit t. tillmann)

2006 Zinnober @ Berlinale @ HAU, berlin: “eine nacht zinnober” / mit sally busse + ina viola blasius

2005 Sophiensaele, Berlin: “100 jahre sophiensaele” / “(…)-eine zerstäubung in mehreren posen”

2005 Tps, Berlin: “schubert und die vertikale schusslinie” / inszenierte musikperformance

2005 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin: “haus im körper” (katalog)

2005 Hiroshima, Japan: “mendanart”

2005 Klangkunstbühne, Berlin: “eigenart” (ruedi häusermann)

2005 MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien: “the essence” (diaprogramm) (katalog)

2005 “the last trick”: kurzfilmproduktion durch STV media (buch+regie)

2005 Institut für Philosophie, die Angewandte, Wien: “magie, zauberei und illusion”

2005 Culturni Centar, Belgrad: “beograd film festival” / filmprogramm

2005 Kunstwoche Grafenschlag /ö: “wenn elemente walten”, videoprojektionen zu einer lesung von pfefferkornuntertonvanili

2005 Kunstakademie Münster / filmprogramm (katalog)

2004 Internat. forum der kunst u. kultur, politik u. wissenschaft, berlin: “cross the river”

2004 alte Bibliothek der Udk Berlin: “fliehende bücher” /”fliehende leerstellen”

2004 Stiftung Starke, Berlin: “mitternacht-tage im löwenpalais”

2004 Heinz Minki Garten, Berlin: “kurzfilm,der” / “herbstbrief”, animation

2004 Heiligenkreuzerhof, Wien: “rien ne va plus” / videos

2004 Turboplex, Berlin: “o tender sailorman” / “milch”, video/loop

2003 Tps, Berlin: “4 zeiten des jahres”, theaterproduktion (regie harald clemen)

2003 Galerie König, Wien: “48h” / “lesung : lauschangriff“, performance” mit t. tillmann, spiegelinstallation, mit magda tothova

2003 “Heaps“, buch mit t.tillmann

2002 Künstlerhaus, Wien: “the essence” / (diaprojektionen) (katalog)

2001-2002 Chinatournee (violine) mit dem wtv / conductor: huw rhys james