Andrey Ustinov (*1975, Luga / former USSR) is a Berlin-based performance and media artist who explores themes of #technologies, #perception, #ownership, #resources and #power. The main focus of his work is the cognitive activity of pedestrians and their idiosyncratic acting in public space. Most of his works have a performative approach, where he either appears as performer himself or initiates a technologically mediated situation that forces the invited audience or the casual, often completely unsuspecting passer-by, to participate in a performative experience. This is how his performances, video works, artwalks, web mapping, walk-through sculptures and installations emerge, where sound, light, image and electricity establish themselves as independent artistic actors.

He was granted by Kunstfond Art Foundation, Bonn / Germany (2022), Academy of Arts Berlin (2021), IFA Stuttgart (2021), Goethe Institute (2016), shortlisted for The Innovation Art Prize by NCCA Moscow Russia (2007), participated in numerous international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals, among others, CityLeaks Festival in Cologne / Germany (2019), Media Art Biennial WRO in Wrocław / Poland (2017), Flaherty at Anthology Film Archives NYC / USA (2013), Rendez-vous at MAC Lyon / France (2008), 50th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen / Germany (2004), 1st Prague Biennale / Czech (2003).


2008 – 2011 graduate at Academy of Media Arts Cologne Diploma,  Cologne / Germany
2005 – 2008undergraduate at the School of Arts and Design, Kassel / Germany  
2001 – 2003  Young Artists School at the ProArte Foundation, St. Petersburg / Russia 
1997 – 1998 Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, Pushkin / Russia (unfinished)  


2022 Neustart Special Grant from Kunstfond Art Foundation, Bonn / Germany
2021Initial Grant from Academy of Arts, Berlin / Germany
Artist Contacts Grant from IFA / Germany
2020Corona Emergency Aid, MKW Art Grant, Cologne / Germany
2016Goethe@WRO grant, AiR Program at WRO Art Center, Wroclaw / Poland
2011Festival LINOLEUM. OPEN MIND 2011, Central House of Journalists, Moscow / Russia 
2010Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation Grant, Germany
2009Comic Festival KOMMISSIA,  the Best Project on Social Theme Award, Moscow / Russia
2006TROMANALE Underground Film Festival Prize, Tacheles, Berlin / Germany 
2005nominated by National Centre for Contemporary Art by the Award „NEW GENERATION“, NCCA, Moscow / Russia
2004EXTRA SHORT FILMS Festival Prize,  Novosibirsk / Russia


2023Gallery Informal Issue 2, Meta Space Gallery / online exhibition
Exquisite AI, SHIM Art Network, Aqua Art Miami / USA
Images of crisis, Media Gallery Ver.Di, Berlin / Germany
Art-teenth, Court Square Exchange, Bridgeport, Connecticut / USA
Exquisite Codes, Bla-Bla Project Space, Berlin / Germany
2022Presentation: Shy Plumber, Anti-War Journal of Art and Anti-Art, Issue III . Panda Platforma, Berlin / Germany
2019CityLeaks, Urban Art Festival, Cologne / Germany
2018Clean Cube, Kulturtankstelle Linz / Austria
2017(dis)appointment, WRO RESUME 2017, Wroclaw/Poland
 FILM NOIR, WRO Media Art Biennale 2017: Draft Systems, Wroclaw/Poland 
2016Artist Talk: DREAM FACTORY, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw / Poland
OPEN POWER, Socket #1, Cologne / Germany 
2015DE:FORMAL online-gallery, New York / USA
Echo, 10qm, Cologne / Germany
2014(e)merge art fair, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington DC / USA
2013Global Revolt. Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives, New York / USA
Beyond the line, Zverev Center of Modern Arts, Moscow / Russia
ARBATFEST 2013, Almaty / Kazakhstan
2012Hypothese Zur Entstehung, Beck & Eggeling Gallery, Dusseldorf / Germany
2011ART COLOGNE, Exhibition Hall of Academy of Media Arts, Germany
PLAY OF THE ART, Warenhaus Thomas Zander Gallery, Cologne / Germany  
2010Sence of Wonder, Dortmunder U, Dortmund / Germany
QUI VIVE? The 2nd Moscow Biennial for Young Arts, Moscow / Russia
CYBERLAND SUMMER Screening Dam, New York / USA
EFA Project Space, New York / USA
ECHORAUM. Art Hall of Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn / Germany
CYBERFEST, St. Petersburg / Russia 
2009The Use of Video In a WC, Bookshop Cafe Gato Vadio, Porto / Portugal 
ALONG THE RHEIN, KIT, Duesseldorf / Germany 
VIEWS Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Kiev / Ukraine 
2008QUI VIVE? The 1st Moscow Biennial for Young Arts, Moscow / Russia
Rendez-Vous Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon / France 
Begehungen Art Festival, Chemnitz / Germany 
20072nd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow / Russia 
The 50th International Leipzig DocFest, Leipzig / Germany 
Alter Arte Art Festival, Murcia / Spain 
International ShortFilm Festival, San Paulo / Brasil 
2006TROMANALE Underground Film Festival, Tacheles, Berlin / Germany
2005OBSERVATORI-05 Exhibition, Valencia / Spain
BLIECKE AUS RUHRGEBIET Short Film Festival, Bochum / Germany
The 51st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen / Germany 
2004BEYOND THE RED HORIZON, Warsaw / Poland
NEW RUSSIAN VIDEO CAM, Cheisea Art Museum, New York / USA 
2003The 1st Prague Biennial, National Gallery, Prague / Czech Republic
ART MOSCOW Studios, Moscow / Russia
2002POP/ART Exhibition, Zverev Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow / Russia 
Exibition DAVAJ! Museum of Applied Art MAC, Vienna / Austria 
2001ART MOSCOW 2001 FAIR, Moscow / Russia
ART MEDIA FORUM, St. Petersburg / Russia 


Social Justice Art of the Twenties: vol. 1 by Jacqueline Amy Jackson, December 2023

Noir – Artist Book by SU4IP, edited by Lyndon Watkinson, December 2023

Collect Art Magazine, Issue #31: Street Photography / Special Edition, Tiflis / Georgia, August 2023

Wings and a Prayer, anti-war poster for Shy Plumber: Anti-War Journal of Art and Anti-Art, Issue III,  Helsinki – Berlin, July 2022 

FORT DA. Imagination und Religion by Anne von der Heiden. Sonderzahl Publishing House, Linz / Austria, 2022

CLEAN CUBE – Zur Kritik der reinen Vernunft  by Jasmin Mersmann, Anne von der Heiden. Sonderzahl Publishing House, Linz / Austria, 2021

Workshop “Who’s Speaking? Polyphony in the Museum” Museum Academy Joanneum, Graz / Austria, 2018 

ARTiculAction meets Andrey Ustinov by Josh Rider and Barbara Scott, ARTiculAction Art Review, October, 2016

Disruptive Film: Everyday Resistance to Power, Vol. 1 DVD, curated by Ernest Larsen Sherry Millner, Studio FACETS, 2016 

Andrey Ustinov: Art belongs to vandals! Artist Talk on, Febrary 7, 2013 

off topic #2: beschweren Magazine for media arts, 2010, Cologne / Germany


BirdTalks #14 Interview by Salissou OumarouUnderground Art Academy, May 06, 2020

Wo es Schmutz gibt, gibt es ein System by Victoria Windtner, Die Referentin, June 1, 2018

Cell phone charging to go by Erik Butterbrot, Lokalzeit aus Köln. WDR TV Germany, November 15, 2016

„If your phone‘s battery is empty“ by Jan HeikrodtRTL-West TV Germany, May 9, 2016 

Project „Open Power“: artist shows hundred free outlets in Cologne Kölnische Rundschau, May 9, 2016 

Project „Open Power“: Andrey Ustinov shows 100 sockets in public space by Alexandra SpuerkKoelner Stadt-Anzeiger, May 6, 2016 

Interview with Andrey Ustinov by DE:FORMAL Online-Gallery NY, September 24, 2015 

„(e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel“ by Michael O’Sullivan, “The Washington Post”, October 2, 2014 

Andrey Ustinov: How to become an “european” artist: a walkthrough Interview by Anna MatveevaArtguide magazine, Juny 2, 2014