Petra Spielhagen is a Berlin-based artist who focuses on the interwoven moments between everyday life and the staged. Her output spans three main areas:

Petra Spielhagen is occupied with images of everyday situations in public space, in the landscape and on travels. In particular, she is interested in how sets and scenes for a possible event are emerging in our increasingly staged reality.

She uses photographs and typical resources of the theater to isolate an element from a spatial or temporal context and insert it as a photograph or painted backdrop in another place.

For presentation, she adopts formats and displays of everyday contexts such as advertising. In participatory actions, passers-by are involved. They get a photo of themselves in front of a backdrop or exchange a story for a photo of a place.

Petra lives and works in Berlin, studied free art and stage design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Among other things, she exhibited at the Festival of Regions, Linz, Austria, in the NGBK, Berlin; at the DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Marseille, France, at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin. 

She has received the following prizes and grants, among others: research grant, global grant from the Berlin Senate for Rotterdam, Otte 1 künstlerhaus Eckernförde, Schöppingen Artists’ Village Foundation, Goldrausch female artists’ project, Berlin; Project grant, DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst; Artist Residency, Cannes, France; Hotel Neustadt, Festival, Halle-Neustadt, project funding from the Senate for Science, Research and Culture, Berlin; First prize in the art competition of the Max Planck Society/realization of the Wandering Light Field for the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin.


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Solar Mirror Ball

Stadtplatz Oberschöneweide Berlin, 2017.
Proposal for the Electropolis landmark, 2nd phase.

Stand construction of three masts, aluminium sphere, solar cells, laminated glass photovoltaic elements, mirror plates, foundation plate, protective contact sockets with USB, bluetooth sound system, floor spotlights, motor with gear drive, control system, timer.
h: 1350cm, d: 500cm, 120×60×30cm.

An oversized mirror ball hangs from a three-legged stand, as if a giant hand had intervened, enlarged the existing lighting poles, moved them and hung a disco ball on them. Half of the sphere is equipped with solar cells, produces energy, supplies itself with electricity and can rotate. The installation is equipped with a light and sound system that can be interactively controlled by everyone using a smartphone, and it emits excess electricity via USB sockets.


Night view: simulation of the mirror ball effects


View of the Mirror Sphere equipped with Photovoltaics