Curriculum Vitae Tilmann Rödiger

Tilmann Rödiger works in the vast field of cinematic and documentary images. Trained as an artist in the field of media and image production, he has experience both in experimental and professional contexts. Via the course of numerous collaborative projects, he has been a Director of Photography in several countries as well as in crisis situations such as the 2014 Maidan uprising in Ukraine. He also developed advanced knowledge as an on-set audio recordist and did some editing and sound mixing. In his time at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design he had teaching assignments for technical introduction courses and was a teaching assistant to Prof. João Tabarra, organizing guest lectures, workshops, and exhibitions. He was granted PROMOS and DAAD scholarships, and together with media artist Lukas Rehm he won the national award “Federal Prize for Art Students” with their documentary work “Default”. After finishing his studies in Media Art with a Diploma he moved to Sofia, Bulgaria where his son was born. He continues to shoot for art and independent film projects, as well as to develop his own artistic projects.

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Work (selection)

2022 Director of Photography video work “Застани до мен/Stand by me” by Kalin Serapionov, funded by the Ministry of Culture, Bulgaria
2022 Video artist opera “Tannhäuser” from Richard Wagner at Aalto Theater Essen, together with Vincent Stefan
2022 Video artist opera “Hänsel und Gretel” from Engelbert Humperdinck at Brandenburger Theater
2022 Director of Photography for the documentary “Guns and Roses” (WT), by Rayna Teneva, Kazanlak (BG)
2021 Director of Photography short fiction “The Last Dream of the Patient”, by Klara Stoyanova, Kula (BG)/Babelsberg, Potsdam
2021 Video artist revival opera “Trouble in Tahiti” from Leonard Bernstein at Staatsoper Stuttgart
2020–2021 Director of Photography video work “Time (WT)” for Valentina Sciarra, within a residency at Solitude
2020–ongoing Commercial work in Bulgaria for clients like Fantastiko and Goethe-Institute
2019 Camera Operator for Kalin Serapionov’s video installation “The Dessert (with the cherry on top)”
2018–ongoing Director of Photography for Rebecca Hirneise’s Debut “Funkstille (WT)” (a long-term documentary project, produced by Ruth Beckermann, Vienna)
2018 Director of Photography for Hannah Cooke’s “Ada vs. Emin” and “Ada vs. Abramović”
2017–2019 Director of Photography for the opera “Castor&&Pollux”, (shot in several countries, in studio and on location, premiered at the festival “Heidelberger Frühling” 2019)
2015–ongoing Freelancing jobs as cameraman, assistant, and production sound mixer for advertisement, web series and image films
2016–2017 Student research and teaching assistant of Prof. João Tabarra (dept. Moving Images)
2014–2016 Teaching assignment at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (technology for moving image production: camera-, editing- and colour- introductory courses)
2014 Projectionist in a local cinema
2013 Student assistant at the Digital Printing and Analogue Photography Lab


2012–2019 Diploma / Master of Arts in Media Art, with minors in Art Research and Media Philosophy and Scenography at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Prof. João Tabarra, Prof. Răzvan Rădulescu, Prof. Andrei Ujica, Prof. Jonathan Bepler, Prof. Isaac Julien, Prof. Omer Fast amongst others)
2017 PROMOS scholarship at the Athens School of Fine Arts
2018 Member of the Jury Student Award 33. DOK.fest Munich

Additional workshops/Master classes

  • Camera for independent cinema with Luchian Ciobanu
  • Editing for film with Dana Bunescu
  • Editing with Karl Riedl
  • Documentary film with Erwin Wagenhofer
  • Stereoscopic camera for cinema with Joséphine Derobe
  • Film history with Otto E. Rössler
  • Sound recording with André Rigaut
  • Sound for film with Eckhardt Kuchenbecker
  • Sound mixing with Michael Hinreiner
  • Sound design with Andreas Bick

Prizes + Scholarships

2018 Project development grant Riemschneider Foundation
2017 Federal Prize for Art Students of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
2017 Award and project grant of the Development Fund for Art and Mediatechnology at ZKM
2016/2017 PROMOS-Scholarship DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Cinematography and AI-augmented reality renderings for the Multimedia music theatre “Castor&&Pollux”
2018 DELTABEBEN – Regionale 2018, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen
2017 Bundespreis für Kunststudierende 2017, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn
2016 Default (with Lukas Rehm) Luis Leu, Karlsruhe
2016 Dissociative Experiences Scales, Circuits and Currents, Athens
2014 Either you have no horse, or you don’t know the way… (with Benjamin Breitkopf) 3D-Festival BEYOND ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
2013 Vozes das Águas, Centro Internacional de Congressos Joaquim Chissano, Maputo