Madeleine Schwinge (*1968, Waiblingen) is a German artist whose work deals with individual and social transformation phenomena in an epochal shift, more precisely with human thinking and acting and their underlying systems, with identity construction and the pursue of a good life. Using a conceptual and cross-disciplinary approach, she seeks a reconfiguration process that asks for alternative routes to livable futures in a diverse, sustainable, interconnected habitat. Her art series 'The Psychedelic Chicks' (ongoing since 2016) is a fictional all female riot Punkrock band, appearing in various media scenes. The series was nominated for The Social Art Award 2019.

She is founder and curator of the art space re:future Lab, an experimental laboratory for art and future design.


She lives and works in Berlin and Paris.

artist statement

I position my artistic work at the interfaces of drawing, assemblage, object and text. I draw my inspiration from art history, philosophy, visual culture and future research. My multi-disciplinary approach is anchored between Dada, Fluxus, Punk and a meta modern art logic, questioning the status quo, speculating desirable alternatives, oscillating between informed naivety and pragmatic idealism, constantly pursuing an impossible possibility.  My research based artistic practice involves further fieldwork in form of dialog with ultra-contemporary artists and experts from science, technology and humanities, whose engagement tangle the most pressing issues of our time. Doing so, I aim to investigate thinking patterns, attitudes, questions, methods and practices, in order to filter out a shared kinship of imagination, will and social dreaming.

There can be no doubt, we live in epoch changing times and accelerating upheavals and crisis. Where do we go from here? What will be the future of Human, non-human, Earth - and ourselves? Is there still hope to change it all into good? When it comes to desirable present tomorrows, it will be high time to re-listen, re-learn and re-design. Consequently to this approach, in 2020, I founded the re:future Lab, an experimental art space and cross-disciplinary practice ground; with the mission to engage in current debates, widen perspectives and catalyze transformation. Here, I confront my own work and thinking by building a collaborative network of international influential figures, with the aim to build an open platform for fiction, dialog and knowledge transfer.


More than ever, we need the free spirit and attitude of art!



2021, Prognose / Forecast, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

2021, The Psychedelic Chicks, Imagine, re:future Lab, Berlin

2020, PERSPECTIVES, Tomorrow is the question. Seek movements. WithHollie Miller, Jovana Popic, Madeleine Schwinge, Jonny Star, Charlie Stein, re:future Lab, Berlin

2020, IN DIALOGUE, The artist and the artists collection. With Joseph Beuys, Paula Doepfner, Marlene Dumas, EVA & ADELE, Valérie Favre, Caroline Kryzecki, Jovana Popic, Madeleine Schwinge, Jonny Star, Claire Tabouret, re:future Lab, Berlin

2019, Participation in open call, The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2020, Copenhagen

2019, Participation in open call,The Luxembourg Art Prize 2019, Luxembourg

2019, Artist Prize 2019, Shortlist Show, BBA Gallery, Berlin

2019, The Psychedelic Chicks, Blow Ups, submarine art space, Berlin

2018, The Psychedelic Chicks, Half the story is never been told, Salon du Cirque, Paris

2017, Weltinnenraum I, submarine art space,  Berlin

2012, The Glam Rock Album, submarine art space, Berlin

2011, Vorwärts im Rückspiegel, 5. Kunsttour Caputh, Potsdam

2010, Leistungsschau, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin

2010, Wasserwelten, elisabeth am See, Potsdam

2009, Klasse Xenia Hausner, Malerei, Kloster Traunkirchen, Traunkirchen


2020, Peaceful revolutions - Can art catalyze change?, The Social Art Award 2019,

Publisher: Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin

2019, 'Tacit Knowledge: Post Studio/Feminism – CalArts 1970-1977',

Editor: Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann, Publisher: Spector Books, 2019


2019, Listed, The Social Art Award 2019

2019, Nomination, BBA Artist Prize 2019

Artist Lectures

2021, Art & Speculative Futures, 24th World Conference, World Future Studies Federation, a UNESCO Partner

2021, The Imaginary Territory (Lecture), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

2021, Speculative Diaries (Workshop), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart


2010, Curation studies, Universität der Künste, Berlin, under Dr. Eugen Blume (Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin), Dr. Katja Blomberg (Haus am Waldsee, Berlin), Dr. Dirk Luckow (Deichtorhallen Hamburg), Dr. Leonie Baumann (Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin), Dr. Susanne Rockweiler (Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin), Marius Babias (n.b.k., Berlin)

2009 - 2015, Fine arts studies, workshops and mentorship under Prof. Valérie Favre (Universität der Künste, Berlin), Xenia Hausner, EVA & ADELE, Prof. Arnulf Rainer

2010 - 2011, Project studies, KUNSTGUT, Academy of Fine Arts Berlin, under Frank Pieperhoff

2003 - 2004, Studies of art history, Freie Universität Berlin