about us

Julia Schäfer and Johannes Schmidt

The programmer and media artist Johannes Schmidt and the painter Julia Schäfer are united by their dream that pictures become alive.
Working as an artist group called KOPFFARBEN, they do combine fine arts and technology within interactive, moving and illuminated works.

During the Winter of 2011 they did develop in their Berlin atelier this digital light painting technique. From the first moment onwards they were excited by the unbelievibal diverse potential of applications.
Quite fast it would be obvious, that for their own ideas they would also do need their own painting software. Johannes immidiatly started to program. Until now he is in the continues process of improving on soft- and hardware and adjusting these to the ever growing needs.

Starting from first live acts at clubs in Berlin, very fast new ways would be found to other event formats such as concerts, readings, company events and galadiners.

Within the summer of 2012 they did found KOPFFARBEN GbR and specialised to „Visual concerts“: light, painting, music and animation as a narrativ showact.
Since then they do stagings as well as for art and culture as well as showacts for company events.

2015 they would be awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy as „Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland“ („cultur- and creative setters germany“ )

Julia Schäfer
Performer (painting) + Producer

  • *1983, Thuringia / Germany
  • IMAGO Art-and Design school
  • Set design assistance at puppet theater Halle
  • Graphic Design training
  • Studie Art (diploma 2009 painting)
  • Since 2012: Founder and artistic director at KOPFFARBEN GbR (Berlin) organisation, grafik, booking, PR as well as the artistic conception and realization of the visual concerts
Johannes Schmidt
Performer (animation) + Developer

  • *1978, Thuringia / Germany
  • Studies in Computer Sciences and Media Technology
  • Studies in Direction and Computer Animation (diploma 2009 Computer Animation)
  • Computer Grafik Artist und Project Assistant at Filmproduktionsfirma SCHMIDTzKATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV GmbH in Halle and Berlin
  • Administrator and Senior Artist at Animationsfirma PUPPETEERS
  • Since 2009: Freelancer 3D Animation, VVVV-Development, Programming, Webdesign und Publishing
  • Since 2012: Founder and Technical Director at KOPFFARBEN GbR (Berlin)
    Programming of the own software for the light painting, as well as constant revision of the hardware components.
    During the shows, he animates live the drawings created by Julia Schäfer and recreates in this way new pictorial worlds.
  • Since 2014: professionell VVVV-Developer for „m box bewegtbild GmbH“: interactive installations and projektion mappings for MERCEDES, DAIMLER, TELEKOM


For their productions KOPFFARBEN work together with different musicians – from beatbox, guitar, organ, piano, to flute and loopstation …
and they love to be inspired by new artists.

FRIEDWOLF | Beatboxing, Guitarre, Loopstation | soundcloud | 

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APPEARUIT | organ and sax

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Robert Schumann Quartett | string quartet

Brunhild Fischerflute+LoopStation | brunhild-fischer.de

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Cornelia Neuwirtpiano

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Holger Laudert | piano | soundcloud.com/h-laudert

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Photo | Film

We thank you for the documentation of our work:

Saskia Noelle Kaiser, Frankfurt/M. facebook.com/NoElle-Photography-by-Saskia-Noelle-Kaiser
Fouad Boutahar, Leipzig facebook.com/M.Fouad.Boutahar
Christian Schalldach, Erfurt
Antonia Meißner, Berlin, antoniameissner.de
Susan Paufler, Berlin www.susanpaufler.de/
Yonas Dias, Leipzig,  thirdhand.tumblr.com
Bettina Novak, Halle/S. antadil-feuershow.de
Matthias Zech, Halle/S.
Ricardo Rodrigues, Berlin
Dan K. Sigurd, Berlin thoughtswithoutconclusions.com
Samuel Visky  samuelvisky.portfoliobox.me/home
Mathilde Babo vimeo.com/user10358487



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