Born in 1960, in Wolfen, Sachsen Anhalt, Germany.
After removal from the register of students at the University of Design in Halle due to his denial to accept post-duty participation in East German Army service – mandatory for male students – he applied to give off his GDR citizenship and eventually moved to West Germany in 1984.
While being a student at Gesamthochschule Kassel for Painting, he set up a studio for electronic music, developed the basics of his musical language and engaged in painting, drawing and photography. In 1988, he left for Vienna where a studio at the WUK (Werkstätten und Kulturhaus) was put at his disposal. From 1988 to 1991, he devoted himself again to regular painting and drawing, had a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse and released a catalogue of his work.
In 1991, he and Kurt Hentschlaeger founded the Media-Art duet GRANULAR-SYNTHESIS and have realized for more than a decade a number of international large scale projects including MODELL5, NOISEGATE and POL. They exhibited and performed at the Museum for applied Arts ICA London, Hull Time based Art, MAK Vienna, Museums of Contemporary Arts of Lyons, Montreal and Seoul, The Stedelijk Museum, Kunstverein Hanover, ISEA Montreal and Liverpool, ICC Tokyo, Creative Time New York and the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2001.
GRANULAR-SYNTHESIS received an Austrian state stipendium, a PS1 stipendium and the first prize of the International Biennial in Nagoya.
In this context he also composed SINKEN for symphonic orchestra and electronic as a part of the DANGEROUS VISIONS project commissioned and performed by Orchestre National de Lille and Art Zoyd. Later, SINKEN was also performed by the National Orchestra of Mexico and Tonkünstler-Orchester.
MINUS for the grand pipe organ of the Viennese Konzerthaus was commissioned and presented as the opening concert by Wien Modern in 2002.
Since 2003, Ulf Langheinrich has started to realise various large scale solo projects including DRIFT, WAVEFORM, HEMISPHERE (hemispheric film on a suspended dome granted by the Federal Culture Foundation of Germany) and his first stereoscopic film commissioned by Liverpool Biennial ‘08, LAND. His artworks were exhibited among others, in Barcelona (MACBA), Berlin (Martin-Gropius-Bau), Dresden (Hellerau European Center for the Arts), Eindhoven (STRP Festival), Gent (Film Festival), Hong Kong (Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre), Madrid (ARCO), Melbourne (ACMI), Moscow (Red October and Platforma Winzavod Art Centre), Perth (PICA), Roma (Romaeuropa Festival, Palladium, MACRO-La Pelanda), Rotterdam (DEAF), Seoul (Incheon Digital Arts Festival), Shanghai (Zendai MoMA, Shanghai Sculpture Space and Science and Technology Museum), Taipei (Taipei Fine Arts Museum), Vienna (Wien Modern). In 2005, he got a Siemens stipendium and was “Featured artist” at Ars Electronica Festival.
KU (for pipe organ, electronic and stereoscopic image) was commissioned and presented by TONLAGEN Festival for contemporary music, Dresden in 2010. In 2012, MOVEMENT C, co-produced by Hellerau European Center for the Arts, was performed at CynetArt in Dresden.
In the last 20 years he lived in Vienna, New York, Melbourne, Accra, Hong Kong and currently again in Dresden.