Tracks in a Box: when artists make guided tours
Group exhibition of artistic guided tours with a programme of audio walks, self-guided explorations, and performative tours by Berlin-based artists. Tracks in a Box functioned as an imaginary center for artistic guided tours: a pop-up gallery, a discursive space and a living archive. Born out of a desire to give a body to the artistic guided tours that have been presented in the context of B_Tour, a nomadic curatorial platform dedicated to guiding as an artistic practice, since 2013, the exhibition took on the paradoxical challenge of exhibiting, collecting, mediating and possibly even selling inherently transitory, participatory and public artwork.
with works by: Mirja Busch, Wanda Dubrau, Birte Endrejat, Georg Klein, Pia Lanzinger, Gianni Maccaroni, Ilona Marti, Camila Rhodi, Christoph Rothmeier, Gabi Schaffner, Marie-Anne Lerjen, Helwes & van Goudoever, Rimini Protokoll, Belle Santos, Melissa Deerson, Anna Romanenko, Gabriel Hensche, Adrianna Liedtke & Henrik Hillenbrand, Alkistis Thomidou, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, Martin Michette & Tinatin Gurgenidz, & Lisa Albrecht
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Role: Co-Curator & Project Coordinator
a B_Tour project, co-curated with Yael Sherill
in collaboration with CLB Berlin in the Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz
funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Non-commercial public viewing format for the neighbourhood, which shows the matches of major football events accompanied by a discursive programme before, during and after the game. The 2019 edition of Fussballaballa was centered around the Women’s World Cup in France. In a series of four events with film screenings, conversation rounds and interactive happenings, it questioned ideas of the body and identity, looked at ways in which sports brings people from diverse national and social backgrounds together, and celebrated women’s football in all its aspects.
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Role: Curator & Project Coordinator
a format by ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics
in collaboration with Champions ohne Grenzen, Alexa Vachon, Discover Football, Gesellschaftsspiele e.V., Fan.Tastic Females & Jan van Esch
funded by the Coordination Department for Communal Development Politics and the Equal Opportunities Commissioner of District Berlin-Mitte
May 2018 (ongoing)
Independent Curators Lab & Network Berlin
Collaborative initiative and platform for independent curatorial practice in Berlin. ICLNB promotes the circulation of practice-based knowledge between Berlin-based curators, a conceptual laboratory to develop a discourse around the theoretical and practical themes, questions and challenges regarding independent curatorial work in the city, as well as on a transnational level. ICLNB reflects the diversity of curatorial practices (in plural), moving beyond common understandings of the mediation of arts and culture outside, and in relationship to artistic and cultural institutions.
ICLNB looks at the diverse augmented work processes of Curating, Organizing, Producing, Managing, Mediating and Conceptualizing, among other activities in the art world. The project thematizes the nature and efficiency of constituting meaning through curatorial work. Bringing to the forefront the (at times isolated yet collective) processual labour of these activities, we aim to create a space for meta-reflection on the practice of curatorship in the specific context of Berlin’s art scene.
Since its foundation in 2018, the ICLNB has organized a series of informal meetings with curators, cultural managers and other art world professionals based in Berlin in the format of Living Room Sessions. Making use of the intimacy and vulnerability involved in hosting people in one’s own home, each Living Room Session creates a safe space to share personal experiences. In a moderated discussion, topics such as process-based curating, the structure of curatorial work, curatorial nomadism, how to make one’s choices, the creative process of the curator, the struggle for funding, and how to plan ahead were covered.
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in collaboration with: Lisa Susanne Schorm, Heiko Pfreundt, Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante, Yael Sherill and Kate Brehme
Auf einen Kaffee
Cultural programme in Berlin’s historical Nikolaiviertel. Over Coffee: Encounters in Berlin’s Nikolai district was an event series organized in close collaboration with local business owners, neighbours and visitors in the historical heart of Berlin, including readings, live music, discussions and exhibitions. It aimed to tell the stories of the district and its users, by encouraging local creativity and reflection, and create a space for encounter for the local neighbourhood.
Role: Curator & Project Coordinator
at Bonne Vie Berlin
in collaboration with Nikolaiviertel e.V.
ART as/is SOCIAL: on engagement in contemporary cultural theory & practice
Artistic research project examining contemporary theoretical positions of socially engaged art in relation to the reality of artistic practice. Through a series of open discussion sessions with artists, curators and creative professionals, key concepts and case studies related to socially engaged artistic practice were investigated from the individual, contextualized perspectives of the participants. Each session departed from a prominent text by a scholar, theorist, critic or art world professional on a topic related to social engagement in the arts such as public space, art institutions, urban pedagogy or the Commons. Participants were asked to reflect on the texts from their own personal and professional positions, and to evaluate the theoretical standpoints expressed in the readings against their own practical experiences. As such, the project assembled a collection of pluriform practice-based knowledge, bundled in a zine.
Role: Curator & Researcher
at ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics
in collaboration with B_Tour, Primary Nottingham & nomadicArt
funded by the Radboud Honours Academy Nijmegen
Independent research project around the theme of sustainability in the fashion and textile industry. Lasting Wear approaches the concept of sustainability from a cultural-theoretical, post-humanist perspective, departing largely from the work of contemporary philosopher Rosi Braidotti. Rather than simply focusing on the highly unethical conditions of labour, production and distribution within the textile sector, this project concerns itself with the discourse around fashion, and how the notion of sustainability can be ingrained in the ways we think of, speak about and wear our clothing.
Role: Researcher & Project Coordinator
initiated by Dr. Martijn Stevens, Radboud University Nijmegen
in collaboration with Modemuze.nl, ArtEZ Arts Academy Arnhem, Jan van Esch, Red Cross Berlin, Merijn Beeksma, Liza van Lent & Luisa Ossmann
initially funded by the Radboud Honours Academy Nijmegen