What significance does public space hold in different cultural settings? Which activities and processes are negotiated there under the respective local socio-political and economic conditions – and how does artistic practice respond to or accommodate them? Which aesthetic practices do such confrontations foster – and why certain practices but not others?
Presented by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Deutschlandradio Kultur / Hörspiel – Klangkunst.
Georg Klein is a composer as well as sound, video, and media artist. He has lived in Rome, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, and has been based in Berlin since 1987. He has developed a multifaceted artistic practice employing sound, video, text, and photography. In his installations and interventions—in particular those in public spaces—he intensifies the visual, acoustic, situational and political aspects of the space into an area of tension in which visitors become involved either on an interactive or participatory basis.
Anna Raimondo completed the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). She has participated in several international exhibitions and festivals including the festival Artefact “You must change your life” curated by Hicham Khalidi, at STUK (Leuven, BE), the group show “Everyone has a sense of rhythm” curated by Christine Eyene at DRAF, London (UK); the solo show “Beyond voice. Me , you and everyone who is listening” at Arte Contemporanea Bruxelles (BE); the 5th Marrakech Biennale (MA); “Espace (Im)Media” in Sporobole Art Center (Sherbrooke, CA); the collective sound exhibition “Dirty Ear” at Errant Bodies (Berlin, DE); as well the public sound art festival “Paraphrasing Babel“ in Maastricht (NL); the public art festival “Nouzah Fenia – Festival de Casablanca” (MA); etc.
Musicologist Julia Gerlach studied in Paris and Berlin. She is active as a freelance author, curator, and producer. Since 1992, she has published professional articles and edited books and catalogs on aesthetic issues in contemporary music. She has been active in curatorial and cultural politics in Berlin since 2001.
Dana Whabira (born in 1976 in London, grew up in Harare/Zimbabwe, where she lives and works) is a trained architect and studied art and design at Central Saint Martin’s College in London. In May 2013, she founded Njelele Art Station, an urban laboratory located in downtown Harare that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele is a meeting place for critical dialogue where ideas are birthed then resonate out into the city through projects that provoke discussion and engage with the general public.
Alya Sebti is a curator specialised in contemporary art from North Africa. She is also Artistic Director of the Marrakech Biennale. After graduating from ESC Reims with a masters degree in management, she studied at the art history at Ecole du Louvre and earned a post-graduate degree in Business of Contemporary Art at IESA (Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts).
Dr. Nicola Müllerschön is head of the arts and culture department at the non-profit foundation KfW Stiftung in Frankfurt. She has established and shaped the arts department, which encompasses visual arts, literature, music, performative arts, from scratch, and is responsible for developing and organising funding projects, exhibitions and events dedicated to encouraging intercultural dialogue in today’s globalised world.