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My understanding of the visual arts is closely linked to experimentation, discovery, lifelong learning, teamwork and joy.
That is why I have the need to combine the production of art projects made by myself with collaborative projects where participation, mutual learning and knowledge sharing are the basis for their development.
In these projects I take part as an art-maker, social designer, art director, cultural manager or mediator, working together with other artists, creative labs, local projects and social initiatives

I work with:


THEATER THIKWA
THIKWA WERKSTATT FÜR THEATER UND KUNST FREIRAUMLABOR
KUKO-KOLLECTIV FÜR KULTURÖKOLOGIE
HAUS BASTIAN
STAATLICHE MUSSEN ZU BERLIN
INARTDIS PROJECT
BERLIN MONDIALE
ExMe - THEATER EXPEDITION METROPOLIS
GALERIE ART CRU BERLIN
FLOATING UNIVERSITY
FILMUNIVERSITÄT BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF
AI WEI WEI STUDIO
ALICE SALOMON HOCHSCHULE
TERRE DES FEMMES
KULTURNETZWERK NEUKÖLLN
GALERIE 100 KUBIK
GLOGAUAIR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
KULTURMÜHLE PERWENITZ
CLARA TRISCHLER
MIDORI CERAMICS
DANIEL SIMON MUSIC
GALERIE BARBARA THUMM
...
AND MANY MORE

THIKWA WERKSTATT FÜR THEATER UND KUNST
2012 - Present

Art direction, cultural management, art mediation.
In addition to social and cultural projects in which I am involved as a freelance artist, cultural manager and mediator, I work also as an art director at the visual arts workshop of THIKWA Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst since 2012.
My functions at Thikwa range from the frequent realisation of workshops and visual arts projects, the management of the workshop, the promotion and curatorship of 44 artists and their works in exhibitions, awards, ... as well as the mediation with all kinds of cultural actors who are interested in the workshop and its artists.
 
If you want to know more about the projects and workshops I have developed at Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst visit their website

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INKLUSIVE GRÜNE KULTURRÄUME
2022. Site-specific seminar
Workshops direction, mediation


The European INARTdis project "Promoting social inclusion for all through arts education: developing support for students with disabilities" aims to promote social inclusion through arts education in participatory cultural spaces.
The seminar concludes with an official certificate recognised by CERSIN (Centre for Studies and Research for an Inclusive Society) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

INARTdis is an inclusive art education project: artists with handicaps are trained as cultural mediators. Together with other artists, they form a diverse team that invites people to inclusive and sustainable art experiences through creative workshops and joint actions.  

Commissioned by: INARTdis and Cersin (Autonomous University of Barcelona) In cooperation with: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft and Young Arts Neukölln Funded by: Erasmus+ Project made together with: 8 artists with disabilities, Charlotte Kachelmann, Verena Liebel, Fritjof Mangerich, Amanda Robledo and Antonia Venter Participants: Educators and art mediators from Berlin 

Young Arts Dammweg and
Young Arts Gropiusstadt. Berlin

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WHAT COLOUR IS THE FLOATING2022. Site-specific project
Art Mediation, Art Direction

Is the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) really black, the Roter Berg (Red Mountain) in Vienna red and the Blaue See (Blue Lake) in Heidensee blue? What do the colors of the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) in Berlin, the blue houses in Chefchaouen in Morocco or La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) of Calpe in Spain symbolize?

Color is a fundamental aspect of the representation of a place and influences the people who inhabit or visit it. Sometimes color is even used consciously and symbolically in urban spaces and sometimes it is given by the characteristics of the environment in natural spaces.

We ask ourselves: what is the color of Floating University?
As part of the "One Day Artists in Residence" program, Thikwa artists* will use photographs to represent the color of Floating University from an individual and subjective perspective. The photographs of all artists will be shown as one complete work at a large distance from the audience, so that the main result will not be the individual photographs, but the color created by all of them in its entirety.

In 6 hours we made 100 photographs at Floating University, printed them and classified them by colors. We made a color wheel with all of them and exhibited it during the Autumn Neighbourhood Weeken.

Commissioned by: Floating Universityn in cooperation with: Thikwa Werkstatt Participants: Debrecina Arega, Atalay Dogan, Deniz Dogan, Louis Edler, Hannah Grzimek, Konstantin Langenick, Álvaro Martínez-Alonso, Frank Schulz, Sammy Serag and Antonia Strobl.

Nachbarschaftswochenende 2022
Floating University

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ARTOTHEK
2022 Management project
Concept design, cultural management, curatorship and mediation


esign, creation, management and curatorship of the Thikwa Werkstatt Artothek, a project to mediate between the public and the artists of Thikwa Werkstatt, to promote and spread their work.

Commissioned by: Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst 
Project made together with: Susann Weisshaar

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KOMPOST-HORROR

2022. Set-Design Mediation


Mediation with 4 artists with disabilities and Theater an der Parkaue for the realization of the scenography for KOMPOST-HORROR, a theatrical piece for children and young audiences.

Commissioned by: Theater and der Parkaue Funded by:  Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin Project made together with: Louis Edler, Andrè Nittel, Tim Petersen, Pierre Spiegelberg, Susan Weishaar and Samy Serag
Theater and der Parkaue, Berlin

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KIEZKLÄNGE
2022. Art project in public space
Mediation, artist assistant

Together with a group of 12 non-sighted and sighted young people, we embark on a collaborative, artistic exploration of an urban area to produce life stories in the form of audio tracks. By focusing on the perceptual levels of hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling, we follow traces in an environment to find and record life stories.

Commissioned by: Silja Korn, Charlotte Seebeck and Charlotte Kachelmann Funded by: Durchstarten - Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildun Project made together with: Silja Korn, Charlotte Seebeck and Charlotte Kachelmann Participants: 12 non-sighted and sighted young people

Polyrama Museum. Berlin

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VR UND 360° FOTOGRAFIE
2022 Workshop
Concept design, workshop direction

360° photography workshop made with smartphones and use of their applications in Virtual Reality and digital mapping for artists with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities.

Commissioned by: Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst Participants: Ismail Arslantürk, Tobias Brunwinkel, Max Freitag, Sammy Serag, Konstantin Langenick und Frank Schulz.

Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst. Berlin

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READY, STEADY, GO: Museen inklusiv!
2022 Workshop and art project in public space
Concept design, workshop direction and mediation

Mediation of a one-week cyanotype workshop by artists with functional diversity.  

The occasion is the Special Olympics World Games, which will take place in Berlin in 2023. Athletes, museum visitors and actors from Berlin and all over the world will meet for a cultural program on the Museum Island. We will celebrate the start of the project with our multi-day event "Explore Museum Island! Leave traces! First test run on Museum Island". Parallel to the National Games in Berlin, all visitors with and without disabilities are invited to explore the museums together and become artistically active.

Commission by: Haus Bastian. State Museums Berlin In cooperation with: INARTdis and Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Funded by: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Preußischer Kulturbesitz Project made together with: Susanne Bachmann, Fabian Bischoff, Deniz Dogan, Charlotte Kachelmann, Vasylysa Shchogoleva and Antonia Venter Participants: 12 People

Haus Bastian. Museums Island. Berlin

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TURNING POINT - VERLORENORTE

2022. Creative writing and performative theatre workshop
Mediation and set design direction

Turning Points - Verloren Orte is a workshop for young creative people aged 12-16: Writers, performers and creators of innovative art. Together we focus on lost stories. We will build an interactive theatre object to tell about our lost places. A revolutionary and performative presentation will be performed in front of an audience at the end.

Commissioned by: Gabriela Ortiz In cooperation with: Expedition Metropolis e.V. Funded by: Jugend- und Familienstiftung des Landes Berlin Project made together with: Gabriela Ortiz and Carlos Morelli Participants: 8 young people aged 12-16

Theater Expedition Metropolis e.V. Berlin

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KERAMIK
UND NATUR

2021 Site-specific workshop
Concept design, direction and mediation


Ceramics and their use in urban gardens for residents in the neighbourhood of Neukölln, in Berlin

Commissioned by: Berlin Mondiale In cooperation with: Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln Funded by: Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Project made together with: Andrea Caro Participants: Residents of the Neukölln neighbourhood in Berlin

Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg 216. Berlin

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SUBJEKTIVEN KARTOGRAPHIE
2021 Site-specific art project and exhibition
Concept design, mediation and art direction


Rethinking and mapping urban space through the use of digital tools (Video, photo, audio-documentation, texts) by students of the Fritz-Karsen-Schule

A multi-perspective exploration of the intermediately used area of the former school garden of the Carl-Legien-Oberschule on Dammweg in Neukölln.

How do we want to use green spaces in Berlin? How do we deal with open space? What stories are hidden at the site and how do we want to document, record and visualise them?

Commissioned by: FREIRAUMLABOR GbR Cooperates: Berlin Mondiale, Fritz-Karsen-Schul funded by: Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie Project made together with: Verena Liebel Participants: 15 students of the Fritz-Karsen-Schule

Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg. Berlin   

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NACHBARN*INNEN DER ZUKUNFT
2019 Art and theatre project
Art mediation, set design direction


Have you thought about what our future will look like? Have you thought about what our world will be? Let's find creative ideas together on how we can preserve & shape our world. & shape our world. In building figures and in scenic play exercises, we discover our creativity and reflect on different creativity and reflect on different values of life. We become the neighbours of the future!

Commissioned by: Gabriela Ortiz In cooperation with: Expedition Metropolis e.V. Funded by: Stiftung Chancen und Bildung für Kinder Erika Thomas Project made together with: Gabriela Ortiz Participants: 8 young people aged 12-16

Theater Expedition Metropolis e.V. Berlin

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OUTSIDER ARTISTS
SHOULD NOT BE
LEFT OUTSIDE
2021 Workshop, site-specific art project in public space and exhibition
Concept design, mediation and art direction, curatorship


After being commissioned by Haus Bastian (State Museums of Berlin) to conduct an inclusive art workshop for artists with disabilities, I decided together with the participating artists to use this opportunity to conduct an activist workshop:
After a screen-printing workshop, the participant artists made their own posters with images of their artworks and the message: OUTSIDER ARTISTS SHOULD NOT BE LEFT OUTSIDE, which they stuck up in the open air streets near the Museum Island of Berlin, calling for a space for artists with disabilities in State Museums of Berlin.

A visit organised with a Team of State Museums of Berlin was "guided", following this map, to take a walk through the places where, in an open-air exhibition and without an official permission, their posters were shown.

Commissioned by: INARTdis and Haus Bastian – Centre for Cultural Education of Staatliche Museen zu Berlin  Funded by: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Preußischer Kulturbesitz Cooperates: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Project made together with: Susanne Bachmann, Amanda Robledo and Antonia Venter Participants: Addas Ahmad, Heidi Bruck, Torsten Holzapfel, Peter Pankow and Tim Petersen

Haus Bastian and
Museums Island. Berlin


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PFLANZENGEOGRAPHIE
AN DER FLOATING

2021 Workshop and site-specific art project
Concept design, mediation and art direction


After a botanical safari we worked as a group on the creation of a catalogue with the flora from the environment of the Floating University. For this purpose, 4 artists with and without disabilities gave a cyanotype workshop, an environmentally friendly photographic development technique, for residents of Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood in the framework of the Nachbarschaftswochenende (Neighbourhood Weekend)
 Commissioned by: Floating University e.V. Funded by: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Project made together with: Sammy Serag, Moritz Welz and Silke Stuck Participants: 15 residents of the Kreuzberg neighbourhood

 Nachbarschaftswochenende 2021
Floating University. Berlin

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MINI
QUEER
ZINEFEST

2015 Workshop
Concept design, mediation and art direction


Workshop on manipulation of photographs on slide film by artists with intellectual disabilities in the framework of a queer art festival.

Commissioned by: AStA Alice Salomon Hochschule
In cooperation with: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft
Funded by: AStA Alice Salomon HochschuleProject made together with: Marieta Campos-Gisbert Participants: Mini Queer Zinefest participants and Sabrina Braemer, Torsten Holzapfel, Katharina Maasberg, Angela Müller, Martina Nitz,  Moritz Welz and Christian Wollert
Mini Queer Zinefest Berlin II. Berlin

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ZAUNGÄSTE
2020 Art project. Artist residency. Exhibition
Concept design, management, mediation and art direction. Curatorship


Art residency, workshops and exhibition at Kulturmühle Perwenitz for Berlin artists with intellectual disabilities and collaboration in art projects with established artists from the Havel region, Brandenburg.

Commissioned by: Kulturmühle Perwenitz e.V. In cooperation with: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Funded by: Landkreis Havelland, Kultur Stiftung Havelland
Project made together with: Susanne Bachmann, Marieta Campos-Gisbert, Antonia Venter, Gudrun Venter and Valentin Venter Participants: Debrecina Arega, Fabian Bischoff, Marieta Campos-Gisbert, Jürgen Hägele, Jana Haas, Torsten Holzapfel, Jasmin Lutze, Álvaro Martínez-Alonso, Aylin Mokahal, Peter Pankow, Eva Paul, Oliver Rincke, Klaus Schweier, Antonia Venter, Gudrun Venter and Valentin Venter

Kulturmühle Perwenitz. Brandenburg. Germany
   
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BLAU WILD
2019 Site-specific art project. Artist residency. Exhibition
Concept design, mediation and art direction, curatorship


Art residency, workshops and exhibition (Galerie aNdereRSeitS and Kunstwerk Blisse) for Berlin artists with intellectual disabilities.

In 2019, Thikwa artists were invited by the Creative Workshop in Lobetal for a one-week art residency. The workshop is located on a lake and surrounded by forest. The 16 artists from Lobetal and Thikwa took this as an opportunity to develop land art projects together.

Commissioned by: Kreative Werkstatt Lobetal In cooperation with: Galerie aNdereRSeitS, Kunstwerk Blisse and the Nordberlin
er Werkgemeinschaft funded by: Hoffnung Stiftung Lobetal Project made together with: Susanne Bachmann, Ana Fernández Furelos and Susan Päthke
Participants: Addas Ahmad, Fabian Bischoff, Ana Fernández Furelos, Daniel Koch, Günther Krug, Frank Krüger, Jasmin Lutze, Álvaro Martínez-Alonso, Marcel Matz, Susan Päthke, Rachel Rosen, Frank Schulz, Antonia Venter, Detlev von Dossow and Moritz Welz

Kreative Werkstatt Lobetal. Brandenburg. Germany

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ART AS A LANGUAGE
2016 Art Project. Artist residency. Exhibition
Concept design, mediation and direction, curatorship

Art residency, workshops and exhibition (Museum of Human Evolution) for Berlin artists with intellectual disabilities and collaboration in art projects with artists from Burgos and students of the Art School of Burgos.

Commissioned by: Berbiquí Association
In cooperation with: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft, School of Art and Design of Burgos (EASDB).
Funded by: INJUVE, Erasmus+ and the Museum of Human Evolution 

Project made together with: Marieta Campos Gisbert, Lorena Saez and Inés Santamaría Participants: Fabian Bischoff, Felix Brünig, Tobias Brunwinkel, Nils Kristian Gruner, Jasmin Lutze, Paula Moré, Rachel Rosen, Christian Wollert and artists of the Berbiquí Association.

Different locations in Burgos. Spain



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DER WANDTEPPICH
2019 Art Project
Concept design, mediation and art direction


In 2019, eleven artists with and without handicaps worked together on a project to make a tapestry using different textile techniques such as macramé, embroidery, patchwork, hand weaving and needle stitch.


Commissioned by: Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst Funded by: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Participants: Rudina Bejtuli, Jonny Chambilla, Hannah Grzimek, Robert Janning, Alexander Lange, Jasmin Lutze, Vincent Martinez, Álvaro Martínez-Alonso, Laura Rammo, Mereika Schulz und Moritz Welz

Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst. Berlin

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URBAN INTERVENTION FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION
2014 Cultural Project
Invited artist

The project brings together participants from 7 European countries and engages them in a seminar where they learn how urban interventions can be used to build and sustain social cohesion and self-development.

Participants came from organizations like NGOs, community centres, youth clubs, etc. Through their participation in the seminar, they discover and learn different forms of street art/urban intervention and put them into practice. Within an atmosphere of creative, experimental discovery participants learnt various practices like i.e. poster or graffiti art and invisible theatre.

The goal of the project was to provide participants with the necessary skills and competencies to promote the inclusion of young people in their local communities through the methods and tools provided by the practice of urban intervention and social performance

Commissioned by: Die Bäckerei Kulturbackstube Funded by: Erasmus+, Jugend in Aktion Invited together with: Marieta Campos Gisbert Partners:
A.R.T. FUSION (Bucharest, Romania) 
CEMEA del Mezzogiorno (Rome, Italy)
CENTROS DE FORMACION MUSICAL TRISTÁN (Almería, Spain) KOMUNITNEHO ORGANIZOVANIA (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia)
DIE BÄCKEREI – Kulturbackstube (Innsbruck, Austria)
FLA-KULTUR (Toulouse, France) THIKWA Werkstatt(Berlin, Germany) 

Die Bäckerei-Kulturbackstube. Innsbruck. Austria

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CORRESPONDENCE
2018 Art project
Concept design, mediation and art direction


In “Correspondence”, two artists with common motivations sent each other postcards they had designed themselves. This way, Torsten Holzapfel, from Berlin, and Fabrice Clapiès, from Bordeaux, begin a friendly relationship, although they had never met.


Commissioned by: Lorraine Rabiller In cooperation with: Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst Funded by: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Participants: Torsten Holzapfel and Fabrice Clapiès

Berlin (Germany) and Bordeaux (France)


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MURAL E
2016 Site-specific art project
Concept design, mediation and art direction


Graphic art project between adult artists with intellectual disabilities and students of Galilei-Grundschule and Joan Miró Grundschule.


Commissioned by Pedagogias Invisibles (Amanda Robledo)In cooperation with: Galilei-Grundschule, Joan Miró Grundschule and NbW Funded by: Instituto Cervantes
Project made together with:
Marieta Campos Gisbert and Amanda Robledo Participants: Torsten Holzapfel, Felix Brünig, Rachel Rosen, Peter Pankow, Martina Nitz, Jonny Chambilla, Paula Moré, Nils Kristian Gruner and students of the Galilei Grundschule and Joan-Miró Grundschule

Instituto Cervantes. Berlin

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CIRCUIT BENDING
2019 Workshop and art project
Concept design and workshop direction

After a successful inclusive workshop about circuit bending, some of the participants decided to build their own instruments with papier-mâché and electronic components, such as a synthesizer and a theremin.


Commissioned by: Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst Funded by: Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft Participants: Ismail Arslantürk, Tobias Brunwinkel, Álvaro Martínez-Alonso, Frank Schulz, Mereika Schulz, Sammy Serag and Christian Wollert

Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst. Berlin

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If you are interested in working together or you want to know more about other projects I have been involved with, please do not hesitate to write me.