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Public Art Lab

Public Art Lab (PAL) is a Berlin based platform of experts from the fields of urban planning, new media art and IT in Berlin, directed by curator Susa Pop. PAL realises networking urban art projects that catalyse artistic processes and public awareness in temporarily occupied urban settings. They encourage audiences to participate in the creative process and experience their daily environment from different perspectives. These projects aim at fostering community development, identity building and communication among the city inhabitants. Such exemplary projects include nomadic communities like Mobile Museums (2004) and Mobile Studios (2006), Mobicases (2007, 2009, 2011) and Round Table Ukrai...

Susa Pop

Susa Pop is Managing Director of Public Art Lab in Berlin, which she founded in 2003 together Hans J. Wiegner. As curator and cultural operator, she is very much interested in creative community building through networking art projects that take advantage of the situatedness in the public space and catalyze artistic processes and public awareness in temporarily possessed urban settings – while utilizing the new possibilities of digital media tools and their virtual public sphere. Under financial support from the EU, Susa Pop is the Chairman of the Connecting Cities Network and initiated most of the PAL projects like the Media Facades Festivals, Mobile Studios and Mobile Museums to connect ...

Ela Kagel

Ela Kagel is a freelance curator and producer. She holds an M.A. in European Cultural Planning from the De Montfort University in Leicester / UK and is a member of Public Art Lab since 2005. Ela is co-initiator of the Mobile Studios project and curator of Upgrade! Berlin, a series of events on digital culture. Together with Public Art Lab, she has initiated and realised various projects such as the Mobicases, mobile documentary units, which have been presented at the Upgrade! International Festival in Skopje 2008, the HTMlles Media Art Festival in Montreal / Kanada and the EU Wheeling Tour of the Public Law Organization EPLO in 2011. Online since 1996, Ela has focused her work...

Hans J. Wiegner

Wiegner modifies urban settings into artificial landscapes. In his installations mood, ambience and spatial perception underline the importance that Wiegner attaches to a dialogue with the observer. For the reopening of the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, 20 meter long light sculptures were installed in the forecourt, with reference to the Berlin Wall which was previously there. In winter, their intensely red glow imparted warmth and energie. This spectacular object became a popular meeting point and photographic shooting location. In the summer of 2000, 100 objects from light were installed in the 450 meter long Elbtunnel in St.Pauli, Hamburg submerging it into a mysterious ‘subaquatic-...

Joanna Szlauderbach

Joanna works as freelance curator and cultural manager. Her involvement with Public Art Lab includes the coordination of Connecting Cities Network, City Visions Jena festival as well as the development of new international projects. Before graduating in Cultural Science at the University of Hildesheim (Diploma) and in Marseille in Médiation Culturelle des Arts Contemporains (B.A.) she studied Business Management at the University of Cologne. She is specialised in arts based on new technologies, favouring interdisciplinary approaches, DIY solutions, bio-tech innovations and intercultural exchange. Always following her passion, she was professionally involved in various international media...

Sarah Langnese

Sarah Langnese supports Public Art Lab as curatorial and project assistant. After graduating in cultural studies (social sciences, linguistics, economics) in Frankfurt Oder and Paris, she studied intercultural Franco-German studies in Freiburg and at the ENS de Lyon with a focus on political philosophy. Complementing her intercultural and academic background, Sarah gained experiences in multiple fields: She worked for international advertising agencies, as editor for online platforms as well as press attaché for a TV channel. For Public Art Lab Sarah is involved in the editing of curatorial texts and press material, in external and internal communication, in social media management an...

Jasmin Grimm

Jasmin Grimm is involved in Public Art Lab since 2012 and works as international coordinator for the Connecting Cities Network, which is funded by the European Union and currently includes 21 urban media art institutions. With a background in Media Management (B.A., IJK Hannover) and M.A. in Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation at the University of the Arts Berlin she formerly gained experiences as researcher in universities, as well as in international advertising and strategic planning agencies and editor of online platforms. At Public Art Lab she is coordinating together with Susa Pop an international networks of partner institutions as well as planning, conceiving and implem...

Joelle Linden

Joëlle Linden, originally from Luxembourg, supported Public Art Lab as curatorial assistant and intercultural project manager for the past year (2013-2014). She studied Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) and graduated from the department Man and Communication. As a complement to her studies, she worked for the Berlin-based graphic design studio anschlaege.de. For Public Art Lab she was involved in the organization and realization of events and workshops, the writing of curatorial texts as well as the visual communication e.g. the conveyance of the processes, ideas and concepts into a visual form. Currently Joëlle is doing her M.A. in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diploma...

Anett Reiche

Anett Reiche is a Visual Designer. She supports Public Art Lab in the fields of visual and multimedia communication both digital and print. Anett developed the visual language for the Connecting Cities Network project which is included in the design of the website, trailers, key visuals in order to establish a visual identity for the project. She also was responsible for filming, photographing, documenting and archiving events held by Public Art Lab. Anett studied Design with a focus on Print and Moving Image at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. After a 12 months residency at CSM she moved back to Berlin and is since working as a freelance Designer. www.anettreich...

Sandra Moskova

Sandra Moskova is supporting Public Art Lab with theoretical and curatorial input since 2013. She has graduated M.A. in Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation from the University of the Arts Berlin, where she currently works on her PhD in the field of Cultural Science and Narrative Theory (the Knowledge of Literature), supervised by Prof. Thomas Düllo, Chair of Verbal Communication. Sandra also teaches Media- and Communication Theory at MHMK Berlin and University of Osnabrück and works together with Lab for Emerging Arts and Performance (LEAP) Berlin, where she writes the theoretical texts for different exhibitions and artists.

Tobias Grimm

Tobias Grimm is supporting Public Art Lab since 2013 and is doing the presswork as well as Public Relations for the international Connecting Cities Network. Tobias organized several announcements at websites, radio stations and television studios for the previous Connecting Cities Events. He is studying cultural journalism in 5th semester at Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation, MHMK and is especially interested in Public Relations and advertising.

Jana Mörmann

Jana Mörmann studied Intermedia Design with a focus on audiovisual media in Trier and also in Bangalore, India. She supports Public Art Lab in the fields of visual and multimedia communication both digital and print. Her personal main objective as a media artist is to portray thoughts, emotions and stories with moving images, films and installations. www.janamoermann.com

Mirjam Struppek

Mirjam Struppek lives in Turin and Berlin and works internationally as urbanist, curator and consultant on media cultural affairs in the urban area. In 2003 she worked at the Video Art Gallery for Still and Motion Pictures in Berlin. In 2004 she founded Urban Media Research and the comprehensive online information platform Interaction Field as well as the monthly organised Urban Media Salon which she continued in Turin in 2013.  Her special interest are interactive, participatory processes and interdisciplinary, creative activities. Since 2007 she is also a member of Public Art Lab Berlin. She has lectured internationally in more than 40 cities, was part of festivals  and conference juries...

David Farine

David Farine is Public Art Lab’s IT specialist. Trained as a chemist, he follows a multidisciplinary approach towards digital media. He has a vast experience in streaming technologies, online information plattforms as well as mobile technologies. As a technical director, David planned and executed the whole tour of the Mobile Studios – including daily challenges such as creating net connectivity in public spaces, setting up streaming environments and handling large numbers of data from contributors in different European countries. For the Mobicase project he created a community website based on the WordPress software. This was the technical platform for our festival documentation...

Vanini Belarmino

Vanini Belarmino, Project Initiator/Curator, is an independent cultural producer specialising in international artistic collaborations. She received academic training in theatre arts art history, European cultural policy and management.   While working for the Asia-Europe Foundation’s Cultural Exchange section (2003-2007), she was responsible for the establishment of its performing art programmes such as I’mPULSE (music) and Pointe to Point (dance). Vanini has spearheaded projects in countries like China, Finland, France, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and Vietnam. In 2006, she curated Borderless Me –a multi-media ins...

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