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 on the intersection of art and technology – with a special interest in digital culture. On this basis she has created interface structures and concepts for various cultural events: media art exhibitions, networked performances, mobile applications, television formats, ambient computing or multimedia exhibition design- very often in combination.
Ela lectures and moderates regularly at festivals and conferences such as Future Everything or re:publica .
From 2009 until 2011 Ela was program curator of the Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture in Berlin.
Since 2010 she is director of the Free Culture Incubator , a series of workshops & events based on free & open culture.
Very recently Ela founded the Supermarkt , Berlin’s free culture department store, where she currently develops the program for 2012.