| Susa Pop

Susa Pop

Susa Pop is curator, cultural entrepreneuer, lecturer and artistic director and co-founder of Public Art Lab, the Urban Media Art Academy and the Connecting Cities Network. Having originally studied Design at the University of Arts, Berlin and EU Cultural Management, she is interested in curating translocal networks / scenarios and creative city-making platforms through urban media art which foster digital placemaking, community building  and citizen science  at the intersection of urban planning, creative technologies, science and economies.

Susa Pop is a poineer in the field of urban media art. She curates, gives lectures worldwide and has initiated most of the Public Lab projects including the Media Façades Festivals in 2008 and 2010 (in cooperation the Berlin Senate for Culture and the European Union), Innovation Forum Urban Screens in 2011 (together with the German Ministry of Science and Education), Mobile Studios in 2006 (in cooperation with the European Union, Culture Programme), the Bauhaus Festival in 2012 and 2013 (together with the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau), Germany + Brazil Year 2013 (official opening with Goethe-Institut Sao Paulo on Digital Art Gallery of the SESI Building), City Visions Jena in 2015 (in cooperation with the City of Jena and the International UNESCO Light Year), the international programme of the Guangzhou Light Festival in 2015, Live Your City in Bangkok 2016 (together with BACC and Goethe-Institut Thailand) and citizen science projects for the Energy Avantgarde Anhalt, Germany (2016-18) and the light installation ‘Freedom’ for Amnesty International (2017).
Connecting rural and urban areas with urban media arts represent her recent projects: Connecting Cinemams in Rural Areas (2020-22), Living Library for Nature Writing and the Intelligent Landscapes from 2020-22 (together with Michalea Vieser).

In 2012 Susa Pop co-published the book ‘Urban Media Cultures’ followed by ‘What Urban Media Art Can Do’ in 2017 at avedition. Susa Pop holds worldwide lectures in the field of urban media art and gives seminars at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Leuphana University. In 2017 she co-initiated the Urban Media Art Academy together with Tanya Ravn Ag.

Projects / CV

Since 2022  – Founding member of the EIT Culture and Creativity

2020-2022  – Co-Initiator of the Living Library for Nature Writing and the Intelligent Landscapes for the City of Kempten / Allgäu together with nature writer Michalea Vieser

2019-2021  – Co-Initiator of Connecting Cinemas in Rural Areas together with Caro Huder, Neue Kamerspiele Berlin-Kleinmachnow in cooperation of 7 EU partners

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Since 2017  – Co-Initiator of the Urban Media Art Academy, a new globally networked educational model together with Tanya Toft Ag and the Goethe-Institut Thailand

2016  – Initiator of Digital Calligraffiti in cooperation with From Here to Fame Publishing and the artists Michael Ang and Hamza Abu Ayyash

2016-2020 – Action Research partner of Future DiverCities, funded by the European Union / Creative Europe Programme

2012-16 – Initiating and building up the Connecting Cities Network, a multi-annual EU funded project / 2007-13 EU programme

– Curator of City Visions Jena , a science and light festival for the International UNESCO Light Year
City Visions Jena

2013 – Curator of the opening ceremony of the Germany+Brasil 2013 at the media facade of the SESI-SP digital art gallery   together with Marilia Pasculi, founder of verve cultural

2012 – Curator of the first SP_Urban Festival at the at the media facade of the SESI-SP digital art gallery together with Marilia Pasculi, founder of verve cultural

2012 – Curator of the Bauhaus Festival in Dessau, Germany – together with Mirjam Struppek

2012 – Initiator of the Urban Media Network Berlin together with newthinking

2011 – Initiator of the ‘Innovationforum Urban Screens 2011’

2010 – Initiator and Artistic Director of the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010

2008 – Initiator / Executive Producer of the Media Facades Festival Berlin 2008 – together with Mirjam Struppek

2007 – Organiser of the European Diploma of Cultural Project Management / Fondation Hicter for the seminar in Berlin
Concept of the Twinning programme and the conference of ‘Europe Interactive’ in cooperation with the European Commission in Berlin

2007 – Consultant of the art and peace project ‘Challenging Walls’ initiated by walkscreen

2006 – Initiator of ‘Mobile Studios’: a nomadic multi media production laboratory: Begrade – Bratislava – Budapest – Sofia – Gdansk (Mobile Webcast Studio) – together with Ela Kagel and Hans Wiegner

2006 – Co-Inititator of the Upgrade! Berlin – a network of new media curators / http://www.upgrade-berlin.net/

2005 – Founding Member of Urban Media Salon Berlin

2004-05 – Development of a new clients’ magazine for Visa Europe / director of photography / agency Corpcom Berlin

2004-05 – European Diploma in Cultural Project Management / Fondation Marcel Hicter

2004 – Initiator of ‘Mobile Museums’: a travelling artists’ museum: Berlin – Vienna – Barcelona / European Commission Culture 2000 / Goethe-Institut Berlin, Barcelona / IfA http://www.mobile-museums.com/

2004 – Member of the advisory board of deutschland.de

2003 – Foundation of the NGO Public Art Lab

2002 – Initiator of the ‘Atmosphere Laboratory’ Berlin
‘Recession Dinners’: mentoring programme between young artists and managers / Schwarzen Raben Berlin

2001 – Project Manager of ‘Sphere’: new media project with Ulrike Gabriel / Otherspace: internet project with interactive earthquake platforms in the urban space / V2 Rotterdam, Canonartlab Tokyo

2000 – Curator / Executive Producer of ‘Unterwasserlicht’: light installation of Hans Wiegner, Alte Elbtunnel in Hamburg / Kulturbehörde Hamburg (catalogue)

1999 – Curator / Executive Producer of ‘RotBlock’: light sculpture of Hans Wiegner for the inauguration of the Martin Gropius Bau Berlin / Werkbundarchiv (catalogue)

1999-01 – Chief Editor of templeflower.com – an art portal of the Deutsche Bank Investment

1998-00 – Art Buying at Zum goldenen Hirschen Hamburg and Philipp und Keuntje, Hamburg and Communications 3000 Berlin

1997 – Exhibition Assistant to Lawrence Weiner ‘This as it was that as it is’ exhibition at Leo Castelli, New York

1996 – Fellowship at Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart
‘Walking Gallery’: new exhibition model for arts / Academy Schloss Solitude Stuttgart
‘Walking Dinner’: 12-menu walking course from studio to studio / Academy Schloss Solitude
‘Pop up Room’: exhibition of products as communiation tools, research about communication strategies / Academy Schloss Solitude

1994-96 – Teaching projects at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin and Les Ateliers Paris ‘Design a contact’: development of communication strategies within different urban settings’Total recall’: design of memory tools for a personality that lost his memory / Berlin students developed memory tools for Paris students and vice versa’Parasite urban structures’: project about key places and key persons in the city and their muliplying communication possibilities

1992-95 – Initiation of the artist group SUPERPOPSTAR
‘Lustreisen / Lust Journeys’: urban journeys to unusual people and locations to experience a different perception of the daily life / Konzeptreisen Berlin, Kurfuerstendamm 101
‘Clubbing’: club and storytelling evenings with niche inhabitants of the city / DesignTransferGalerie Berlin
‘Strippoker’: interactive 3D slide installation / UdK Berlin

1990-94 – Studies of Fine Arts and Industrial Design (dipl. des.) at Academy of Fine Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin)

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