The English section lists only those who have published regular contributions here. We distinguish these from the short contributions which (through a translated abstract) refer to the full article only available in the German section. On the other hand, those who publish German contributions are listed in Die Beiträger.
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Marcus Ahlers | Meral Alma | Alexander Becker | Roy Behrens | Angelika Boeck | Till Bödeker | Hugo Boguslawski | Silvia Bonacchi | Ralf Borlinghaus | Birgit Brüggemeier | Byrd | Esmeralda Conde Ruiz | Lee Constable | Gerhard Daum | Irene Daum | Sonja Frenzel | Thomas Gartmann | Karl Otto Götz † | Anna Lena Grau | Swaantje Güntzel | Barbara Herbert | Cordula Hesselbarth | Christian Heuchel | Mirjam Hildbrand | Julius Höhn | Fernand Hörner | Nina Horstmann | Thomas Jacobsen | Anna-Sophie Jürgens | Ryo Kato | Suchismito Khatua | Roland Koch | Angela Krewani | Mischa Kuball | Riccardo Luccio | malatsion | Barbara Marschallek | Vera Meyer | Nils Myszkowski | Moritz Niehues | Stefan Oehm | Lisa Petheram | PHIBS | Dan Power | Detlev van Ravenswaay | Roland Regner | Rissa | Thomas Schönauer | Markus Schrenk | Helmut Schweizer | Ira Seidenstein | Gerhard Stemberger | Silvia Stocchetto | Peter Tepe | Blake Thompson | Nina Tolksdorf | Ian Verstegen | Selina Weiler
Marcus Ahlers, M.F.A.
Marcus Ahlers was born in the United States. His work as a visual artist is strongly characterized by the influence of two study paths. He achieved a master’s degree of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art with an emphasis on sculpture. Receiving a Fullbright scholarship, he moved to Berlin in 2002. In 2013, he acquired another Bachelor of Science degree in energy and process engineering at Technical University of Berlin. There, he is currently enrolled for the master’s study program of energy systems for buildings. The concept of system and the related investigation of human existence as a dynamic manifestation of energy and information is the starting point for his research. His interdisciplinary interests are expressed in his artistic work, integrating technical as well as philosophical aspects and analyzing the topics of perception as well as the relationship between human beings and the environment, among others.
Meral Alma, M.A.
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Prof. Dr. Alexander Becker
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Triangulations. Ein Ausstellungs- und Forschungsprojekt. In: H. Parzinger / S. Aue / G. Stock (Hrsg.): ArteFakte. Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen. Reflexionen und Praktiken wissenschaftlich-künstlerischer Begegnungen. Transcript Verlag, 2014, S. 149−172.Von Malerei und anderen Abenteuern. 2003–2013. ArtinFlow Verlag, 2013.Triangulations. Eine Ausstellung. In: V. M. Lepper / I. Hafemann (Hrsg.): Karl Richard Lepsius, Der Begründer der deutschen Ägyptologie, Kadmos Kulturverlag, 2012, S. 211−252.Eine Spur im Strom. Künstlerbuch. Lim. Auflage von 50 Exemplaren. Quetsche Verlag, 2011.Chinamesser. Künstlerbuch. Limited Edition of 100. Ed. Mariannenpresse, 2005.
Roy R. Behrens
Until his retirement from teaching in 2018, Roy R. Behrens was Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa. He had taught graphic design and design history at UNI and other schools for more than 45 years. He is the author of seven books, and literally hundreds of articles in journals, books, and magazines, and has appeared in broadcast interviews on NOVA, National Public Radio, Australian Public Radio, BBC, and Iowa Public Television, as well as in documentary films. More information and a wide selection of his work can be accessed at <http://www.bobolinkbooks.com/BALLAST/>. In addition, he actively maintains two blogs at <https://thepoetryofsight.blogspot.com/> and <https://camoupedia.blogspot.com/>.
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Born in Gelsenkirchen in 1970.
1991–2001: Studied art at Münster Art Academy, Prof. H.-J. Kuhna’s painting class
1991–1995: Foundation course in biology at the University of Münster
1995: H.-J. Kuhna’s master-class student
Hugo Boguslawski’s painting operates at the interface between representational art and ornamental abstraction. As an exponent of Structural Painting, he rhythmically assembles set pieces from nature in new compositions and thus recodes perceived, three-dimensional reality on the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. He finds inspiration not only in the landscape in general, but also in palaeontological finds. Hugo Boguslawski lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Communications scholar and linguist
Silvia Bonacchi is a professor of German studies and Intercultural Communication at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, Institute of Specialised and Intercultural Communication (ISIC), deputy director for Science and Organisation. Her research interests cover pragmalinguistics, intercultural communication studies, multimodal communication, discourse and conversational analysis; her main research fields are politeness, impoliteness and verbal aggression, multilingualism and multiculturalism, Gestalt theory.
She is principal investigator in the MCCA research project (Multimodal Communication: Culturological Analysis, www.mcca.uw.edu.pl), the founder and director of the Laboratory of Multimodal Analysis at ISIC (www.lakom.uw.edu.pl ), founder and director of the module Multimodal and Computer-Mediated Communication: Digital Culturogical Analysis in the work group Dialtras (Digital Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, http://dariah.pl/en/lingwistyka/), co-chief-editor of the Journal Gestalt Theory (https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/gth/gth-overview.xml)
Her most important monographs
Bonacchi, S. (1998): Die Gestalt der Dichtung. Frankfurt et al.: Lang
Bonacchi, S. (2011): Höflichkeitsausdrücke und anthropozentrische Linguistik. Warsaw: Euroedukacja
Bonacchi, S. (2013): (Un)Höflichkeit – Eine kulturologische Analyse. Deutsch-Italienisch-Polnisch. Frankfurt et al.: Lang
Bonacchi, S. (2017) (ed.): Verbale Aggression: Multidisziplinäre Zugänge zur verletzenden Macht der Sprache. Berlin et al.: de Gruyter
Bonacchi, S., Marcjanik, M., Frączek, A. (2019): Polsko-niemiecki słownik etykiety językowy. Warsaw: WUW.
Dr. Ralf Borlinghaus
Humanities scholar – management consultant – publicist – graphic designer
*1965 in Sauerland/ NRW, married, three adult children, resident in the Odenwald near Heidelberg, studied German language and literature, history and philosophy in Heidelberg from 1986 to 1994 and received his doctorate in philosophy about Schelling’s late philosophy. Two years of postgraduate studies in economics in St. Gallen, graduating with a Master of General Management degree. Various management positions in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, to date working as a management consultant and business coach. Writer and word artist.
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Birgit Brüggemeier is a multidisciplinary researcher, with an interest in communication and a passion for measuring elusive phenomena. She studied communication, linguistics, psychology, maths and graduated with a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford. During her PhD Birgit studied the elusive courtship song of fruit flies. Currently, Birgit leads a team on Human-Computer interaction at the Fraunhofer Institute. Birgit has been awarded with a number of research and career awards including grants by the Wellcome Trust, Fraunhofer Institute and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.
Byrd is a multifaceted freelance graffiti muralist and artist based in Canberra, Australia, who started out as a graffiti painter more than 20 years ago. Some of his commissions include works for The National Portrait Gallery, the Hindmarsh group, the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation and The City of Sydney. Byrd’s works can be found in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery and various other galleries and private and corporate collections, both locally and in Europe.
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz (*1980 in Spain, lives in the UK) is an interdisciplinary composer and audiovisual artist. She is particularly interested in exploring the possible boundaries of choral compositions, transforming them sonically, linguistically and visually, decoding them and transferring them into new technological contexts. Conde Ruiz has conducted various choirs, for example in New York and Sydney. Among them was the choir that performed under her direction in 2016 at the opening of the enlargement building of the Tate Modern in London. Conde Ruiz often works collaboratively, for example with the artists Nick Cave, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Liversidge, Matthew Herbert and Susan Philipsz, as well as Yoko Ono. In 2020, Conde Ruiz founded the E Ensemble, a global online ensemble.
Lee Constable is an experienced science TV presenter, producer and broadcaster having hosted Australian national TV show, Scope, for 4 years. She loves to mix STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with media, social justice and the arts in innovative and unconventional ways to reach new audiences.
Prof. Dr. Irene Daum
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Dr. Gerhard Daum
Born in 1954, Daum’s artistic interest in pictorial constructions within geometric space began to develop while he was still at school. After completing his studies in medicine with a doctorate he went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry and in hospital management. Several years ago he resumed his artistic activities, basing his pictorial constructions on mathematics. The initial forms of his experimental works are always rooted in elements of Euclidean geometry, which provide frameworks for the design of abstract figures in virtual space and are removed once the construction is finished. The figure speaks for itself without the viewer being given insight into the manner of its making. Daum constructs his works on drawing cardboard using pencil, ruler, compass and tubular drawing pen.
His work is driven by a quest for beauty and simplicity. He achieves this by applying symmetric and asymmetric proportions that result in the harmoniously balanced forms of his pictorial constructions. He pursues a non-representational style inspired by natural science and mathematics, that adopts stylistic elements of Constructivism. With his characteristic way of working he has set new Constructivist accents.
Dr. Sonja Frenzel
Sonja Frenzel is a research fellow at the Institute for Anglophone Literatures and Literary Translation at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Her current research interests revolve around urban poetics, material agencies, and the ethics of translation. Her list of publications includes academic as well as creative texts.
Dr. Thomas Gartmann
studied musicology, German language and literature and history at the University of Zurich (doctorate on the instrumental works of Luciano Berio). Violin lessons with Elemer Glanz and Daniel Zisman, among others. Today he heads research at the Bern Academy of the Arts and the doctoral programme Studies in the Arts, which is run jointly with the University of Bern. His research interests include Swiss music, music and politics, opera librettistics, performance studies and musical instruments.
Thomas Gartmann/Michaela Schäuble: Studies in the Arts – New Perspectives on Research on, in and through Art and Design (2021).
Thomas Gartmann/Christian Pauli (ed.): Arts in Context – Art, Research, Society (2020).
Thomas Gartmann: Von der Fuge in Rot bis zur Zwitschermaschine. Paul Klee und die Musik (2020).
Prof. Dr. h.c. Karl Otto Götz †
At ko-götz.de a detailed and comprehensively established tabular biography (until 2010) can be found. The information most relevant to w/k is presented below.
1914 Born February 22 in Aachen
1947 Götz becomes a member of the artist group CoBrA
1954 First solo exhibitions in Paris and Seattle
1958 Participation at the XXIV. Biennial in Venice
1959 Participation at the Dokumenta II in Kassel
1959–1979 Professorship at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf. Among others, Gotthard Graubner, Kuno Gonschior, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Rissa, H.A. Schult and Franz Erhardt Walther studied under Karl Otto Götz.
1965 Marriage with Rissa
1971 The experiments on visual perception performed at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf since 1970 and the contribution to personality research are internationally recognized by renowned psychologists
1972 Götz and Karin Götz (Rissa) publish the book Probleme der Bildästhetik. Eine Einführung in die Grundlagen des anschaulichen Denkens
1984 Great retrospective monotypes, paintings, gouaches 1935–1983
1989 Order of Merit (North Rhine-Westphalia)
1996 State award for painting (Rhineland Palatinate)
1997 Establishment of the K.O Götz and Rissa Foundation
2004 Honorary member of Academy of Arts Düsseldorf. Numerous exhibitions on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
2007 Awarding of the Federal Cross of Merit (1st class) by the German Federal President
2009 Awarding of the Order of Merit of Rhineland Palatinate to K.O. Götz and Rissa
2010 Awarding of the honorary doctorate of Academy of Arts Münster
Anna Lena Grau
Born in Hamburg in 1980. She studied free art at University of Applied Sciences for Visual Arts Hamburg and was taught by Dr. Hanne Loreck and Pia Stadtbäumer. She works as an artist, curator and lecturer at Academy of Arts Bad Reichenhall. From 2008 to 2011, she was part of the artist group Von dritten Räumen. Grau held exhibitions at Kunstverein Hamburg, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kunsthaus Essen and at Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Brussels among others. She received numerous renowned scholarships like Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium and Stipendium Künstlerhaus Lauenburg.
Grau takes an open view on sculpture. She works with the peculiarities of traditional techniques in an experimental way. Often, she entrenches her work in a narrative of historical references or artistic traditions, such as the one of museums or scientific collections. She reflects on philosophic-scientific methods in drawings, sculptures and installations. www.annalenagrau.com
Swaantje Güntzel (*1972 in Soest) studied ethnology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, followed by postgraduate studies in fine arts at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg and worked for several years as an artistic assistant to Andreas Slominski. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, for example Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Österreichischer Skulpturenpark Graz, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Kunstmuseum Celle and Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst Cochabamba, Bolivia and has been awarded various scholarships, among others the Research Grant of the Danish Arts Council, the Residenzstipendium of the Ingmar Bergman Estates on the Baltic Sea island Fårö in Sweden and the RONDO Atelierstipendium of the Province of Styria, Austria. In 2015 she was awarded the ars loci Art Prize of the Neuhoff-Fricke-Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kunst. Güntzel’s main concern is to make the anthropogenic pollution of the oceans and the presence of sculpture in our everyday lives visible by means of art and to return it to the consciousness of the viewer. Her artistic approach stems from an aesthetic position that explores the essential dichotomy between visual pleasure and disturbing global questions. Güntzel’s work represents a disturbing critique of modern life in the 21st century. Most of the works were inspired by the direct exchange with scientists, who provided her with data and material and answered further questions. Conceptually she moves in different media such as performance, object, embroidery, installation, photography and video.
As a child I already had access to literature, music, dance and art through a humanistic school education and an education in classical ballet. In addition, at an international school I had close connections to politics, philosophy and cultural studies in the (former) federal capital Bonn. The intercultural experiences led from dance to performance and after an examination of architecture to stage design and theatre. At the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf I always dealt with artistic approaches in connection with interdisciplinarity. In addition to studying art (painting and video/performance), I took my first state examination in educational science, founded the Frauen in der Bildenden Kunst Interest Group and invited prominent female scientists such as the linguist Luise Pusch and the art historian Ute Eskildsen (Museum FolkwangEssen) for discussion. It has always been important for me to engage with female scientists in art.
I continued to pursue this transdisciplinary strategy at the Berlin University of the Arts and, in collaboration with artists and scholars, developed a new teaching concept for art and science in conjunction with the guest professorship Artistic Transformation Processes. In 2006 the group received the Karl Hofer Preis for the interdisciplinary art project “Stille Post” in Berlin. I am an editor of several books in the interdisciplinary subject of art and science; the current book Urban Traces – Wahrnehmung im öffentlichen Raum (Athena Verlag Oberhausen 2014) combines artistic positions on the topic of “space” with scientific approaches from architecture, philosophy, cultural studies and neuroscience.
M.A. Mirjam Hildbrand
Theatre Scholar and Dramaturge
Mirjam Hildbrand is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Bern. She studied Dramaturgy and Performance Studies in Leipzig and Hildesheim. In her research funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation she investigates the tense relationship between circus and bourgeois theatre in Berlin between 1869 and 1918. First insights into her research results were published in the journal Forum Modernes Theater (Bd. 30, Ausgabe 1-2, 2019). Within an artistic research project she explores together with För Künkel, a Berlin based scenographer and costume designer, the circus practice in Berlin around 1900. In the field of contemporary circus she works as a programme director and dramaturge in Germany and Switzerland.
Prof. Dipl.-Des. Cordula Hesselbarth
Visual Artist and Scientist
With her work, Cordula Hesselbarth moves in a field of tension between art and science. As a professor for media-supported science illustration, she develops didactic images and media with students to convey scientific topics. In her work, which includes large-format paintings, digital and analog drawings, and video works, she approaches these questions artistically. As part of a series of events she initiated, Dialogues between Art and Science. Cordula Hesselbarth spoke with scientists about the handling and meaning of images within the various disciplines in her exhibitions Pflanzenblicke (2013), Kontinuum (2013), An-a-tomie (2014) and Bioinspiration (2015).
Cordula Hesselbarth, born in 1965, works and lives in Münster and in Spain, where she worked as an artist for several years in the 1980s. She studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), at the Kunstakademie Münster and at the Fachhochschule Münster. Since 2002 she has been a professor at the Münster School of Design (MSD) of the Münster University of Applied Sciences.
Christian Heuchel studied architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), an official German University of Excellence, and architecture and architectural design at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Academy of the Arts). He has been Lecturer for Art and Architecture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf since 2000. He is the founder of the rheinflügel association of architects and owner of the bHK artists’ agency in Bellheim/Cologne. Christian Heuchel has been in charge of the Cologne office of O&O Baukunst since 2006, and he has been the Managing Partner since 2011. He lives and works in Cologne.
Julius Höhn was a pupil at the private Kant Secondary School in Berlin-Steglitz until 2023. As part of his Abitur examinations, he examined the role of collectives in art and the connection between art and modern science.
Prof. Dr. Fernand Hörner
Fernand Hörner is a Professor of Cultural Studies, in particular socio-cultural, transcultural and artistic research at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Previously, he was in Freiburg at the Centre for Popular Culture and Music and Managing Director at the Centre for France at the University of Freiburg. The professorship for Cultural Studies at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences is a return to his old student home (Diploma for Literary Translation at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf). He received his doctorate in Romance languages and literature/comparatistics from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal under Prof. Dr. Ursula Link-Heer. He is (co-)founder and (co-)editor of the online song encyclopedia:
Nina Horstmann has an M.A. degree in Art History and a M.S. degree in Business Strategy and the Environment. This dual educational path emerged from an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with a specific focus for some time on art and climate change. For many years she worked in London and other cities for Cape Farewell (an artist led organisation developing an urgent cultural response to climate change), with the aim of continuing to link art and science in research and university contexts.
Thomas Jacobsen, is a professor of Experimental and Biological Psychology at Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. He is the author of publications in the area of (neurocognitive) psychology, including auditory processing, language, empirical aesthetics, and executive function. He was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna and the Freie Universität Berlin.
Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens
Literary and Cultural Scholar
Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. She works in the fields of Comparative Literature, Popular Entertainment Studies and Science in Fiction Studies, and has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. She was a 2017 fellow of the National Library of Australia and was honoured with a PhD and undergraduate scholarship by the German National Merit Foundation (awarded to the top 0.5% of the German student and postgraduate population). Her research draws upon modern and contemporary circus fiction, the history of (violent) clowns, clowns and scientists, and aesthetics and poetologies of knowledge.
Jürgens’ publications include Poetik des Zirkus (2016, monograph); Patterns of DisǀOrder (2017, ed. with M. Wierschem); LaborARTorium (2015, ed. with T. Tesche); ‘Comic in Suspenders: Jim Sharman’s Circus Worlds in The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show’ Journal of Australian Studies (2018); ‘A funny Taste: Clowns and Cannibals’ Comedy Studies 9/2 (2018); ‘Circus as Idée fixe and Hunger: Circomania in Fiction’ Comparative Literature and Culture (2016); ‘The Joker, a Neo-modern Clown of Violence’ Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2014). Anna-Sophie is guest editor of two special-themed journal issues to be published in 2019 – on Circus & Science (Journal of Science & Popular Culture) and violent clowns (Comedy Studies).
Born 1978 in Nimi/Japan, lives and works in Berlin since 1998. Education in painting and drawing in Okayama, from 2001 to 2005 studied at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, master student of Daniel Richter, numerous exhibitions and trade fair participations in Germany and abroad, sponsorship award of the Darmstädter Sezession and the Museum of Okayama Prefecture.
Ryo Kato deals with topics in the field of tension between man and environment in colourful, detailed pictures and denounces the destructive handling of nature. His mathematical talents and his training as a professional Go player form the basis for an intensive study of numbers as abstract structures, the analysis of proportions and the geometry of surfaces and spaces. In addition to scientifically oriented strategic thinking, intuition and emotions are essential influencing factors that shape his artistic creative process.
Suchismito Khatua is a PhD Candidate and UGC senior research fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a visiting doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. His doctoral project focuses on figurations of the avant-garde in other meridians outside Europe, and within such heterogeneous contexts as the little magazine culture and progressive art movements in postcolonial India. His other research interests are in medieval and modern Bengal, art history, and translation.
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Roland Koch is Head of Communications of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative. Previously, he was spokesman for the Berlin office of the Helmholtz Association. After studying philosophy, he initially worked as a journalist for about 18 years, including stints with Der Tagesspiegel and the Deutsche Universitätszeitung.
Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani
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*1959 in Düsseldorf/DE. Mischa Kuball has been working in the public sphere since 1987. He uses light as a medium to explore architectual space as well as social and political discourse in his installations and photographs, reflecting on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultual structures to architectural interventions, emphasising or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectual history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself and public space.
Since 2007 Mischa Kuball is a Professor in the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe, and since 2015 member of North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf.
Born in 1941 in Rome, he studied Medicine in Milan, and taught mainly at the Universities of Florence and Trieste, where he directed the respective Departments of Psychology. Since 2011 he is Professor Emeritus. He has carried out research in two main fields, on the History of Psychology and on visual perception, where he developed nonlinear dynamic models in the tradition of Gestalt psychology. In 1999 he was awarded the gold medal of merit of the Science of the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
Born in France in 1974, malatsion has lived in Frankfurt since 2004. From 1992 to 1998, she studied Art History and Archeology at the University of Poitiers. Afterwards, she studied at the Academy of Visual Arts of Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg where she graduated in 2003. Her installations often deal with man’s behavior towards nature and with the changes in its essence produced by this influence. By contrast, her abstract and geometrical two or three dimensional works architectonically explore space as a field of imagination. malatsion stages her sculptures in spatial scenarios and simultaneously analyses the created objects in scientifically precise drawings and photographs. In the context of her reflection upon the interaction of man and his natural environment, malatsion took wild bee swarms as a living core for a sculptural work created for the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Sorocaba, São Paulo in 2016.
Barbara E. Marschallek
Barbara E. Marschallek, is a doctoral student and research assistant at the Experimental Psychology Unit at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Her major interest encompasses the interface of empirical aesthetics and materials.
Biotechnologist and Artist
Vera Meyer studied biotechnology at the Sofia University (Bulgaria) and the TUB (Berlin University of Technology, Germany). After obtaining a PhD degree (2001) and habilitation (2008) at the TUB, she worked in the Netherlands as Assistant Professor at Leiden University (2008–2011). She has been visiting scientist at the Imperial College London (2003) and at Leiden University (2005–2006). In 2011, she became Full Professor of Applied and Molecular Microbiology at the TUB. As a scientist, she tries to decode and understand nature’s genetic principles that define growth, product formation, survival and physiology of fungal systems. Here research fields include the optimization of protein and metabolite formation in fungal cell factories with the help of systems and synthetic biology tools, production of bioactive substances using fungal cell factories and the development of new antifungal agents and strategies. Recently she entered the field of material sciences exploiting mushroom-forming fungi as sustainable resource.
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Vera Meyer also works as a visual artist, using the pseudonym V. meer. Inspired by her scientific work with fungi, she puts a strong emphasis on sculpting and creating objects from chance finds like forest mushrooms, decaying wood and scrap metal. Through her art work she wants to enhance the awareness for fungi and their potential in biotechnology and for a sustainable bioeconomy in general.
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Nils Myszkowski is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pace University, NYC. His research focuses on how psychological measurements can be improved and optimized in various contexts – especially in creativity and empirical aesthetics research – in order to better understand individual differences in human potential. He received in 2020 the Berlyne Award in recognition of Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar from the Division 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts) of the American Psychological Association, and has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including publications in Intelligence, Journal of Personality, British Journal of Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts and Journal of Creative Behavior.
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Dr Lisa Petheram is creative producer, community engager, social researcher, artist and wellness facilitator. She is interested in the way creative, playful and awareness-based approaches can be used to help encourage people to connect more to each other and their surroundings. Lisa currently works in graffiti coordination with local government, and also as a participatory community artist with the Distaffik Collective.
“PHIBS is one of the most respected and renowned names in Australian Graffiti and Street Art. His public artworks are prolific in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as in many far-flung places across the globe.” (Artist’s website) PHIBS’ public art revolves around figurative work, abstract and organic shapes and letter styles, with animals and plants playing an important role in various forms and degrees of abstraction. His work is placed in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, STRAAT Museum Amsterdam and IIT University in Mumbai. PHIBS also curates Street Art festivals.
Fuelled by an insatiable curiosity and love of nature and informed by an academic background in evolutionary biology, Dan Power has been practicing as a self-taught visual artist since 2014. Through his work, Dan seeks to capture the stunning beauty and intricacy of nature through highly detailed pen-and-ink drawings, vibrant watercolours and illustrated animal skulls. He draws on anatomy, zoology and botany to render animals, biomes and oddments of nature in fractal detail in a modern take on natural history illustration. His work conveys the diversity of nature, the narrative of life, and strong conservation messages, infused with the fundamentals of natural science and science communication. In 2016, Dan was awarded the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize for emerging artists by the South Australian Museum. Following the prize, Dan has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaking residencies in Italy, Berlin and Australia.
Detlev van Ravenswaay, Dipl.-Des.
The artist considers science a motor of new motives. New findings bring new image ideas. What appeared to be inconceivable becomes visual reality. Creative aspects absorb information and atmosphere and turn them into new art that assists scientists in spreading their work. Or the other way around: the artist suggests approaches to scientists that they have not “seen” until then.
Born in 1956, diploma-design-studies at University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein in Krefeld. After 20 years of designing for advertising agencies and as a freelancer, specialization in Space Art and illustration. 3000 artworks are formed for the national and international media landscape and for projects that are not located on this planet. In this millennium, new start as an independent artist.
Born 1978 in Kusel (Germany). From 2008 to 2012 he studied photography/media with Thomas Zika at the Academy of Fine Arts in Essen. In 2012 he was appointed master student. From 2012 to 2014 he completed a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under Prof. Ulrich Görlich, Prof. Cécile Wick, Prof. Christian Hübler and Erik Steinbrecher.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions, for example Museum Helmhaus Zurich, Chinretsukan Gallery (Tokyo), Forum Schlossplatz/Kunstraum Aarau, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Gallery Beton7 (Athens) and Künstlerforum Bonn.
His work is represented in several collections, including Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art and Art Collection of the City of Winterthur.
Roland Regner has been a lecturer in photography/media art at the University of Fine Arts (HBK) Essen since 2017.
Roland Regner questions photography and its importance as such, thus working on a meta-level inherent to photography, but he also opens our eyes to other possible scopes of perception that we have hitherto not dared to contemplate. His artistic work can be characterized for example by an approach that visualizes the effects of technological alienation, highlighting the distancing effect of photography and making its materiality visible. In doing so, he opens insights into a materiality that is often afforded no presence in contemporary analyses of the present.
His works are to be understood as artistically accomplished interventions in consistency machineries otherwise defined as immutable.
1938 Born in Rabenstein, Chemnitz
1953 Leaving German Democratic Republic
1959 General qualification for university entrance, Bochum
1960 Studies at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf (K.O. Götz)
1964 State examination in art education
1965 Works as free painter. Marries K.O. Götz
1969 Lecturer at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1975 Professor at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1988 Equal opportunities officer at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
1997 Establishment of K.O. Götz und Rissa-Stiftung (Foundation)
2000 Prorector at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2003 Retirement Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2004 Lectureship at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
2007 Leaving the academy
2009 Member of the board of advisers of art college NRW. Award: Order of Merit, Rheinland-Pfalz
2012 Rissa becomes an honorary member of Academy of Arts Düsseldorf
Sculptor and Painter
Thomas Schönauer, born in 1953, works as a sculptor and painter; his works are internationally renowned.
Following his studies of literature and philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Thomas Schönauer studied several more terms at art academies in Winnipeg (Canada) and Düsseldorf. Leaping in at the deep end, he started working as a professional artist. At quite an early stage already he won several international competitions:
1988: Donation from the Stadtwerke Düsseldorf (municipal works) for the 700-year anniversary of the city of Düsseldorf.
1992: Overall concept for the German presentation at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
1990–92: Concept and sculptural installations for the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
Thomas Schönauer is a “man of space” – so it is barely surprising that many of his sculptures bear a strong relation to architecture and landscape. Hence his intense collaboration with the landscape designer Andreas Kipar from Milan. But his painting too is concerned with the phenomena of nature and space, and with endeavours to invest surface with the third dimension. His impulse towards research and innovation has always prompted him to seek a close relationship with industry. In 2013 that led to a cooperation agreement with the chemicals company Henkel to provide the artist with adhesive products from its own laboratories for his painting. A first highlight of this innovative partnership was a much-regarded joint presentation at the Long Night of Science held in the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. The notion of the Engineering Artist coined by his friend Frank Dopheide, managing director of the Handelsblatt Publishing Group, succinctly describes the essence of Schönauer’s work. His works are to be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections.
Further sources of inspiration for Thomas Schönauer are his intense preoccupation with current social challenges such as populism, digitisation, governance and networking. In the context of such issues Schönauer also participates in public debates or is invited to keynote lectures or think tanks, as well as making his mark as an author, writing on these themes in, for example, The Huffington Post. In 2016, together with Burkhard Böndel, Ines Kaldas, Andreas Kipar and Ralph Richter, he founded the Bewegung gegen das lineare Denken (Movement against linear thinking). In 2012 he was appointed associate member of the Association of German Architects (BDA). Since 2016 he has also been a member of the advisory board of the Deutsche Rheumastiftung (German Rheumatism Association).
Thomas Schönauer is married to a Brazilian psychologist and has two daughters.
Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk
Artist and Philosopher Düsseldorf/DE
Markus Schrenk is Professor for Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. His core area of research is Metaphysics, especially Metaphysics of Science: Laws of Nature, Causation, Dispositions, and Modality.
He is the author of The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws (2007), co-author of Einführung in die Sprachphilosophie (2nd edition 2014), and editor of Handbuch Metaphysik (forthcoming 2016).
Routledge has published his Metaphysics of Science. A Systematic and Historical Introduction in July 2016.
Born in 1946 and raised in Stuttgart. He attended the Leibniz Grammar School for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Following on from empirical experiments in the school laboratory, he observed and analysed with childlike amazement in a self-defined, seemingly scientific cosmos everything that happened before his eyes: report books were filled with notes and sketches, changes recorded, developments noted. Even during his school days, when society was still enthusiastically welcoming the blessings of modern science and the multitude of possibilities with naïve, uncritical optimism, a critical consciousness developed that was marked by concern for the dark sides of the supposed blessings of progress, which were also perceived as an immediate personal threat.
Dr. Ira Seidenstein
Dr. Ira Seidenstein earned his Masters Degree in Visual and Performing Arts, and, Doctorate in Education. He is a comic acrobat, mime, classical actor, director, playwright, and has choreographed over 200 comic sketches. He has worked in over 140 live productions. After working in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo he created such projects as: The Madness of King Lear (Avignon, Edinburgh); The Book of Clown (Adelaide 2017), Commedia Toto (Italy); Cubist Clown Cavalcade (Paris): A Flower of the Lips (Sydney). He has worked in 20 Shakespeare productions including 10 of the plays such as directing Henry the Fifth with 12 women; and, 10 adaptations including his comedy – A Girl’s Guide to Hamlet. In 2012/13 Ira was in the Russian troupe – Slava’s Snowshow, and, he has portrayed over 75 clown characters. He is the Founder of I.S.A.A.C. – International School for Acting And Creativity and personally mentors performers, teachers, choreographers, and directors internationally. Ira’s workshops are practical and make creative use of body-mind processes. He is the author of the book Clown Secret.
Born 1947 in Innsbruck, studied psychology at the University of Innsbruck, then sociology and political science at the University of Vienna (doctorate 1973). After a long period of research in the social sciences, he finally turned to psychotherapy in the 1980s. He is a member of the teaching staff of the Austrian Association for Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy and in various functions of the International Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA).
Following a PhD degree and a scientific career at the Faculty of Biology at the University of Padova, Silvia Stocchetto completed an art course in Venice, leading to a Diploma in painting the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. She has been working as a free artist since 2013, focussing on figurative painting and motives derived from nature which are inspired by her previous work as a biologist. She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and art fairs. In 2018, she was awarded the Art Prize of the Associazione Culturale 42, Trevisio and in 2019 she received the „Menzione Speciale“ award of the prestigious Premio Mestre di Pittura.
Prof. Dr. Peter Tepe
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From studying piano since childhood, through filming science documentaries for high school assignments, to acting in traditional Japanese kabuki theatre in university, Blake’s passion lies in how science connects with these, and everything in the world we live in. He studies science communications at the Australian National University, where his current research is focusing on street art and how it acts as a vehicle for communication about our environment.
Nina Tolksdorf is Doing Literature in a Global Perspective at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). She studied German Literature, Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Aberdeen, Scotland and Berlin, Germany and received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, USA. Her Monograph Performativity and Rhetoric of Sincerity: Nietzsche – Kleist – Kafka – Lasker-Schüler was published in 2020 with de Gruyter and her new project, Literature and/as Pantomime around 1900, analyses pantomimic representations in literature, film, and theatre and discusses the impact pantomime had on these media and their modes of representation.
Ian Verstegen is Associate Director of Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his doctorate in Art History in 2002 from Temple University. He is the author, most recently, of Federico Barocci and the Science of Drawing in Early Modern Italy (Heidelberg, 2019) and Arnheim, Gestalt, Media: An Ontological Theory (Springer, 2019).
Selina M. Weiler
Selina M. Weiler, is a doctoral student and research assistant at the Experimental Psychology Unit at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Her major interest encompasses the interface of empirical aesthetics.
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Thomas Daffertshofer (2016): Contributors. w/k–Between Science & Art Journal. https://doi.org/10.55597/e627
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