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Model Space Project, Clubcommission Berlin, Berlin [Website]
Liese Kingma is a project leader at Clubcommission Berlin who focuses on the implementation of simplified access to public space for non commercial free-open air events. Next to that she was a co-ordinator for the European Program ‘Enter The Void – Re-thinking urban spaces through youth and underground music culture’ and she is now curator of the Frei(T)räume conference and part of the Kollektiv Spieltrieb. In 2015 Kingma moved from Amsterdam to Berlin to focus on creating experimental cultural space for grassroot cultures and organizing and curating events.
Faceless, I Dance Alone, Amsterdam [Website]
After initial studies in Sociology in Belgrade, Serbia, Bogomir went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. A few years later he graduated cum laude from the Master of Film program at the Netherlands Film Academy. Bogomir am doing Artistic Research Ph.D. at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the ongoing research project "I Dance Alone" that observes clubbing from a birds-eye-view as a mirror of social and political changes. Investigating the collective and individual dynamics of the dance floor. Based on the gained knowledge and experience he has been curating many programs and talks on the topic of the dance of urgency, club culture as empowering phenomena, contemporary rituals of dancing. His vision has been translated also in to Rave Diplomacy program of our event last 3 years. Recently Bogomir also curated the program Body in Revolt for ADE Playground in collaboration with ICK. He has been nominated twice for the ‘Venice Biennale - La Biennale di Venezia’ to represent Serbia with the project Hospitality. This project dealt with (ex)military personnel (NATO/UN) who, upon returning from war missions, experienced health problems and premature death due to the rapid growth of lymphoma and lung cancer. Hospitality explored the claims that the myriad of different diseases the soldiers developed was related to the use of weapons containing depleted uranium (DU). This project required the synthesis of input from different disciplines and experts. Between 2012-2015 he curated an international series of exhibitions and events tackling the social meaning of the personal image under the title ‘FACELESS’. The project was inspired by his interest in the recurring presence of hidden faces in contemporary society after September 11th. After this project he started a yearly collaboration and production of exhibitions and symposiums with the CPDP-Computer Privacy and Data Protection Conferences in Brussels, a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. This phenomenon will be documented as the special edition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in August 2017, under the title “FACELESS: Re-inventing Privacy Through Subversive Media Strategies”. His projects have been funded by, amongst other organizations, the ‘BKVB fonds’, ‘Mondriaan funding’, ‘Media Fonds’, and the ‘Ministry of Culture of Serbia’. In 2017 I was awarded the 3Package Deal with the project “I Dance Alone”, for top talent by the ‘Amsterdam Fonds for Art’, The Netherlands Film Academy, EYE Film Institute Museum and IDFA doc lab.
Bassiani, Tblisi [Website]
Originally a film director and communication manager, my works cross over different fields of arts and civil activism. For years I’ve been producing TV shows about music and cinema. I’m one of the founder / representative of Electronauts - a fund dedicated to supporting and developing electronic music and innovative pop culture in Georgia, which includes annual awards of the same name. Have been fighting for equal human rights as part of the White Noise Movement - fighting for the liberation of Georgia’s extremely strict and inhumane drug policy. I’m also an author of Women’s Solidarity March, a public feminist rally for gender equality and also board member of Equality Movement - for LGBT/Queer rights. Author of “System Must Be Destroyed” - a widespread youth protest rally in 2012, protesting civil inequality and requesting democratic changes in Georgia. Finally, founder and author of the concept and idea of underground techno club BASSIANI/HOROOM and author of Horoom Nights - the first and biggest Queer party series in Georgia.
Bassiani, Tblisi [Website]
Born and raised in the Post-Soviet Georgia, Giorgi Kikonishvili is one of Georgia’s first outspoken Gay activists, human rights defender and promoter. Starting as music journalist in one of the first Georgian music magazine Ozone, he later moved on to Liberali magazine, writing about then-tabooed subjects such as LGBT rights, homophobia and many other social and cultural issues which were subject of loud discussions in usually conservative Georgia, later bringing those discussions to mainstream TV media. He’s the co-founder of Georgia’s two biggest LGBT rights organisations: Identoba and Equality Movement, member of White Noise Movement - for liberating Georgia’s extremely strict drug policy. Right now he’s the founding member of Muzame - a project bringing DIY / Queer musicians to Tbilisi. Promoter of Horoom Nights - the first and biggest LGBT/Queer party series in Georgia which takes place at underground techno club BASSIANI.
Boom Festival [Website]
Chiara Baldini is an independent researcher from Florence (Italy). She investigates the evolution of the ecstatic cult in the West, particularly in ancient Greece and Rome, contributing to anthologies, psychedelic conferences and festivals. She wrote “Dionysus Returns: Contemporary Tuscan Trancers and Euripides’ The Bacchae” featured in The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance (Routledge, 2010) and she co-authored with Graham St. John “Dancing at the Crossroads of Consciousness: Techno-Mysticism, Visionary Arts and Portugal’s Boom Festival” for the Brill’s Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production (2012). She has been part of the curatorial team of Liminal Village (the cultural area in Portugal’s Boom Festival) since 2010 while she has also helped to set up and run ConTent, the cultural area in Fusion Festival, Germany, in 2015 and 2016. Now she is back to Liminal Village as the program curator and coordinator. She is currently co-curating an anthology called “Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine” which will be published by Inner Traditions/Park Street Press in 2019. She currently lives in the Costa Vicentina in Portugal where she often plays as DJ Clandestina.
DR. MARY DELLENDAUGH-LOSSE
Model Space Project / Urban Policy, Berlin [Website]
Dr. Dellenbaugh-Losse completed her BSc with honors at the University of New Hampshire in 2006. Funded in part by a two-year German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship, she relocated to Germany in 2007 to pursue her MA in landscape architecture at the Hochschule Anhalt in Bernburg, which she completed in 2010. In 2013, after three years of independent interdisciplinary research, she successfully defended her doctorate in urban geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Now She is Head of Research for The Model Space Project in Berlin, focussing on simplifying acces to public space for non commercial free open air events.
Clubcommission, Berlin [Website]
Lukas Drevenstedt, born and raised in Berlin, started organizing raves, festivals and underground parties in 2012 with his DJ collective LAPIDAR. While studying Economics, Sociology, and Philosophy in Berlin and Amsterdam, he became involved with urban activism and joined Clubcommission Berlin in 2013. After several years as a Board member and finishing his master degree, he now works as General Manager for Clubcommission Berlin.
Model Space Project, Kollektiv Spieltrieb, Berlin
Lucas Counter is a project developer that places a particular focus on implementing urban research strategies. Since mid-2017, he has been delivering a scientific approach to uncover new strategies of public space management concerning the practices of the mostly anonymous open air scene in Berlin. He is the coordinator of research at the Clubcommission Berlin - Model Space Project. nspired by his growing fascination for the concept of Frei(R)äume – as well as his background in urban development – his goal is to orientate solutions in city planning that enhance the ability of collective structures to access free urban space and self-actualize socio-cultural projects, recording the process and draw on effects as they unfold.
White Noise Movement, Tallinn [Website]
Paata founded Georgia’s first-ever LGBT organization, and worked with a range of organizations in the areas of harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and STIs. He was involved in several regional and international networks and also served as a board member at ILGA Europe. Paata has led nationwide advocacy campaigns Hepatitis C treatment access and on drug policy reform (White Noise Movement). He currently works at the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) as Advocacy Coordinator and is in charge of increasing gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and trans people's participation in national response to HIV/AIDS, as well as regional advocacy in Central, East Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) region. Paata is from Georgia, currently based in Tallinn, Estonia.
Model Space Project, Kollektiv Spieltrieb, Berlin [Website]
Arno combines his study background in sociology and organizational science with a long-lasting love for music turned into event organizing. In his years in Amsterdam he set up different socio-cultural event and projects. After closing the last project, an art community and event space called Lighthouse, he moved to Berlin and started working for Clubcommission. Here he is involved in the Model Space Project, supporting the local open air scene, and the production of the Frei(T)räume conference, next to continuing his DJ-career as Mr. Lighthouse and being a member of the cultural collective Kollektiv Spieltrieb.
Jazar Crew, Palestine
Rojeh Khleif is a Palestinian film producer and cultural project manager based in Haifa and Berlin. For the past decade, Rojeh has worked in local and international productions, many of those won international film prize awards. His multifaceted experiences in the cinema industry inspired him to found the Haifa Independent Film Festival, in 2016, and act as its director. The festival was the first of its kind that has introduced films from Palestine and the Arab world to a Palestinian audience in Haifa. Until today, the festival continues to create a new cultural prism in the Middle East. In addition to film productions, Rojeh co-founded Jazar Crew, in 2010, which is a culture and art collective that collaborates in order to further a Palestinian arts, DJ, and music scene, which entails curating music events with international artists, as well as, educational activities. As an art collective, Jazar Crew’s scope extends from the Middle East to Europe. For his endeavors, Rojeh got nominated as a future leader of film producers by the renowned film industry magazine the “Daily Screen”, in May 2018. In his ongoing strive to create new cultural spaces, Rojeh is also engaged in new productions in Berlin, Haifa, and Amman.
Jazar Crew was formed by a group of friends in Haifa in 2010. To answer to the social climate that existed in the Galilee, Haifa, Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Yaffa, Jazar created a DIY music and art collective. A group of young Palestinians took action to strengthen the Palestinian underground through music, art, and educational content that lead to a large movement. At the beginning, Jazar organized parties and concerts with the purpose of creating an
independent stage that was lacking for local artists and DJs. In addition, their process held an essential importance of expanding to further Arab countries. Playing electronic, slow beat, oriental and Arabic sounds, Jazar were hosted outside of Haifa and Yaffa in Ramallah and Amman in collaboration with other event organizers. Furthermore, Jazar went on to playing internationally starting with the Fusion Festival, Germany and then spread out to several other locations such as Antwerp, Paris, New York and great list of other cities.
Currently, Jazar produces their own music and some of it's members are part of bands such as Khalas Arabic rock Orchestra and Fawda who haveperformed both locally and in international festivals. While continuing to focus on music and festivals, the group members evolved in their career paths as they went on to organize several other projects of diverse genres. This includes the Haifa Independent Film Festival, Mukti Festival and Stateless Sound Booking Agency. Moreover, Kabareet Venue was created in 2015 which became a home for Jazar as resident DJ's while hosting great acts from around the world in Haifa.
Клуб, Russia [Website]
Founder of Клуб, one of the few free and safe spaces in Saint Petersburg built on the principe of equality that has been dubbed by Dazed as 'the wildest club in Russia'. The venue acts as a platform for promoting local talent and regularly hosts nights dedicated to various subcultures.
Creative director of Клуб and producer for various media outlets represented by emerging Russian platform Generation Z. Roman researches Russian cultural codes & diversity of subcultures through the eyes of new generations.
Celebrate Safe / Nightmayor Foundation, Amsterdam
Ella Overkleeft is a cultural consultant with an emphasis on social and urban development. She develops concepts and connects her network at the right time and place. She is the co-founder of the ‘Night-Mayor foundation’ in Amsterdam; within this role, she travelled the world advising local government organisations on their nightlife policy’s to ensure a safer platform for cultural events to exist and flourish. Ella stays at the forefront of social, and cultural development in Amsterdam and beyond. At the moment she works on a private-public awareness campaign called‘ ‘Celebrate Safe’. Celebrate Safe is a national campaign supporting for all the festivals and clubs across the Netherlands to practice safe partying methods. Next to her two main projects, she is always busy with spaces and places to stimulate the social and creative value for the city of Amsterdam.
Mina, Lisbon [Website]
marum is an artist and DJ based in Berlin but a considerable part of their cultural and artistic activity happens in Lisbon. In 2010, marum founded the Rabbit Hole collective, a cultural association that very quickly left a mark on the capital by showcasing disruptive artistic production in the fields of performance, installation, DJing, concerts and other disciplines. In 2016 marum gathered elements of the Rabbit Hole and Rádio Quântica crews to create what would become one of Lisbon's most talked about parties in recent years: mina. The party was conceived to be a queer, feminist and sex-positive techno rave with a strict door policy and a few simple rules to assure civility and respect for dancing bodies in the name of the original spirit of rave. At Radio Quântica, Lisbon, marum does a monthly show, VANTABLACK, where they share their latest musical findings as well as guest mixes and discussions about club culture. Recently, together with mina resident, BLEID, they started suspension, mina’s offspring that serves the role of promoting artists and collective parties who share their ethics and practice. Parallel to DJing and rave organising, marum is also a visual and performance artist, curator and writer, focusing their work in the intersections of gender, queer and feminist politics with digital technologies and cultures. They are one of the founding members of Berlin based collective XenoEntities Network.
Institut für Zukunft / Balance Festival, Leipzig [Website]
Franz Thiem studied cultural sciences in Leipzig, Germany and is the founder and manager of Institut fuer Zukunft in Leipzig. His main focus lies on concepts, communication, finances and administration. He is also one of the founders of Balance Club / Culture Festival and therefore develops the main ideas concerning its concept, musical curation and the production of the festival. His key interests lie in contemporary club music, inclusion and diversity. His own events are highlighting a diverse lineup, breaking with conventional concepts and structures of dance events and ranging in the field of Deconstructed Club Music, RnB, Bass and Rap. Institut fuer Zukunft is a forward thinking club for multi genre electronic music with low hierarchies which was established in 2014. It has been voted as the second best club in Germany in 2017 by the readers of the popular Groove Magazine. For IfZ, it is important to feature female artists and other underrepresented protagonists on lineups as well as behind the scenes. With its unique Safer Clubbing concept it is one of the pioneers concerning awareness work and education in the club context. Besides the club nights and concerts on weekends, IfZ is regularly hosting workshops, discussions and lectures on different social topics. 20 rooms are rented to local artists as workspaces and studios for affordable prices. Institut fuer Zukunft is a strong advocate of the local club community and with the mutual support the political campain to abolish the curfew in Leipzig was a huge success, which benefits everyone involved in the Leipzig night life.