Orhan Esen is a freelance researcher, author and urban political activist. He designs and leads political education journeys and student excursions in the fields of historical and political urbanism in his hometown of Istanbul, which he understands as a political urban planning process. His current research interests are in the genesis and politics of public spaces, supported by the conflict in the symbol bearing Gezipark/Taksimplatz, which culminated in a massive uprising in June 2013. »»
Burçak Konukman is a contemporary artist whose work involves video installations, live performances and site-specific interventions. His approach combines self-reflection, global thought and local action. »»
Alper Canigüz was born and raised in Istanbul. His novels always play out in the crooked alleys of Beyoglu. He sends Alper Kamu, his five-year-old smart aleck master detective out there looking for clues, which is also where the bizarre advertising agency “Secret Agency” of the eponymous book is located. The city is an important character in his stories which winking, takes up the shallowness of Turkish society and its urban development. »»
Joshua Simon (*1979 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel) is a director and chief curator at MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam. He authored the book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013) and edited the publications United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011) and Ruti Sela: For the Record (Archive Books, 2015).
Renan Laru-an (*1989 in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines) is a researcher, curator, and the founding director of DiscLab/ Research and Criticism, a multidisciplinary platform for critical writing, theory, and research on Filipino contemporary art.
Home organisation: Takafes Art Center, Fez, Morocco
Host organisation: Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne
Five years ago, I packed a small bag and thought of taking a long journey on my own. I walked for miles in the land of ALLAH, seeking a certain peace within my soul amongst nature and its’ inhabitants. A day away was all I could manage, and I returned home, feeling weak and melancholy, with no desire to return on this journey anytime soon. »»
Lia Cunha (*1987 in Salvador Bahia, Brazil) develops collaborative projects on integrated arts, investigates the artist’s book in its interdisciplinary possibilities through the label „Duna“, atelier and artist’s publishing house specialized in object books, artists’s books, illustrated books, children’s books and musical publications. She is Interested in „non-places“ as well as the possibilities of the walk as a aesthetic and poetic practice.
is a multidisciplinary artist, born in 1981 in Tangier.
Simohammed studied Philosophy and Signal Processing in Morocco and later trained in filmmaking at La Femis, Paris.
He founded the yearly Tangiers film festival Cinema Nachia. His work predominantly uses the medium of film, however it also incorporates photography and collage and extends to other art forms such as installation, sound art and performance. At the centre of his work is a reflection on the presentation of the image. »»
Social theorist and author Jan Sowa holds a PhD in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. His research assignments took him to several universities in Poland and abroad, recently to the University warsaw and the University of São Paulo. Sowa is the author and editor of numerous publications, including the volume of essays A Joy Forever: Political Economy of Social Creativity. »»
Author Niq Mhlongo has been called “one of the most high-spirited and irreverent new voices of South Africa’s post-apartheid literary scene.” he is strongly influenced by his hometown of Soweto as he pens his fiction in Soweto, about Soweto and in Soweto dialect. »»
Morphomata has selected an impressive group of international fellows from various disciplines. We are delighted to welcome: Daniel Baric (German Studies/History, Tours), Till Förster(Anthropology / Art History, Basel), Nicola Gess (German Literature / Comparative Literature, Basel), Maria-Th. Leuker-Pelties (Dutch Language and Literature, Cologne),Christian Moser (Comparative Literature, Bonn), Ana María Presta (Latin American History, Buenos Aires), Joan Ramon Resina (Comparative Literature, Iberian Studies, Standford) and Gabriele Rippl (Literatures in English, Bern). »»
NUTROSPEKTIF is an all female urban dance collective. Retaining our origin of urban dance art, nutrospektif is mainly working on dance theatre pieces in a contemporary context. »»
Initially trained as a visual artist and cook, Verwimp is currently doing research into forms of complicity and is since 2014 curatorial director of the Maria de Robe Collection. His work is recognised for the pressing manner in which he explores personal and societal notions of friendship and repair through an artistic practice that involves assemblages, reparations and appropriation. In 2011 he co-initiated the MPA-B (Month of Performance art) and co-founded the Association for Performance art in Berlin. »»
Bangkok-based filmmaker and visual artist Chulayar nnon Siriphol works in short film, experimental film, documentary and video installation; his works are in between personal memory and social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and the supernatural. »»
Srećko Horvat is a Croatian philosopher and activist regarded as one of the central figures of the New Left in post-Yugoslavia. Most recently published books include Subversion!(Zero Books 2017), The Radicality of Love (Polity 2015) and together with Slavoj Žižek What Does Europe Want? (Columbia University Press 2014). »»
A native of Istanbul, Turgut Erçetin studied composition and completed his doctorate studies at Stanford University with Brian Ferneyhough as his advisor. His current works engage with issues of sound, not as sonic colors but as entities that are perceived at various degrees of complexities as a result of composed acoustics. »»
Ferhat Özgür’s artistic works cover a wide spectrum ranging from video and photography to installations. His works have been on display in many international locations, such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Museum der Moderne Salzburg and MUMOK Vienna. The MoMA PS1 New York presented 2012 – 2013 with I can sing a solo exhibition of his works »»
“Collective Myth” beschreibt unbewusste Antriebskräfte die unseren Alltag begleiten. Jeder kennt diese subtilen Gedanken und Empfindungen, die sich mitunter als Zukunftsvisionen oder Lebenswünsche zeigen. Bilder und visuelle Reize vermögen es, solche Reaktionen auszulösen und darzustellen. Während ihres Projektes macht sich Breen auf die Suche nach einer gemeinsamen Ikonografie.
Welche lokalen und universellen Bildwelten haben in und für Köln eine besondere Bedeutung? »»
Douglas Paulson & Valeria Mogilevich have been in residence at CAT from July – October. On October 22 (5-9pm) they will present and read from their new artist book “Wie man ein Gespräch mit einem Flüchtling beginnt”. The reading will be multilingual and definitely unusual. »»
During the month of October Charlotte Brohmeyer & Geraldine Rosteius are in residence at ZAIK – Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln. The two artists will show the first results of their research in the context of a studio showing on October 21 (8.30pm) at Quartier am Hafen. »»
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz (São Paulo) is a cultural critic and independent translator, curator, and editor. Since 2014 he is a founding member of Seminário Público Micropolíticas, a public seminar on new social movements and new forms of government, and the notion of “Micropolitics”. He holds a fellowship at the Academy of the Arts of the World from mid September until mid November 2016. »»
Monika Rinck was born 1969 in Zweibrücken, Rhineland-Palatinate and lives in Berlin. Since 1989, after her university years devoted to Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, she published several books in a number of publishing houses. Her most recent poetrybook HONIGPROTOKOLLE (Honey Protocolls) came out in 2012, for which she was awarded the Huchel-Preis 2013. Followed by RISIKO UND IDIOTIE (Risk and Idiocy), Essays, in Spring 2015. Monika Rinck is member of the P.E.N.-Club, the Lyrikknappschaft Schöneberg, the Akademy of Arts Berlin and the German Academy for Language and Literature. »»
Marta Pujades (*1990, Palma de Mallorca) is an artist who habitually has recourse to the image in its photographic form, with a portrait base, as a medium for exploring the identity and roles that human beings take on socially. She currently holds a scholarship by “Michael Horbach Stiftung” Cologne, where she is also in residence until early September 2016.
The Academy of the Arts of the World welcomes Madhusree Dutta who is a filmmaker, curator and pedagogue born 1959 in India. She is the founder and executive director of Majlis, a centre for rights discourse and multi-disciplinary art initiatives in Mumbai, where she currently lives. Madhusree Dutta will be a fellow at the Academy of the Arts of the Worls from mid August – November 20, 2016.
In the context of its 2016 and 2017 summer residency, the Cologne-based “Büro für Brauchbarkeit” is conducting an artist/curator exchange with the Athens-based off-space “3 137”. From mid August – mid September the Büro für Brauchbarkeit welcomes Kosmas Nikolaou from Athens, while in 2017 members of Büro für Brauchbarkeit will visit 3 137 in Greece.
“Sympathy for the other?” is an interdisciplinary documentary film project organized by ifs (internationale filmschule köln) and Beit Berl College (BBC), Israel. The topic is “notions of identity in multicultural societies in Israel and Germany”. From mid August until mid September four BBC students will come to North Rhine-Westfalia, while selected ifs students will realize projects in Israel.
Documentary filmmaker Negar Tahsili has been appointed a fellow at the Academy of the Arts of the World from July 1 – August 14, 2016.