Since 2016, Liese Kingma has been the main curator and concept developer of the FREI[T]RÄUME conference. Through her work, she has managed to unite artists, activists, spaces, urban changemakers and political change makers in stroboscopic motion. Next to the curational work, shei a project developer of the Space of Urgency Platform. With her work in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna and Helsinki, she has been sparking interaction and collaboration between self-organized socio-cultural actors and local governments towards implementing simplified access to space for self organized culture. Together with the Space of Urgency team, Liese is currently advising the Free Space Policy developments in Amsterdam as well as building the online space of Urgency platform , For FREI[T]RÄUME 2021, Liese is the main project lead & curator.
University of Applied Arts Vienna | Nxt Museum | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bogomir Doringer is Serbian / Dutch artist, researcher and curator. He is doing Artistic Research PhD 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 or reaction to social and political changes. Investigating collective and individual dynamics of the dance floor. For more then 10 years he was researching ritual of masking in the post 9/11 society and role of mask in contemporary times, under the tittle FACELESSS. Bogomir is curator and head of education and research at Nxt Museum in Amsterdam. He is speaking and teaching internationally. He is co-curator of FREI[T]RÄUME since 2014. Have been contributing to various international music festivals, club programs and institutions.
Joice Biazoto is a communications expert, nonprofit project manager and facilitator. She has a background in radio and print journalism and international nonprofit public relations as well as cross-cultural, cross-sector communications training and consulting. She is passionate about co-creating safe(r) spaces for horizontal, intersectional and collaborative creative processes. Joice is also a singer and member of the feminist, queer and body-positive vocal collective Heart Chor. For FREI[T]RÄUME, Joice represents the work of Actors of Urban Change and co-curates the Spaces of Adaptation program.
ANITA KEVIN (DJ TURKANA)
DJ TURKANA aka Anita Kevin is a South Sudanese DJ , Rapper and producer played Nyege Nyege festival and CTM Festival 2020. Played Boiler Room in isolation in 2020. Often playing at Underground parties in Kampala, also under Anti Mass a series of roving, riotous, art & music happenings based in Kampala and Fourmanysisters a femme spirit female collective party under Nyege Nyege. Currently working on a compilation / collaborative project between Nevernormal and Anti mass, the compilation will result from collaborative experiments between African and Afro-diasporic artists. Turkana is also spending time working on her EP with Hakuna kulala in Kampala. Constantly pushing to learn new things and eager for knowledge and experiencing people and music. Genre of music: Hard dance, Experimental and Combinations of most genres. Radio guest shows- NTS, Nevernormal, Rinse FM, Pan African Music and more.
Ela Kagel specializes in the intersection of culture, technology and economy. As both digital strategist and cultural planner she develops innovative approaches to public infrastructure and self-organization. From this perspective, she has produced media art exhibitions, designed spaces for cultural exchange and helped establish digital platforms, networks and communities. During her time as program curator for the Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture in Berlin, Ela developed the Free Culture Incubator, a series of workshops and events based on free and open culture. Central to Ela’s practice is supporting bottom-up initiatives deeply rooted in particular communities of practice. In 2010 Ela co-founded SUPERMARKT, an independent hub for digital culture and collaborative economy in Berlin. Ela still serves as managing partner of SUPERMARKT and organizes the year-round program of events, workshops and community gatherings. In 2019, Ela co-founded Platform Cooperatives Germany together with other pioneers of the cooperative, digital economy. In 2021, Ela has kicked off MoneyLab Berlin, a series of events on the topics of sustainable finance, inclusive tech, community-based currencies and progressive monetary systems. Her current work focus is building a network of platform coops in Germany and supporting cooperative start-ups in their initial stages of development.
Stacco Troncoso is an avid synthesizer of information and a radical polymath working towards elemental, people-led change on a burning planet. Stacco lives, breathes, teaches and writes on the Commons, P2P politics and economics, open culture, post-growth futures, Platform and Open Cooperativism, decentralized governance, blockchain and more as part of DisCO.coop, Commons Transition and Guerrilla Translation.
Co-Founder of Nyege Nyege | Kampala, Uganda
Co-founder of Kampala based collective and incubator Nyege Nyege. In addition to organizing ongoing parties and an artist residency, the collective runs two record labels and a multi-day annual festival. At 9,000 attendees, it is the biggest electronic music festival in East Africa.
Cultural Manager | Space of Urgency | Berlin, Germany
Arno Bouma is a cultural manager and project developer. He specializes in the support of self-organized actors and building bridges towards decision makers. Previously managing a cultural community centre in Amsterdam, he is now part of the Space of Urgency project and board member of Kollektiv Spieltrieb e.V. in Berlin. He works closely together with self-organized cultural spaces as well as public administrations throughout Europe to improve the access to urban space for bottom-up cultural actors.
Ivan March is a part-time campaign designer, music & arts festival curator, podcaster, and full-time SciFi nerd, butt pirate & counterculture fanatic. He is the Communications Director of the grassroots-social-movement-backing Guerrilla Foundation based in Berlin and Cultural Curator of the Waking Life Festival in rural Portugal. Beyond resting in hammocks, his main concerns are exploring how rave culture, political art, queer theory and solarpunk can guide radical societal transformation. He talks a lot about analytical psychology, gardening, pleasure activism, drug policy reform & self-organized communal living. He digs anime, long distance cycling, LSD & free diving.
David Lezhava is a long-time activist for electronic music and nightlife culture in Tbilisi. In 1990s as the head of music programming/producer on Channel 2, laid the grounds for the appreciation of modern Georgian music and youth subculture. For 7 years he served as a director of Electronauts, a foundation that had a massive impact on the development of Georgian electronic music scene. With the advent of Covid-19, he co-founded CCIU Georgia, a non-profit umbrella organization and through its Act4culture platform raised funds to aid Georgian electronic music entities and artists.
Cultural activist, sociologist, promoter, raver, DJ and project manager at Clubcommission Berlin, Ilja Minaev has gained different perspectives on club culture and alternative cultural spaces throughout the years. Growing up in Moscow, experiencing the political pressure and closure of alternative spaces, made him aware of the importance of free and autonomous cultural space for the city and the society. Ilja has deepened this awareness with the knowledge and research that he conducted during his studies in history, political sciences and cultural sociology. Through his active participation in the cultural scenes of multiple European cities he has gathered insights into different spaces and modes of cultural production. In the past years Ilja has been coordinating the Free Open Air Round Tables and supporting FEF Freiflächen Entwicklung Fortbildung project at Clubcommission Berlin. Since 2020 he is also member of the extended board of Love Foundation e.V, the German part of the global network of cultural activists that raise funds for WASH projects in collaboration with Viva con Aqua. This year Ilja is part of the projects Kultur im Grünen and Draussenstadt, as well as Tag der Clubkultur at Clubcommission Berlin.
He was born in the same year as CDs and the .COM domain. Inspired by Lego
and Rave Culture, he blends everything through advertising. With constant thirst for more
Architectural industry his interests and experiences in design led him to work at the 2010 Libyan State Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo, to serving as a lead event manager at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2015, to producing projects at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture in collaboration with DARCH fromETH Zurich.
Mersel has been active in the Sarajevo Creative Industries scene since the early 2000s. More recently, he recognized the potential for the networking of the music industry in the Balkans and launched the BAM-C Balkan Advanced Music Conference, now running for three years. His passion project is Klabika that brought Solomun to his homeland, and in a 5-year circle he managed to close the city’s main street to throw a 15K-strong rave in 2019.
He is the president of the Association for Procreation and Development of Future Ideas – Neocor in Sarajevo, and over these past two years has concentrated his efforts on the MICE Industry. Currently he is working with BAM-C on a global initiative United We Stream for the Balkans and Rave Culture, he blends everything through advertising. With constant thirst for more Architectural industry becomes s an adventure and his experience in design led to working on the 2010 Libyan State Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo, to serving as a lead event manager at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2015, to producing projects at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture in collaboration with DARCH from ETH Zurich.
Art & Cultural scientist | Hidden Institute | Berlin, Germany
Iver Ohm works as an independent art and cultural scientist. He studied art history, art education, philosophy, cultural studies and project management and has taught in recent years at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Bern University of the Arts, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Bremen. In addition to his work at the Hidden Institute, he is active in various cultural and urban policy initiatives and projects in Berlin. His main fields of interest are on intersections of culture, public spaces, self-organized spaces and urban governance.
Director & Documentary film-maker | Cameltown | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan Beddegenoodts is a director & documentary film maker with a background as a photographer and the mayor of Cameltown. The last 10 years he has been creating films about resistance, rave-culture and everything in between art and activism. He uses a cinematographic style to portray people with their passion and struggles. His work zooms in on a micro-reality to bring urgent matters to a world wide audience. You can watch his films online at www.cameltown.org
Author & Activist | ZAD Notre Dame des Landes | Nantes, France
Labelled 'Domestic Extremist' by the police, and ' magician of rebellion' by the press, Jay Jordan is the co-founder of the direct action movements the ‘Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army’ and ‘Reclaim the Streets’. Now with the 'Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination' JJ brings artists and activists together co-designing tools of disobedience. Author, art activist, part-time sex worker full time trouble maker, Jay inhabits the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, an autonomous liberated zone where direct action cancelled an airport project.
And more to be announced!
Collective | Berlin, Germany
Kollage Kollectiv is a Berlin-based art collective composed of autodidactic multimedia explorers with a shared vision and driven by a strong ethos. They transform recycled materials into interactive installations through innovative design, engineering and technology. The fundamental truth of our times is that resources are finite. Thinking in cyclical rather than linear terms can change that, reusing and repurposing disposables to maximize their potential, they artistically demonstrate how trash is a source of inspiration and wish to democratize the making of art.
a program by MitOst e.V. supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and in direct partership with Nights Stadt Nach Acht conference supported by Livekomm, LiveMusikKommission Verband der Musikspielstätten Deutschland e.V.