Archipel e.V

The transdisciplinary association Archipel e.V is a non-profit organisation recently founded in Berlin, Germany. The association pursues a public-spirited promotion of art and culture. It is an advocate for tolerance in all areas of culture and the concept of international understanding. It is also concerned with a sustainable relationship with nature and understands ecology in wider terms, highlighting diversity and complexity, promoting cross-communication and entanglement of all there is, especially the emancipation of entities that have been pushed to the margins.

The realization of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects is the main purpose of the association. We initiate art and educational social projects on local, regional and international scales. Our goal is to connect with all possible interested parties in social, ecological and individual topics through art and culture.

Our thematic priority is to create awareness of the growing complexity of our social reality through cross-cultural communication and diversity, applied to practical and playful projects and the training of multipliers, determined by the following methods of expression and non-formal learning:

In addition, Archipel e.V. works with external partners on the conception, planning, organization and implementation of projects that meet the goals of the association. We have established and hope to watch grow a network of individuals, organizations and venues, not only in Berlin but worldwide, with whom and where we mutually support the realization of up and coming visions.

Members of Archipel e.V are artists involved with science, technology and the humanities, as well as scientists and technologists who see in the arts a realm to expand their practice, research, reach and methodology.

Christ van Leest is a product designer graduated at the Universit der Künste in Berlin, whose passion for collective work, creativity, materials and building has always been applied to visionary projects with innovative social and ecological content.

Corinne Halter is a cultural theorist, with a background in theater and film. She holds a BA and a MA from the Humboldt Universit Berlin in Cultural Theory and History and has studied at the Department of Visual Culture at Goldsmith Collage, London, the Universit der Künste Berlin, and the film arche Berlin. Her research fields comprise deconstruction, theories of passivity, audio-visual narratives, phenomenality of voice and language, as well as documentary filmmaking and photography. She has worked as performer, assistant of director, and production assistant in various theater and film productions in Berlin and abroad. Furthermore, she has worked in social institutions occupied with mental health as well as the care of children. Her constant interest in the body and its relations to praxis and the everyday strongly influence her theoretical and practical engagements.

Ela Spalding is an artist and cultural producer with a degree in visual and performing arts, and a passion for the ways in which humans relate with the natural and built environment. Her work focuses on the nature-culture relationship and facilitating connections between people, ecosystems and disciplines. She is founder and creative director of Estudio Nuboso - a platform for art and ecology in Panama; as well as Associate Curator in the Center for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (UK). She shares her time between Panama and Berlin.

Florian Bendsen is an engineer graduated from the Institute for Energy Technology at the Technische Universit Berlin. He is specialized in ecological engineering and sustainable development and works since many years constructing ecological houses with the use pre-industrialization as well as up-to-date organic and sustainable technologies. He has participated and taught in several housing projects around the world.

Jovan Arsenic graduated Psychology from the University of Belgrade before studying film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. He has written and directed several shorts, documentaries and two feature films. His films has been successfully screened on many international film festivals (amongst others: Berlinale, Locarno, Montreal, Karlovy Vary...). Beside his career in film industry he is also working as a counselor for families and children, increasing his social practice after the recent influx of refugees in Berlin. On the regular basis he is giving film workshops for children and youngsters, combining the two professions.

Monaí de Paula Antunes is an artistic researcher interested on complexity and communication together with their material, spatial and political entanglements. She holds a BA in Visual Communication / Time-based media and a MFA in Arts and Media / Generative Art, and is currently enrolled in a MA program in Visual Communication / Development of Spatial Systems, all at the Universit der Künste Berlin. She has participated in many collaborative projects, specially Arts & Sciences collaborations, developing alternative transdisciplinary models for the articulation, research and display of complex phenomena.

Niko de Paula Lefort (a.k.a. niko ‘shaddah’ lfo and Nicolas Lefort) is a french composer, performer and music technologist. His artist statement implies that musical instruments are technologies for reaching higher levels of communication, perception and ultimately, higher states of consciousness - that compositions and performances are meant to induce.His focus on improvised music realms and complex interaction systems lead him to explore dialogs between traditional instruments and modern / contemporary live electronics, game theory applied to composition and instrument design and audiovisual software design implementing Machine Learning algorithms. niko@archipel.community

Roman Snihurowych, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist researching empathy and placebo effects, psychological and creative processes in the arts.

Silvia Noronha is a multimedia designer whose work is firmly critical and permeates different realms of the arts. Her speculative practice is always linked to ecological and political issues and brings to Design an unique and necessary questioning. She studied in Brazil, Germany and Denmark and held several exhibitions, residencies and prices in those countries and abroad.

Tina Wilke is a filmmaker and media artist from East Berlin. Influenced by her nomadic life, she works with postcolonial processes of translation between cultures, codes and protocols within the context of global mobility and digital networked communication. After her Bachelor degree in Social and Economic Communication, she studied Experimental Film and Media Art at the Universität der Künste Berlin and later a master program in Theater with New Media and Interactivity at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes in Buenos Aires.