AiR period: April 29, – August 01, 2023



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Mariia Mytrofanova

Mariia Mytrofanova (Odessa/Berlin, 1999) is an artist and performer living and working in Berlin, Germany. 

Mariia graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of the Grekov Odesa Art School (2018) as well as from the faculty of Art and Media of Pedagogical University of Cracow (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie, 2022). She has worked in collaboration with KREaktywna in Kraków (Poland), Ufo art gallery in Cracow (Poland), and All Together Gallery in Venice (Italy). From September till December (2022) Mariia was part of DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD) in PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research).

For many years Maria's practice has evolved in textile pieces where she elaborates reflections on fragility of human existence against political, economic and climate changes. She researches human connections within family stories and archives. Her artworks are a passage through traumatic experiences of our vulnerability of presence against history.

Her recent works focus on the topics of sexual violence, gynecological oppression against women and presence of the female body in the political and cultural contexts of today. In her artworks Mariia leaves space for a particularly strong presence of her own experience that is articulated and actualized on the foundation of contemporary socio- political contexts - as a result Mariia’s artworks respond to certain demands of the society.

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Zeynep Ayse Hatipoglu

Zeynep Ayse Hatipoglu (Istanbul, 1990) is a cellist and composer engaged in contemporary music and sound art practices. 

Her performances are derived from free improvisation and experimental approaches to Turkish Makam music. Her compositions focus mainly on electroacoustic works, open formed acoustic pieces and interdisciplinary projects. She received her Ph.D. in music (2022) at the Istanbul Technical University Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), with a practice-based research about collaborative improvisation and the concept of play. She performs with various artists from the improvisation scene, including iKKi Duo, SAVT, ensemble, Heya sound project. Recent works include: iKKi Duo’s album release 'Nine Stages of Not Arriving' (2023), 'impro/play', site-specific solo performance and workshop, Istanbul Fringe Festival, SSM, Istanbul (2022).

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Olsen Wolf

(St. Georgen, 1975)

My works are investigations of the human-machine interface. A special focus is put on everyday technologies with which we are constantly confronted and that shape our human existence, our preferences and our behavioural patterns. Examples are the opening of the boot at the push of a button, the automatic room scenting system or the robotic lawnmower. All of these examples are automata – machines or computers – that carry out certain activities for humans with the help of programming. Technology can thus be understood as the effort to save humans effort.

My artistic practice focuses on finding poetic perspectives onto the carrot hanging in front of our noses in the form of technology. It's attraction is conveyed for instance through the promise of saving effort and time, exemption from necessity, innovation or just an UltraHD resolution.

In my sculptures, objects and installations, the functional and rational logic of technology is counteracted with humour and wit. For me, a form of resistance against the functionalism of the Lebenswelt (life-world) in the "practical" sense. Seen in this light, my works are poetic attempts beyond meaningful logic, efforts to liquidate factual reality in the idling of its remote-controlled automatism. This is done in the hope that the works will pose questions against the domination of purpose or, more precisely, subordination to utility, because unquestioned the useless is peeved.

After training as a carpenter, I studied Media Arts at the HdK Zurich and Bellas Artes at the Universidad Barcelona, in 2018 a PhD in Media Arts and Technology at Queen Mary, University of London was completed. My work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group shows and I have given workshops as well as lectures in various contexts. I'm a founding- and board-member of the non-profit art association Global Forest, based in St. Georgen in the Black Forest, where I currently live and work.

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