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Overwhelming Imagination

My second stay in Beijing is about to come – I’m very pleased! Together with 17 other spekars from (almost) all over the world, I’m invited to take part in the Think-Tank Conference ‘Overwheming Imagination’ at Si Shang Art Museum. I’ll contribute to the conference with a talk about Biennials in the first panel about ‘Global Politics of Art’. Thanks to I: Projectspace for the enourmous effort in bringing us together. See you in a bit!

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new talents

stay tuned for the 5th edition of new talents – biennale cologne..
taking place from 21 May to 5 June in Cologne..

this year with a cooperation with the Marrakech Biennale and the Havana Biennale as well as two chinese participants (which I’m taking care of).




Have a look at the selected artists and the festival programme >>>

MOFF 13 – Interview

The 13th Edition of Moff Magazine arrived! ‘MOFF – Cologne Artists in Conversation’ is a voluntary mammal project by Stefanie Klingemann, who asks Cologne artist to talk. This is my most favourite magazine in Cologne, so I was very happy to participate:

From page 7 onwards, I talk with Achim Mohné about his relation to apparatuses, performances, lasers, world travels and the Cologne music scene. 


(Get one, it’s free….! Design by Julia Majewski)

Ghetto Biennale

..back from China, off to Port au Prince to participate in the 4th Ghetto Biennale – KREYÒL, VODOU and the LAKOU : Forms of Resistance together with REMOTEWORDS! Looking forward to write down some experiences afterwards.



It was quite a challenge to support Achim Mohné and Uta Kopp with their gobal project ONE EARTH UNIES MANY WORLDS.

And it was absolutely worth it.

Not only that I could join them to Johannesburg and Port au Prince, I also gained so  many impressions and experiences that it’s hard to believe it took less than a year to realize their inscription. The sentence is spread via five roofs on five continents and was authored by Peter Weibel for the ZKM GLOBALE.


installed in Taipei at Taipei Artist Village, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Ghetto Biennale, in Kliptown, Johannesburg at SKY – Soweto Kliptown Youth, in Auckland at MIT, Manukau Institute of Technology and ZKM – Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe.

More info and GPS coordinates to find all roofs in the virtual globe >>> on their website >>>


Great country with a great firewall..


Currently living in…

It’s on!

Please check out dates, schedules, venues and artists at
and be our guest.

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Unglaublich! I’ll be part of HuTan Cultural Managers Exchange Programme by Goethe-Institut and Stiftung Mercator!

For this I’ll be matched with a Chinese tandem partner, joining me at all the ‘stuff’ I’m doing in Cologne and will be sent to China in reverse for getting to know about everything s/he’s doing there. The Programme starts with intensive theory courses in Germany at the end of August and finishes after a break at the beginning of December in China.

Six weeks in Shanghai and Beijing here we come! Can’t wait to go.

-> HuTan


Publication available!

It’s been some time, but good stuff needs some time, sometimes:

Our publication arrived! Searching for the White Cube, an exhibition project I carried out with Sandra Jasper and many many supporters as an initiative from the MinusEins Experimentallabor led my Mischa Kuball from KHM 2013 in Bochum is finally documented and printed.

Searching for the White Cube  – edited by Lisa Bensel, Sandra Jasper und Mischa Kuball

It was a lot of work, but the book feels good in hands and contains not only documentation from the actual exhibition and performances in public space and at many off spaces in Bochum, but also additional reflective texts by authors as Eduardo da Conceicao, Vanessa Joan Müller, Georg Mallitz, Tobias Prinz and an interview amongst participants.

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Thank you thank you to all who helped a lot and a long time – first and foremost Sandra and Ecki for their massive input.

25th roof

and it’s on.. the 25th roof of REMOTEWORDS, a project by Achim Mohné and Uta Kopp I could assist the past weeks, officially was opened during the 25 years ceremony of the KHM Cologne. This one sais ‘WHITE GROUND BLACK SQUARE’ referring to Malewitsch’ 1915 work, that also served as a base for the KHM Logo Design 25 years ago.

By scanning the (actually 121m² big) QR Code, flying-byers are directed to the website of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.


REMOTEWORDS 25 by Mohne und Kopp


A well written text about pixels and analog hacking is published in the KHM Journal N°2, btw.