Ralf Schmitt
Ralf SchmittFounder & co-director
Ralf Schmitt (*1964) lives and works in Berlin. From 1985 to 1989 he studied communication design at the Fachhochschule Würzburg and from 1989 to 1995 fine art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main under Prof. Hermann Nitsch. From 1998 to 2008 he ran the project space “Förderkoje®” in Berlin. From 2005 – 2015 he was the co-founder, managing director and co-director of PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR. From 2008 – 2015 he was the founder and artistic host of “”. He is one of the initiators of the BERLIN ART WEEK established in 2012. From 2013 – 2016 he was teaching at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. Since 2015 he has been the co-founder, managing director and co-director of BERLIN ART INSTITUTE.

Stephanie Jünemann
Stephanie JünemannFounder & co-director
Stephanie Jünemann (*1963) lives and works in Berlin. From 1989 to 1995 she studied fine art at the Kunsthochschule of the University of Kassel in the interdiscipliny class of Prof. Norbert Radermacher and attended philosophical lectures and seminars held by Prof. Dr. Hannes Böhringer. She has been living and working in Berlin since 1997. From 2000 to 2006 she worked as an artistic research assistant with Prof. Norbert Radermacher at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and from 2010 to 2012 as substitute professor in the basic class. From 2009 – 2014 she was also active in the area of art and education at schools in Berlin, where she realized artistic projects with children and youths. Since 2015 she has been the co-founder, managing director and co-director of BERLIN ART INSTITUTE.

Our Guest Lecturers

We work together with a pool of artists, curators, critics, and authors. Based to the specific needs and interests of the participants of the studio program, we invite them to deliver guest lectures, discuss artistic work, or hold seminars. The guest lecturers from different artistic disciplines work with various media including painting, sculpture, drawing, film/video, installation, architecture, photography, illustration, intervention, and performance.

Born 1971 in Salzburg, Austria

He lives in Berlin.

He studied at the Academies of Fine Arts in Vienna/Austria and Athens/Greece

His work was shown at following venues:

Galerie Krinzinger/Vienna, Derek Eller Gallery/New York City, Nina Menocal Gallery/Mexico City, Bonner Kunstverein/Bonn, Bawag Contemporary/Vienna, Museum der Moderne/Salzburg, Marta/Herford, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, …

He received – among others – the Great Art Prize of Salzburg and the Villa Romana Prize.

born 1964 Weert, The Netherlands

William Engelen is a visual artist and composer, born in the Netherlands, living and working in Berlin. His work traverses the spectrum between visual arts and music, poaching strategies from each field to test the boundaries between image and sound. The output includes installations, performances, videos, musical scores and even models.

His compositions are written by visually responding to a given locale—whether it be a museum, a church, a construction site, or the artist’s own belly—and then finding a method of acoustic translation. The final work might return to its site of origin or be transferred to yet other spaces such as parks, city squares, silos, museums, or programmed into mobile phones. His musical scores are not written using traditional notation, but with drawing techniques that in turn form their own musical logic. As a performance, they are a collaborative negotiation of the different variables set up by the artist. Though they are bounded by rules, they are irreproducible.

born in 1963 in Zeil/Main

Artist and Communication Designer (FH)

working stations in Bamberg, Köln and Münster

since 2000 living and working in Berlin.

– Since 2010 workshops and management of the media studio of Vincentino e.V.

– Since 2006 founding of the design and art studio »RAUMbilder«

– Since 1985 different exhibitions and art projects

Berlin-based, Czech-born (*1984) artist Martin Kohout’s early study background is in film (FAMU, Prague) and fine arts (UdK, Berlin and Städelschule, Frankfurt). His work has a strong grounding in research, both academic and qualitative. His practice spans a wide range of medium such as film, sculpture, installation, print, events, and publications. In addition to that he produces music under the name of TOLE and runs the independent publishing house TLTRPreß. In 2017, Martin won the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young Czech artists. Martin works with Exile in Vienna, Austria, and Polansky Gallery in Prague and Brno, Czech Republic. Martin is also a teaching assistant at The Studio of Photography at AAAD in Prague.

Born 1984 in Northeim, Deutschland

Lives and works in Berlin, Kassel and Hattorf am Harz


2012 Meisterschülerin Urs Lüthi

2012 Graduation with honour; Urs Lüthi, Joel Baumann

2011 Gueststudent John Bock Karlsruhe

2011 Residency and workshoporganisation, Art Academy Hangzhou, China, DAAD scholarship

2010 Kunsthochschule Kassel, Porf. Urs Lüthi, Joel Baumann, Bjorn Melhus

2008 University of Finearts, Taiwan, residency/ research year in New York City

2007 Kunsthochschule Kassel, Prof Bjorn Melhus

2006 Kunsthochschule Kassel, Prof. Else Gabriel

2005 Kunsthochschule Kassel, Prof. Eva Maria Schön

2004 Abitur, Gymnasium Corvinianum

Awards and scholarships

2014 Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Projektstipendium

2014 Canale Grande, Urbahne Künste Ruhr, Arbeitsstipendium

2013 Preis der Zippelstiftung, Kasseler Kunstpreis

2012 DAAD Reise Stipendium China

2010 Preis des Unternehmenspark Kassel

2008 DAAD Stipendium für Workshop Taiwan

born 1978 Dresden, GDR, since 2003 in Berlin

sculptress, specializing in the field of air- and spacetravel

Fine Arts/ Sculpture – M.F.A. 2010 – Berlin-Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin

Contemporary art and Literature – Ph.D. 2010 – Technical University Dresden,

University of East Anglia Norwich/ U.K., Universita Cattolica Milano/ Italy (Erasmus)

Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee: Associate Professor (2013-15), Associate Lecturer (2012/13), Associate Instructor (2011/12) – Interdisciplinary Project Space “Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz” // Technische Universität Dresden: Associate Instructor Art Pedagogy (2011-12), Assistant Lecturer Art History (2009/10), Associate Instructor Art and Media design (2005-08)

Awards/Grants (selection)

2012 – studio grant, BBK Berlin, 2011 – DAAD travel grant, Russia, 2010 – Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium, City of Berlin, 2010 – PhD Award – Department of Philosophy, TU Dresden, 2009 – Mart Stam Award, 2005 – German National Academic

Exhibitions and projects

in Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ecuador, USA

geb. 1959 in München, lebt und arbeitet in Berlin

1980-1986 Architekturstudium in München

1990-1996 Studium an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt am Main bei Martin Kippenberger, Peter Cook und Thomas Bayrle

Ausstellungen (Auswahl)


„Blitz“, Apartment Draschan, Wien – Berlin

Gruppenausstellung mit Martin Städeli, Thaddäus Hüppi, Marc Bijl, Catherine Lorent u.a.

“Schlecker I” SpeckerGroup, Berlin

Gruppenausstellung mit Alexandra Baumgartner, Thomas Draschan, Marcus Weber u.a.

Raw Art Fair, Rotterdam, Skulpturenpräsentation, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

“Uhu” und “UTA”, Ausstellungsprojekte der Kunsthochschule Weissensee zur Art Week, Berlin


„yes or no“, works on paper and sculptures, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag (Einzelausstellung)

„Face the Face“, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

“Group Show“, Galerie Sebastian Brandl, Köln


„On the road again“ Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

Gruppenausstellung mit Jan Dibbets, Birgit Vewer, James Brown, Jörg Immendorf u.a.

„zeigen“, Galerie Sebastian Brandl


„Deserted Ideologies“, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag (Einzelausstellung)

„Drawings and Paintings”” The Volta Show NY, (Einzelpräsentation)

“Lokalkosmos“, Gallery Sebastian Brandl, Köln (Einzelausstellung)


“Rock, Paper, Scissors”, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

Gruppenausstellung mit James Brown, Jannis Kounellis, Raquel Maulwurf u.a.


„Not strictly platonic“, Galerie Sebastian Brandl, Köln (Einzelausstellung)

„Heidi im Land von Martin Kippenberger“, Collection Rausch, Goethe-Institut Bordeaux

„Good Constellation / Clear Vision“, Galerie Jürgen Wolfstädter, Frankfurt a. M. (Einzelausstellung)

1971 born in Munich, grown up in Bamberg, Germany

1994 studies at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art & Design, Halle/Saale, Germany

with Prof. Una. H. Moehrke

1996 studies at Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, Germany

with Prof. Timm Ulrichs

2000 Masterstudent of Prof. Timm Ulrichs

Diploma Fine Art (Totalkunst and Sculpture)

2000 Founding of Felixleiter – Space for Art, Berlin (project space till 2002)

2006 Founding of Frederik Foert Gallery, Berlin (project space till 2007)

so far nearly untroubled by any grants or stipends

since 2000 numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad

Lives and works in Berlin (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Beijing (China)

Lukas Feireiss works as curator, writer, artist and educator in the international mediation of contemporary cultural reflexivity beyond disciplinary boundaries. He attained his graduate education in Comparative Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethnology. His Berlin-based creative practice Studio Lukas Feireiss aims at the critical cut-up and playful re-evaluation of creative and intellectual production modes and their diverse socio-cultural and medial conditions. Lukas Feireiss is author and editor of numerous books, and curator of manifold exhibitions. He has lectured and taught at various universities worldwide including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ETH Swiss Institute of Technology, University of Arts Berlin, University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Arts Linz and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, and is head of the new Master’s programme Radical Cut-Up at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.