Photo: Tobias Bohm

Aurélie Maurin (2022-2024)


Aurélie Maurin, born in Paris, has lived in Berlin since 2000 as a curator, literary translator, and editor. In 2001, she co-founded the VERSschmuggel poetry series at Wunderhorn Verlag and edited it until 2017. She currently heads the TOLEDO program of the German Translator Fund, for which she initiated the Journals and Cities of Translators series as well as the international poetry translators‘ meeting JUNIVERS. In 2021 she took over – together with Ulf Stolterfoht – the artistic direction of the poetry meeting in Münster. She was also a spokesperson for the Coalition of the Free Scene Berlin for Literature and a juror for the Berlin Senate’s working grants for literature and for the City Tax cultural funds. Most recently published: Junivers, vom Übersetzen eines Verses, Verlag Urs Engeler 2022 and Apollo 18, Expeditionen zu Apollinaire, Verlag Das Wunderhorn 2021. Aurélie Maurin is – together with Dominik Sell – also on the road as a musician and songwriter.

Photo: Lars Fleischmann

Michaela Predeick (2024-2026)


Michaela Predeick is the dramaturge of the international literature festival “poetica” at the University of Cologne and is doing her doctorate as a literary scholar on figurations of depression in contemporary literature and theater. She studied art history, German language and literature as well as theater, film and television studies in Cologne and worked in dramaturgy at Schauspiel Köln and Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg – both under the directorship of Karin Beier. She has been a research assistant at the University of Cologne since 2019, where she teaches on the Theories and Practices of Professional Writing course. In addition, Michaela Predeick regularly moderates and organizes readings; in August 2024, she will launch “Unruly Readings”, a series for literature and performance in Cologne that she co-curated.

Photo: Eric Berghen

Deniz Utlu (2024-2026)


Deniz Utlu, born in Hanover in 1983, is a writer and essayist. For his novel „Vater Meer“ (2023), he received the Bavarian Book Prize as well as the LiteraTour Nord Literature Prize and the Special Prize of the European Union Prize for Literature, an excerpt of which was awarded the Alfred Döblin Prize before publication. The novel „Gegen Morgen“ was published in 2019. His novel „Die Ungehaltenen“ (2014) was adapted for the stage at the Maxim Gorki Theater. Utlu researches international human rights policy at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. He teaches literary writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig and at the Institute for Language Arts in Vienna. Utlu lives and works in Berlin.

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Maren Jungclaus (2023-2025)


Maren Jungclaus, born in 1969, studied comparative literature, German studies, art history and German as a foreign language in Bonn, interspersed with longer stays abroad in the USA, Sweden and Russia. Since 1998, she has worked at the Literaturbüro NRW in Düsseldorf, where she conceives and organizes international, national and interdisciplinary projects.

Visual Arts

Georg Imdahl (2024-2026)


Georg Imdahl, born in Münster in 1961, lives as an art critic in Düsseldorf. Since 2011, he has held the professorship for Art and the Public at the Kunstakademie Münster. He completed his doctorate in 1995 at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke on the early work of Martin Heidegger („Das
Understanding Life“, Würzburg 1997). Most recent book publication: „Ausbeute. Santiago Sierra und die Historizität der zeitgenössischen Kunst“, Fundus series with Philo Fine Arts publishers, 2nd ed. Hamburg 2023.

Photo: Peter Lütje

Meike Behm (2024-2026)


Meike Behm is an art historian and curator. She has been director of the Kunsthalle Lingen and managing director of the Kunstverein Lingen since 2009 and chairwoman of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine e.V. (ADKV) since 2014.
In 1995, Meike Behm founded the independent exhibition space “rraum” in Frankfurt am Main, where she realized numerous solo exhibitions until 2006, first in Frankfurt am Main, then in Hamburg together with the artist Peter Lütje, including Haegue Yang. Henrik Olesen, Claus Richter and Kirsten Pieroth. In 2001, she co-curated the group exhibition “Frankfurter Kreuz. Transformations of the Everyday in Contemporary Art” at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main and from 2006 to 2008 she was a research assistant at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, where she curated a solo exhibition with the Canadian artist Luis Jacob. At the Kunsthalle Lingen, Meike Behm is responsible for solo exhibitions with nationally and internationally renowned artists, including Marjetica Potrc, Judith Hopf, Ian Kiaer and Bettina von Arnim, as well as for group exhibitions on currently relevant themes such as identity and role play, role model and homage or feminism.
Meike Behm is the editor of numerous catalogs on contemporary artists and the author of art history texts, including on the history of art associations in Germany. She lives and works in Lingen (Ems).

Rebekka Seubert (2022-2024)


Rebekka Seubert, born in 1985 in Frankfurt am Main, has been artistic director of the Dortmunder Kunstverein since 2020. After binational studies at the Universities of Regensburg and Clermont-Ferrand (German-French studies, focus on institutions and culture) and art studies at the École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, she worked as curatorial assistant at the exhibition hall Portikus, Frankfurt (2014) as well as at the Bonner Kunstverein (2017). In 2014-16 she held a teaching position at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg at the invitation of Prof. Silke Grossmann. In 2018, she co-founded the temporary project space Il Caminetto in Hamburg with artist Fion Pellacini and organized exhibitions with Lucy Raven (2018) and Georges Adéagbo (2019) as a freelance curator. As Artistic Director of Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2018-2020), she worked on exhibitions with Chris Reinecke, assume vivid astro focus, and Dara Friedman, among others. In Dortmund she showed first institutional solo exhibitions in Germany by Alison Yip, Theresa Weber, Iván Argote and James Gregory Atkinson and opens the Kunstverein for diverse local and international collaborations.

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Sam Hopkins (2024-2026)


Sam Hopkins is an artist and scholar who is attentive to the ways in which narratives and truths are encoded and produced by different media. His work is rooted in Kenya and engages with specific networks to collectively interrupt authoritative narratives of power. He explores various ways of ‚co-producing‘ artworks as counter narratives that can be read both within and beyond the gallery/museum. Hopkins has participated in various international exhibitions, including biennales in Lagos, Dakar, Poznan, and Moscow, and has exhibited at a wide range of museums and galleries, including the Dortmunder U, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Goodman Gallery, and Richard Taittinger Gallery. His work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian, Gendenkstätte Buchenwald, Abteiberg Museum, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum and the Iwalewahaus. In 2014 he was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and continues to develop his research in Nairobi.


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Stefan Beyer (2024-2026)


Stefan Beyer, born in Braunschweig, studied music and composition in Leipzig and Gothenburg. He is an alumnus of the Schöppingen artists‘ village as well as other residencies in Rolandswerth, Wiepersdorf, Schreyahn, Paris and Los Angeles. He was a fellow of the Else Heiliger Fund and is a winner of the Toru Takemitsu Award. He has collaborated with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Ensemble Modern, among others. Stefan Beyer is a founding member and chairman of the group forma Leipzig and is also active as a concert organizer (2023/24 Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and Elbphilharmonie). He lives and works in Berlin.

Mark Barden (2024-2026)


Mark Barden (born 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) composes concert music and sound installations with and without live musicians. Barden has been Professor of Composition at the Detmold University of Music since 2020.
Barden has received numerous international awards for his compositional work, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Composer Award, 1st prize in the Konzerthaus Berlin’s multimedia competition “Interactive Composition”, the GEMA German Music Authors‘ Award, a scholarship award from the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, the 2016 commission from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, as well as residency scholarships from the Academy of Arts Berlin, the German Study Center in Venice and the Künstlerhof Schreyahn. His works are frequently performed at major festivals (Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Éclat, Acht Brücken, Ultraschall, Royaumont, Présences, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, et al.) by musicians such as Klangforum Wien, ensemble intercontemporain, Nic Hodges, Ensemblekollektiv, ensemble recherche, the Mivos Quartet, KNM Berlin, ELISION, Ensemble Mosaik and others.