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Futures need artistic intervention

We trouble the status quo, speculate the what if, and imagine new combinatorial factors, synergies and narratives.


Our artistic program emphasizes diversity, ambiguity, and complexity in terms of medium, practice, and discipline. It embraces artistic research, activist thinking, conceptualism, bio-design, performance art, multi-sensory art, media art – in a non exhaustive manner.


A profound re:configuration of Art as a catalyst for change is merely conveyed by ultra-contemporary artists. This generation of escapists entangle some of the pressing issues of our time – ecologies, habitat, gender, technologies, societies.

The meticulously research-based program covers a wide spectrum of formats: exhibitions, performances, artist talks, panels, lectures, workshops and studio visits. It is clustered in an annual narrative stream to explore, enact and design alternative futures.

Agenda 2023


Studio Visit / Artist Talk

with Charlie Stein

In her work Charlie Stein (*1986, Germany) deals with dominant cultural aesthetics questioning existing modes of perception within the context of a highly digitized, visually overstimulated world. Her material is gathered through extensive research and translated into drawings, installations, sculptures, paintings and text. Her focus lies on social structures, digital media and contemporary forms of communication.


She holds a postgraduate degree in fine art from the State Academy of Fine Art where she studied at the classes of Christian Jankowski and Rainer Ganahl in Stuttgart, as well as the class of Gerhard Merz in Munich. She was a recipient of a DAAD scholarship in 2010 to reside in Beijing, China. Recent exhibitions include Manifesta 11, Villa Merkel, the Songjiang Art Museum in Shanghai, Museum Villa Rot and the 2017 edition of the Istanbul Biennial.

March 29, 2023 I in person and online I Berlin I in German and English

Studio visit 6-7 (20 Euro)

Online Talk 7-8 (free access after registration)

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Holitopia® Symposium 2023

Change is now within the reach of individuals, institutions, and corporates.

An immersive real lab trilogy opening the frame for tangible fictions of co-existence

​Lab #1: The Fragile Human

Crisis, empathy, perception, synchronicity, membrane, friction, space, human scale

Lab #2: The Entropic Dream

Chaos, mind landscapes, hope, praxis of wonder, escapism, new frontiers, unpredictable encounters, alliances

Lab #3: Symbiotic Politics

Speculative fiction, regenerative sociotopes, bio-design, living prototypes, new urban realities, vertical communities, holistic ecologies

Explore. Practice. Learn. Peer-to-peer encounters.

In person I @refuturelab Berlin I in English

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Artist Talk with

Prof. Stella Geppert

The sensual ability of the body to "think itself into" the space and the body in question, into the material, the fabric and the substance, is an important aspect of Stella Geppert's work that combines sculpture, drawing, performances and interventions in public spaces. She interweaves body techniques working with the intelligence of the body along with communicative processes. She is a professor of sculptural and space-related artistic practice at the University of Art and Design in Halle (Saale). Currently, she is engaged within "Routes Of Empathy" in her research on the Empathic in Art.

June, 2023, 6 -7 pm I online I in English

Online I in English

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Studio Visit with Madeleine Schwinge


Humans as social constructs and invented beings are at the center of Madeleine Schwinge productions, in which fiction and reality blur.​ Her series "The Psychedelic Chicks" (ongoing since 2016) stages a riot band that appear in various media scenes between assemblage, collage, drawing, multiples and performance lectures. 


Schwinge uses cutouts (image and text fragments) from hybrid avant-garde magazines documenting art and cultural research in the fields of architecture, fashion, nightlife, sex, and film as main source material. These clippings are assembled for new meaning, often scanned and enlarged in digital prints, and re-composed to new fiction.


Underlining the question of the role of art in times of radical change - The Psychedelic Chicks aim to provoke rupture and critical debate. Creativity - the ability to dream, to think freely, to break with linear thinking and normative patterns of behavior - can be released and spread like sound spores throughout nature. 'The Psychedelic Chicks' are an artistic manifesto: Anyone has to change - Anyone can be a 'Psychedelic Chick'. The series has been nominated for the Social Art Award 2019.


Nov, 2 (6 -7 pm) I in person @refuturelab Berlin I in German or English

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'Art could serve as some essential guidelines for new roadmaps'
Jovana Popić (Multimedia artist, anthropologist)



The Entropic Dream

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge

All things start from the point of an initial state of disorder. It is in fact a universal tendency (of all matter and energy) to move towards a state of inert uniformity. Entropy, like decay or ruin, is a very timely view of the world - and the social system - in which we live. As individuals, we are exposed to it in our daily lives. Yet, should we pursue less 'noise' and disturbance, greater stability (in our projects, our lives or our dreams)? Or should we learn to navigate through so many multiple and contradictory dynamics? Or perhaps we should even use this state of existence in a constructive manner?


The Entropic Dream Symposion is set at a tipping point where disorder is at its peak, to dream of the conditions and modes of re-configuring new order - and thus focusses on Transformation Design.


Participants explore, practice and learn about Transformation Design through insightful exchange and experiment with catalyst thinkers from the fields of art, design, architecture and beyond. 

4 -5 Nov, 2022


Silence in Motion


Experimental film lecture by Jan-Philipp Frühsorge (Art- and film historian, curator, writer) 


5 Nov 2022

Inserted in The Entropic Dream Symposium


Tearing up Verticals


How to navigate in complexity? Artistic intelligence is pre-requisite to radical transformation. Both, art and design, are essential practices to foster ideation process and forging new ground. Parallels and symbioses of art and design. 


5 Nov 2022

Inserted in The Entropic Dream Symposium


Systemic Thinking in Transformation Design


Prof. Pelin Celik, Industrial Designer (Berlin)
Johanna Seelemann, Conceptual Designer (Leipzig)

Jutta Werner, Product Designer (Hamburg)

moderated by Cécile Nebbot, re:future lab

5 Nov 2022

Inserted in The Entropic Dream Symposium


The Fragile Human

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


The Fragile Human Symposium is a chance to dive into the hidden facets of our relationship to food, to others, to ourselves. Once you opt in, you encounter the pivotal moment when obsolete rituals and secular memories are left over, you move nude to—and from—others through interwoven dreamscapes. It is a fresh journey into the enigmatic, the unpredictable, the unknown, the vulnerable. Who knows the quest or the destination? What is at stake is the whispered re-enactment, the creative process in which you engage in—and with—the surrounding sociotope.

Participants explore, practice and learn about The Fragile Human through insightful exchange and experiment with catalyst thinkers from the fields of art, design, food and beyond. 

8 Oct, 2022


Silence in Art & Culture


interview with Nina Backman (Artist) and Gesine Borcherdt (art critic, curator and journalist) on silence as an artistic practice in art performance, culture and social experiment.  


8 Oct 2022, 1-2 pm

Inserted in The Fragile Human Symposium

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Johanna Seelemann (Leipzig / Reykjavik)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


HORTULANUS pieces are compostable furniture from low-tech materials. They use low-embodied energy resources such as corn ears, straw and loam to re-envision our relationship with nature. Playing on the pre-conception of technological achievements, the aesthetics of HORTULANUS resists traditional connotations. Its appearance goes beyond vernacular and humble to create a desirable and opulent object. The pieces celebrate the abundance within the natural world. 

15 Sept - 5 Nov, 2022


Silence Meal

Nina Backman (Berlin/ Helsinki)


The Silence Meal is a performative dining experience hosted by the Finnish artist Nina Backman. The meal follows a specific frame and is officially opened when the artist sits down. Attending to the rituals of a meal in a way that is free of verbal distraction, the communality of silence brings with it an intensity unique to the occasion. Thus, in removing the ingredient of the spoken word, guests are left free to explore a myriad of sensory experiences that can be both physical, emotional, spiritual or cultural in nature. The Silence Meal presents its guests with an opportunity to observe what emerges in place of unspoken interaction.

8 Oct 2022, 1-3 pm

Inserted in The Fragile Human Symposium


Listening to the unexpected


Silence as a concept of Heterotopie, Wunderkammer and experimental space. Listening to the emergencies at the interfaces of the unexpected.


8 Oct 2022

Inserted in The Fragile Human Symposium

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Interwoven chronicles.

An artistic dialogue on a fictive crossroad between two Weltinnenraums


Jovana Popić (Berlin)

Madeleine Schwinge (Berlin)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge

29 April - 28 May 2022

(1) Jovana Popić, 
(2) Madeleine Schwinge, Goldschatz, Assemblage, 20 x 20 cm, 2017



Art for the Anthropocene / Vol2

The Whole Earth 2045.

Memories and Bodies from a Future

Johanna Bruckner (Zurich),

Grégory Chatonsky (Paris),

Parsons & Charlesworth (Chicago)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


6 Nov 2021 - 26 Feb 2022

(1) Johanna Bruckner, Crush Pad Lava, 2021
(2) Parsons & Charlesworth, Catalog for the Posthuman, 2021
(3) Gregory 
Chatonsky, E-phemeral skin, 2021

Human hybridization


Nov. 6, 5-6 pm

Panel discussion with

Parsons & Charlesworth (Artists and Designer) and

Ian Erik Stewart (Neuro scientist, Max Delbrück Institut)


moderated by Madeleine Schwinge

"Imagining a future where success depends upon our ability to be permanently cognitively sharp, quantifying ourselves with data, and able to work the long and irregular hours assigned by algorithm led corporations, Catalog for the Post-Human provides tools to help workers cope with circumstances in which their bodies may be pushed to the limit“, (Parsons & Charlesworth)



Art for the Anthropocene / Vol1 

A Blink from Sonic Eyes.

Drawings from the Fleeting Archive of Towards Sound


Sketches from 17 international composers and sound artists. The archive Towards Sound was initiated by composer and curator Ruth Wiesenfeld, Berlin.

Curated by Jan-Philipp Frühsorge


7 Oct - 30 Oct 21

Images: Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola, 2021

Notation of Ideas


7 Oct, 5-6 pm



Dr. Ruth Wiesenfeld, Composer/ Curator (Berlin)

Alessandra Eramo, Performance Artist, Composer (Stuttgart)

Sagardìa, Composer (Berlin)


moderated by Jan-Philipp Frühsorge (Art curator)

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IMAGINE - we could be the ones to change it all


Madeleine Schwinge

The Psychedelic Chicks, 2021

Limited edition of six multiples.

Fine art print, 118 x 84 cm.

25 Jul - 30. Sept 2021

Images: Madeleine Schwinge, Imagine we would be the ones, The Psychedelic Chicks, 2021
(1) Stella Geppert, InsideT, 2020
(2) Installation view


An experimental live performance and artistic proposition exploring our way to inhabit space and connect with the others during corona lockdown.

1 venue. 4 artists. 5 cameras. 1 screen.


Co-curated by Mathilde Irrmann, Madeleine Schwinge and Cécile Nebbot



Mathilde Irrmann, Berlin (Lecture),

Brandon Johnson, L.A. and Berlin (Music),

Elitsa Mateva, Berlin (Dance),

Stella Geppert, Berlin (Art) with InsindeT - Learning from the body, 2020 re:future Lab edit
Technical team:

Lan Syreen, Jeffray Schwabe, mk, Sarah Bouchet, Paul Stutenbäumer
with text fragments from:

Ingeborg Bachmann, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Mathilde Irrmann, Michel Foucault, Alberto Giacometti, Kim Gordon, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Smithson, Peter Zumthor


Live screening via YouTube and Facebook

28 Jan 2021, 6-7 p.m.



Tomorrow is the question.

Seek movements.

Hollie Miller (London)

Jovana Popic (Berlin)

Madeleine Schwinge (Berlin)

Jonny Star (Berlin)

Charlie Stein (Berlin)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


5 Dec 20 - 16 Jan 2021

Images: (1) Charlie Stein, Mirror face, 2020; (2) Madeleine Schwinge, Searching for new utopias, 2019, (3) Jovana Popić, Heterotopia, 2017


The Artist and the Artist's Collection

with works by Joseph Beuys, Paula Doepfner, Marlene Dumas, EVA & ADELE, Valérie Favre, Gilbert&George, Caroline Kryzecki, Jovana Popic, Madeleine Schwinge, Jonny Star, Claire Tabouret

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


2 Oct - 14 Nov 2020

Images: (1) Jovana Popić, Routes 1, 2014;  (2) Madeleine Schwinge, New Biopic, The Psychedelic Chicks, 2019; (3) Valerie Favre, Ghost (After Witches' Flight by Goya), 2014-15
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