Team & Board

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Madeleine Schwinge

 

Founder & director

Curator, educator

Madeleine Schwinge (b. 1968, Waiblingen, Germany) is a conceptual artist, curator and educator. 

 

In 2020, she founded the re:future Lab with the mission to foster transformative learning through the prism of art. Her belief is that Artistic Intelligence is a prerequisite for individuals and societies to tackle The Great Transformation. Moreover, it is about keeping in sight the humanity's dream of a Good Life and yet, indisputably, healing the planet. This is where her EMBARKING FUTURE® meta-method comes in, which forms the curatorial basis of the re:future Lab and is practiced and taught here.

 

Her transdisciplinary work is based on the practice of research and construction. Drawing on philosophical questions, systemic counseling and futurology, she explores how art can catalyse transformative learning and is committed to breaking linear ways of thinking and acting. Literally extending assemblage, drawing, and objects, with performative interventions and open workshops, Madeleine Schwinge seeks to discover the transformative qualities of imaginativeness and interconnectedness. This creates a world of synchronicity - between imagination and reality, the enacted and the practitioner, the individual and the collective.

 

In the early 2000s, she embarked herself on a radical change by following her early vocation into the arts after having had a flourishing career as a serial entrepreneur in business. Today, she has a profound knowledge of the contemporary art market and a sophisticated network, is a collector herself and advises collectors on new acquisitions, pursues her own artistic oeuvre and exhibits other artists. She combines the unusual poles of her expertise on the hybrid platform of the re:future Lab, which spans art and scholarship, practice and curriculum.

 

For a decade she worked as a strategic advisor to political scientist and transformation researcher Dr. Petra Bock in developing an award-winning method for overcoming mental blockages and obsolete behavioural patterns. She has been a teaching coach at the latter's academy in Germany since 2021.

 

Madeleine Schwinge holds a degree in economics and is trained in systemic counseling, curation, art history and the visual arts. 

She is a member of Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung Deutschland (Society for Artistic Research Germany) and the WFSF World Future Studies Federation (a UNESCO Partner), and she is a sought-after expert for innovative corporates and institutions, such as HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

 

Her artistic work has been nominated for the Social Art Award 2019. 

www.madeleineschwinge.de

Cécile Nebbot

 

Executive Board Member

Communication manager

 

Cécile Nebbot (b. 1967, Marseille, France) is an Economist and a Communication Strategist, with Master's degrees in Economics and Brand Content that have forged her roots and keen interest in the social sciences, humanities, politics and semiotics.

 

During her studies, she acquired a deep expertise in econometrics, playing with the complexity of quantitative data, speculative models, multi-criteria analysis of endogenous and exogenous factors, and a systemic approach, to decipher and interpret—in a hermeneutic way—a wide range of socio-economic phenomena, with the ultimate scope of predicting structural or cyclical trends, and the outbreak of future crises. 

 

Before joining the Berlin art scene, she spent two decades working for leading consulting firms based in London, New York and Paris. In 2020, she joined the emergent hybrid gem of the re:future Lab, where she is now responsible for communication, brand awareness, brand content and the liaison with stakeholders—advisory board members, program participants, visitors, guests, faculty, alumni—and supports management with sponsorship and fellowship programs, network development, and special events. 

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Advisory board

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Gesine Borcherdt

Art journalist, Curator

Board member 2022
 

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Chloe Piene

Visual Artist
Board member 2022

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Tanja Wagner

Gallery Owner
Board member 2022

Gesine Borcherdt is a Berlin-based curator and author for Die Welt, Welt am Sonntag, ART, BLAU International, Art Review, Aperture, AD Germany, Ursula, and other major art publications. In her writings, she focuses on contemporary art, women artists, architecture and design. 

Gesine has curated a large number of exhibitions for private foundations, galleries, and non-profit spaces. 

She has been teaching at art academies, like Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Universität der Künste, Berlin. She has contributed to major artist publications and exhibition catalogues, like for the 12th Berlin Biennale. Gesine moderates talks and panel discussions, like recently with Byung-Chul Han for Universität der Künste, and Karen and Christian Boros for Gucci. 

www.gesineborcherdt.de

Chloe Piene (b. 1972, North America) is a visual artist known for her drawings and video work.

She has been highlighted for her unique and powerful draftsmanship and her ability to span an extremely broad spectrum, both in the play with her materials and as a certain philosophical position. For Piene, drawing is at the very root and origin of architecture, engineering, fashion, design, planning, thinking, cartography and sculpture. All of Piene's media, including her sculpture and video, reflect a profound investigation of human existence, often fearless and up to this point directly questioning notions of fear, courage and fortitude.

She holds a BA in Art History (Columbia University) and a MFA in Fine Art (Goldsmiths, University of London). Piene has exhibited worldwide, such as at The Albertina Vienna, and the Whitney Biennial. Her work is part of national and state collections such as MoMA New York, MoMa San Francisco, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Fondation Guerlain Paris, and Centre Pompidou Paris.

www.chloepiene.com

Tanja Wagner acquired her experience with the big names in the art world. Max Hetzler, the Centre Pompidou, P.S.1 and the Gagosian Gallery in New York were her stepping stones until she opened her own gallery in Berlin in 2010.

She is known for her strong editorial line, conveying political, societal, and human subjects often symptomatic of our times: Soft Destruction, Empathic Device, How to Human, Male Nudes - Female Desires, Discussing Metamodernism, with critical themes such as marginalized identities, empathy, technology, late capitalism and armed conflicts. 

In 2020, Tanja Wagner teamed-up with OFFICE IMPART to launch BerlinViews, an initiative to connect the highly diverse Berlin-based gallery models, established, young, new formats, online platforms. The same year, she launched Good To Talk—a series of lectures, panels, and debates to extend the perception of art outside established structures and address gender inequality in the arts. Good To Talk is part of Berlin Art Week.

The represented artists received critical acclaim in prestigious exhibitions, biennials and art fairs (Art Basel Unlimited, Frieze London, Armory Show, Art Cologne). They are part of prominent collections such as TATE Modern, Belvedere Vienna and Albertinum Dresden.

www.tanjawagner.com

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Jutta Werner

Designer, Nomad Founder

Board member 2022

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Jan-Philipp Frühsorge

Art Curator, Author, Lecturer

Board member 2022, 2021

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Jovana Popić

Multimedia artist, anthropologist

Board member 2022, 2021

Jutta Werner (b. 1969) is a German designer and architect, founder of NOMAD, a design and production agency for recycled and handcrafted rugs. NOMAD stands for sustainability and respect: it is a small, woman-owned company that produces in a close and honest partnership with Indian weavers.

The brand has won the Green Product Award 2021, the German Design Award 2019, and has been listed in Dezeen Awards 2021.

Born in 1969, the designer studied architecture at HFBK in Hamburg. Prior to launching her own company, she had a successful career with internationally operating companies such as Dedon, Ligne Roset, JAB Anstoetz and Vorwerk. Respectively since 2016 and 2019, she is a Jury Member of If Award, and German Design Award. 

www.nomad-studio.de

Jan-Philipp Frühsorge (b. 1968, Berlin) is an art historian and critic. 

To him, drawing is not merely a performative practice, but rather a major and independent means of expression. Yet, in his own words, drawing should be embraced ‘in conjunction with elements of neighbouring disciplines such as theatre, dance, video, photography, street art, land art’ thus underlining its inherent ability to absorb and incorporate other forms of art. 

In 2003, he founded an eponymous gallery for contemporary drawings, a pioneer and one-off in Germany. For a decade he has been involved in academic research projects and with some of the most important graphic collections in Germany and Europe (Berlinische Galerie, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Fondation Guerlain Paris, Sammlung Akademie der Künste).

This past experience has established him as a recognised expert, whether as a consultant to private collectors or as a guest lecturer—University of West England in Bristol and Paris College of Art. 

Born in Berlin, he studied theatre, film and art history at the Free University of Berlin.

Jovana Popić (b. 1977, Zadar, Croatia) is a Berlin-based visual artist and PhD researcher in Anthropology and Culture. 

Profoundly imbued with the stigma of war in Croatia in the early 1990s, her work originate from the traces she finds - traces of place, memory, ideas and time, and culturally shaped life stories. Her installations are heterotopias, grounded in navigation through a universe of signs and meanings, inhabiting the space in between.

After studying art at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, she obtained in 2006 a Master Degree—Universität der Künste Berlin—with President’s Prize in the class of Rebecca Horn. 

During her career, she received numerous Awards and scholarships, such as Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship, Sennheiser’s Future Audio Artist Award, Award of Ulrich and Burga Knispel Foundation, grants of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Goethe Institute, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, IFA Institute, United Kingdom and Norway. 

Popić has exhibited in Europe, United States and Asia.

She is a founding member of STADTMASCHINE KUNST—a visual platform connecting the dots between science and society, with the aim to make scientific research accessible to a non-scientific public through the visual arts.

www.jovanapopic.com

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Sonia Guiramand

Medical laboratory advisor

Board member 2021

Sigurd Larsen

Architect and designer

Board member 2021

Nina Horstmann

Business strategist, art historian

Board member 2021

Peggy Schoenegge

Curator, writer, project manager

Board member 2021

Sonia Guiramand holds a PhD in Pharmacy and a Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (Sciences Po Paris).

 

She has been managing her own medical laboratory in Paris for more than a decade. Today, Sonia is a Laboratory Referent within the NGO Doctors Without Borders and carries out field missions in conflict zones (Yemen, Mali, etc.). She conducts diagnostics and clinical tests (HIV-1, hepatitis C, tuberculosis), working with political decision-makers, professionals from national control programs and practitioners. She is a member of medical communities (Global Health Diagnostics, HIV Treatment & Prevention, Malaria Treatment & Prevention), and contributes to scientific publications and conferences.

 

On a personal level, Sonia is an art lover and art collector with a strong focus on contemporary art and photography dealing with social issues. Peter Beard is among her references, as well as the Carmignac Foundation  in Porquerolles in the South of France, not far from her summer home. 

 

The Berlin based Danish architect anddesigner Sigurd Larsen founded his eponomys studio in 2010.  He has completed projects within the fields of housing, hotel, educational and cultural buildings.

 

Sigurd holds a master degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and previously been employed at OMA-Rem Koolhaas in New York, MVRDV in Rotterdam and COBE in Copenhagen.

 

He is an expert in sustainable urban development, aesthetics of complex spaces, and wooden constructions in various climatic conditions and legal contexts. 

 

Since 2016, he is professor at BAU International Berlin, where building design and visual communication is explored through teaching and research.

www.sigurdlarsen.com

Nina Horstmann has a dual background in art history and environmental studies, both of which have been big part of her career to this point. 

 

She owns a unique blend of expertise in art & science collaborations and strategic programme-leading across multiple disciplines with a keen interest in sustainability; skills she implements daily at the Hybrid Plattform – an initiative by the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin.

 

Nina is passionate about leading change by building new networks, facilitating co-creation, mobilising people and stakeholders and shaping of new and exciting transformative programmes.  

www.hybrid-plattform.org

Peggy Schoenegge is an independent curator, writer and project manager at peer to space as well as chairwoman of the media art association in Berlin. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Art History by Humboldt-University Berlin and Technical University Berlin and spent a year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (JP). Her work deals with the conditions and challenges of digitalization and its effects on our everyday life, society and culture. Specifically, she addresses gender, performance, and artificial intelligence by curating digital art, internet art and art with new media such as VR or AR in both real and virtual exhibition spaces. She gives lectures and participates in panel discussions internationally at conferences and events such as the VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival, WISE Conference or for the Goethe-Institute. Currently she teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in expanded reality.

Selected curatorial projects include SPECULATIVE CULTURES. A Virtual Reality Art Exhibition (Parsons Gallery/ New School, New York), TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE. Transmediations in the Digital Age(Literaturhaus Berlin), PENDORAN VINCI. Art & Artificial Intelligence Today (NRW Forum, Düsseldorf) as well as the online exhibitions CAT HEROICUS SUBLIMIS, Claiming Needles and Mirror, Mirror as part of peer to space’s online screening series PARS PRO TOTO.

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