Advisory Board 2015

For the 2015 edition Impulse Theater Festival has again named an advisory board consisting of experts from different academic fields and arts. Inke Arns the artistic director of Dortmund’s Hardware MedienKunstVerein, the art historian and professor in visual studies Beatrice von Bismarck, philosopher Boris Buden, theater scholar André Eiermann, sociologist and political theorist Oliver Marchart, sociologist Vassilis Tsianos as well as the independent curator and former Impulse dramaturge Stefanie Wenner support the thematic conception of the second edition of Impulse Theater Festival under the artistic direction of Florian Malzacher.


Inke Arns

is the artistic director of Dortmund’s Hardware MedienKunstVerein since 2005. Since 1993 she worked as an independent curator and author focusing on media art and theory, net cultures and Eastern Europe. She holds a degree in Slavic studies, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history from universities in Berlin and Amsterdam. In 2004 she obtained a doctorate from Humboldt University Berlin. Exhibitions curated by her include, amongst others „History Will Repeat Itself“ (2007), „The Oil Show“ (2011), „Sounds Like Silence“ (John Cage – 4’33’’ – Stille heute / 1912 – 1952 – 2012) (2012), „His Master’s Voice: Von Stimme und Sprache“ (2013).
Arns is the author and editor of numerous publications and catalogues.

Beatrice von Bismarck

is professor for art history and visual studies at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) Leipzig. Between 1989 and 1993 she worked as a curator with the division 20th century at the Städelsche Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt/Main. From 1993 to 1999 she worked for the University Lüneburg. There, together with Ulf Wuggering and Diethelm Stolle, she was cofounder of the art space Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg. At HGB Leipzig she was the cofounder and director of the /D/O/C/K project and initiated the study program Cultures of the Curatorial (since 2009). In her current research she focuses on approaches of cultural production combining theory and practice, curatorial strategies, cultural practice in the frame of effects of globalization, and functions of the postmodern image of the artist. Among her most recent publications are “Auftritt als Künstler” (Appearance as Artist, 2010), “Cultures of the Curatorial” (ed. with Jörn Schaffaf und Thomas Weski, 2012) and “Timing – On the temporal Dimension of Exhibiting” (ed. with Rike Frank, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Jörn Schaffaf und Thomas Weski, 2014).

Boris Buden

is a philosopher and cultural critic. He studied classical and modern philosophy in Klagenfurt, Zagreb and Ljublana and obtained a doctorate at Humboldt University Berlin. Since 1984 he works as freelance journalist and publicist. He was the founder and editor of the society and culture political journal Arkzin in Zagreb and is the founder and editor in chief of Bastard Verlag (bastard publishing house) which in 1998 published the first Croatian re-edition of the “communist manifest” with a foreword by Slavoj Žižek. Buden translated the writings of Siegmund Freud into Croatian. His publications include the essay volumes “Barricades I” (1996) and “Barricades II” (1997), “Der Schacht von Babel. Ist Kultur übersetzbar?” (the pit of Babel. Is culture translatable?”, 2004) as well as his most recent book “Zone des Übergangs: Vom Ende des Postkommunismus” (Zone of Transition: On the End of Post-communism, 2009).

André Eiermann

is a theater scholar and currently the guest professor for theory and history of theater at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin. Since late 2013 he works as a dramaturge with the Brussels based artist group fieldworks, whose projects border on the fields of performance, installation and media art. He studied and obtained his doctorate at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen. In 2001 he started his own artistic practice. His dissertation “Postspektakuläres Theater – Die Alterität der Aufführung und die Entgrenzung der Künste” (“post spectacular theater – alterity of performance an the dislimitation of the arts”) was published in 2009. He currently researches in various academic contexts and besides guest lecturer positions in Germany and Switzerland he worked as a postdoc at the Gießen Institute for Applied Theater Studies where he organized the conference “TO DO AS IF – Realities of Illusion in Contemporary Theater” in 2012. From 2010 to 2011 he was acting professor for theater studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.

Oliver Marchart

is professor for sociology at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (arts academy of the city of Düsseldorf). From 2006 to 2012 he was SNSF professor at the sociological seminar of the University Luzern. He completed his studies in philosophy in Vienna and in political theory and discourse analysis at the University of Essex. His research focuses on societal and political theory as well as the sociology of arts and culture. Publications (selection): “Das unmögliche Objekt. Eine postfundamentalistische Theorie der Gesellschaft” (2013), “Die politische Differenz” (the political difference, 2011), “Hegemonien im Kunsfeld” (hegemonies in the art field, 2008), “Conflictual Aesthetics. Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere.” (in preparation).

Vassilis Tsianos

studied sociology, political science and psychology in Hamburg, where he also obtained his doctorate in 2007. His dissertation “Imperceptible Politics. Rethinking Radical Politics of Migration and Precarity today” focused on the relation between migration and precarity. From 2007 through 2009 he coordinated the German section of the EU funded project “Young Urban Cartographies YouMap”. 2010 to 2013 he was the coordinator of the research focus “Border crossings” in the also EU funded project “MIG@NET transnational digital networks, migration, and gender.” He published “Escape Routes. Control and Subversion in 21st Century” (2008). Currently he works as a researcher at the faculty for economics and social studies at the University of Hamburg and as a curator, e.g. “The Art of Being Many” (2014).

Stefanie Wenner

studied philosophy, sociology, literature and art history in Bologna, Cologne and Berlin. She obtained her doctorate in philosophy at the FU Berlin. Parallel to her work as lecturer at various universities (FU Berlin, HMT Leipzig etc.) she primarily works as a curator for exhibitions, topical weekends and festivals in fine and performing arts. Although a freelancer since 2003 she worked permanently for HAU Hebbel am Ufer between 2008 and 2013, where she curated, amongst others, “Kunst und Verbrechen. Art without Crime”, “Your Nanny hates you! Ein Festival zum Thema Familie” (a festival on the subject of family), “ZELLEN” (cells), “Lunapark Berlin”. From 2012 to 2013 she worked as dramaturge and curator for Impulse Theater Biennale. Her most recent project “MYKHORRHIZA: Ein Apparat” took place at the Uferstudiosn in Berlin in the early summer of 2014. In addition she continuously supports the Berlin Diagonale dramaturgically.