Advisory Board 2017

For Impulse Theater Festival 2017 again an interdisciplinary advisory board from academia and the arts has been selected. Visual artist Ulf Aminde, curator Ekaterina Degot, poet and music theatre dramaturg Christian Filips, academic Joy Kristin Kalu, philosopher Marcus Steinweg and activist and writer Margarita Tsomou support the festival team around artistic director Festival Malzacher in sharpening thematic questions and selecting the program for the upcoming edition.


Ulf Aminde

is a Professor teaching at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Here he initiated the *foundationClass for refugees. In his own artistic practice he experiments with human images. He uses photography, drawing, video and performance. His work continually enters a dialogue with people from the most diverse walks of life which questions his role as a director and initiator. His films and installations develop from this process. He employs strategies taken from the theatre, performative documentary film and Actionist art.

Ekaterina Degot

is Artistic Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. As an art historian, art critic and curator she has focussed on aesthetic and socio-political aspects of art in Russia and Eastern Europe. She has taught at universities in Russia, Europe and the USA, curated the Russian pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2001, the inaugural Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinenburg (2010) and the first Bergen Assembly (2013). In 2012 she curated the discussion platform for the first Kiev Biennial of Contemporary Art Arsenale entitled Art After the End of the World.

Christian Filips

works as a dramaturg, performer and director. His first volume of poems Schluck auf Stein won him Austrian Radio’s Rimbaud Prize in 2001. Since 2010 he has edited roughbooks, a contemporary poetry series, together with Urs Engeler. He also works as a translator and since 2009 he has developed his own particular theatre evenings with similarities to happenings and social sculptures. Venues where he has presented his work include the Volksbühne Berlin, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Maxim Gorki Theater. He has been programme director of Berlin’s Sing-Akademie since 2006.

Joy Kristin Kalu

is a Ph.D. with degrees in Theatre Studies and American Studies who researches and teaches at the Freie Universität Berlin. Alongside her academic career she is an active theatre practitioner and curator. In 2007 she was one of the initiators of the freitagsküche berlin and since 2014 she has curated the exhibition project Neue Heimat Berlin with Stephanie Keitz and RP Kahl. Theatres she has worked with include the Thalia Theater Hamburg, Volksbühne Berlin, the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, The Wooster Group in New York as well as Kunst-Werken Berlin. Her publications include The Aesthetics of Repetition (2013) and, as a co-author, Theatre as Invention (2015).

Marcus Steinweg

is a philosopher and visual artist. He teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts and has been a visiting lecturer at the AdbK Hamburg and the Braunschweig University of Art. He edits the magazine Inaesthetics for Merwe, which publishes articles on the field between art and philosophy in German, English and French. He has particularly close working relationships with the artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Rosemarie Trockel. His most recent publications include Evidenzterror and Gramsci Theater (both 2015).

Margarita Tsomou

works as a writer, dramaturg and curator. She is a co-founder and editor of the pop-feminist Missy Magazine and writes for German newspapers and radio stations (f.ex, Die Zeit, taz, WDR, SWR). Her artistic work has been seen at the Volksbühne and the Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, at Kampnagel in Hamburg and the Goethe-Institut in Athens. In 2015 she organized the conference This is not Greece at Kampnagel in Hamburg and participated as an activist at Syntagma Square in Athens in 2011.