Inke Arns

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Born 1968 in Duisdorf/Bonn. Lives in Dortmund and Berlin. After having worked since 1993 as an independent curator and author focussing on media art, net cultures and Eastern Europe, Inke Arns (Dr. / PhD) since January 2005 is the artistic director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany ( Member of Mikro collective.

After spending four years in Paris (1982-86) she studied Eastern European cultural studies, Slavistics, Political Science, and Art History at the Free University Berlin and the University of Amsterdam (Erasmus scholarship 1992); 1996 M.A. thesis Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) - analysis of their artistic strategies in the context of Yugoslavia in the 1980s (published 2002). 1998-2000 PhD grant of the Berlin Senate (NaFöG). 2000-2001 lecturer at the Institute of Slavistics at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. 2002-2004 guest-lecturer at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig. In 2004 she completed her PhD degree at the Institute of Slavistics of the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Her dissertation, entitled Objects in the Mirror may be Closer Than They Appear: The Avant-garde in the Rear View Mirror, researches a paradigmatic shift in the way artists reflect the historical avant-garde and the notion of utopia in visual and media art projects of the 1980s and 1990s in (ex-)Yugoslavia and Russia (forthcoming in Slovenian translation by Maska, Ljubljana, in 2006).