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.
Member of Fischbüro, Berlin (1987-88), founding member of the translocal Syndicate network (1996-2001), founding member of the Who by Fire? network initiated by the ICA-Dunaujvaros (12/97), co-founder of the Berlin-based mikro, association for the advancement of new media cultures (03/98) as well as a co-founder of Spectre, a mailing list for media culture in Deep Europe (08/01).
Her curatorial work includes media art exhibitions and conferences like Ostranenie 1993, Medienbiennale Leipzig 1994, V2 East Meeting on Documentation and Archives of Media Art in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe 1996, Update 2.0 (2000), Readme 2005 and many others.
- University Studies
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).
- Academic teaching
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; 2005 external diploma advisor, Studienbereich Neue Medien, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK) Zürich; 2007 External Examiner at Piet Zwart Institut (Media Design), Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. From 2008 professorship MA Contemporary Art Studies (Maska, Ljubljana; University of Nova Gorica; Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana).
- Inke Arns. Interaction, Participation, Networking. Art and telecommunication. 2002. http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/themes/overview_of_media_art/communication/scroll/
- Inke Arns. Social Technologies. Deconstruction, subversion, and the utopia of democratic communication. 2003. http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/themes/overview_of_media_art/society/scroll/