Inke Arns

Inke Arns, curator and artistic director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein ( in Dortmund, Germany, since 2005. She has worked internationally as an independent curator, writer and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. She lived in Paris (1982-86), finished school in West-Berlin in 1988, studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988-96) and in 2004 obtained her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin, with a thesis focusing on a paradigmatic shift in the way artists reflected 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.

She has curated exhibitions at Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centre for Contemporary Arts - CCA Glasgow; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Videotage, Hong Kong; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw; Centre for Contemporary Art "Znaki Czasu", Torun; Contemporary Art Centre CAC, Vilnius; Muzeum Sztuki, ?odz.

International exhibitions include, e.g. IRWIN: Retroprinciple 1983-2003 (Berlin 2003, Hagen 2003-2004, Belgrade 2004), What is Modern Art? (Group Show) (Berlin 2006), The Wonderful World of (Dortmund 2006, Glasgow 2007, Novi Sad 2008, Leuven 2012), History Will Repeat Itself (Dortmund 2007, Berlin 2007-2008, Warsaw 2008, Hong Kong 2008), Anna Kournikova - Art in the Age of Intellctual Property (Dortmund 2008), "Awake are only the Spirits" - On Ghosts and their Media (Dortmund 2009, Torun 2010), Building Memory (Vilnius, Lodz, Tel Aviv, Dortmund 2010), Arctic Perspective (Dortmund 2010), Laure Prouvost: Monolog (Bielefeld 2011), Barbara Breitenfellner: Traum einer Ausstellung (Dortmund 2011), The Oil Show (Dortmund 2011-2012), Artur Zmijewski: Democracies (2012), Suzanne Treister: HEXEN 2.0 (2012), Francis Hunger: History has left the Building (2012), Sounds Like Silence (John Cage - 4'33" - Silence today / 1912 - 1952 - 2012) (2012 - 2013), His Master's Voice: On Voice and Language (2013).

Awards: HMKV got nominated for the Prize for Kunstvereine of ADKV and ART COLOGNE in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013; in 2010 the US-based art magazine ARTFORUM counted "Arctic Perspective" among the "Best Exhibitions 2010; in 2011 HMKV received the JUMP Annual Sponsorship Award for Art Organisations funded by the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW); and in early 2013 HMKV's exhibition "Sounds Like Silence" was awarded the "Special Exhibition of the year 2012 prize" by the German section of AICA (International Art Critics' Association).

She has been teaching at universities and art academies in Berlin, Leipzig, Zurich, and Rotterdam (2000-2011), and has lectured and published internationally. Books include Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) - eine Analyse ihrer künstlerischen Strategien im Kontext der 1980er Jahre in Jugoslawien (Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie, 2002), Netzkulturen (Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 2002), Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! Die Avantgarde im Rückspiegel (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2004).