Paul Stepan – programme curator

Paul Stepan studied economics first at the Universitie Graz and the University of Vienna where he earned his masters degree. Already during his studies he specialised in cultural economics and started to consult funding bodies and cultural institutions. He cofunded FOKUS – Institute for cultural economics and media economics in 1997 and organised noumerous conferences in Graz and Vienna. The biggest conferences were the biannual conferece of the Association for cultural economics international (ACEI) back to back with the Sozial Theory Politics and the Arts (STP&A) in 2006 in the Academy of Arts Vienna. From 2003 to 2007 Paul Stepan worked as an assistent to Prof. Ruth Towse at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and started up academic teaching. Since 2003 he constantly teaches courses in cultural economics, economics of copyright and creative industries at various Universities (Rotterdam, Salzburg, University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and as of September 2017 at the University of Vienna). He has published in books and academic journals, written numerous reports commissioned by city governments, provinces, austrian ministries, the austrian funding bank Austria Wirtschaftservice GmbH, the Vienna Filmfund, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the KMU-Forschung and last but not least he contributed to a report of the DG interal market at the European Union. In addition to the academic and consulting work he gained experience in more than eight years as a cultural and media manager in a regional festival, an online journal. From 2008 to 2010 and from 2016 to 2017 Paul Stepan was delegated by the Austrian Federal Chancellery to two OMC expert working groups of the European council one on cultural and creative industries and one on audience development.

Merlijn Twaalfhoven – programme curator

What I learned in the past 20 years, navigating a turbulent world of ideas, ambitions, dreams through the chaotic and unpredictable reality as an artist:

  • it is not your artwork that counts, but the impact it makes on others.
  • the value of your work is in the journey, not the destination.
  • your capacity to take others on your journey will define your success.
  • your capacity to share the challenges you face will define your survival.

These insights made me create A Sharing Academy – a method to change your style of working from result-oriented to process oriented, building structural support and engaging your network and audience more actively.

In the Citizen Artist Incubator, you will taste a few aspects of this process. We will work on some of the following questions:

  • Who else might share your dreams?
  • How might you involve your audience in the artistic process?
  • How might you share your journey instead of just an art object or performance?
  • How might you transform projects in trajectories?

In this way, we can find practical ways to connect our art with urgent issues in society and increase the impact of our work.

Imran Rehman

Imran is an organizational architect with deep experience in PD / OD and business in public and private organisations. He gained his 26 years of experience by working up through the organisation from frontline roles in sales to key leadership roles as a team leader, department head and managing partner. Moreover, he has been delivering talks on human systems, digitalization, resilience and the new world of work to help organizations get ready to deal with high growth, their people and getting them ready for the unknown.

He is also an experienced consultant, trainer, executive coach and facilitator who helps organisations deliver viable business outcomes. For the last 12 years, he has been a valued member of the coaching community in the UK and abroad, working with senior leadership and company boards.

Imran’s key strength is the variety of industry clients he has helped in delivering sustainable results and solutions. He assist leaders and teams, at all levels, in understanding their motivations, behaviours and that of their stakeholders to help shape and future-proof their teams as well as their businesses. https://www.linkedin.com/in/imranrehman/

His business motto is, ‘be simple, think people!’. http://www.meshworks.net

Currently, Imran’s interests and specialization lie in digitalization, the non-linear aspects of today’s emerging digital cultures and its impact on high growth and sustained performance. He believes the need to find valid solutions far outweigh the push to look for reliable one-size, fit-all solutions. In summary, he creates a synthesis of approaches which help individuals, executives and teams to navigate complex environments and facilitates the transition required to find the most applicable solutions needed in current market (VUCA) dynamics.

Tasos Zembylas

Tasos Zembylas holds a PhD in Philosophy and since 2003 has been Professor for Cultural Institutions Studies at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. His research specializations lie in the sociology of artistic practices, the institutional analysis of art worlds, and public funding of the arts. Recent publications:

  • (editor) 2014. Artistic Practices: Social Interactions and Cultural Dynamics. London: Routledge.
  • (with M. Niederauer) 2017. Composing Processes and Artistic Agency: Tacit Knowledge in Composing. London: Routledge.

Monika Mokre

Monika Mokre is a political scientist and Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She is teaching at various universities, e.g. at Webster University Vienna, the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and at the University of Arts Belgrade. She is board member of FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies and chairwoman of eipcp, the european institute for progressive cultural policies.

Monika’s research fields include cultural and arts politics, political art, asylum and migration, democracy and the public sphere.

Reinold Schmücker

Reinold Schmücker is a Professor of Philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, working on fundamental problems in aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy. In his recent research, he has been particularly interested in the philosophy of artifacts, meta-ethics, and applied ethics. As well as numerous articles, he has authored Was ist Kunst? Eine Grundlegung [What Is Art? A Groundwork] (1998; rev. edn., Vittorio Klostermann, 2014). He is the editor of Identität und Existenz. Studien zur Ontologie der Kunst [Identity and Existence. Studies in the Ontology of Art] (mentis, 2003, 4th edn., 2014) and has co-edited, among other books, The Aesthetics and Ethics of Copying (Bloomsbury, 2016), Wozu Kunst?Die Frage nach ihrer Funktion [Why Art? Asking about its function] (WBG, 2001), Gerechtigkeit und Politik [Justice and Politics] (Akademie Verlag, 2002), Kunst und Kunstbegriff [Art and the Concept of Art] (mentis, 2002, 4th edn., 2017). In 2015–16, he was a principal investigator of the research group The Ethics of Copying at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany.

Karim Benammar

Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialized in thinking techniques. He gives lectures and workshops to a wide variety of organizations and companies, and has worked with architects and the theatre. He is the author of Abundance and Reframing – the art of thinking differently. Info, writing and online courses at www.karimbenammar.com

Gottfried Wagner

Former director of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam and of KulturKontakt Austria. Former special envoy for international cultural policies and projects for Austrian ministries. As of 2015 freelance culture consultant, and advisor to More Europe – culture in external relations (www.moreeurope.org).

Eelko Hamer

Eelko Hamer has a background in marketing and innovation strategy. His deepest passion is to continuously search for connections between original minds and distinctive ideas, in order to make them grow and become realistic. He loves to facilitate the process of making you aware of the potential richness within your plans and projects. From your committed personal involvement you will call forward latencies in your own gifts and be inspired to address those. He use a lot of different thinking techniques to help you become an unprejudiced listener using all your senses to observe the origin of your ideas. Secondly, as if you were a scientist, he helps you to connect your new knowledge to the artist in you to broaden your imaginations more than you could ever dream of. Last, he tests your ideas to get them to work for real. With Eelko – you will become a visionary who gets things DONE!

Lena Doppel

Lena Doppel is a life-long learner with work experiences in the fields of computer science, web design and online marketing, organizational development and soft-skills-training. From 2006 to 2015 she held the post of assistant teacher at the Department for Graphics and Advertising, University for Applied Arts Vienna. Her subjects included web design, online marketing and social media.

From 1997 to 2006 she was co-owner and manager of the technology consulting firm IOT (Individual Organization Technology), developing new ways of using the Internet in the workplace. Before that she has been working as a freelance web developer, trainer, graphic designer and in radio and print journalism.

In 2015 she quit university to concentrate on developing her work as a consultant for Digital Strategy and Content Marketing, but she keeps on lecturing at universities and technical colleges. Since 2017 she is also working as a consultant for the Vienna based start-up Chatbots Agency.

Chris Müller

Designer, developer, storyteller – Chris Müller manages complex projects with panache, and always in close consultation with a select team of expert advisors, to transcend the boundaries of conventional enterprise, industries and genres. Thanks to his diverse talents, Chris Müller has built up a broad network of senior management contacts spanning both the public and private sector, politics, the arts and the creative industries. The scope of Chris Müller’s work is similarly multifaceted, as attested by prizewinning projects ranging from urban development and real estate concepts to theatre productions, and from socio-political campaigns to public space strategies. In order to for his projects to attain the broad recognition sought for, Chris Müller not only embraces interdisciplinary art forms and scientific/political discourses; he also develops tailor-made multimedia approaches and a broad spectrum of event formats.

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