Jury

The members of the jury are appointed by the Joint Committee on the recommendation of the curator. Both the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin may nominate jury members. The jury members are appointed for two years; their term can be extended by a further year.

The members of the jury should be familiar with cultural life in Berlin, should keep abreast of the most recent developments on the German and international cultural scene, should be actively involved in the current art discourse, and be able to take considered decisions about funding in all areas of the arts that they can subsequently argue for. 

Members

Following the recommendations of the curator, the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin have agreed to appoint the following jury for the Capital Cultural Fund:

Tatiana Bazzichelli holds a PhD in information and media studies from Aarhus University, Denmark (2011). She is a scientist, author, and artistic director and curator of the conference program “Disruption Network Lab.” From 2011 to 2014, she was a program curator at the transmediale festival, and headed the project “reSource transmedial culture berlin,” devoted to networking and research within the festival. In 2016/17, she was a lecturer in culture and communication and media theory and practice on the study program Arts Management and Cultural Work at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2014, she gained her PhD as a postdoctoral research assistant in digital culture at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her publications include the books “Networked Disruption und Disrupting Business” (2013) and “Networking: La Rete come arte | The Net as Artwork (2006). She has organized many exhibitions and events, including Samizdata (NOME, Berlin, 2015), Networked Disruption” (Škuc Galerie, Ljubljana; Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2015), HACK.Fem.EAST (2008), and “Hack.it.art” (2005) at the Berliner Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. In 2001, Bazzichelli founded the project “AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism,” which won a prize at Ars Electronica.

Thomas Böhm is a Berlin-based author, literary agent, and moderator. In 1999, he became program director at the Literaturhaus in Cologne. From then until 2010, he conceived and organized more than 1,000 readings, many of them featuring holders of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2003, he helped pioneer author readings as a literary art form in their own right. As literary program director for the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2011, he helped organize the event and was instrumental in Iceland’s appearance as the Guest of Honor. From 2012 to 2014, Böhm was program director of the Berlin International Literature Festival. In 2014, he was commissioned by the Swiss Association of Booksellers and Publishers to curate the presentation of Switzerland at the Leipzig Book Fair. Alongside his activities as a literary agent, Böhm is also a literary critic, moderator, and columnist working for broadcasters such as Radio Bremen and Radio Berlin Brandenburg.

Theater and literary critic Shirin Sojitrawalla was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1968 to an Indian father and German mother. She studied German language and literature, comparative literature, and political science in Marburg and Mainz. She subsequently worked as an editorial intern at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Since 2000, she has worked as a freelance cultural journalist for various media organizations. Her main interests are in theater and literature, but she also writes about the fine arts and cinema. She now works primarily for nachtkritik.de, Deutschlandfunk, taz, Theater der Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Wiener Zeitung. Sojitrawalla also moderates readings and organizes festivals in collaboration with the Literaturhaus Wiesbaden. From 2006 to 2016, she moderated the SR-Mitternachttalks for the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Saarbrücken. From 2016 to 2020, she was a member of the jury for the Berliner Theatertreffen.

Lisa Marei Schmidt, born in 1978, has been director of the Brücke-Museum since 2017. She studied art history and modern German literature in Marburg, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She also did a two-year training as a curator at the Royal College of Art in London and has since worked at various major museums, including Museum Folkwang Essen and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. From 2012 to 2017, Schmidt was curator at the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, where she realized projects such as “Body Pressure: Skulptur seit den 1960er Jahren”, “A–Z: Die Sammlung Marzona”, “Fluids: A Happening by Allan Kaprow, 1967/2015”, and “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place” (in cooperation with the Dia Art Foundation). In 2017, she curated the exhibition “Ed Atkins: Old Food” at Martin-Gropius-Bau. From 2015 to 2017, she was a member of the jury for Fonds Perspektive.

Dr. Franz Anton Cramer is a dance scholar and author. Since 2003, he has done research into archiving processes in the performing arts with a focus on dance. He has lectured at various schools of art and science, most recently at HZT Berlin and the University of Salzburg. From 2007 to 2013, he was a fellow at the Collège international de philosophie in Paris, and in 2011 he held a Villa Kamogawa stipend from the Goethe-Institut Kyoto. Since 2009, he has published the e-journal “MAP – Media Archive Performance” (www.perfomap.de) together with Barbara Büscher. In 2008, his monograph „In aller Freiheit: Tanzkultur in Frankreich zwischen 1930 und 1950“ was published by Parodos Verlag Berlin.

Dr. Juliana Hodkinson is a composer and has lived in Berlin since 2009. She studied musicology and philosophy at Kings College Cambridge, Japanese at Sheffield University, and earned a doctorate with a dissertation on silence in music and sound art at the University of Copenhagen. Hodkinson is a former member of the board of the initiative neue musik berlin and of the Danish Composers’ Association and chairperson of the Danish State Art Fund. Currently, she is a member of the board of the Carl Nielsen Foundation, an associate professor in composition at the Grieg Academy, Bergen, and a lecturer in classical and electronic composition at the Music Conservatory Aarhus. She has been commissioned to compose works by the Konzerthaus Berlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, WDR SO, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Phønix16, Ensemble KNM, and the Neue Vocalsolisten.