Blog | Rheinschiene

Stefanie de Velasco

Rheinschiene

Stefanie de Velasco

Stefanie de Velasco (*1978) grew up in Oberhausen and Bonn as the child of Spanish immigrants. Her debut novel, Tigermilch (Tiger Milk), has been translated into multiple languages and adapted as a film. Arising from her strike in front of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin for a more just climate policy, the thought arose in 2020 of building a camper bicycle out of scrap and riding it through the Federal Republic of Germany. Her concept of sustainable storytelling involves an aesthetic of sustainability as an artistic practice based upon principles of resource conservation. During her residency, she will return to the places of her childhood and youth: are the puddles in Sankt Augustin still full of tadpoles in the spring? And if not, why? She intends to come together with people, landscapes, trees and spaces to search for a language that not only verifies the fragility of the circumstances in the Anthropocene, but, at the same time, creates new cycles, forms of existence and forms of storytelling.

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Blog | Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Tobias Schulenburg

Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Tobias Schulenburg

Tobias Schulenburg (*1987) normally lives in Cologne, but, of course, will now be living in Ostwestfalen-Lippe. He writes and draws. He has been a student at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) since 2018. His debut novel, es sich schön machen (It Makes Itself Beautiful), was published in 2020. He still holds a degree as an automotive designer from a previous life. During his residency, he will create texts and drawings inspired by his experiences there under the working title Ich kannte niemanden und alle waren nett (I Didn’t Know Anyone and Everyone Was Nice). His interests include, but are certainly not limited to: how we deal with time and what we do during our days, as well as: shopping centers, parking lots, queer life, motorsports, semi-romantic forest paths, fashion, religious denominations, system catering, flea markets (of course), office buildings, bodies of water of all kinds and their shores, animals, garbage dumps, settlements, gas stations, cross-country walking, retirement homes, sunsets, ice cream parlors, consuming alcohol and factory outlets.

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Blog | Münsterland

Neïtah Janzing

Münsterland

Neïtah Janzing

Neïtah Janzing (*1997) organized monthly public readings in the Bibliothèque St-Germain in Saint Hyacinthe, Canada over the course of her studies in costume design and stage design. She immigrated to Germany in 2019 and, in its capital, joined the Résau des Autrices francophones de Berlin, the network of French-speaking writers in Berlin. The network mutually realizes public readings, editorial reviews and text workshops. Janzing was the web resident at Hôtel des Autrices on two separate occasions and presented short poems at a hospital in Madrid, Spain in 2021 as part of the initiative Cultura en Vena. As part of her Briefprojekte (Letter Projects), she invites the participants to write letters to people they do not know. She has already tested out the format in the Czech Republic and Germany and will now further develop it as part of her residency. In Münsterland, she will create postcards from her photos of the region and send her impressions, expressed in just a few words, to people she does not know.

During her residency, Neïtah Janzing’s texts will be translated by Odile Kennel.

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Blog | Hellweg

Dorian Steinhoff

Hellweg

Dorian Steinhoff

Dorian Steinhoff (*1985) is both German as well as Austrian. He studied philosophy, law and German studies at the University of Trier. He has worked as a freelance writer since 2010, publishes prose and writes for both the stage and the radio. As the founder and artistic director of the incubator for storytelling media phileas FESTE, he develops and creates new forms of storytelling and supports writers. He has received multiple awards for his work and his texts have been translated into five languages. During his residency, he will explore the cultural region of Hellweg by bicycle, making constant stops along the way. The documentation of the journeys will serve as the point of departure for writing about places and encounters. He will publish routes, photos and the accompanying texts on the outdoor platform Komoot. This will result in the creation of a literary transportation network that profiles the region and its people and invites the viewers to follow the routes and texts on their own bicycles.

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Blog | Bergisches Land

Ulrike Anna Bleier

Bergisches Land

Ulrike Anna Bleier

Ulrike Anna Bleier (*1968) lives in Cologne and Oberpfalz. She has received multiple awards for her literary work, most recently a work stipend from the Kunststiftung NRW and a writer-in-residence stipend in Quebec, Canada. Her debut novel, Schwimmerbecken (Swimmer’s Pool) made the 2017 hot list of the ten best books published by independent publishers. She supervises the project Kölner Kulturpaten (Cologne Culture Patrons) and brings people together at the meeting place of business and art. In Bergisches Land, Ulrike Anna Bleier offers an invitation to hike along with her on the historic street of labor and to tell your own stories. Why do we work, what work do we do? What significance does work have for us, what improvements do we desire? A digital street of labor straight through Bergisches Land will be created from profiles and interviews.

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Blog | Aachen

Kadir Özdemir

Aachen

Kadir Özdemir

Kadir Özdemir (*1977) studied modern history and sociology and works at the meeting point of LGBTIQ and migration. He has published in numerous anthologies and magazines and regularly writes columns. As an actor and performer, he founded the theater group Die Migrationserb:innen (The Heirs of Immigration), a collective consisting of actors who have experiences of displacement and migration. Özdemir is the prize winner of the 2021 CLINCH FESTIVAL AWARD and stipend for Occupy Kultur! Mentoringprogramm für neue Perspektiven im Kulturbereich (Occupy Culture! Mentoring Program for New Perspectives in the Culture Industry). With his project Bubbles, he intends to pursue the following questions in the cultural region of Aachen: what brings us together and what separates us in urban and rural environments? And who is this “us”, anyway? In doing so, he will portray the region in his short stories at times as an area for the competition between interests, at times as a mosaic of lifestyles and network with artists, activists and citizens.

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