The jury's reasoning has been evaluated and the - according to the jury - "strong team" around the team leaders Inga Samii and Melanie Botzki is now supplemented by additional expertise. The scientists, cultural managers, historians, artists, lawyers, administrative specialists, musicologists, press officers, designers and writers of the KHH25 team are now joined by eight new members from the fields of architecture, literature, political science, art, performance, music and dramaturgy. This continues the proven interdisciplinary collective work.
The team is enriched by new perspectives
"With our new additions, we are expanding our application with new perspectives. We are very much looking forward to working together and are sure that we will be able to deliver a convincing bid book,” say Inga Samii and Melanie Botzki, both team leaders of the bidding process. Intersectionally and interdisciplinarily, the team will deepen the artistic content of the second bid book according to the Agora principle until the end of April. It will work closely with everyone involved so far. Together, specific projects are developed to address a local, national and European audience.
The work continues
In line with the guidelines of the jury, some projects from the first bid book will be further developed and concretized and will be presented as examples in the second bid book. The extensive program for the title year - around 500 events and ten major projects - will only be developed after the title has been won. The deadline for submitting the second bid book is July 31, 2020 in Berlin. Between September 21 and 23, 2020, the jury will make a final decision at the selection meeting on which city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2025. Shortly before, a delegation from the jury will visit the applicant cities for one day each.
These are the new members of the 2025 European Capital of Culture application team:
Aljoscha Begrich (in the picture on the right) studied art history, philosophy and cultural studies in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. After working as a stage designer, he worked as a dramaturge at the Schauspiel Hannover and Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin in 2009 and has been at the Maxim Gorki Theater since 2014. His works have already been realized in over 40 cities and have been invited to the Avignon Festival and the Bienale di Venezia, amongst others. He is also a lecturer at the Leibniz University Hannover, the University of Hildesheim and the Bavarian Theater Academy Everding.
The raumlaborberlin collective works across genres and in an transdisciplinary manner. Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius (in the picture on the left) is one of eight architects in the collective and has been with the company for more than 20 years. Together, Raumlaborberlin develops interdisciplinary projects related to architecture, art and society worldwide.
Robin Höning (second to the left) studied architecture and urban planning and is the managing director of endboss. For the past seven years, endboss has not only developed objects, architectures and urban parallel worlds from Hannover for different urban spaces around the world, but also sustainable communities and movements. At the same time, they are not restricted to a specific area or a specific target group and have so far made their hands dirty with children, skaters, pensioners, refugees, politicians, students and bureaucrats.
Çagla Ilk (third to the left) is a curator and dramaturge. From 2013 to 2020, the studied architect at the Maxim Gorki Theater was responsible, among other things, for the interdisciplinary art exhibition at the Berlin Herbst Salon, where she worked with numerous international artists and directors. Her works combine art, urbanism and architecture. Ilk is particularly concerned with the interdisciplinarity between the performing and visual arts, diversity issues, as well as the transcultural openings of cultural institutions and the promotion of these.
The artist couple Lotte Lindner & Till Steinbrenner (fourth and third to the right) has lived and worked in Hanover since 2002. They studied with the performance artist Marina Abramoviç and have already exhibited worldwide: at the MoMa PS 1 in New York, at Tate Modern in London and in many European cities. For their work, they were awarded the art prize of the Sparkasse Hannover, the Zeitsicht Prize Augsburg and the New York Scholarship from the Lower Saxony Sparkassenstiftung and the State of Lower Saxony, and lectured as visiting professors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In Hannover, they played on the Dutch pavilion on the expo area, the Hodlersaal and for "Made in Germany" rooms at the Kestnergesellschaft. According to the HAZ, they are “Hanover's most exciting artist couple”.
Jean Peters (second to the right) is a political scientist and action artist and founded the Peng! Collective in 2013. In his works, he combines means of performance art and media staging with classic campaign work and investigative research. With Peng., he infiltrated the media work of corporations like Shell, Google or Vattenfall called for intra-European escape aid and founded a temporary drop-out association for secret service employees. Should fascists come to power one day, at least he wants to be able to boast that he did everything he could think of. That is why he now also works for Neo Magazin Royale with Jan Böhmermann.
Thomas Posth (fourth to the left) is a freelance conductor, cellist and concert designer. In 2006 he founded the Hannover-based Treppenhaus Orchester. With its concert projects, the orchestra has developed into one of the leading representatives of the innovative classical scene in Germany and Europe in recent years. Posth also holds a part-time professorship as Academic Music Director at the University of Hamburg, holds a teaching position at the University of Music, Theatre and Media in Hannover and is Artistic Director of the Académie de Musique de Chambre de Bardou in southern France.
The jury report on Hanover and the other cities can be viewed here. Our bid book "Agora of Europe" can be found here.