Valeska Neumann, Flensburg/Germany — art, science & business Coordination, Solitude fellow 2015–2017
Valeska Neumann studied design at the Hochschule Mainz, Germany, and at the University of Plymouth in Exeter, Great Britain, and cultural history and theory with a minor in gender studies at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. In 2012 she was project assistant for the interdisciplinary conference »BONDS: Guilt, Debts and other Liabilities« (December 6–8, 2012, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin; project management: Thomas Macho). From 2013 to 2014, she was responsible for the editorial supervision of the BONDS publication (ed. Thomas Macho, Fink 2014). During the winter term 2014-2015 she was research associate at the institute of cultural history and theory of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, from January to March 2015 she was coordination fellow for the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Since June 2015 she has been assistant to the board at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.
by Solitude fellows
In its new collective publication, Schlossghost #1, Akademie Schloss Solitude examines the ways in which politics meet artistic and aesthetic practices in contemporary societies. For this the Solitude-fellows who had residencies in 2014, 2015 and early 2016 were invited to reflect on following questions: »Would you say that your practice is political? If so, how would you describe its political dimension?« Schlossghost #1 takes over the role of the traditional yearbooks by the Akademie. Every second year since 1990 they were summarizing all the facets of the work done in Solitude and maintained as a final truth Stéphane Mallarmé’s affirmation that »the ultimate state of the world is a book«. This new publication has lost its materiality and exists only as a virtual yearbook, or one could say as the ghost of a book. WWW.SCHLOSS-GHOST.COM