Aleš Arnež, Ljubljana/Domžale

Aleš Arnež is a bike hedonist and a bike builder. A former Muslauf member, gone to the dark side - for him carbon is the new black. In his work he combines the lessons of the past and the newest materials, joining both two worlds for the best solutions for today.

Almir Jusovic, Ljubljana

My name is Almir Jusovic and this summer it will be 25 years since i started to skateboard. I try to be creative with everything. Besides skateboarding, I am a fan of art. I have been sculpturing for more than 10 years, mostly based on skateboarding, but I do work on different types of figures as well. I make them in 3-d or reliefs. Usually I use clay as a material, sometimes I carve some stuff in stone also. I'm a crafty guy I could say, as I worked as a carpenter and finished a school for it. After I studied sculpturing for 2 years, I decided that sculpturing can wait and I went on doing my stuff on a skateboard. I never stop sculpturing but as I cannot earn enough for a living from it, I have been working on different other jobs. Lately I have been filming a new video, actually a whole movie with guys from Obsession skate team. I have been working on this project for 3-4 years. The video will be called spacedout and it will come out this year. All the guys are from Slovenia and they are top skaters. Video is my main focus for quite some time now: I'm building stuff to do my tricks, filming others, working on capturing and editing. As a person I can be serious when needed but my world is being a kid. I try to have fun and enjoy this life.

Amal Alhaag, Amsterdam

Amal Alhaag is an independent curator, programmer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She works for non-profit cultural organizations, public art spaces and festivals across the Netherlands. Alhaag is currently involved with cultural platform Metro54 and works as a public program curator for the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

André van der Stouwe, Amsterdam

André van der Stouwe has been working with Lokaalmondiaal since 2007. He has many years of experience in making video reports and documentaries about international development issues. André has filmed, directed and edited reports and documentaries for, among others, Dutch regional and national television, BBC World, MTV, TV5 and Le Monde (web documentary). From late 2010 to 2012 he lived in Manila, working as a freelance multimedia journalist in South East Asia. Aside from filmmaker he's a passionate photographer with a keen eye for bringing down big, international issues to personal and intimate stories.

Bert Scholten, Groningen/Munich

Bert Scholten’s recognizable scenes embody contemporary society and it’s cultural codes. About wasting time on internet, city life, subcultures, group behavior and how scenes and social networks are knit together. Subjects of interest are irony, goodwill, fun, authenticity and boredom. As it are his electronic beats with gritty melodies, drawings, mural art, lyrics or animations, they’re all brought with the same bewildering energy. Scholten studied graphic design, animation at KASK Ghent and got his fine art degree at Minerva Groningen in 2012. He played over 200 shows at various festivals and clubs, and released over 30 recordings on various labels. Bert is a member of the Creative Lab. The Creative Lab will take place from October to December 2014 in Munich at Villa Waldberta, the international artist-in-residence house of the City of Munich.

Christopher Lewis, Munich

Christopher studied film and drama in the USA and worked for a few years in the advertising industry. He later graduated in media management and produced documentary films for some time. He also became very interested in sustainability and upcycling. He now runs a bike shop called „Samstag Rad“ in Munich where he manufactures and creates valuable unique bikes out of old and discarded bicycle parts. Christopher was one of the participants at the Trike Lab in Schmiede14: Selfassembling.


Class Ingold, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

We are a group of students at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Our studies are project based with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. Therefore we try to engage with different contexts. In exchange with different subjects and people we deal with the individual perceptions and approaches of everyone. ?To realize our projects we focus on teamwork and group discussions as well as on individual development of ideas. Often we act on our own but occasionally we appear as a group or even swarm. These days we are convinced that utopians are the ones to change the world. So currently we try to develop a utopia for different places but we are struggling to find one version that is valid for everything: “Wir sind Utopia!”

Ela Grieshaber, Hallein

Ela Grieshaber is working as documentary photographer at Salzburg Global Seminar and the Toihaus Theater in Salzburg. In one of her latest projects “auf der Suche nach dem Unsichtbaren” she is dealing with photography and the perception of blind persons. Therefor she is investigating the following questions: What is happening, when you take a picture with your eyes closed? How do you select a detail when you can not rely on your visual skills? Ela is presuming this questions in cooperation with three blind persons, who are taking pictures from their own perspective. Beyond that she is part of the WTD-project from Space to Place to Utopia (FSPU).

Elena Carr, Munich

Elena Carr is currently studying art education in Munich. This year she has attract attention with her contemporary cheeky staging and artistic production of the Ash Wednesday mass in the Frauenkirche in Munich (2014, together with Franziska Wirtensohn and Michael Wittmann). But actually her aim is not about the great show. In another ongoing project she is accompanying an asylum seeker, she coincidentally met in the train.

Erdogan Onur Ceritoglu, Istanbul/Munich

My work can be considered as long term projects based on research and participation. Mostly I use found objects and materials that are elements of architecture and design. These objects are partly discarded as junk. For me they signify urban transformation and consumerism. These parts are reused in the art work and meets the participant-audience in their private spaces and also in public. Most of the work has a critical look on decay on material properties, recycle and reuse of constructional waste. Onur will stay for 3 months in 2014 at Villa Waldberta to participate in the Creative Lab.

Evelyn Hriberšek, Munich

The native slovenian Evelyn Hriberšek investigates as an Innovation Artist, future thinker and tech-evangelist current technological and media developments - among others Augmented and Virtual Reality, Wearables, Smart Devices, Tech Gadgets - and creates virtual analog future scenarios. ''O.R.pheus'' - a mix of art installation, musical theater, real-life game - was nominated by the German government for the German Computer Game Award Best Serious Game) in 2013 (Www.orpheus2012.com.). Since then she is creating interdisciplinary, trans-media concepts, projects and events for cultural institutions, game publishers and agencies and is also consulting. Evelyn speaks, writes and teaches about challenges, opportunities and risks of virtual future scenarios at international conferences and at universities. For WTD she creates her vision for the Hoverboard: ramps reach steeply into the sky, obstacles float through the air, advertising holograms interact with game and social media accounts: “Welcome to Hoverboard-Park”.

Geert Bartelink, Groningen

Geert Bartelink (1981) is an artist who works and lives in Groningen (The Netherlands). In 2004 he graduated from art academy Artez in Kampen (The Netherlands). In 2009 he received a stipend from the Mondriaan Fund. Bartelink uses a range of materials and different techniques: drawing, painting and collage techniques. The size of his work varies from very small (15 by 20 cm) to really big (200 x 300 cm). In his work he draws on socially relevant themes. His recent series ‘Denken ohne Geländer’ is an example of this. This series is based on the history and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Georg Hobmeier, Salzburg/Munich

is an Austrian game designer and artist. His previous projects in the field of serious games („Frontiers“ & „From Darkness“) have won several awards and have drawn high attention on the press. With his team „Causa Creations“ (e.g. Tillman Hars) he will run his current project together with the Indian activist Gayatri Vijaysimha and the TU in Vienna – called „Burn the boards“. It is meant to inform people of the consequences and danger of E-Waste. Georg Hobmeier will stay the November 2014 at Villa Waldberta to participate in the Creative Lab

Haeppi Piecis, Munich

Anne Gericke is a jewellry designer with distinctive organisation talents. She is co-founder of the jewellry gallery tragbar in Munich and shows her designs at national and international fairs. She iniiated the first OPEN DOORS at Schlachthofviertel more than 10 years ago and since then organised several cultural events.  Alexandra Weigand is a designer/lecturer/author/curator who works transdisciplinarily. With her platform STUDIO SATELLIT she has organised several temporary design stores as well as lecture series on current design issues. For MCBW Munich Creative Business Week 2014 she co-curated the exhibtion HIT THE FUTURE_DESIGN BEYOND THE BORDERS. They have curated and organised together the interim concept store and exhibition space HAEPPI PIECIS at Munich´s luxury mile, the Maximilianstraße. The work of Munich based designers and artists was shown from July 2013 till July 2014 in an international and artistic setting.

Hannah Eigeman, Amsterdam

Hannah studied social education and youth policy at the University of Utrecht. She specialized in ‘citizenship and the multicultural society’. Since the summer of 2012 Hannah has been working on different projects for Coolpolitics. Her main motivation to work for Coolpolitics is to inspire and facilitate young people to think about their own role in and their dreams for our society.

Hannah Kindler, Amsterdam

Hannah Kindler grew up in Freiburg, Germany where she studied German Literature,Philosophy and History. Afterwards she switched to the Textile Department at the Rietveld Academie, searching for a more tactile and small-scaled way of working. Kindler moves within different materials and disciplines, such as weaving and performance, garments and video, writing and knitting, drawing and spatial installation. The red thread going through her work is always the question of value: Social value, ecological value, personal value, economical value.

Hannah Perner-Wilson, Hallein

Hannah Perner-Wilson combines conductive materials and craft techniques, developing new styles of building electronics that emphasize materiality and process. She received a BA in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and an MA in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group.


Hertha Pietsch-Zuber, Munich

Germany, She has been working with the Department of Arts and Culture, City of Munich since more than 10 years and is responsible for EU projects. Her original background is in business administration and project management – experiences she can bring in nicely to her role in „What's the deal?“ as the overall project manager. She has been involved in the project since the development of the concept idea and as such is committed to make the project a success.

Iris Kloppeburg, Amsterdam

Iris Kloppenburg is a designer who explores unbeaten paths of design & technology. She is able to trigger design scenarios, by transmitting the needs and dreams of the public to those who can realize them. When looking at interactions between technology and humans, Iris is searching for a more harmonious and tactile synergy between man and environment, exploring the encounters between people and their environment in a highly tactual, poetic and sensitive experience. Iris comes up with authentic concepts and prototypes of future materials, by using her wide range of skills including; craft (design & prototyping), forecasting (concept & framing) and aesthetics (personal handwriting).

Jaap Warmenhoven, Amsterdam

I am a social designer, musician and consultant from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After juggling two very different careers in alternative music and management consulting, I have started looking for ways to combine the two. I have since involved artists and designers in solving complex social problems. In 2012 I cofounded the Social Design department at consultancy firm Twynstra Gudde. Together with a growing network of social designers I have looked for and found new and exciting entries into questions concerning sustainability and sustainable behavior, public participation and the

Janett Sumbera, Hallein

Janett Sumbera was a dancer, for example in the Compagnie Jean-Yves Ginoux in Paris. During her dancing she always searched for perfect forms which support the individal expressions. This led her to the development of costume designs and equipment for theater, events, installations and performances, and finally to the label Sumbera - upcycling.


Janice Maria Mancini, Rotterdam


Jeske de Vries, Amsterdam

Jeske graduated in 2007 from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. During the Bachelor Program 'Cultural and Social Education' and the minor 'Training, Coaching & Mentoring' she gained a lot of experience within the Amsterdam arts and culture scene. In 2008, Jeske joined Coolpolitics as a fundraiser, and expanded quickly into editorial and production work. She is now responsible for programs such as the Coolpolitics Masterclass Human Rights, the online Habbo Hotel campaigns and Lowlands University; our annual series of scientific lectures at the biggest pop festival in the Netherlands, Lowlands Festival.

Johanna Kronhofer, Hallein

(Coordinarion and Assisstance - Schmiede Hallein), Austria *1987 in Carinthia/Austria; Studied 'applied cultural sciences' in Klagenfurt; soon degree in 'comparative studies' in Salzburg. Activitities as city guide, project assistance in the field of urban arts (especially dance) and since 2011 in the organisation team of Schmiede Hallein.

Joran Koster, Rotterdam

My name is Joran Koster, graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam as a Graphic Designer. I am a co founder of COUP RAVAGE. COUP RAVAGE is a Rotterdam design collective that moves in the border area between graphic and spatial design and consists of Joe Brewer, Bobby Ali , Sjors van Gelderen and Joran Koster. I have just returned from an Artist in Residence in Cairo, where I worked for four months with, among others, IceCairo, a greentech community and Cairo Hackerspace. I would also like to extend this, and also work on beautiful and relevant projects in the Netherlands.

Jurij Bobic, Ljubljana / Munich

Jurij has a degree in cultural anthropology and worked in very different fields before he co-founded GUMB (2011), a collective dedicated to exploring new creative ways how to turn waste into objects of everyday use. Since then he spends most of his time mentoring recycling & upcycling, urban gardening & foraging workshops for kids and adults. Among them is Re:ciklarnica, a series of workshops in Center for Urban Culture Kino Šiška that is part of What's the deal? When he is not finding DIY solutions he is working on different cultural projects, ranging from street theater to comics. Jurij Bobic will be an artist-in-residence at Villa Waldberta for the Creative Lab 2014..

Katharina Deml, Munich

Katharina Deml is currently studying art education in Munich and at the moment she is working on projects, dealing with the idea of bees and plants in urban spaces. Katharina wants to differentiate herself from upcoming trends like “Urban Beekeeping” and “Urban Gardening”. It is rather all about sustainability of the bee- and plant world, about finding analogies to other phenomena and to stay in contact with different kind of people. Also in other works she tried to bring various people and positions together. Repetitive elements in this connections are terms like attentiveness, achievement, energy and sustainability.

Kerstin Klimmer-Kettner, Hallein

(project management - Schmiede Hallein), Austria *1977 in Tirol; studied business and art history in Innsbruck and Angers; several years of working experience on different cultural projects; independent curator; member of the Salzburg state advisory board (culture).

Korinna Lindinger, Hallein

Korinna Lindinger works as artist, social scientist and curator in Vienna and Salzburg. She is a social reseacher in the field of school to work transition and urban studies at the Institute of Children’s Rigths and Parents Education. In her artistic practice Korinna Lindinger develops kinetic sculptures. Besides she is engaged at the Ministry of Arts and Culture as advisor for interdisciplinary art and at Schmiede as one of the coordinators of the DIY and hacker space Tinkerlab. In the “What’s the deal?” project she is researching the meaning of sustainability in partly local, partly digital networks of people who are passionate of arts and cultures.

Liesbet Rabbinge, Rotterdam

I started two years ago as an independent stand- and interior designer. Before that I worked for 10 years in various design agencies. There I was busy with product and space innovations. Now I would like to resolve issues around sustainability and social design. For my own projects I try to innovate within the boundaries of a project. I am a positive person, I think in solutions and have a lot of ideas.My ambition is not only to be concerned with design of spaces for commercial customers, but to broaden my horizons and focus on sustainability and development, so I will start in September with the minor development studies at UVA.

Lisa Simpson, Vancouver/Munich

Lisa Simpson is a sewing agent. She has been playing the Singer, a sewing machine, since 2003. In the daytime she tackles unwanted clothing, pins them down and cuts them up, transforming them into new wearable shapes. She can be found deep under a pile of commissions, or in an exhibition in progress somewhere around the world. By nighttime, the Singer joins her fellow musicians and Lisa sews to the beat of the music, improvising on clothing based on rhythm and sound. The prepared sewing machine amplifies the creation of new garments from old garments, stitching together DIY electronics and DIY fashion. Searching for rhythm and melody in the movements of a seamstress—hacking into garments—Lisa Simpson makes music out of making clothes. Her research focuses on her exhibitions in progress, where the creative process is emphasized; the performativity of the act of sewing; and audience participation as the source of inspiration. By transforming wardrobes she is questioning contemporary consumption habits, bringing forth a discussion around the sustainability of the fashion industry.


Mac Krebernik, Graz/Munich

Mac is a freelance technical illustrator, who uses his knowledge in graphic design and mechatronics to create visualizations in the field of technical documentation. While staying at the Villa Waldberta during the What's the Deal? residency he will be working on an interactive installation about the correlation between skateboarding, wood consumption an forestry.


Marcus Graßl, Munich

Marcus Graßl studied cultural studies in Munich with a main focus on anthropology of cities and urban subcultures.He graduated in 2013 with a masters thesis on the structural alteration of youth cultures within the last 20 years in Bavaria. Currently Marcus is working as a journalist and musician. He has been working for the public Bavarian broadcast and is currently touring around Europe with his band "Aloa Input".

Marjanne van Helvert, Amsterdam

Marjanne van Helvert is a textile designer and writer from the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Textile Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the Radboud University Nijmegen. She works according to her Dirty Design philosophy which involves the ethical side of design into the aesthetical side and considers the impact of material, labor, technique and form on both social and natural environment.


Marlen Elders, Munich

As a grad student of cultural anthropology who's addicted to arts, Marlen Elders is always in search of vital cultural art projects like “What's the deal?” that challenge fundamental social issues such as usage of public space, sustainability and d.i.y. She's a fan of doing handicrafts, redesigning used clothes, repairing old stuff and reinventing things. In the wtd-project she is part of the organizing team in Munich and supports the crew in creating the Nomadic Sculpture.

Matt Wiegele, Munich

As co-founder and member of unitedskateboardartists/ USBA Matt Wiegele is looking at the city as a playground, which wants to be used in many different ways. Skateboarding and t-shirts, design and screen printing are possible expressions of this point of view on architecture, culture and society. He also works as a freelance graphic designer and copy writer. he likes d.i.y.

Matthias Wermke, Berlin/München

He is one of the participants of the Creative Lab in Munich to be hosted by Villa Waldberta. He will work on the utopian vision of urban wasteland in Munich. He studied fine arts/ sculpture in Berlin and Istanbul and works together with Mischa Leinkauf as the artist duo Wermke Leinkauf. He investigates the boundaries of public space in urban environment through different kinds of interventions and performances. In his work Wermke temporarily overrides limitations and constraints, often without permission or invitation. The aim is to question common standards and to show the beauty beyond these standards. The resulting work is shown in videoinstallations from single-screen to mutli- screen with mixed media often including photos or slides.

mayer+empl, Munich

mayer+empl architectural space intervention Multimedia art duo Martin Mayer and Quirin Empl specialize in interior and exterior 3D video mapping - an art form that uses the architecture, shape and conditions of rooms to project moving images, light or graphics on abstract surfaces, and thus creating an entirely new atmospheric space. Space is commonly not perceived, but defined by and reduced to its functions. This is true in daily life and the arts, where spaces serve as a container for the reception, display and storage of objects. Media installations by mayer+empl aim to refocus common perception by tracking the architectural elements of a space and reconstructing them virtually. Resulting geometric structures are then mapped onto the real architecture via video projection. This interaction grants spaces new life, as they are further characterized by human interactions. Sounds and noises generated by users are captured by a microphone, transforming virtual interpretations of rooms and highlighting their fragility. Real time sensor data ensures non-repetitive permutations of distortions to these reconstructions. Space is thus simultaneously reconstructed and deconstructed by light and sound as a living organism sensitive to stimulus. http://mayerempl.wordpress.com http://mayerempl.tumblr.com


Mehmet Ismail Birinci, Munich

Mehmet Ismail Birinci was born in 1975 and grew up in Munich. He´s taking part in the what´s the deal project as a media representative and studied social scientist - in the fields of documentation, film and photography.

Mia Ventin, Ljubljana

Currently studying, working and living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. At the moment, volunteering at Poligon as a project manager and creative director for KC! (Kreativna Cona Siska- Creative Zone Siska.Trained in fashion and interior design, mostly working in art department sector for video, TV and film production. As a designer, currently I’m researching relations between body and garment in a context of cultural heritage,sensory/synaesthetic values and different social factors that dictate development of fashion in order to create new materials, shapes and functions of clothes and similar products.

Michael Wiethaus, Munich

Nobody calls Mixen by his real name, Michael Wiethaus. Inked with his favorite sport, semi-Bavarian, semi-Thai Mixen began to study landscape architecture to design skateparks. Nevertheless 30 year old Monsieur Wiethaus now is a graphic designer during the day, a brilliant observer during nighttime when others get crazy. Inspired by that and by skateboarding, football, music and art, taking pictures and graphic design is more than a hobby or job for this fairly mysterious guy. He is also a big part of the skateboard scene in munich and a member of the temporary art gallery called "The Open Door". At "What's the deal" he helps to create and form the project with his view on things.

Michael `Gene´ Aichner, Munich

Michael `Gene´ Aichner, alias Genelabo, is working as a project artist since 1998. His large-scale installations cover rooms and buildings with collages and structures made of light, which change the perception of the area. To create his light-art, a wide range of projection techniques are being used, from slide-projectors to the most modern media servers. The interplay of idea and technology brings impressive concepts to life. Since 2013 Michael `Gene` Aichner is responsible for the the event- and installationsector at the media service company "crushed eyes". He is currently living and working in Munichs

Mika Satomi, Hallein

Only satisfied when things are working, Mika Satomi is always looking for new ways to use any kind of material, or bending existing techniques to her needs. Since 2006, she works together with Hannah Perner-Wilson under the collective name KOBAKANT exploring the field of eTextiles She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Tokyo Zokei University, and an MA in Media Creation from IAMAS, Japan. She has been a researcher at The Smart Textile Design Lab at Textilehögskolan in Borås, Sweden from 2010-2012. Currently she is a guest professor at eLab, Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin.


Mikka Stampa, Munich

Mikka Stampa is a Munich based graphic designer, focused on typography. He is born in Basel (Switzerland) where he got in touch with design, art and typography at Basel School of Design for the first time. He loves to be involved in interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. Driven by curiosity he likes to get surprising and individual solutions. Taking a critical perspective on markets and environment are also part of his being and work. For some time he thinks a lot about public space, the use of it and how to be involved in a healthy development.

Miron Mili?, Zagreb

Artworks of illustrator and designer Miron Mili? (1980) are distinctly realistic, his ability to animate the depicted topic sometimes seeming quite unbelievable, bordering on the abstract. Viewers often get the impression of being positioned in the immediate presence of the living representations. One of the best known and most popular street Croatioan artists, he has painted numerous urban façades. Ironic and humorous in character, Miron’s works largely verge on social commitment.

Moulsari Jain, Amsterdam

Moulsari Jain is a conceptual designer, artist and thinker. Her current medium of expression is branding and identity design, though she sees herself finally as an artist asking provocative questions about the way we live. She is driven by her passion to study life and the human experience of the world, and how we can each make our contribution. Her belief in individual freedom, even from oneself, drives her to enable others to live the life they envision for themselves, by sharing her own skills and experience.

Pallo Ollap, Helsinki/Finland

Pallo Ollap is a student of applied arts and design at Aalto University, Helsinki. He works in illustration and painting, mostly for fun, but occasionally also to make a living. For more than a decade, he has been active in street art; his murals can be seen and admired on the streets of several Finnish cities.

Petra Gosenca, Ljubljana/Munich

Petra has been doing different art, craft and DIY projects for the last 15 years. She started with natural materials but moved to ceramics while working in Art center Muddum in Prague. In 2011 she co-founded GUMB, a collective dedicated to exploring new creative ways how to turn waste into objects of everyday use. Since then she has been working mostly with used materials, creating a collection of brooches, booklets and jewellery. She is organizing and mentoring creative workshops for youth and adults. Among them is Re:ciklarnica a series of recyling & upcycling workshops in Center for Urban Culture Kino Šiška that are part of What's the deal? With her DIY ideas & solutions she has also participated in various cultural and socially engaged projects. Petra has a degree in cultural anthropology. Petra Gosenca will be an artist-in-residence at Villa Waldberta for the Creative Lab 2014.

Philip Metz, Berlin/München

Philip Metz is the artistic director of the Nomadic Sculpture of WTD. He is a conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history, and the relationship of contemporary cultures towards one another. He studied photography and fine arts and earned a Masters level diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. For his Diploma in 2005 he constructed a skateable sculpture, Freistil Bayern, which was his inspiration for the Nomadic Sculpture concept in What´s the Deal?. He is also participating in various international exhibitions and is currently based in Berlin.

Philipp Weber, Munich

Philipp Weber graduated in 2012 from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. In 2013 his project A Strange Symphony, an allegory between glass and music, won the ‚New Talent Award‘ of the Berlin Design Festival DMY and in 2015 the Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers. He is in search of emotional qualities within production processes. Questions like ‘What is the meaning of the human relation to a material and its processing?’ guide his approach. Weber believes that in an increasingly digitalized world the comprehension and appreciation for 'the making' is getting lost. By expressing arcane values in manufacture he poses new prospects on production processes and craftsmanship.

Piera Ravnikar, Ljubljana

Piera has been actively working in the area of visual arts for the past 15 years. A champion for global culture through the arts, she has worked extensively with various international organisations, as well as with arts and media companies at the forefront of contemporary taste. Since 2009, Piera works for the Center for Urban Culture Kino Šiška as a Program Manager for Visual Arts. Piera holds an MA in Modern History from the University of London. In her secret life, she is a DJ. photo by Natan Esku

Ralf Josef, Munich

In 2010 I started to study Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, the city I was born in. Sure, I wanted to go somewhere else after finishing grammar school. But FH Pforzheim didn’t want me to study Transportation Design at their place so I just had to do something – which turned out to be the best thing. Quite early during my studies I figured design for its own sake is nothing I want to be dealing with. So I spent extensive amounts of time doing research, finding out about contexts of the objects and writing texts about the results. That got me an internship at the editorial team of form, which is a professional German magazine about design. From then on I published a couple of articles on design-related topics in several magazines like form, domus and dingmagazin.

Renée Boute, Utrecht

My name is Renée Boute, I am 27 and live in Utrecht. In 2012 I took the plunge and started my own design studio.My projects are based on a thorough research into crafts, culture, sustainability, materials and nature. Giving value worthless material is an important issue in my work. For example for my graduation project I worked with fruit and vegetable. I created paper out of discarded peppers, eggplants, apples, strawberries and other products from farms around the Netherlands at the paper making factory De Middelste Molen. With this paper I made an unique cookery book which shows that fruits and vegetables from Class 3 don’t belong on the compost heap.

Robert Pupeter, Munich

is a portrait and reportage photographer. Back in the nineties he learned his skills at the "Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign" in Munich. Since then he was constantly involved in various cultural projects. For example he co-founded the Kunstzentrat e.V. and he is now part of the curating team of "FotoDoks", a biannual festival for documentary photography. Additionally he is working on free projects that examine our perception of landscape and the relationship between man and his environment. And i guess that's the link to the "what the deal"- project.


Rüdiger Wassibauer, Hallein

(Creative Director- Schmiede Hallein), Austria *1977 in Salzburg; studied international business and finance, french, economy, history in Virginia and computer science in Salzburg. Founder of Schmiede Hallein; Curator of subnetAIR and subnetTALK; member of the advisory council to the Austrian federal ministry of education, art and culture; member of the Salzburg state advisory board (culture); developer and coach of the Salzburg state award for media art.

Shevia Limmen, Haarlem

Studio Locomoco was founded by Shevia Limmen and, together with Nanda de Block, she connects top creatives with challenges from the business world. With a passion for cutting-edge art and technology, she spots today's top-notch creatives and uses their stories to inspire and to offer new solutions to the challenges the world faces today. Studio Locomoco shows this creative perspective, and utilizes it for clients and for our own initiatives in a constructive way. By offering up ideas – sometimes contrary, but always healthy – this group of daredevils is able to create new insights and points of view. In doing so, they're bridging the gap between art, creativity, technology, and commerce.

Susanne Eskens, Amsterdam

Susanne is a Program Coordinator at Lokaalmondiaal and Coolpolitics. She has worked as a creative consultant for several cultural, social and governmental organizations; on strategic communications projects, creating new campaigns and coordinating and curating international projects. As Program Coordinator Susanne runs the Coolpolitics office with her team and develops special interdisciplinary and international projects. She has also hosted a variety of events and workshops, such as the Q&A with Russian Journalist Yevgenia Albats for Amnesty International, the Voices of the South journalism conference in Amsterdam for Lokaalmondiaal and Oxfam Novib, and the What’s the Deal Talk at Schmiede Hallein in 2013.

Theresa Reiter, Munich

Theresa graduated in Fashion Design at AMD Munich and presented her final collection at the exhibition „by future“ in 2014. She was also selected in the same year to participate in the „Best Graduate Show“ at the Fashion Week in Berlin. She is currently working together with a friend on their own pop-up fashion label. Their collection should be released by the end of November – where all items will be developed, manufactured and distributed in Munich. Theresa has participated in the Design Lab at Schmiede14: Self Assembling.


Tilen Sepic, Ljubljana

Tilen Sepic is a multidisciplinary designer and new media artist. He is working in fields of product design, lighting design, experience design, product photography, and interactive art installations based on light, video and sound. He is promoter of DIY culture and evolving technologies, he is active in organising workshops and content in Ljubljana Digital Media Lab Ljudmila, Maker-lab Roglab and Popupdom-lab (Poligon Maker-lab) His fascination with light can be seen in intermedia work, such as AV art, interactive photography and videography based on fast evolving web and mobile media technologies. As founder of bicycle/culture collective "Muslauf" is promoter of urban cycling culture.

Tuncay Acar, Munich

is a board member of the association Kunstzentrat e.V. which is - together with the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich - the main initiator of this project. Sometimes he runs temporary cultural spaces with strange names like “Import Export” or makes music and organizes art interchanges between Munich and Istanbul, as he calls both places his home. His creative roots are based on graffiti - that's his main link to “What's the deal?”.

Uroš Veber, Ljubljana

With Piera Ravnikar I am co-coordinating WTD activities in Ljubljana. Within WTD we are focusing on creative scenes concerning urban biking, DIY and self-repair and recycle modalities as well as hold a mural arts residency.

Vasily Orlow Wagner, Isonzo Front

Vasily Orlov Wagner is (quite literally) the driving force behind the semi-formal Retro Rats gentlemen's cycling club and the Trostreš?ki delivery trikes project. The latter is reviving Ljubljana's a forgotten 19th and early 20th century heritage, the trade of porters. They used trikes to assist the citizens with deliveries, messaging, moving, cleaning or other kinds of help and small services. Favourite color: the color of rust.