Elena Schmitz has over ten year’s experience of working in the Welsh arts and literature sector and is based in Cardiff.
She is Head of Programmes at Literature Wales and part of the Senior Management Team and has been with the organisation for over seven years.
She has overseen and managed many different literature projects, including the Young People’s Writing Squads, the Dinefwr Literature Festival and the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations. She has been involved in a number of international projects and exchanges, most recently a project with Canadian spoken word poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali.
She’s particularly interested in developing younger audiences through outreach work and works closely with her colleagues on new forms of engagement, such as developing Youth Slams in South Wales.
Originally from Osnabrueck in North Germany, Elena came to the UK in 2004 as part of her MA in British Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. Prior to this she gained an MA in English Linguistics/Literature and Communication Studies at Essen University. She has worked for various visual arts organisations in Cardiff before joining Literature Wales, including Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art, Wales Arts International, g39 Gallery and Chapter Arts Centre.
Elena Schmitz appeared at the CROWD INTRE:FACE Conference with the support of the British Council in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, UK as part of the International Literature Showcase.
Max Höfler was born in 1978, and lives in Graz as a writer, artist and literature representative of FORUM STADTPARK. He studied German, philosophy and history of art and was awarded his doctoral degree for a thesis about post-Wittgenstein aesthetics.
Max Höfler writes experimental prose and is regularly published in literary journals, anthologies and newspapers. For his debut “Texas as text title” he was awarded several scholarships and prizes.
Since 2009, Max Höfler has organised and curated about 30 literature events, festivals, projects and symposia at FORUM STADTPARK, to which he has invited more than 70 artists from the German-speaking area and beyond. The focus of his programme is on contemporary experimental writing techniques which further explore the approaches of the classical avant-garde and neo-avant- garde in the ever-present now. In the formulation of his programmes, he places value on combining experimental forms with political questions.
Glory Hole is a Video-Installation on the outer walls of the FORUM Stadtpark, in the city-park of Graz.
CAUTION it’s GERMAN!
1.)Since 2010, curator of the international radio-art network radia http://www.radia.fm/
2.) Since 2009, literature representative of FORUM STADTPARKhttp://forumstadtpark.at/
3.) Since 2009, freelance writer
4.) 2009-2011, committee member of the net-art association mur.at
5.) Since 2009, literature programme horch hoch 2 on Radio Helsinki, Graz
6.) 2005, founding of the group of artists R.A.P1.2 (Red Army Participle 1 squared)
7.) 2005, founding of the semi-virtual home gallery GG44
8.) Since 2000, regular publications in literary journals and anthologies
Curatorial Activities (Selection)
9.) post – circular sent to all households in Graz and designed by authors and artists, Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
10.) chain reaction – 6-hour live radio-art programme, São Paulo Biennale and Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
11.) extra – Series of readings presenting contemporary experimental literature.
Forum Stadtpark, since 2010.
12.) radia – Art-radio programmes for the worldwide radio-art network radia, since 2010.
13.) Kolumne p – Literature symposium, Forum Stadtpark, 2010.
14.) texttontage (text tone days) – Festival for texts and tones where each author works together with a composer/ musician to create a piece of work. Forum Stadtpark, since 2009.
Literary Publications (Selection)
– wies is is (How it is). Ritter, 2014.
– texas als texttitel (Texas as text title). A raving comedy novel. Ritter, 2010.
– EXTRAKT. forum stadtpark literatur 2010 – 2012. Verlag Forum Stadtpark 2012, (editor).
– post. Verlag Forum Stadtpark 2012, (editor).
–als wie ich noch der waldheimatbub gewesen war. In: Alphabet der Kindheit (Alphabet of Childhood), Leykam, 2012. (Anthology)
– How to build a magnificent Boom-Boom. In: A Global Visuage, edition ch, 2012, (anthology).
– How to build a magnificent Boom-Boom. In: monchrom #26-34. Ye Olde Self-Referentiality, 2010 (anthology).
– herz aus stahl (heart of steel). Novel. In: Revue nach neunundvierzig Nummern perspektive. Sonderzahl Wien, 2006 (anthology).
Academic Publications (Selection)
– Vom absolut Gewöhnlichen und dem für gewöhnlich Absoluten (The Ordinary and the Absolute. Aesthetics in term of Wittgenstein.) Aesthetics according to Wittgenstein. Doctoral thesis, 2011.
– Möglichkeitsräume des biographischen Schreibens (Spatial possibilities of biographical writing). In: Erinnerung, Gedächtnis, Geschichtsbewältigung (Reminisence, memory and coming to terms with history). Österreichische Literatur der neunziger Jahre (Austrian literature of the nineties), Lodz 2001.
Artistic Activities (Selection)
– chain reaction – 6-hour live radio-art programme, São Paulo Biennale and Forum Stadtpark, 2012.
– Artsbirthday, radio art, Ö1 (art radio) and gallery ESC, 2010.
– XLR. Network and radio art. Galerija Kapelica, Ljubjana, 2009.
Peter Dietze (*1987 in Dresden, GDR) lives in Berlin. His poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Germany and abroad.
He is one of the editors of the German-Czech-Slovakian anthology DISPLEJ.eu and the literary magazine Randnummer.
Since 2013 he is part of the Berlin based artists network KOOK and organizer of several literary projects and events in Berlin, latest: “CLOUDPOESIE – Dichtung für die vernetzte Gesellschaft” (CLOUDPOETRY – Poetry for the connected society). In 2016 he is receiving a work stipend from the Berlin Senate.
SARDAM, deriving from the word σαρδάμ («verbal slip» in greek), is an annual, out of the box, literature festival, based in Cyprus that was founded in 2013 by the writer Maria A. Ioannou and the artistic group aRttitude. The festival presents the work of writers from Cyprus and abroad in alternative, mixed media ways.
Born in China in a small village, and after studying film in Beijing Xiaolu Guo went into exile to London. Her work is inspired by her biography, resistance, identity, home – she lives between different worlds and languages. Today she is one of the most appreciated and proliferated authors and film makers in Britain – in November she will be in Berlin at Lettrétage, presenting her works.
Ernesto writes poetry, performs in several contexts philosophical lectures, is a publisher and musician and an educator. Polyphony, here and there. He uses a variety of artistic and poetical expressions merging into a reduced room of slight installation-like instances that will show you secretly the mechanics of abstraction. I met Ernesto on a bridge in Berlin, Neukölln.