The jury was composed of six high-profile individuals:
The jury decided without outside interference. The decision of the Jury considered:
- The artistic value of contribution (e.g. originality and quality of implementation);
- The successful approach to the theme “energy transformation” or aspects of it;
- The successful combination of art and theme.
LEONIE BAUMANN (Chair)
President of Art Academy Berlin Weißensee
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Leonie Baumann is a curator, writer and art educator. As President of the School of Art Berlin Weißensee, she aspires to intensify the practical relevance of the School’s studies. She builds on her experiences in the fields of culture, art and policy, which she gained in her former positions as director of the New Society for Visual Arts – nGBK – (until 2011) and as the longtime chairman of the nationwide Umbrella Organization of German Art Associations – ADKV. Since 2008 she has also held the position of spokeswoman for the Berlin Council for the Arts where she has been actively involved in the Advisory Board "Project Fund for Cultural Education". Currently, she chairs an Advisory Board on Art of the Senate Chancellery Berlin.
Dr. INKE ARNS
Curator, writer, Artistic Director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV)
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Inke Arns enriches the jury with her experience with art and politics. Under her leadership, the HMKV has built a distinct profile on environmental issues like the use of resource. The 2010 exhibition “Arctic Perspective” examined the growing geopolitical interests of countries staking out their potential access to new resources that have become more accessible as the earth warms and the Arctic melts. In 2011, “The Oil Show” exhibited works of art that deal with the extreme dependence of the industrialized world on this fossil energy source. The 2014, Inke Arns presented the exhibition “World of Matter - On the Global Ecologies of Raw Material”.
Since 1993, Inke Arns is an independent curator and writer. She has curated exhibitions at the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centre for Contemporary Arts - CCA Glasgow; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Video days, Hong Kong; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina , Novi Sad; Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw ; Centre for Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu”, Toruń; Contemporary Art Centre CAC, Vilnius; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź.
In addition, she taught, inter alia, at the School of Visual Arts (HGB) Leipzig and at the Zurich University of the Arts and Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She is the author of numerous articles on media, art and net culture, and the editor of several exhibition catalogs. She has also published a number of books: New Slovenian Art (NSK) - an analysis of artistic strategies in the context of the 1980s in Yugoslavia (East German Museum Gallery, 2002), net cultures (European Publishing House, 2002), Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! The avant-garde in the rear mirror (Humboldt -Universität zu Berlin, 2004).
Dr. KATJA BLOMBERG
Director of the Haus am Waldsee – International Art in Berlin
Haus am Waldsee
Dr. Katja Blomberg is the mediation artist in the jury. Under the guidance of the art historian and journalist, the Haus am Waldsee was revived with international contemporary artists living and working in Berlin. Katja Blomberg is a master of perspective extensions, having organised events, concerts, and individual exhibitions in the Haus. She places particular emphasis on teaching artistic content, such as the series “Art in Dialogue”. On the subject of "How the new comes into the world?" she initiated a conversation between a brain researcher, an art historian, and several theologians and philosophers.
Curator and author, former President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and former Senator for Science, Research and Culture of the Berlin region
Adrienne Goehler combines the themes of art, politics and movement. In 2010, she curated the exhibition “examples to follow – expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability”, which tours internationally. Raising the “big” questions about the world, the exhibition has received prestigious acclaim, prizes and honorary mention by the German Commission for UNESCO as a project of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in 2014.
In 2007, Adrienne Goehler curated ART GOES HEILIGENDAMM, an artistic intervention in a public space during the G8 summit in Heiligendamm and in 2013 she curated “WALLONWALL” at the Westside Gallery.
Adrienne Goehler was and is involved in numerous juries and advisory boards , including as a curator for the “Hauptstadtkulturfonds”. Building on her many years of experience, she propagates a fund for “aesthetics and sustainability” in order to encourage other forms of collaboration between art, science, inventors and NGOs.
Prof. FRITHJOF STAISS
Executive Director of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden- Württemberg (STW ), member of the expert commission for the monitoring process “Energy of the Future” by the Federal Government and the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of the State Government of Baden -Württemberg
Prof. Frithjof Staiß brings to the jury a comprehensive understanding of technical challenges, current developments and various scenarios of energy transition. Since the 1980s, he has been contributing as an industrial engineer to climate and energy scenarios, policy development and the introduction of new technologies. Because transformation processes such as the energy transition are associated with far-reaching impacts, science must contribute to minimizing risks and capitalizing on opportunities. However, science can only live up to this responsibility if it frees itself of any ivory tower mentality. With countless lectures, trainings and publications for experts, the broader public and even elementary school students, Frithjof Staiß tries to make energy matters comprehensible for all people.
Prof. KLAUS TÖPFER
Founding director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS ) and Chairman of the Council of Agora Energiewende, Head of the Ethic Committee for a secure energy supply, former German Federal Minister for the Environment and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Prof. Klaus Töpfer brings his extensive experience in energy policy in both the national and international realm to the jury. As a former Federal Environment Minister, Klaus Töpfer was a frontrunner in energy and environmental policy already in the 1990s. Today he directs the IASS in Potsdam, which conducts transdisciplinary research and searches for solutions related to the complex issues of climate change and the increasing needs of the world population. As Chairman of the thinking and policy laboratory of Agora Energiewende, he is involved in the identification of specific solution models for the synergic work of energy systems. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Klaus Töpfer took the position as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for a secure energy supply for the Federal Government. He has been recognized with innumerable prizes and honorary degrees; he has received the Federal Cross of Merit and also the German Bike Prize should not go unmentioned. These honorary mentions mark his continuous commitment to energy policy.