Toni Bernhart, born in 1971 in Meran (Italy), studied German literature, theatre history, and geography at the University of Vienna, and completed his dissertation thesis on colour semantics in Hans Henny Jahnn at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2001. From 2013 to 2015, he was a fellow of the DramaNet project, after which he earned a grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for his project “Quantitative Criticism”, based at the University of Stuttgart. His main research interests are German folk theatre and quantitative methods in interpretation theory. He edited the morality plays of Johannes Ulrich von Fedlerspiel, Hirlanda (1999), and of Johann Herbst, Das Laaser Spiel vom Eigenen Gericht (2010). Further publications include works on Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Arthur Schnitzler, and Christoph Schlingensief. In addition, T. Bernhart is a playwright and stage director. He wrote the plays Aeneis (after Virgil) (2016), Rita (2014), Mischa, der Fall (2008), Martinisommer (2006), and Lasamarmo (1999).
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Janina Janke, born in 1974 in Frankfurt am Main, is a researching artist, theatre director and stage designer. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, she studied European ethnography and philosophy in Munich, and then stage design at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2006 she co-founded the artist collective OPER DYNAMO WEST. Since then, her work consistently takes place in dialogue with particular buildings and spaces in Berlin and internationally, such as the Zoologischer Bahnhof Berlin, Le Corbusier’s Unités d’habitation in Berlin and Marseille, and the UN headquarters in Vienna, Nairobi, New York City, and Geneva. She conceives and realizes spatial interventions, experimental stagings and artistic research projects – all at the intersection of art, architecture, and science. Her work seeks to make the aesthetic, social, and narrative structures of urban spaces acoustically, visually, and scenically palpable. In 2008/09 Janina Janke was a fellow of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences of the Berlin University of the Arts; in 2009 she was awarded a project fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude; in 2010 she was a fellow of the German Academy in Rome, Casa Baldi. From 2011-2015 she participated in “andere räume – knowledge through art”, a long-term research project of artists and scientists supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF); in 2012/13 she was artist in residence of the United Nations; in 2014, a fellow of the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, and in 2015 an artist in residence at Quartier 21 – MuseumsQuartier Vienna.
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