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neue häute e.V., a Berlin collective of artists and curators

*Core team: Silke Bake, Sheena McGrandles, Paz Ponce, Jo Vávra

*Associate founding members: Kitti Acosta-Zsiga, Diego Agulló, Silke Bake, Shelley Etkin, Sheena McGrandles, Paz Ponce, Gabriel Vallecillo, Jo Vávra, Akiko Watanabe

*Production partners: Soydivision 

*Collaborating advisor: Gaby Hundertmarkt

We are developing a cooperative interdisciplinary place in which a café-bar & LAB & residences studio are interwoven as places and as practices: choreographic-artistic work is localized, a wide variety of public spheres are created.

Under the motto: sharing of infrastructure - sharing as infrastructure, all spaces in the house are run cooperatively, and we have secured a three-year contract with Uferstudios.

Our ethos and work is centered around an open door policy, a place to gather and be nourished, 
aiming to support independent production locally, from alternative models of consumption, to self-organization, care & feminist politics and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on process-based practices and practice-based research. 

Our collective operates through the development of biannual thematic research strands. The first one being: Local Affairs (2020/21).

The events produced by NEUE HÄUTE will be accompanied by different educational and participatory formats, engaging a variety of publics in the co-creation of different forms of knowledge production.


Silke Bake is a curator, dramaturg, and mentor. Together with colleagues, artists and institutions, she develops thematic programmes, discussion and research formats in the field of performing arts.

Sheena McGrandles is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin working in different contexts such as theatre/stage, education and independent art and culture projects. Further she works on the development of new interdisciplinary platforms and formats for the independent scene in Berlin. www.sheenamcgrandles.com 

Paz Ponce is an independent culture producer, writer & researcher involved in alternative education and cultural cooperation between Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her practice is oriented towards the development of co-creation formats that she calls “dramaturgies of participation”, investigating the collective context in which art is produced and mediated, with a special focus on self-organization, culture of cooperativism and biographical research.  www.pazponce.com 


Kitti Acosta-Zsiga
is an industrial design engineer with a strong interest in conceptual strategies.  In her artistic practice she addresses social issues through drawings, small sculptures and speculative objects which reflect the tension between the technical appropriation of the world and the plurality of organic affects.
She is the founder and artistic director of the Future Village Initiative, which reflects on the rural exodus caused by globalization. www.futurevillage.org www.instagram.com/kittizsiga/

Diego Agulló’s
practice operates in the intersection between education and art, dilettantism and professionalism and it covers different media such as dance, performance, essay writing, publishing books, video art and laboratories for research. www.diegoagullo.com 

Shelley Etkin is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, and gardener based in Berlin, Germany. Her work is rooted in relations between bodies and lands. She engages with ecological thinking, making, and healing through process-based artistic research. Moving between dance, performance, pedagogy, and curation she weaves practices of plant medicine, hands-on bodywork, and place-based knowledges.

Gabriel Vallecillo Márquez is a Honduran artist living and working in Berlin. His artistic practice covers poetry, video-poetry, video-jockey, 3d projection mapping, live cinema, video installation, documentary film, video performance and guerrilla projections. He has published 3 poetry books, has been featured in anthologies, has edited and published other poetry books from diverse authors and is the founder and editor of the magazine Gargantúa.

Jo Vávra is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural ecologist.  Her practice, rooted in the concept of collaborative survival is centred around community building, perception and language. She uses somatic practices and multi-sensory experiences as pedagogical tools, aiming to choreograph sustainable futures.  Jo’s work merges theatrical, performative and visual arts with science and ecology. She is a co-founder of LIOS labs and Teatro Urcylium.

Production partners:

Soydivision: a performing art collective consisting of Berlin-based Indonesians, positioning itself in the intersection of art and activism. As a registered UG, Soydivision curated performances, organized workshops, culinary art activities, film screening, and discussion sessions. Their diasporic point of views offer an alternative approach to contemporary challenges through art, inviting a new kind of dialogues and engagement.

People of the Soy: Ariel Orah (Berlin-based Indonesian artist), Jan K (Berlin-based musician), Gigi Gumilang (Berlin-based social researcher/project manager), Bilawa Respati (Gamelan performer and modern composer), Nindya Nareswari (architectural light designer), Morgan Sully (Berlin-based American-Indonesian artist and performer), Ghaliz (Berlin-based Indonesian artist), Monica Vanesa Tedja (Indonesian filmmaker), Asarela Orchidia Dewi (hotographer and videographer), @cadudasa/Irma FS (Berlin-based photographer), Cindy Putri (Berlin-based Indonesian illustrator), Talisa Dwiyani (Indonesian-born, Helsinki based designer).