Berlin Chamber of Crafts

The Berlin Chamber of Crafts acts as a self-governing organization for all owners of craft enterprises in Berlin. Their activities involve setting training standards, providing support to members (180,000 individuals work in craft enterprises in Berlin), and acting as a political lobby for craftsmen and women. The Berlin Chamber of Crafts owns and operates the Bauhaus Federal School Landmark and hosts the International Summer School.

The development of the concept was strongly supported by Renske Janssens toughts and ideas.

The development of the concept and the implementation of the summer school is generously supported by the Stiftung Baudenkmal Bundesschule.

Holger Friese

Holger Friese (*1968, lives and works in Bernau bei Berlin) is a visual artist and graphic designer. In the mid to late nineties, he gained attention with his Internet-based artworks and developed and exhibited his work at documenta X, SFMOMA, and ZKM in Karlsruhe among others. In both his artistic and professional work he is interested in collaborating with other experts to expand ideas further than is possible alone. In addition to his everyday work, he has taught media design and media art at various institutions and has lectured in Germany, Europe, and North America.

Renske Janssen

(*1975, lives in Amsterdam and works internationally) is an art historian who has worked as a curator for institutions including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Artspeak, Vancouver; Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden; and Onomatopee, Eindhoven. She has curated numerous exhibitions and publications with contemporary artists such as Tris Vonna-Michell, Germaine Kruip, Mathias Poledna, as well as many public lecture and discussion programs. Besides teaching and mentoring art students at the Ateliers, KASK, and many other international universities and art schools, she is also a cultural researcher. For her ongoing research project on the shifts between aesthetics and ethics in contemporary art of the 2010s and the inherent relationship between nature and culture, she received a fellowship from the Mondriaan Fund (NL). She is currently writing a book, which is also part of her PhD proposal. Furthermore, she contributes art texts for artists’ catalogues and magazines such as frieze magazine, served as a board member and was the program director for the Summer School in 2016.

Staff & Contact

Gregor Schöning – Head of Educational Institution BIZWA
Holger Friese – Artistic Director – holger [at] summerschool-bernau [dot] de
Aleksandra Stor – Assistant – aleksandra [at] summerschool-bernau [dot] de
Karola Pierenz – Bookkeeping – desk [at] summerschool-bernau [dot] de