About

I'm a front end web developer, Debian Developer, and designer. My work combines development, project management, graphic design, and illustration.

I have been working with projects of the internet freedom community and non-profit organizations at the intersection of technology, arts and human rights since 2006. Born in East Berlin, I spent 15 years in France where I obtained an MA in Visual and Contemporary Arts (2005) and a BA equivalent in Arts and Image Technologies (2003).

I can work equally well in German, French, and English. On the computer, I write HTML5, CSS, JS, jQuery, Python, and sometimes PHP.

I am interested in bringing a feminist perspective into non-profits — to improve work processes, prevent burn out, and practice self-care. Find out more in my collection of resources.

Help from European Social Fund

Between January and November 2020 I am receiving a subvention from Europäischer Sozialfonds (ESF) Sachsen via Sächsische Aufbaubank to become a certified mediator. This training will help me to better cope with conflict when working as a project manager.

Clients

Below you'll find a selection of organizations and companies I worked with since 2006:

International: ARTICLE 19 — Tails — Tactical Tech — Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) — Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health

In Germany: German Institute for Foreign Relations / Institut für Auslandbeziehungen (ifa) — Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig — alphanova Galerie Berlin — Hochschule für Künste (University of the Arts) Bremen — Friedenskreis Halle e.V.

In Paris: Galerie Air de Paris — Brownstone Foundation — Bétonsalon art space — Lindaboie — Limseo — SkyrockBlog — Blogspirit — Synesthésie

Publications

How the Internet Really Works. An illustrated guide to protocols, privacy, censorship, and governance. No Starch Press. 2020.

Für einen digitalen Humanismus, in Leipziger Schriften, Eine Sammlung philosophischer Aufsätze, 2018

Hanns Heinz Ewers: Le machin qui clignote, in Amer Enfants, Les Ames d'Atala, 2010. For Amer, I translated the orginal text Das blinkende Ding (1922) from German to French. Despite Ewer's influence on fantasy and horror literature, his involvement with the Nazi party is highly controversial: while his books are burnt, he is not allowed to publish, has openly homosexual tendencies, and jewish friends, he is an early member of the Nazi party and works on a movie about Horst Wessel (censored upon completion). This makes Ewers, who died in 1943, an author non grata in German literature circles. Ian Geay published a biography next to the text, which explains the historical context and criticizes Ewer's choices—choices that we oppose and do in no way endorse. Le machin qui clignote / Das blinkende Ding is a tale full of symbolism that gives a little insight into the spirit of an old man between two world wars.

Déchiffrer la réalité. La critique anticapitaliste dans l’art contemporain. Cartes et diagrammes – atlas d’un monde sans mode d’emploi (Deciphering reality, anti-capitalist critique in contemporary art. Maps and diagrams – atlas of a world without an operating manual), research subject at Université Paris VIII under the guidance of Jean-Claude Moineau, 2005.
The thesis discusses the use of cartography and mapping by contemporary artists. It divides maps in contemporary art into ideological and non-ideological maps and discusses in particular the ideological map in the works of Bureau d’Etudes, Marisa Yiu, Marc Lombardi and Multiplicity, a group around the architect Stefano Boeri. The thesis finds that the use of such ideological maps is similar to the process of hacking as it constitutes an appropriation process of a changing world and its processes – which lack the existence of an atlas or operating manual. Thus, by mapping this changing territory, cartography not only helps to understand and make the invisible visible, but also to position oneself on or outside of the map.

Audio/Visual publications

Illustrations, in Leipziger Schriften n°3. p6, p15, p48, p78. 2020

Illustrations, in Leipziger Schriften n°2. p8, p9, p22, p30, p38. 2018

Leuchten, exhibition of drawings, Kunstraum Michael Barthel II, 2016.

Uneins, tape, Michael Barthel, clandestine compositions, 2016. You can hear my voice on several duets, all composed by Michael.

Photo of Rashad Becker, in Revue et Corrigée n°85, uncredited, 2010

Photos and illustration, in Amer n°3, p72, p79, 2009

Illustration for Amour bestial (Heavy Petting), by Peter Singer, in Amer n°2, 2008

Illegal City - Simulations urbaines. Exhibition featuring the creation of a city based on interviews with urbanists, and using genetic algorithms. with Nicolas Moulin and Marco Funke at Bétonsalon, Paris, 2005.

Fabienne, hardware hacker, 2005. Video. Language: French. Created together with Marion Masson.

3rd Cyberfeminist International, 2001. Video for online arts magazine Synesthésie. Language: English. Created together with Aline Girard.

Contact

Contact me: rike @ curlybracket.net / ulrike @ debian.org
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