About curlybracket

I work with non-profit organizations at the intersection of technology, arts and human rights. I like to work on subjects that empower people: I want to see more equality, participation, diversity (of people, identities, and meanings), cooperation, and critical thinking.

Currently my time is shared between providing web and technical infrastructure development to Nairobi-based MAMA Network (Mobilizing Activists Around Medical Abortion) and doing illustrations and book layout.

Bio: Born in East Berlin/Germany. Lived and worked in France for 15 years. Fluent in German, French, and English; I also read Italian and Russian. Studied Visual and Contemporary Arts, Arts and Image Technologies, and photography at Université Paris 8. Graduated with a Master of Arts cum laude in 2005.

Previously: Debian contributor since 2014 (co-founded the anonymity/privacy packaging team), Debian Developer since 2017. Emeritus (retired from Debian) in 2021. Front-end web developer (16 years), worked on the anonymizing operating system Tails (5½ years), front-end team lead (3 years), project manager, social worker, co-organized events on free software and digital autonomy.

Cooperation: Fruitful cooperation can only exist in safe work environments. My diverse work experiences have encouraged me to collect resources and think about themes related to cooperation. Between 2020 and 2021 I successfully completed a training for mediation in organizations, according to the German mediation law (Mediationsgesetz), which was co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Photography: I keep a photographic diary.


Below you'll find a selection of organizations and companies I worked with in the past:

International: ARTICLE 19 — Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health Kenya (TICAH) — MAMA Network — Center for Democracy & Technology — Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) — Tactical Tech — Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC)

In Germany: Museum for contemporary art (GfzK) Leipzig — Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa) — Friedenskreis Halle e.V. — Urbanophil e.V. Netzwerk für urbane Kultur — Bureau Punktgrau — University of the Arts Bremen — Weizenbaum Institut — Institute for Medical Biometry, Epidemiology, and Computer science of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

In France: Lindaboie — Galerie Gaudel de Stampa — Tsuneko Taniuchi — Galerie Air de Paris — Titouan Lamazou — Bétonsalon art space — Skyblog — Théatre/Public — Synesthésie, online magazine for contemporary art


Connaissez-vous vraiment internet ? Protocoles, sécurité, censure, gouvernance. Eyrolles, 2022. Ulrike Uhlig, Mallory Knodel, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath, and Catnip. For ARTICLE 19. ISBN: 978-2-416-00727-9

Internet. Jak działa naprawdę? Ilustrowany przewodnik po protokołach, prywatności, cenzurze i zarządzaniu. Helion, 2022. Ulrike Uhlig, Mallory Knodel, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath, and Catnip. For ARTICLE 19. ISBN: 978-83-283-8341-8

Das Internet gehört uns allen! Protokolle, Datenschutz, Zensur und Internet Governance anschaulich illustriert. dpunkt. Verlag, 2021. Ulrike Uhlig, Mallory Knodel, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath, and Catnip. For ARTICLE 19. Translated by Volkmar Gronau. ISBN: 978-3864908699

How the Internet Really Works. An illustrated guide to protocols, privacy, censorship, and governance. NoStarch Press, 2020. Ulrike Uhlig, Mallory Knodel, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath, and Catnip. For ARTICLE 19. ISBN: 9781718500297

Hanns Heinz Ewers: Le machin qui clignote, in Amer Enfants, Les Ames d'Atala, 2011, page 77, ISBN: 2914851138. For Amer, I translated the original 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, in particular in Germany. His books are burnt, he is not allowed to publish, has openly homosexual tendencies, and jewish friends, but he is an early member of the Nazi party and works on a movie about Horst Wessel (censored upon completion—Wessel himself was a controversial figure, nicely illustrated in Babylon Berlin's season 3). Ian Geay published a biography next to the translated 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 symbolisms 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.

3rd Cyberfeminist International. Video, 2001.
At the 3rd Cyberfeminist International in Hamburg, Germany, 2001, we asked participants what the term "cyberfeminism" meant to them. The video was originally produced for Online arts magazine Synesthésie, France. The video features Cornelia Sollfrank, Nathalie Magnan, Les Chiennes de Garde, the Genderchanger Academy, Faith Wilding, Verena Kuni, Claudia Reiche, Laurence Rassel, Les Pénélopes, Isabelle Carlier, Constant VZW, Virtuella, Nana Petzet, and many others.


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