About

Contact me: rike @ curlybracket.net / ulrike @ debian.org
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I think technology should empower people and their struggles. Since several years I work with projects of the Internet freedom community such as Article19, Tails, and Tactical Tech, as well as with non-profit organizations such as the German Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa), Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC), Mobilizing Activists around Medical Abortion (MAMA) Network, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig.

Originally trained as a front end web developer, I also work as a project facilitator and have extended my technical expertise to new areas. For example, I am also a Debian Developer and maintain software related to privacy and anonymity online.

Born and grown in East Berlin, I hold a post-graduate degree in Visual and Contemporary Arts (summa cum laude, 2006) and a Maîtrise in Arts and Image Technologies (2004) from Université Paris VIII.

I'm fluent in German (mother tongue), French (studied, lived and worked in France for over 15 years), and English.

In my free time, I enjoy creating drawings, being outside gardening, hiking, or sailing (for the view, rather than for the speed), and vaguely pursue an interest in photography.

Publications

A Cat's Guide to Internet Freedom, to be published in spring 2020

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

Uneins, tape, Michael Barthel, clandestine compositions, 2016. You can hear my voice on several duets, all composed by Michael, who is a poet and sound artist, playing with Berlin slang.

Hanns Heinz Ewers: Le machin qui clignote, in Amer Enfants, Les Ames d'Atala, 2010. The publication is a translation to French that I made and that the editors have revised. The orginal text was published in 1903 and is called Das blinkende Ding.

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, 2006.
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.