I'm a professional front end web developer, and Debian Developer. I work on software and subjects related to privacy, anonymity, and self-determination. I have been working with projects of the internet freedom community and non-profit organizations at the intersection of technology, arts and human rights for many years. 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).

My work combines web and software development, creating concepts and processes, project management, graphic design, and illustration. I work within free software ecosystem.

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

I practice Collaborative Communication, and 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.


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 (TICAH) Kenya

In Germany: German Institute for Foreign Relations / Institut für Auslandbeziehungen (ifa) — Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig — alphanova Galerie Berlin

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


How the Internet Really Works. An illustrated guide to protocols, privacy, censorship, and governance. Co-authored with Mallory Knodel and Catnip. I also created the illustrations for the book. No Starch Press. 2020. Planned publication date: September 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 in which we play with our East-Berliner dialect.

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 1922 and is called Das blinkende Ding. In the book you can find an extensive biography about Ewers by Ian Geay.

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.

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

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


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