About curlybracket

I work as a self-employed (comic) artist, graphic designer, front-end web developer and Debian Developer 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.

Bio: Born in East Berlin/Germany. Lived and worked in France for 15 years. Fluent in German, French, and English. Debian contributor since 2014, Debian Developer since 2017. 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.

Cooperation: Fruitful cooperation can only exist in safe work environments. In recent years I have been encouraged to collect resources, write down my ideas, provide support, and train as a mediator for conflict resolution.

Previously: Front-end web developer (15 years), worked on operating system Tails (6 years), front-end team lead (3 years), project manager, social worker, co-organized events on free software and digital autonomy.

Photography: I have a tiny personal 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) — Tails — Tactical Tech — Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC)

In Germany: Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa) — Weizenbaum Institut — Friedenskreis Halle e.V. — Museum for contemporary art (GfzK) Leipzig — University of the Arts Bremen — Urbanophil e.V. Netzwerk für urbane Kultur

In France: Tsuneko Taniuchi — Galerie Air de Paris — Galerie Gaudel de Stampa — Brownstone Foundation — Bétonsalon art space — Lindaboie — Limseo — Skyblog — Synesthésie


How the Internet Really Works. An illustrated guide to protocols, privacy, censorship, and governance. No Starch Press. 2020. With Mallory Knodel, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath, and Catnip. For ARTICLE 19. ISBN-13: 9781718500297

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, 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.


Contact me: u @ curlybracket.net / ulrike @ debian.org
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I am receiving a subvention from Europäischer Sozialfonds (ESF) to become a certified mediator.


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