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Janina Janke

Janina Janke

area: Installation, Theory

Hand NAI © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Hand NYC © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Hand VIE © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Nairobi © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

NYC © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Secretariat NYC © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Vienna © Maurice de Martin, Janina Janke

Key Facts




Installation, Theory



recommending institution

freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL

time period

January 2015 - January 2015

Janina Janke, born in 1974 in Frankfurt am Main, is a stage designer and director. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, she studied European ethnography and philosophy in Munich, and then stage design at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2006 she co-founded the artist collective OPER DYNAMO WEST. Since then her work consistently takes place in dialogue with particular buildings and spaces in Berlin and internationally. She conceives and realizes spatial interventions, documentary films, and experimental stagings – all at the intersection of art, architecture, and science. Her work seeks to make the aesthetic, social, and narrative structures of urban spaces acoustically, visually, and scenically palpable in the form of performances and installations.  Along with her own artistic projects in architectural and publics spaces, Janke continues to be active as a freelance stage and costume designer. Like this she has been working, for example, at the Deutscher Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Mainz, the Lucerne Theater, the Schaubühne Berlin, and for the performance collective Turbo Pascal.
She was a participant of „andere räume - knowlegde through art“, a longterm research project of artists and scientists supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

In 2008/09 she was a fellow of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences of the the University of Arts, Berlin; in 2009 she had a project fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude; in 2010 she was a fellow of the German Academy in Rom, Casa Baldi; In 2012/13 she received residency fellowships from the Goethe Institute in New York City and Nairobi; and in 2013 she is a resident fellow at gmem - centre national de création musicale in Marseille; 2014 she is a fellow of the cité internationale des arts in Paris.


Development and preparation of a piece for „UN.KNOWN SPACES“ <link http: _blank> in the context of the exhibition „United Nations Extended“ at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL.

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