Peter Funken was born in 1954 in Heinsberg, Germany. He studied art education/business studies at the Braunschweig University of Art, art building history and Germanic studies at the RWTH Aachen and subsequently completed a PhD to become a Doctor of Philosophy with the subject “The machine in the 19th and 20th century: The representation of technical and mechanical principles of 19th and 20th century fine art – with a digression into the use of technical metaphor in literature since the Romantic age”.
Peter Funken has lived in Berlin as a curator, art journalist, author and coach since 1983.
Dr. Phil Peter Funken’s complete CV can be downloaded here as a PDF.
Stefan Maria Rother
Stefan Maria Rother was born in 1966 in Essen. He studied from 1985 to 1986 at the International Centre of Photography in New York and assisted several photographers based in New York. In 1987 he moved to Berlin to continue his photography studies at the Lette-Verein. Since then Rother works worldwide as a freelance photographer for magazines (Focus, Stern, Spiegel, etc.), agencies and companies.
Since 2006 Stefan Maria Rother also focuses on his own free photographic projects. In 2007 he published “Berlin Art No. 1″, a book about the Berlin art scene. Since 2006 Stefan Maria Rother portrays the city of Berlin, photographing selected roads and their people. So far six books have been published. End of April 2015 the seventh in the series about the Berlin district Karlshorst has been released along with students of the SET – school of entertainment and technology.
Rother administers the estate of the deceased German-Jewish photographer Martha Maas (1893-1971) and has published a book and an exhibition about her life’s work in 2009.
Stefan Maria Rother is a regular member of the German Photographic Society (DGPH), course director of media Photography at the SET – school of entertainment and technology as well as a lecturer of photography at the Art Academy Berlin Weissensee.
Stefan Maria Rother collects art, predominantly works on paper – mostly drawings.
If you want to give credence to Guillaume Trotin, then Kraftwerk Berlin – the impressive venue which serves as the backdrop for the popular BERLINER LISTE – could easily do the same for the steadily increasing art scene in Germany’s capital what the celebrated club Berghain did for club culture: becoming a significant basing point and internationally renowned figurehead for a particular scene. Coming from someone who actually knows the score, this bold statement without a doubt isn’t just wishful thinking. Trotin is the latest addition to Berliner Liste’s cherry-picked roster of curators, as he’s in charge of reviving the urban art section as from now.
The choice could not have been a better one, since Trotin isn’t only the driving force behind Berlin’s prolific OPEN WALLS Gallery, who has turned his passion for public art and beyond into a premier location for artists and collectors alike, but is very much aware of what made Berlin such a center of attraction for creatives worldwide in the first place: being a heavily vivid, authentic and non-elitist place – attributes that certainly will be reflected on in his new position at Berliner Liste as well. Therefore the urban art section simply won’t showcase the talent of an elaborate gallery network, but offers a creative playground for artists, galleries and the art-interested public instead, knowing that art per se shouldn’t be seen as a trophy, but as something beautiful one just loves to interact with.