Pochen

Benjamin Gruner

Benjamin is managing director of Spinnerei e.V. and artistic director of Pochen. He shows that he can do more than just media art in interdisciplinary projects such as the Pochen Biennale, Fête de la Musique Chemnitz and the Cosmic Gathering Festival. He wrote his master's thesis on the subject: "Garage complexes as cultural production and mediation sites for participatory cultural projects using the example of Chemnitz2025". Since 2013, other internationally established cultural events and festivals have also carried his signature, such as Ibug - Festival for urban art (curation Education program) and the OSTRALE Biennale in Dresden. As an expert, speaker and organizer he has been to numerous international cities such as Tampere (Finland), Ljubljana & Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Prague (Czech Republic), St. Petersburg (Russia), Wroclaw ( Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Dnipro (Ukraine).

Benjamin Gruner

Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka

Last year curator at the Pochen Biennale “The (new) measurement of the world”, Agnzieska enriches the Pochen team in an advisory capacity. Agnieszka's professional career began when she met the founders of Poland's first media arts festival WRO (later the WRO Biennale) in the mid-1990s. Today she manages the flagship #3000 garages at Chemnitz2025

Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka

Frank Schönfeld

Frank is simply the one that every project needs. A practical person, a sharp and accurate thinker, and mostly a man of action who doesn't waste time with words. This is the reason why he is in charge of the entire production at the POCHEN Biennale.

Other organisations also appreciate his practical attitude: the Chemnitzer Entwicklungsgesellschaft (CWE) for instance, where since 2017 he has been helping the Chemnitz cultural and creative industries to prosper. In this context, he is also responsible for the conception of the Chemnitz Creative Development Programme (Krach). As Chairman of the Spinnerei e.V., he is also responsible for numerous other events: the Treibsand festival, for example, or cultural events such as the a wie apéritif at the State Archaeological Museum in Chemnitz (smac).

Frank Schönfeld

Rene Szymanski

René is the all-rounder of our team: he has his head in everything and thinks along with you in every nook and cranny. At Pochen he is responsible for the supporting program. Here he racks his brains about how multimedia art can be understood by everyone and how the substantive sharpness of our topics can be prepared for the public.

Since studying philosophy, he has been doing this regularly for the Kulturhaus Arthur in Chemnitz. He is primarily responsible for project development, artist bookings and fundraising.

Rene Szymanski

Natalie Bleyl

Natalie, who emigrated to Chemnitz from a village near Aue in the Ore Mountains in order to get the exciting Chemnitz city motifs in front of her lens, is part of our social media team as a photographer.

After earning her bachelor's degree in European Studies, she switched to her master's degree in English/American Studies, which she is currently completing. In addition, she is quite successful with analog photography: This year she received the recognition award of the JugendKunstTriennale der Kunstsammlungen Zwickau 2021. Her works hung in the Club Zukunft or the Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, among others. And now they are hanging with us - in the Instagram or Facebook feed, where they regularly provide you with image material.

Natalie Bleyl

Ann-Kathrin Ntokalou

Ann likes good communication and is therefore always looking for the appropriate form to convey content in a sustainable manner. After studying cultural and literary studies in Munich and Madrid, she has therefore also dedicated herself to the subject professionally. In the cosmos of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, she managed campaigns, built up networks and told stories in both analogue and digital form. She then came to Dresden just in time for the beginning of the pandemic to bring Saxony’s diverse (cultural) landscape closer to the rest of the world. She also writes about contemporary art and is interested in intercultural exchange.

Ann-Kathrin Ntokalou

Kim Brian Dudek

Kim has been with Spinnerei e.V. from Halle (Saale) to Chemnitz since September 2021. In order to be there where something happens, he previously worked for the media art association Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. (2019-2021). Here he gained experience in all areas, whether curation, production or local development - now Pochen. After two intensive years, he is leading the project together with Benjamin.

Kim Brian Dudek

Lucia Schaub

Lucia came to the Pochen Biennale as a mail artist: in other words, she sends a wide variety of objects around the world and checks whether the postal service lets things get through.

In addition, she works as a project coordinator at the Chemnitz Economic Development Agency (CWE). Her showpiece so far: the city anniversary of 875 years of Chemnitz. And it is also well networked beyond the city limits: whether at festivals in Switzerland or in Chemnitz's twin city of Düsseldorf - the main focus is on art.

Lucia Schaub

Philipp Nürnberger

Philipp does magic at the Pochen Biennale: From his fingertips straight into the screen of his laptop. Because he is responsible for the entire text work when pounding.

He has been doing this for years: first as a student of German, then as an editor in a publishing house and today as a copywriter in a marketing agency in Chemnitz. And when he's not doing magic with his fingertips, he uses his legs for magic: he works as a skateboard trainer at Chemnitzer Druckbude e.V.

Philipp Nürnberger

Tina Weber

Tina Weber completed her bachelor's degree in media management at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences in 2021. During this time, she gained extensive event management and public relations experience by running her own events at the Transit Club. She has been doing her Masters in Media and Communication Studies at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences since 2022 and finally came to Pochen through her compulsory internship, where she is also involved in the mediation team.

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