Vesela Stanoeva completed her bachelor’s degree in interior design at New Bulgarian University in 2013, followed by two semesters at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and in 2019 she wrote her master’s thesis in scenography on the topic “Do Not Panic. Merging Virtual & Physical Spaces” at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund.
She is currently doing her doctorate at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal on the topic “Hybrid Scenography. Intervention, Immersion, Illusion”. In addition, she teaches as a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund in the Photographic Studies program.
The focus of her artistic work is the encounter with identity problems and their manifestations. The resulting participatory, sensual and immersive works of art manifest themselves in hybrid experiences that take up the uncertain future of the post-anthroposcene and transform it both virtually and physically into dream-like worlds and surreal nightmares.
Alain Bieber is the artistic director of NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Bieber has been curating solo and group exhibitions all over Europe since 2004 on topics such as web and media art, pop culture and photography. Bieber studied rhetoric, literature, sociology, communication and political science from 1999 to 2005 in Tübingen and Paris. Before being appointed artistic director, he worked in the culture department of the European television network ARTE in Strasbourg, where he was head of the creative lab ARTE Creative. Prior to that, he was an editor at the magazine ART in Hamburg and a lecturer at several universities in Germany and France.