We at ökoRAUSCH have been supporting creative people who implement values of sustainability since 2008.
The ökoRAUSCH design and sustainability think tank supports these people in their efforts to positively influence society, educational systems, culture and the economy. It also advocates for innovative as well as cooperative projects that contribute to the promotion of sustainable values, supports fair and eco-friendly production and consumerism and inspires people to lead a green lifestyle. The ökoRAUSCH think tank is also interested creating a network for actors from different scenes, sharing knowledge and inviting those involved to inspire each other with their innovations.
The ökoRAUSCH think tank includes long-standing members of the ökoRAUSCH team as well as creative people from the design, art and sustainability scenes they work closely with. With that, the think tank provides the public with access to the diversity of the festival throughout the whole year. All of its members are committed to encouraging the visibility of good, sustainable design practices as well as encouraging artistic expertise in the area of tension between people, society and nature.
(in alphabetical order)
team, exhibition architecture
team, exhibition architecture
Ekkard Böhmer, a freelance carpenter since 1994, worked in trade fair construction for many years until he could not longer stand watching how much waste was produced in this sector with regards to material, resources and most of all, people. He saw trade fairs as the consolidation of our throwaway society and didn’t want to continue being a part of it. After a life-changing event in the world of production, he decided to start on a new path. He has always liked working with people, so it was a logical choice for him to dedicate himself to becoming a vocational educator and trainer. With his new-found panache, he expertly contributes his newly acquired knowledge with his structured work processes and has used his professional motivation to find new ways to support the ökoRAUSCH team.
After studying design in Dortmund and Lisbon, she studied social and cultural sciences in Düsseldorf. From 2012-2015 she worked as a freelance communications designer for the AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation in the Philippines and Germany. She has developed a number of workshops for product design and environmentally friendly and socially compatible production processes for Philippine artisan handcraft cooperatives and also developed and curated a travelling exhibition that toured in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2014/2015 under the name “CRAFT ACT. Philippine Design in Transition”.
She investigates, discovers and educates; she sees design in the context of society and culture. She is as enthusiastic about traditional artisanship as she is about the development of new materials and processing technologies. As a member of the ökoRAUSCH Design and Sustainability Festival team, she is on the lookout for inspiring projects and initiatives that dedicate themselves to societal change. She also works as a trainer for “CYC LOOP – Upcycling and fair trade design workshops for teens and teachers” in different schools in and around Cologne.
team, project manageress
team, project manageress
With a degree in visual communication from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg under her belt, and keeping her awareness for environmental issues in mind, Dunja Karabaic founded the “bureau gruen”, or “the green office” in 2008. She has been active in the sustainability scene since her recycling design label “RCYCLIA” hit the market in 2003. Her visit to the “ecodesignfair” in London in 2007 inspired her to bring this type of event to Germany. And with that, in the autumn of 2008, the ökoRAUSCH Fair for Design and Awareness celebrated its premier.
Since then, Dunja has been coordinating all of the ökoRAUSCH activities. She is proud that, since 2012, the ökoRAUSCH has been attracting an ever growing audience in its festival form and that it has become a nation-wide brand. With the new kick-off in 2016, many exciting challenges await the ökoRAUSCH team, such as the internationalisation of the festival and the establishment of the ökoRAUSCH blog.
Together with Nika Rams, Dunja also coordinates the “labor gruen.”, or “green laboratory.” where she devotes herself to environmental and sustainability communications. They successfully realised the innovative pilot project “Das gute Leben im Veedel”, or “The Good Life in your Neighbourhood”. The project thematises sustainable urban development and sustainability through neighbourhood. The project is promoted by the most renowned environmental foundation, the German Federal Environmental Foundation.
team, board Stadt Land Welt e.V.
team, board Stadt Land Welt e.V.
In her work as a freelance designer, Tatjana Krischik combines design, sustainability and education. Her projects focus on global and intercultural aspects of sustainable design.
In 2015, Tatjana organised the HERITAGE HEROS exhibit for the German Commission for UNESCO, which was shown during the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Bonn, Germany. The exhibit portrayed individuals from around the globe who have committed themselves to protecting world heritage sites.
As a product designer, Tatjana has worked in Fair Trade workshops in Nepal and Cameroon and as a global learning educator she combines design and educational projects. She conceptualised and implemented the CYC LOOP workshops on upcycling and fair trade design that combined these two concepts with global learning. The workshops were developed for students and educators alike.
Tatjana is a member of the board of directors of the organisation Stadt Land Welt e.V. and an ökoRAUSCH cooperative partner who contributes her expertise in combining design with educational projects on sustainability, be it in exhibits, diverse programmes or maintaining our international contacts.
visual artist, born in Lima and raised in Freetown, Lisbon, Geneva and Bonn. After her training as a carpenter, many long-distance trips and a two-year architecture programme, she began studying liberal arts at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. She is a member of the German Federal Association of Visual Artists, the fine artists network KEK and the European network “Aquarium Compagnie”, or the “Aquarium Company”. Isabel lives and works in Cologne as a freelance artist. The focus of her work encompasses installations, land art, photography and performance, and she is interested in projects that have a strong connection with certain locations, spaces and experiences, often in interaction with nature. She has dedicated herself to sustainability in the experimental field of visual art and in her role as an ökoRAUSCH team member, she curates the art exhibits.
She is open to new ideas and sees the artistic process as an opportunity to open oneself up to new perspectives, which is a philosophy that she lives in her participation in exhibits in Germany and abroad, in artistic exchanges with different groups of artists, and in integrative artistic projects in social and cultural contexts.
Anika studied industrial design at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. She has worked in different positions as a freelancer for reditum // Möbel mit Vorleben since 2014, supporting this Cologne-based upcycling furniture label with its product concepts, prototype construction, at trade fairs and in public relations. In 2014, she was in ökoRAUSCH orbit and took care of the satellites. She loves fiddling around on spontaneous projects such as the installation “5 Sekunden Heimat” (in English: 5 Seconds of Home) with reditum and wiedervervandt for the Stadtrevue at the “passagen 2015”. Her special interest in sustainability is circular economy.
team, programme coordinator
team, programme coordinator
As a freelance designer, Lenka Petzold focusses on ecological and social projects. She works on concepts and designs alike and works as the initiator of a number of projects and an educational advisor. She started out in textile design, but now she does interdisciplinary work: Product and exhibition design, the design and implementation of educational projects on topics such as upcycling and do-it-yourself projects, product seals (for environmental and social standards), and ecologically fair trading options, among other things.
Helena Schmitz-Peiffer got her Master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Policy from Maastricht University. Having grown up on a farm in the Rhineland, she has always been connected to nature. Her fields of interest are agriculture, environmental education and sustainable design. Helena was an intern for the ökoRAUSCH Festival in 2014 and has been supporting bureau gruen. with different events ever since.
After getting her degree in visual communication, Christina Schütz went for her Master’s in “Art and Design Studies” at the Folkwang University of the Arts. She is an expert in the field of communication. She develops holistic communication concepts that synchronise clear content, different channels and forms of communication. Her work focuses on digital media and user experience. The most inspiring projects are in context of design and sustainability. Especially at the point where social use, cultural backgrounds meet creativity.
Together with bureau gruen., she works on sustainable design projects that benefit from her expertise. She has been a member of the ökoRAUSCH Design and Sustainability Festival team since 2012 and has contributed to the further development of its communication strategy.
Credit: Bozica Babic
Angela Wiegand is a freelance industry designer (Master of Fine Arts, USA 1982) with a focus on furniture and exhibition design. She is interested in developing original furniture that is produced in smaller workshops, in contrast to mass production. Which is why she has created a line of tables that she has produced in a carpenter’s workshop in Bavaria which she runs herself. She wanted to design a piece of furniture that is made of almost completely sustainable material, so she created a two-seater sofa, the body of which can be made from hemp fibre mats soaked in the bioplastic PLA. This material is biodegradable and carbon neutral when burned. A prototype was developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IWM in Halle, Germany. She is still looking for a producer for the two-seater. She is an instructor at the Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Trade’s Academy of Design.
Marc is working towards his sustainable goal with his label reditum: All of the materials used have had a past life and are used to create new furniture in sheltered workshops in and around Cologne, the strong focus always being design and functionality. Besides this main job, Marc is also a member of the KölnDesign board of directors, where he actively supports the Cologne design scene. He is also an instructor for marketing at ecosign/Academy for Design. In addition, he also takes on freelance assignments in the fields of interior design, event planning as well as creative conception and public performances.