NINA BLUME


Nina Blume is a spatial researcher, curator, and designer based in Amsterdam. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut (2022-2024).

Her practice revolves around sonic investigations, sensorial explorations, and writing that researches resource streams, infrastructure spaces, and their lived realities. 

She is part of the curatorial collective (Non)Depleted and an artist member of the project space Gr_und. Between 2020–2022 she was working as an editorial assistant at Making Futures, a practice-based research project of the architecture studio Raumlabor.



Curatorial Practice

Education

SOAKED POLITICS
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
24.04.2023

WATERY RELATIONS
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
12.05.2023

POSITIONED REALITIES
Haus der Statistik, Berlin, Germany.
04.03–27.03.22

(NON)DEPLETED
Gr_und, Berlin, Germany
16.04—30.05.21

(NON)DEPLETED
Gr_und, Berlin Design Week 2021
28.05–30.05.21

(NON)DEPLETED
Virtual showroom, Dutch Design Week 2020
17—25.10.20

PARASITIC READING ROOM + (NON)DEPLETED
virtual reading session with Rosario Talevi
24.10.2020
MA STUDIO FOR IMMEDIATE SPACES
Sandberg Instituut
2022–2024

BA VISUAL COMMUNICATION
FH Postdam, Germany
2015—2021

TRENDS & IDENTITY
ZHdK, Zurich,
2018

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GREEN HYDROGEN
2024


The research is located on the tension between urgent restructuring of the power grid, in both terms, moving towards renewable energy sources, as well as questioning the power structures behind them.

Taking an elephant monument in Bremen, which ties together the histories of Nami≠nüs (Nambia) and Bremen (Germany), as a starting point for reflecting on how imperial relations have been carried over into the green era of renewable energies. The research intends to ground broader questions of the continuation of land grabs under green narratives through the case study of Hyphen, a green hydrogen infrastructure project of Germany’s energy transition deals in Namibia.




TAPPING WATER – PROGRAM
2023


Uncovering some of the complexities of the freshwater crisis through positioned (hi)stories enables more sensitive and relational ways of connecting local and larger struggles. Tapping Water holds space and invites dissident voices committed to critiquing resource commodification and mercantilism.

Water flows through all our aspects of life—our bodies, the food we depend on, the environment we live in, and the bodies we share it with. Through a constant circulation of intake, trans- formation, and exchange, we enact watery relations constantly, whereby often unconsciously. Water combines rest with resistance. The proposal seeks to create events that explore the various dimensions of water, from its environmental impact to its political and social dimensions.



Organized with Sebastian Guzman Olmos. Supported by Sandberg Instituut’s Student Council. Photography by Ilya Lindhout. 
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Contriutors: Celeste Fierro, Emmie Massias, Jessica Gentile, Jonathan Castro, Oscar van Leest and Sara Frikech


TAPPING WATER – RESEARCH
2023


How can we think about something as local as our taps and global as freshwater?

TAPPING WATER is an ongoing research and unfolding platform holding space for our various relationships with tap water, which circulates through our bodies, environments, and political systems. Entering the complexities of the freshwater crisis from positioned (hi)stories and field recordings to broaden the narratives and understandings.


POSITIONED REALITIES
2022


Plural conditions for change are knocking on our doors. How we position ourselves is instrumental to fostering other ways of being and sensing—away from a western gaze that proclaims universality. While we actively embrace difference and the communal. Strategies for thinking about exits and alternatives beyond the modern/colonial order and its endless shortcomings.

Positioned Realities is a transnational assemblage of visual and spatial projects. Who operate within or between capital, class, race, gender and land—navigating across places, bodies and environmental dimensions. Reflecting, intervening, and delinking from dominant ideologies, frameworks, and continuities of Western historical reality.



Curated with Oliverio Segura and Sebastian Guzman Olmos.
Visual Identity: Can Yang. Location: Haus der Statistik
BERLIN, GERMANY
Contributors: Carlos Sfeir, Jeanine Van Berkel, Jonathan Catro, Leo Maher, Melissa Berney, Michele Boulogne, Negiste Yesside Johnson, Noa Jansma, The Privilege of Dreaming by Luïza Luz 




(NON)DEPLETED
2021


Through a choir of critical but upbeat voices, the exhibition explores unconventional roads to material and systems. That enables different tactics, methodologies and perspectives—translated into research-based practice.

As the contributions transverse different material narratives, they explore modes of visually posing questions and opening up space for a multitude of perspectives—reaching a moment of reflection than a conclusion. An in-between state of transition and not yet knowing—where a statement does not has to be an answer. Letting go of the innovation-driven society’s expectations to claim solutions.



Curated with Oliverio Segura and Sebastian Guzman Olmos.
Guest curator: Johanna Honkomp. Visual Identity: Delphine Lejeune
BERLIN, GERMANY

Contributors: Barry Llewellyn, Blast Studio, Claudia Bumb, Crafting plastics! studio, Davide Piscitelli, Delphine Lejeune, Kajsa Melchior, Louise Bègue-Teissier, Noa Jasma, Paulo Arraiano, Rollo Bryant, Romain Albers, Sarah Roseman, Vincent Snijders



CURATING GAPS
2021


In a time of ecological collapse and social division, the concept of gaps sounds like something that will drive us further apart. But in these challenging times, it is crucial to promote the value of sharing ideas in the design, art, and curatorial field and to help imagine a shared future by demonstrating that progress is achieved by pooling knowledge. For generations, creative minds have been tackling challenges like climate breakdown and resource depletion in projects with a political, social, and environmental focus. They actively address contemporary challenges using research methods and formulate the knowledge gained in different forms of visual information, various applications and methods.



(NON)DEPLETED – DDW
2020


(Non)Depleted is a group exhibition gathering several local and international designers/artists. Through the presented projects, we are exploring the meanings of depletion—from resource extraction to critical thinking about social, political and ecological exhaustion. Presenting a broad spectrum of directions of how we might creatively envision an alternative to the ongoing system from an ideological, material, aesthetical and renewable perspective.

These proposals are seeking to expand how we can re-envision our methods, infrastructures and the meanings of materials. Not assuming to have answers but critically questioning and inviting the audience to think with us what we want forward to mean–by taking in mind the distance act of spectating.



Curated with Oliverio Segura and Sebastian Guzman Olmos.
Visual Identity: Mathias Malm
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS

Contributors: Anna Solal, Barry Llewellyn, Blast Studio, Crafting plastics! studio, Davide Piscitelli, Elissa Brunato, Kajsa Melchior, Louise Bègue-Teissier, Mathias Malm, Noa Jasma, Orson Oxo Van Beek, Paulo Arraiano, Quinten Mestdagh, Rollo Bryant, Romain Albers, Rosario Talevi, Sarah Roseman, Studio KBB, Vincent Snijders


MAKING FUTURES
2020–2022


Making Futures Bauhaus+ is a practice-based research project in collaboration between raumlabor and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Since 2018, Making Futures has investigated, questioned and explored (future) spatial practice. In schools, workshops, and other educational formats, the project has explored modes of city-making based around diverse forms of knowledge exchange and productive cooperation. A non-disciplinary learning environment, which proposes, designs, builds, negotiates, maintains, performs and celebrates an educational and convivial space.



Making Futures Team: Markus Bader, Juan Chacón, George Kafka, Anna Kokalanova, Christof Mayer, Nina Blume, Tatjana Schneider, Rosario Talevi

SOME MAGAZINE #10: Fire
2020


The Some Magazine was first published in 2010 under the direction of Prof. Sven Völker. The non-profit magazine has a foothold in independent publishing and was available in bookshops at MoMA in New York, Colette in Paris and Doyoureadme? in Berlin. The aim of the independent publication is to report on the interface between design and art.

The last issue was published in 2015; after this far too long break, our editorial team brought the magazine back to the bookshelves. Where it is now available in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherland and Portugal.
Issue #10 revisited the unloved element, “Fire”. While all our sympathies fly unchecked to the three other primordial elements, i.e. earth, water and air, fire looks into an uncertain future. Associated with catastrophes, over-romanticism or pre-industrialisation. For this issue, we gathered designers and artists to unpack the wide-ranging narratives of fire collectively in the categories: Symbol, Power, Transform and Intimacy.


Editorial Team: Alma Halfpaap, Ariane Kaiser, Lea Flemming, Josephine Knoll, Kathrin Wedler, Nina BlumeContributors: Christian Jaccard, Corrina Goutos, Erik Campanini, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Kimiya Justus, Moshtari Hilal, Nadine Kolodziey, Sebastian Guzman Olmos, studio ilio, Studio Olafur Eliasson


GR_UND
2018–2022


Gr_und is a nonprofit artist run space situated in Wedding, Berlin. With its 170m² it is an active space for the materialisation of curated concepts and artistic experimentation. Using multi-displinary methods of visual art, performance, sound and linguistics.

Since 2019 I joined the team, working on the various task to maintain, organise and celebrate the exhibtions taking place at Gr_und. The work includes, among other things, meetings with the artists, physiscal materialisation of the concepts, working behind the bar during openings, looking for funding oppertunities and designing artist publications.



Gr_und  Team: Anna Frick, Cédric Mantel, Damien Sayer, James Verhille, Nina Blume



COUNTER CYCLING
2019


COUNTER CYCLING is a project, which explores the effects of nitrogen in a poetic an investigative way. While CO2 has won its place in public attention and awareness, the issue of nitrogen is still very much in the background. The project attempts to change that by initiating consciousness through interactive visualisations and artistic experiments. In collaboration with Myriel Milicevic, we exhibited an interactive installation consisting of various objects to explore the thematic of nitrogen in a playful way. The different tools of “Counter Cycleing” measure the urban nitrogen and draw Counter-Cycles for soil, water and air. This interactive and artistic transfer of knowledge is intended to create new approaches to environmental policy issues.

The project was shown within the group exhibition’s “Dé-Jardiner”, which examined the urban garden’s anthropomorphisation as a space designed by humankind for its own convenience.

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