Ake Rudolf

Ake Rudolf

Independent curator, programme and project developer

Location
Berlin Area, Germany
Industry
Design

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Ake Rudolf's Overview

Current
  • Project Lead at IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.
  • Project Coordinator at IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.
Past
  • Curator, programme coordinator at Polish Institute (Foreign Ministry, Republic of Poland)
  • Project Coordinator (CEE) at IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.
  • Jury Member at Design Alive Award
  • Jury Member at 3rd Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID12)
  • Guest Curator at Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design
  • Preselection juror at iF concept design award 2012
  • Programme Director at DMY Berlin
  • Project Manager at Younicos AG
  • Curator / Project Manager at DMY Berlin
  • Project Coordinator at DMY Berlin
  • Editor / Designer at Die Gestalten Verlag
  • Author / Designer at Mark Batty Publisher
  • Exhibition Manager at Designmai
  • Project / Research Manager at IDA Italian Design Agency
  • Curatorial liaison at Designmai
  • Project manager at IDA Italian Design Agency
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Ake Rudolf's Summary

Ake Rudolf is an independent curator, programme and project developer. His work focuses on the complex framework of social, cultural, aesthetic, technological and economic factors that underly design processes. He organised design exhibitions and presentations during events such as Tokyo Design Week, Seoul Design Festival, Taiwan Design Expo, St.Etienne Design Biennial, Milan Week of Design among others. From 2008 - 2011 Rudolf shaped the content strategy of the DMY International Design Festival Berlin. He currently develops projects and international programmes for the International Design Center Berlin.

Specialties: Developing concepts of contemporary design programmes, managing projects, building international relations, commissioning creative projects, conceptualising workshops, developing conferences, match-making designers and industry decision makers, supervising project implementation.

Ake Rudolf's Experience

Project Lead

IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.

February 2014Present (8 months) Berlin Area, Germany

Usability Award - Good Design adds Quality to Life
International award for usability and design in electronic products and digital solutions. Award exhibition at IFA, global consumer electronics show (Sept. 5-10, 2014)

Conception, development and project management

Project Coordinator

IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Berlin (DE) / Poland

Design Innovation & Exchange Programme | Berlin Poland 2013-2014:
Cross-border network building project - linking Berlin based creative businesses and the Polish economy. Extension of the 2011-2012 project, cooperation activities in all major regions of the country.



Programme concept development
Project coordination and implementation

Curator, programme coordinator

Polish Institute (Foreign Ministry, Republic of Poland)

October 2012June 2013 (9 months) Berlin (DE) / Poland

Polish Design Focus 2013
The country focus provides insights into Polish product culture, design and productivity through 40 exhibitions and design showcases. Largest presentation of contemporary Polish design in Germany to that date. On occasion of 11th DMY International Design Festival Berlin, June 5 - 9, 2013.

Project concept, development and implementation

Project Coordinator (CEE)

IDZ International Design Center Berlin e.V.

August 2011December 2012 (1 year 5 months) Berlin (DE) / Poland

Design Innovation & Exchange Programme | Berlin Wielkopolska 2011-2012:
Cross-border network building project - linking Berlin based creative businesses and the Polish economy.

Programme concept development
Project coordination and implementation

Jury Member

Design Alive Award

November 2012November 2012 (1 month) Poland

Jury Member

3rd Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID12)

May 2012November 2012 (7 months) Madrid Area, Spain

Guest Curator

Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design

May 2012October 2012 (6 months) Berlin Area, Germany

Presentation of the approaches and selected works of ten contemporary designers / studios from Germany, Italy, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands and the USA.

Exhibition concept development, exhibition coordination

Preselection juror

iF concept design award 2012

February 2012February 2012 (1 month)

Programme Director

DMY Berlin

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

January 2010August 2011 (1 year 8 months) Berlin (GER) / JP, KOR, TW, THAI

DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2011
- Festival concept
- Artistic and programme direction, central exhibition (15,000 sqm)
- Programme guidance, Finnish Design Focus
- Concept / programme guidance, The Copy/Culture Symposium, Open Talks, workshop programme
- Module development, DMY MakerLab
- Module concept, DMY Materials / workshops

DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2010
- Festival concept
- Artistic and programme direction, central exhibition (12,000 sqm)
- Programme guidance, Swiss Design Focus
- Concept / programme guidance, Design Symposium, Open Talks
- Module concept, DMY MakerLab

DMY Asia Exhibition Tour 2010, touring exhibition
- Curation, project guidance and coordination

Project Manager

Younicos AG

February 2011April 2011 (3 months) Milan (IT)

Product launch and exhibition of "Yill", a mobile energy storage unit, designed by Werner Aisslinger (Studio Aisslinger). On occasion of Fuori Salone del Mobile 2011

Project management and coordination

Curator / Project Manager

DMY Berlin

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

December 2009April 2010 (5 months) Milan (IT)

'Made in Berlin - Open Process'
Exhibition built around design processes of seven Berlin based design studios
On occasion of Fuori Salone del Mobile 2010

Concept, project management and coordination

Project Coordinator

DMY Berlin

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

January 2008December 2009 (2 years) Berlin (GER) / JP, KOR, SING, TW

DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2009
- Concept/ management: professional exhibitiors' area (ca. 4,000 sqm)
- Development/ programme management: Dutch Design Focus
- Concept/ programme development: Design Symposium
- International relations

DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2008
- Project coordination, exhibiton management, network building

DMY Asia Exhibition Tour 2009, thematic touring exhibition
- Curation, project management

DMY Asia Exhibition Tour 2008, touring exhibition
- Project management

Editor / Designer

Die Gestalten Verlag

June 2007November 2007 (6 months) Berlin (GER)

'Urban Art Photography' monograph 1989 – 2007

Author / Designer

Mark Batty Publisher

May 2007September 2007 (5 months) Berlin (GER) / New York (US)

Concept, writing, design
'Urban Guerrilla Protest', individual public contestational strategies, 1995 – 2005

Exhibition Manager

Designmai

March 2007May 2007 (3 months) Berlin (GER)

'Digitalability' exhibition: application of digital media and resources in product design practices

Project / Research Manager

IDA Italian Design Agency

October 2004December 2006 (2 years 3 months) CEE

Revival and development, contemporary design in Central and Eastern Europe, 1990 – 2005
Research programme development and project management

Curatorial liaison

Designmai

January 2004May 2004 (5 months) Berlin

Exhibition 'EU+' (selected designs from newly joined EU member countries)
Exhibit research, exhibitor communication

Project manager

IDA Italian Design Agency

July 2003November 2003 (5 months) Berlin / Milan / Warsaw

Exhibition 'Young Polish Designers', conference programme 'Encounters: Polish / Italian Design'
Planning, project development and coordination

Ake Rudolf's Honors and Awards

  • Nominated in the category "animator" in the competition DESIGN ALIVE Awards 2013

    http://designalive.pl
    • October 2013

Ake Rudolf's Languages

  • English

    (Full professional proficiency)
  • German

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Polish

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Italian

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • French

    (Elementary proficiency)

Ake Rudolf's Skills & Expertise

  1. Concept Development
  2. Curating
  3. Design Thinking
  4. Design Strategy
  5. Event Management
  6. Matchmaking
  7. Exhibit Design
  8. Concept Design
  9. Creative Direction
  10. Project Management

Ake Rudolf's Education

Universität der Künste Berlin

Master of Arts (MA), Design and Visual Communications, General

20012005

Fachhochschule Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Design and Visual Communications, General

19971999

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