Begüm Erciyas and Daniel Kötter

Begüm Erciyas is a Turkish-Belgian artist who develops theatrical devices that offer audiences individual and intimate experiences in a collective context.

Daniel Kötter is a director and filmmaker, and has directed a
series of virtual reality documentaries that explore the effects of extraction on
landscapes and communities.

Begüm Erciyas (1982, Turkey) was involved in various dance projects in Turkey, while studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara. Later, she studied choreography and is now living

between Berlin and Brussels. Since 2015, Begüm has been developing transdisciplinary formats, which go beyond the frontal blackbox setting and which invite the singular audience members to be alone with the work. The tension between isolation and togetherness is always a central topic. She also engages artistically with new technologies that define and challenge our sense of collectivity. Her work has been presented regularly by places such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Theatre Nanterre-Amandiers and Pact Zollverein. Between 2021 and 2026, she is artist-in-residence at DeSingel Antwerp.

Daniel Kötter has been working for 20 years as a theatre and documentary film director. His documentary and performance practice regularly takes him to the African continent, but also to the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia. His work, which has been presented at numerous international festivals, focuses on the study of spatial politics.

In addition to numerous music theatre pieces with composer Hannes Seidl (2008-2020), he developed the documentary film series State- theatre Lagos Tehran Berlin Detroit Beirut Mönchengladbach (2009-2014, with Constanze Fischbeck), the award-winning trilogy on urban peripheries Hashti Tehran, Desert View, Rift Finfinnee (2017-2020), the exhibition and film project CHINAFRIKA (2014-18, with Jochen Becker) and the series of virtual reality performances and films landscapes and bodies on the impact of mining on landscapes and communities in West Papua, Saxony, Ruhrgebiet, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Estonia (2018-2021).