CLB Berlin sees itself as a place of open encounter and interdisciplinary collaboration.
It is headed by its two founders, Sally Below and Dr. Sven Sappelt.
Sally Below is an urbanist, curator, and communications expert. With CLB Berlin, she has fulfilled her wish of having an independent space to address urban and other relevant issues. She serves as a consultant to cities, institutions, and ministries throughout Germany and has co-initiated numerous projects on urban affairs and culture. Her office sbca is right next door to CLB Berlin, with the sbca team collaborating on exhibitions and events.
Sven Sappelt is a curator, cultural manager, and cultural theorist. In addition to his work at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Ruhr University in Bochum, and the University of Konstanz, since 2000 he has worked with international art and cultural institutions, such as Künstlerhaus Vienna, Wiener Festwochen, Villa Massimo Rome, Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Humboldt Forum Berlin, and 100 years bauhaus. He founded C60/Collaboratorium für kulturelle Praxis in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in 2012, and CLB Berlin in 2015 with Sally Below and Martin Liebscher, among others. Sven studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim, where he received his doctorate in philosophy.
Thanks to many years of experience and work in various contexts, CLB enjoys an international network from the fields of architecture and urban development, cultural research and teaching, museums and the arts, design theory and practice, and not least cultural policy.
CLB partners present and past include
Cooperation partners, independent initiatives, and cultural organizations:
Actors of Urban Change, Bauwelt, Bio-Mimicry-Institute e.V., cafébabel, Earnest & Algernon, enorm Magazin, Europan, Exile e.V., Jitter’s Wunderblock, Junge Akademie der Akademie der Künste Berlin, Landesverband freier Theater LAFT, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin e.V., MakeCity Berlin, Neues Institut für Dramatisches Schreiben (NIDS), MitOst e.V., Museum Europäischer Kulturen Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin, Performing Arts Festival, Raf Projects, The Centre of The Unfinished, sculpture network, Sound Studies Lab Berlin, ski stadtkultur international ev, Theater im Aufbau Haus (TAK), tinybe sculpture village, urbanophil e.V.
Artists and others engaged in the cultural sector:
Giacomo F. Albano / Sarah Alexander / Sam Auinger / Blaffert&Wamhof / Wibke Behrens / Paul Brody / Meriam Bousselmi / Stefano Cagol / Ursula Damm / Miklós Déri / Ivonne Dippmann / Corinne Diserens / Doris Dziersk / Wolfgang Galler / Felix Gerloff / Uwe Gössel / Lisa Gordon / Benno Hinkes / Ralf Hoyer / Julian Kamphausen / Katrinem / Stephanie Kloss / Volker Kreidler / Alireza Labeshka / Martin Liebscher / Wolfgang Menardi / Mark Polscher / Niklas Middleton / Maxi Obexer / Ulrike Ottinger / Doris Rothauer / Daniel Salomon / Roland Schappert / Anne Schreiber / Theresa Schubert / Holger Schulze / Martin Schwegmann / Georg Spehr / Peca Stefan / Hannes Strobl / Regina Weiss / Monique Wysterski / tbc
Universities and research institutions:
Academy of Art and Design Basel, Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Design Akademie Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Universität Kassel.
Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung, innogy Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, Technologie Stiftung.