Hi,

I’m Verena.

I’m an anthropologist and political scientist, web and media designer and artist, who just moved to the countryside to be closer to nature and to renovate an old half-timbered house.

I’ve spent a lot of time abroad and in never-resting Berlin, now it’s time to bring together all of my experiences and integrate.

There are impressions and updates on the blog, I am happy to hear from people who need help with their websites or have requests for design work & I’m also opening a shop.

Who are you?

đŸȘ„ Design 🎹 Art đŸŒ± Sustainability đŸŒŸ Mindfulness ✹ Spirituality 💕 Feminism đŸ’« Decolonization
🌈 queer 🔼 open 🍀 optimistic

STUDIO

Do you need a new website? A logo? A design for a flyer or a layout for a brochure?

I can't wait to support you and your project!

COURSE

Learn how to go from your idea to creating an impact in a couple of weeks.

Sustainbly, with joy and lots of tips & tricks to create something new.

Verena's Shop

To open a little shop, where people can buy something that brings joy to themselves or those they care about, has always been my dream.

So, I'm starting with this little online shop.

GEMP

A newsletter to spark creativity and to grow in community.

This is about how you, how we, see the world and want to shape the future.

PODCAST

Finding Freedom - isn't that what we want?
25 people share their ideas of freedom, how to find and maintain it. Would you like to be free?

BLOG

Articles about interesting encounters, places and fun projects.

Tips & tricks for running and optimizing your website, marketing, work and life.

Born and raised in Hamburg and near the Baltic Sea, I spent the last 20 years in the USA (San Diego), the Ukraine (Transcarpathia), in Göttingen, Leipzig and Berlin. Studies, work, life & growth.

I have been living in the Lower Saxony region since May 2021, I started gardening, and it has become quiet enough to start something new: to be closer to nature, more time for arts and crafts (or is that the same?) And I have developed a course, with which you can learn how to implement your projects in a structured way, including your own website.

Verena’s Design Studio is my business, which I have been running independently and happily for more than 15 years.

Do you need a new website, or do you want to improve your current website? Email me!

I also like to design logos or corporate designs, create layouts for print products or your new business card and coach you individually to further develop your website or to develop a marketing strategy that works and is easy to implement.

DO YOU NEED A NEW DESIGN?

I live in Berlin and would love to move to the countryside. I just moved to the countryside! I have two dogs, I like building things, and I also like to get my hands dirty. I hosted a radio show for 17 years. I have an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Political Sciences and Russian. I am the founder of Transnational Queer Underground. I like to eat cake, go to the movies, and I don’t read as many books or draw as often as I would like. I am also a web designer and believe that together we can bring about the changes we want. 

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Why Provinzpalast?

provinzpalast.de was the first domain I registered in 2002, when me and a friend were just starting our radio show balm & amp; creak in Göttingen.

It didn’t make much sense in Berlin, but it does again now, that I’m back in the region

Provinz (provincial) for me means to be with the people and not with the power. And the Palast (palace) is what we create, in material and immaterial ways.

Here Provinzpalast is a place for old and new projects, my own, and those coming into existence in collaboration with others. Hopefully, it will also be a space to meet and get to know each other, work together or simply to have fun together and discover new things! 🙂

Would you be interested in starting a project together?

Verena’s BIO

Verena Spilker (°80) is a web and media designer from Berlin (Germany). During her first year at University she took a course to learn HTML programming and started to design and build websites for herself and others to support herself during her studies of Cultural Anthropology, Political Sciences and Russian philology (MA). She graduated with honours from Leipzig University in 2010.

Since then, she’s been working for different NGOs in Germany and Ukraine, is engaged in various fields related to music, art, anti-racist and queer-feminist work and has been freelancing as a web and media designer and journalist along the way.

In 2014, with more than ten years of experience in the field, she founded her own business as a web and media designer. With this work, she brings together her love for art and design, her logical thinking skills and her commitment for social justice.

She is open to working with clients located anywhere and has a special interest in queer, feminist, anti-racist and other emancipatory projects as well as working mindfully and sustainably.

Formal Education

2010 // M.A.
2000 // High School Graduation
1998 // Foreign Exchange Semester USA

2010 // Abschluss Magistra Artium [Note 1,7]
Studium der Ethnologie, Politikwissenschaft und Russistik
2001-2005 Georg-August-UniversitÀt Göttingen
2005-2010 UniversitÀt Leipzig

2000 // Abschluss Abitur
Gymnasium Bramfeld, Hamburg
Leistungskurse: Englisch und Kunst
PrĂŒfungsfĂ€cher: Philosophie und Mathematik Stufensprecherin [12. und 13. Klasse]

1998 // Auslandssemester Chula Vista High School, San Diego, USA

languages

German – mother tongue
English – fluent
Hungarian – good knowledge

Russisch – good konowledge
Spanisch – good konowledge
Ukrainisch – basic konowledge
Romanes – basic konowledge

Prizes

Winner Berlin + East Germany Prestige Awards 2020 – Web Design Specialist of the Year

Web and Media Design

2002-now // web and media designer, freelancing, Göttingen, Leipzig, Berlin. Since 2014 self-employed, working for a.o. Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung, Lola fĂŒr Lulu in MV, DeutschPlus, Initiative Burak Bektas.

Further Education

2014-jetzt // neue Entwicklungen im Berieich Webdesign, gendergerechter Zugang, Sicherheit, Datenschutz und Barrierefreiheit im Internet, Berlin.

2013 // Webdesign und Programmierung, Berlin. HTML5, CSS3, CMS, SEO und JavaScript.

2013 // Barrierefreiheit im Netz, Berlin.

2002 // HTML-Kurs an der Georg-August UniversitÀt Göttingen

training courses

2021-2022 // InnerMBA A nine-month immersion program to train leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and employees on how to powerfully grow themselves and their companies. more

other work experiences

2018-2020 // support worker at a therapeutic shared housing facility, KommRum e.V., Berlin.

2016-2018 // Coach, freiberuflich, Expath, Berlin
UnterstĂŒtzung hochqualifizierter auslĂ€ndischer Arbeiternehmer_innen beim Umzug nach Deutschland. BehördengĂ€nge, Wohnungssuche, Visaangelegenheiten.

2010-2011 // Koordinatorin Freiwilligendienst, Amaro Drom e.V., Berlin Registrierung fĂŒr und Aufbau von FSJ und EuropĂ€ischer Freiwilligendienst.
Betreuung von fĂŒnf auslĂ€ndischen Freiwilligen, Entsendung deutscher Freiwilliger, Organisation, Betreuung und Abwicklung von internationalen Jugendbegegnungen und Seminaren.

2009-2010 // Mentorin, Roma-Gadje Dialogue Through Service
Betreuung von zwei auslĂ€ndischen Freiwilligen in Berlin. Organisation und DurchfĂŒhrung von Seminaren fĂŒr alle Freiwilligen des Programms in Deutschland.

2008-2009 // Freiwillige, Diakonisches Jahr im Ausland, Uzhhorod, Ukraine
Webdesign, Design, Übersetzungen, UnterstĂŒtzung der Menschenrechtsarbeit in Roma NGOs. Entwicklung und Leitung von Seminaren fĂŒr Freiwillige.
Vertiefen meiner Sprachkenntnisse (Ungarisch/Russisch).

2002-2005 // VerkÀuferin, DisRecords, Plattenladen, Göttingen Verkauf, Veranstaltungsorganisation, Einkauf.

2000-2001 // Freiwillige, Diakonisches Jahr im Ausland, Szernye, Ukraine. Betreuerin im Kindergarten einer Roma-Schule.
Kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Armut, Segregation, Rassismus und Religionen. Erlernen einer neuen Sprache (Ungarisch).

 

Special Knowledge

Html/CSS – very good
WordPress – very good
SEO – very good

W3C-Standards – very good
MicrosoftÂź Office – very good
AdobeÂź PhotoshopÂź – very good
AdobeÂź InDesignÂź – very good
AdobeÂź IllustratorÂź – very good
Sound StudioÂź – very good
Native InstrumentsÂź Traktor – good
a.o.

Other:
Drivers Licence BE C1

Publications (selection)

2019 // Fool’s Journey – Wheel Of Fortune
2018 // Leopardskin & Limes – Horses
2018 // S_he’s Amazing! – Dogs are Amazing!

2011 // Post Privacy – DenkanstĂ¶ĂŸe vom Gender Camp
In: Sona, Zoé u.a. (Hg.): Make Out Magazine # 1: Nerd-Issue

2011 // Queere Subkultur – Geboren aus der RandstĂ€ndigkeit, bedingt durch den radikalen Moment
In: Engelmann, Jonas u.a. (Hg.): testcard #20: Access Denied – Ortsverschiebungen in der realen und virtuellen Gegenwart, Ventil Verlag

2010 // Queer Theory – Queer Music. Making an Appearance.
In: Nagelschmidt, Ilse u.a. (Hg.): InterdisziplinÀres Kollquium zur Geschlechterforschung, Peter Lang Verlag

2009 // Unter Anderen – Roma und HomosexualitĂ€t in Mazedonien
In: Streck, Bernhard (Hg.): Shutka Shukar. Zu Gast bei Roma, Askali und Ägyptern, Leipziger UniversitĂ€tsverlag, 2009

Memberships

Transnational Queer Underground e.V. – head of organization
FG Gender – founding member

Talks

2019 // Transnational Queer Underground and queer life + work in Berlin. Bedtalks Berlin, Deutschland

2019 // A queer Perspective on Art, Culture & Activism, TALFF, Tallinn, Estonia

2019 // A queer Perspective on Art, Culture & Activism, KRETS Malmö, Sweden.

2019 // Identity in Germany, NY Universtity, Berlin, Germany.

2019 // A queer Perspective on Art, Culture & Activism, ArtGora Forum, Riga, Lettland.

2012 // Roma zwischen Romantisierung und Ausgrenzung, Hamburg, AG Queer Studies, UniversitÀt Hamburg, Deutschland.

2011 // Roma und Sinti in Europa, Hamburg, Kolloquium Forschungsgruppe IntersektionalitÀt, TU Hamburg

2010 // Queer Music, Wiesbaden,
Gegenbeispiele zum Sexismus in der Popkultur, Schlachthof Wiesbaden

2009 // Queer Music – ReprĂ€sentation und Manifestation, Leipzig, Gender Kritik Reihe II, UniversitĂ€t Leipzig

2009 // Wert- und Wortverschiebungen bei Roma in Transkarpatien, Leipzig, FTF-Netzwerken – Workshop fĂŒr Wissenschaftler_innen

2009 // Economy and Prestige in Roma-Families, Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Roma-Gadje Initiative Dialogue Through Service, Seminar for Volunteers

2008 // Romani Education and Family Relations, Oradea, RumÀnien, Roma-Gadje Initiative Dialogue Through Service, Seminar for Volunteers

2008 // Roma/Ciganyi in Transkarpatien, Leipzig, FTF-Netzwerken – Workshop fĂŒr Wissenschaftler_innen

2005 // Die Rolle der Frauen in Roma Gesellschaften, MĂŒnster, Training fĂŒr Lehrer_innen und Sozialarbeiter_innen

Press

2019 // Lola Magazine: Local Hero
2018 // SiegessÀule: Stirn Bieten
2018 // GAY.CH – Einmalige queere Kultur-SphĂ€re

Exhibitions (my own work)

2019 // Suwon Festival: MirrorLand, (group exhibition), 1.-10.11.2019, Suwon, Korea.
2019 // Batumi Photo Days: MirrorLand, (group exhibition), 30.08.-15.09.2019, Batumi, Georgia.
2019 // Drawing/Connection (single exhibition), 14.06.-31.07.2019 Frauen*Nachtcafé, Berlin, Germany

2018 // A Window To The World (Gruppenausstellungen), Altes Spital Viechtach und Bahnhof Kötzting, Juni 2018

Exhibitions (curated)

2019 // Berlin, Germany – Photo Exhibition: Climate Crisis/Climate Change
2019 // Malmö, Sweden – Photo Exhibition: Climate Crisis/ Climate Change
2018 // Berlin, Germany – #TheGalleryProject

2019 // ArtGora Forum, Riga, Lettland
2011 // Study Visit, Discover Caucasus – Volunteering in Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgien.
Aufbau und Ausbau von Strukturen fĂŒr Freiwilligendienste. Austausch von best practices.

2012 // Teamerin, Aktion SĂŒhnezeichen Friedensdienste, Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Leitung des Summercamps, Organisation und Kommunikation vor Ort, Vor- und Nachbereitung, Abrechnung.

2011 // Teamerin, Aktion SĂŒhnezeichen Friedensdienste, Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Leitung des Summercamps, Organisation und Kommunikation vor Ort, Vor- und Nachbereitung, Abrechnung.

2011-2015 // Herausgeberin, Make Out Magazine, Berlin
Auswahl und Redigieren der BeitrĂ€ge, Vertrieb, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Veranstaltungsorganisation, Webdesign.

2010 // Veranstalterin, be_cunt, FLT*I Sex-Party Reihe, Berlin
Programmgestaltung, Raumgestaltung, Veranstaltungsorganisation, Webdesign.

2010 // Veranstalterin, Lad.i.y.fest, Berlin
Programmgestaltung, Raumgestaltung, Design, Veranstaltungsorganisation.

2011 // Study Visit, Volunticipate – Volunteering in Roma and Jewish Organisations, BĂĄnki TĂł, Ungarn.

2010 // Conflict Management Workshop, Kobuleti, Georgien. u.a, Austausch ĂŒber regionale Konflikte mit Menschen aus ĂŒber 20 LĂ€ndern, GesprĂ€che mit IDPs, Forum-Theater Workshop.

2009-2020 // Herausgeberin, Transnational Queer Underground, Berlin Programmentwicklung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Veranstaltungsorganisation, Web- und Mediendesign, Finanzverwaltung.

2007 // Ethnologie Exkursion, Shutka, Mazedonien
Sprachkurs Romanes, 50 Unterrichtseinheiten + Exkursionen.

2005 // DAAD Stipendium, Sommerschule Lviv, Ukraine. Sprachkurs Ukrainisch 85 Unterrichtseinheiten + Exkursionen.

2004 // DAAD Stipendium, Sommerschule Bischkek, Kirgistan. Sprachkurs Kirgisisch 44 Stunden, 5 landeskundliche Vorlesungen + Exkursionen.

2004 // Teilnehmerin, EU Presidency Enlargement Arts Event, Dublin, Irland Mitarbeit an einem Kunstprojekt zur EU-Erweiterung. ReprĂ€sentantin fĂŒr Deutschland

2006-2007 // Veranstalterin, Queerer Lesekreis, Leipzig Textauswahl, Diskussionsleitung

2006-2007 // DJ & Veranstalterin, A Queer Night Out, Staubsauger, Leipzig Organisation der ersten queeren Partyreihe in Leipzig.

2005-2008 // Journalistin, Persona Non Grata, Leipzig Musikrezensionen, Interviews, Artikel, Radiomoderation.

2004-2005 // DJ & Veranstalterin, Analog Disco, Kabale, Göttingen – Organisation der ersten queeren Partyreihe in Göttingen.

2003 // Teamleiterin, Children International Summer Villages, Knoxville, TN, USA Betreuung der deutschen Kinderdelegation.

2002-2004 // DJ & Veranstalterin, Musik & … , Rodeo Bar / King Kong Klub, Göttingen – Monatliche Partyreihe zu bestimmten Themen in Göttingen.

2001-2017 // Moderatorin und Programmdirektorin, Radiosendung balm&creak, Stadtradio Göttingen, Göttingen. Moderation, Programmgestaltung (Musik und Themenauswahl), Interviews.

Network

2019 // Practitioners’ Lab: Arts and Culture under Pressure, Zagreb, Croatia
2019 // Tallinn Feminist Festival, Tallinn, Estonia

2017 // Prague, Czech Republic – #TheGalleryProject
2017 // Podgorica, Montenegro – #TheGalleryProject
2017 // Sofia, Bulgaria – #TheGalleryProject
2017 // Tallinn, Estonia – #TheGalleryProject

Ready for some changes?