Inke Arns is the director of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) in Dortmund and also a curator and author focusing on media art and theory, Internet cultures and Eastern Europe. She attained her doctorate in 2004 at the Humboldt University Berlin, writing about the paradigm shift in the reception of the historic avant-garde and the idea of utopia in (media) art projects of the 1980s and 1990s in ex-Yugoslavia and Russia. She has curated several exhibitions, most recently alien matter for the 2017 transmediale. Her publications include Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) (2002) and Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! Die Avantgarde im Rückspiegel (2004).