Roman Kroke, a former lawyer, works as an interdisciplinary artist throughout Europe, with a particular emphasis on socio-political topics linked to concepts of citizenship and societal values. Development, coordination and direction of exhibitions, workshops and lectures – in partnership with universities, schools, memorial sites, scientific institutes, prisons, museums, foundations and TV-productions.
His drawings are metaphorical transformations of historical, literary and scientific sources, through which he opens the topic up to a universal-philosophical discourse. Repeatedly interviews and illustrations for documentary movies shown on the European culture channel ARTE: » Die Mauern von Warschau 1943-44 « (2014), » Ich bin « (2012), » Der Konvoi « (2010). His current focus centers around the concepts of » sustainable development « and » complexity «, linked to big data and environmental pollution: Pacific Ocean crossing on board of the research vessel SONNE during which he will work as an artistic mediator for an international team of scientists (May-July 2019); lecture at the international scientific conference MICRO 2018, Lanzarote/ESP (November 2018); exhibition at the international Festival » The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic!? «, Budapest/HUN (October 2018). Art projects on the topic of » Exile and Migration « in cooperation with the National Museum of the History of Immigration (Paris), the Belgian association » Refugees Got Talent « (2016) and the high security prison Fleury-Mérogis (2015). Solo exhibitions for instance at the Palace of the Kings of Majorca (Perpignan/France, 2013) or at Ghent University/Belgium (permanent exhibition since 2013). Art residencies in Berlin (coordinated by the Zurich University of the Arts – Institute for Art Education/CH, 2015/2016), Aix-en-Provence (La Non-Maison/France, 2013) and Belarus (Bielski Family Foundation/Goethe Institute, 2010). About his pedagogical concepts Roman Kroke has been providing teacher trainings for the national ministries of education in Switzerland, France and Germany.
For the UdK Roman Kroke has developed, directed and coordinated several interdisciplinary seminars (selection):
- » Microplastic and Medusae – Expeditions into H₂O «; in partnership with the Technical University of Berlin (TU) and 13 scientific institutes (2017-2018).
- » Schienen in den Tod – Brücken in die Zukunft (1941-2016) «, in partnership with the Permanent Conference of the Directors of the NS Memorial Sites in the Berlin Area and the Deutsche Bahn (DB); lectures and exhibition as part of the official commemoration ceremony at the memorial site » Gleis 17 « (2016).