Inke Arns, PhD, artistic director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) in Dortmund since 2005. She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. After living in Paris (1982-1986) she studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988–1996) and in 2004 obtained her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin with a thesis focusing on a paradigmatic shift in the way artists reflected the historical avant-garde and the notion of utopia in visual and media art projects of the 1980s and 1990s in (ex-)Yugoslavia and Russia. She curated many exhibitions at home and abroad. Author of numerous articles on media art and net culture, and editor of exhibition catalogues. Books include Neue Slowenische Kunst (2002), Net Cultures (2002), Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! The Avant-Garde in the Rear-View Mirror (2004).