Portrait Dana Melaver

Welcome to DOK Neuland Curator Dana Melaver

Starting in March, Dana Melaver has joined our festival team as curator for the XR exhibition DOK Neuland.

Dana is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in Berlin, New York City, and the 2023 Larnaca Biennale. Her film “Sleepless Birds” (2023), co-directed with Tom Claudon, premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto and won the Christian Berger Cinematography Award at Innsbruck Nature Film Festival.

In her projects Dana uses artistic methods as research tools, working creatively through ideas of the human experience. She often engages with scientific and technological theories and the ways in which they change our idea of individuality. Whether in video or installation, borrowing from aquaculture or oenology, the projects toy with the boundaries that delineate our being. Prioritising engagement as practice, Dana frequently works with collaborators in the making process and includes participatory elements in exhibition.

Dana will be organising and curating the public XR exhibition that takes place during the festival week. The call for XR contributions is now open – Dana is looking forward to receiving your submissions by 1 July. Read more how to submit

We are happy to welcome you to our DOK team, Dana!