The SALOON Berlin is the first SALOON that came into existence. From Berlin, the SALOON concept spread out throughout many cities. In 2012, independent curator Tina Sauerlaender gathered 10 great women from the Berlin art scene and started the network. Since then, the network in Berlin grew to several hundred members. Today Sauerlaender is running the SALOON together with the artist Ornella Fieres and the art historian Larissa Fischer. Besides organizing the regular internal meetings and events for its members, SALOON Berlin organizes public events in Berlin, like the panel series Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?* in cooperation with Performing Encounters or the symposium and screening Invisible To Whom? Not To Me in cooperation with Distinguished Diva Collective at Literaturhaus Berlin. In 2015, Tina Sauerlaender and Alina Heinze, who at that time had been co-running the SALOON, curated the exhibition SALOON at SEXAUER Gallery in Berlin, presenting 25 artists of the SALOON Berlin network.
Tina Sauerlaender is an art historian, curator, speaker and writer based in Berlin. She focuses on the impact of the digital and the internet on individual environments and society as well as on virtual reality in visual arts. She is Artistic Director of the VR ART PRIZE by DKB in Cooperation with CAA Berlin. With her independent exhibition platform peer to space she has been curating and organizing international group shows since 2010, e.g. The Unframed World. Virtual Reality as Artistic Medium for the 21st Century at HeK Basel in 2017.
She is Co-founder of Radiance VR, an international online platform and research database for virtual reality experiences in visual arts. She is a PhD Candidate at The University of Art and Design Linz, Austria. Her research topic is artistic self-representation in digital art. She gave talks on Virtual Reality & Art.
She is the Founder of the first SALOON, SALOON Berlin.
Lena Fließbach is an independent curator and writer of contemporary art. She is co-curator of the exhibition Zero Waste, Museum of Fine Arts (MdbK), Leipzig, 2020, an international group show which questioned itself in terms of sustainability and aimed at possible solutions. She continues to explore possibilities of more sustainable exhibitions and art institutions and works as an expert for the training program and network for sustainability in the cultural sector Ki Culture.
Lena Fließbach developed exhibition concepts and interdisciplinary communication programs for various institutions such as Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Ocean. Now!, Reinbeckhallen (all in Berlin) or Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna) and worked as a lecturer for Burg Giebichenstein University, Halle.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2021.
Sarah Maske is an independent curator based in Berlin. She is co-founder of the long term-project Sandstorm - And Then There Was Dust and the French-German cultural festival L'autre rapport a la terre. She has worked on numerous exhibitions internationally, among others at Museum Wiesbaden, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and Depo, Istanbul.
In her work she is especially interested in the connection of ecological phenomenons to political and social realities, blurring the boundaries among the media, telling feminist stories and immersive art forms through technology and beyond (workshops, life as art, walks etc.). She is currently working for Malia Verlag where she gives birth to books that tell about a better world.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2021.
Ornella Fieres is a new media artist. Her multimedia installations have been exhibited internationally at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Goethe Institut Toronto, Literaturhaus Berlin, NurtureArt Gallery New York, Kunstverein Speyer and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. She has given lectures and presentations at Volksbühne Berlin, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and at New Lab New York, where she had a research residency in 2017. She is a PhD candidate at the HfG Offenbach (Art and Media Science) researching on the occult aspects of digital media.
Her work explores the hidden aspects of digital technologies. For her investigations she develops photography, video and sound techniques that forcefully merge analog and digital material, as well as different moments in time.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2017.