Dr Söke Dinkla, born in 1962 in Wilhelmshaven, is director of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg.
Dinkla studied art history, literature, ethnology and biology in Kiel, Hamburg and Bielefeld before becoming a curator with the Siemens Arts Program in Munich in 1990. In 1993 she was awarded a scholarship by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, and in 1994 received a grant for the United States from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Dinkla gained her doctorate in 1996 from the University of Hamburg with a dissertation on the history and aesthetics of interactive art. Since then she has worked as a curator and writer in the field of contemporary art and new media.
Dinkla was a curator at Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg from 1996 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2007 she worked in the festival office of the City of Duisburg as curator of the cultural festival “Akzente” (Accents). From 2005 to 2007 Dinkla also mentored the “Public Art” section of the campaign “Essen for the Ruhr” – the region’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2010. In May 2007 she was then appointed director of the European Capital of Culture office RUHR.2010 in Duisburg.
Söke Dinkla is the author of various publications including a standard reference work on interactive art, “Pioniere interaktiver Kunst von 1970 bis heute” (Hatje Cantz, 1997). Among the major exhibition projects she has curated are “Connected Cities. Kunstprozesse im urbanen Netz” (Connected Cities. Processes of art in the urban network, 1999), “InterAct! Schlüsselwerke interaktiver Kunst” (InterAct! Key works of interactive art, 1997), both at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, and “Jenny Holzer. Xenon for Duisburg” (2004) and “PubliCity” (2006), public art projects in the City of Duisburg.
Further exhibitions (selection): “Twilight Zone – RuhrLights”, an international light art project staged in Mülheim and other venues in the Ruhr region (autumn 2008–2010); “Paradoxes of the Public”, an international competition on the self-organization of public spheres (2007–2008); “PubliCity. Constructing the Truth. Kunst im öffentlichen Raum“ (a public art project in Duisburg, 2006); “Jenny Holzer / Les Levine” (Duisburg, 2004); “Duane Michals. The Theatre of Real Life” (Duisburg-Nord Country Park, 2004); “Unter der Haut. Transformationen des Biologischen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst” (Under the skin. Biological transformations in contemporary art, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, 2001).