Contributors

Aphra Adkins Allegra Guinan © all_nan Aphra Adkins

is a self-taught photographer based in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her work portrays tablescapes that embody the visceral reactions various foods and everyday objects can elicit. Adkins hopes her work encourages the viewer to try something new. Find her on Instagram at @stilllifewithcake.
Aphra’s contribution: Iconic Foods – By Accident

Vanessa Allnutt @ Michel Dompierre Vanessa Allnutt

is a copywriter at Nouveau Projet, nominated Canada’s best magazine in 2019.
Vanessa’s contributions: A Manual for Deceiving the ExpertsThe Invention of the Color PurpleThe Climate DeadlockFictional Entries and Spy WordsClimate Skeptics Versus Science

Nathalie Bachand © Nathalie Bachand Nathalie Bachand

is an author and independent curator. She is interested in digital issues and the conditions of its emergence in contemporary art. Find out more about her work at nathaliebachand.com/about.
Nathalie’s contribution: AI Errors in Art

Sanyam Bajaj © Sanyam Bajaj Sanyam Bajaj

is a professional photographer-cum-environmentalist. From working in 12 countries as a professional photographer to attending several conferences on sustainability at the UN & EU Commission, he tries to see the bigger picture and give back to the community.
Sanyam’s contribution: Unintentional Impressions in Delhi

Thomas Böhm, mediator for literature and cultural journalist private Thomas Böhm

is a mediator for literature and a cultural journalist. He has curated the guest appearances of Iceland (2011), Switzerland (2014) and Norway (2019) at the book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig. Together with Carsten Pfeiffer he published Die Wunderkammer der deutschen Sprache.
Thomas’s contribution: Old Relatives
 

Grégoire Boucher © private Grégoire Boucher

lives in Montréal and works as a tour guide, organizing trips for students and teachers from all over Canada and the United States.
Grégoire’s contribution: “Treat the country like your grandmother’s house” 

Alex Braden private Alex Braden

is a sound artist, composer, and musician who has been featured in Hyperallergic, SPIN, NPR, and the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. When not on tour or in residency, Alex can typically be found in Northeast Washington, DC. Find out more about his work at alexanderbraden.com or on Instagram at @braden.wav.
Alex’s contribution: FEHLER podcast jingle

Maximilian Buddenbohm © Smilla Dankert Maximilian Buddenbohm

lives in Hamburg where he works as a management controller in the mornings and as a freelance author in the afternoons. He blogs on Buddenbohm & Söhne, tweets at @Buddenbohm, and is at @buddenbohm on Instagram.
Maximilian’s contributions: How We Make HeadwayNo Plan? That’s OK.

Véronique Changnon © Véronique Changnon Véronique Chagnon

is deputy editor-in-chief at Nouveau Projet, nominated Canada’s best magazine in 2019.
Véronique’s contributions: The Fundamental Error of Lee RossFlesh, Blood, and Ego

Sylvia Cunningham © Sylvia Cunningham Sylvia Cunningham

is the deputy editor at KCRW Berlin 104.1 FM where she co-hosts Studio Berlin and produces the monthly storytelling show The Bear on KCRW Berlin. She moved to Berlin from New York City in 2017 and has been with KCRW Berlin ever since.
Sylvia’s contribution: Bad Mistakes Make Good Stories

Portrait of Katie Davis © Darrow Montgomery Katie Davis

is a writer and producer living in Washington, DC. Her work appears on NPR’s All Things Considered and on This American Life. Recently, she worked with community members in Anacostia, Washington, DC, helping them produce radio portraits of their neighbors for Anacostia Unmapped.
Katie’s contribution: Seeking and Blundering

Portrait of Tom DiCillo © Tom DiCillo Tom DiCillo

is an US-American film director and cinematographer, best known for his movies Johnny Suede and Living in Oblivion.
Tom’s contribution: “I think mistakes are divine”

Emanuelle Dufour © Lisa Graves Emanuelle Dufour 

is a drawing-anthropologist based in Montréal, working in the fields of Indigenous education, diversity, and inclusion.
Emanuelle’s contribution: “I like to be a choreographer of mistakes”

v © Lucie Drahonovska Lucie Pantazopoulou Drahoňovská 

studied German, literature, and sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. Today she works as a cultural editor for the monthly newspaper Das LandesEcho and as a permanent editorial member of the cultural society monthly Xantypa.
Lucie’s contribution: From Round to Square

Florian Falzeder private Florian Falzeder

lives and works as a freelance journalist and author in Munich, Germany.
Florian’s contribution: FEHLER video trailer

Adam Fletcher ©Adam Fletcher Adam Fletcher

is a bald Englishman. After a decade in Berlin, he’d consider himself German, were it not for his continued inability to separate his Akkusativ from his Dativ, and his plastic recycling from his paper.
Adam’s contribution: “German is wie pudding”

Berthold Franke . Berthold Franke

is a social scientist and has been with the Goethe-Institut since 1988 with postings in Warsaw, Dakar, Stockholm, Paris, Brussels, and Prague. Since November 2018, he has been head of the South Asia region based in New Delhi.
Berthold’s contribution: Homo Erraticus

Catherine Genest © Nicolas Martel ​Catherine Genest

divides her time between her Chroniques culturelles at the French-language radio network Ici Première and her position as a journalist at 24 Heures in Montréal.
Catherine’s contribution: The Invention of the Post-It

Melissa Gerr © Melissa Gerr Melissa Gerr

is an award-winning content producer in audio, video, and print. Currently, she is a producer/contributor for On the Record, a broadcast radio program at National Public Radio affiliate station WYPR in Baltimore, Maryland.
Melissa’s contribution: When Fate Unleashes a Rainbow

Portrait Marius Goldhorn Privat Marius Goldhorn

is an author and poet. In 2020, his novel Park was published by edition Suhrkamp and his volume of poetry Yin by Korbinian Verlag.
Marius’s contribution: Two Fires in One Hearth

Nirmala Govindarajan © privat Nirmala Govindarajan

is an author, journalist, and social sector documentarian. Her new novel Taboo, has been shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, 2020. She co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0. Nirmala curates literary events. Nirmala’s contribution: Blunders, Inspiration, and Lasting Literature, Err Fashionably, and Look Hot!

Charlotte Greve © Annika Nagel Charlotte Greve

is an alto saxophonist from Hamburg. Based in New York for several years now, she plays mostly jazz. 
Charlotte’s contribution: “Mistakes are allies, not adversaries”

Amitesh Grover © Amitesh Grover Amitesh Grover

is a performer, director, writer, and curator based in New Delhi. His works are shown internationally in theaters, galleries, public spaces, and on the internet.
Amitesh’s contribution: “I like to be a choreographer of mistakes”

Portrait of Hal Hartley © Hal Hartley Hal Hartley

is an American film director and producer who is best known for his independent films, such as Henry Fool or The Book of Life.
Hal’s contribution: “I think mistakes are divine”

Portrait Leonhard Hieronymi ©Linda Rosa Saal Leonhard Hieronymi

writes for Die Zeit, Das Wetter, and Metamorphosen. He is the author of In zwangloser Gesellschaft and UltraromatikFind out more about his work at leonhardhieronymi.com
Leonhard’s contribution: The Satanic School

Frank Hissenkaemper © private Frank Hissenkaemper

has been a captain in the Hamburg pilot fleet since 2006.
Frank’s contribution: “Sometimes scapegoats get fired”

Andi Hörmann © privé Andi Hörmann

is a Munich-based radio journalist who works for Deutschlandfunk and other broadcasters.
Andi’s contribution: “Mistakes are allies, not adversaries”

Saskya Jain © Saskya Jain Saskya Jain

is the author of Fire Under Ash, shortlisted for the 2015 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. She has taught at Hong Kong University and Grinnell College. Her second novel is forthcoming.
Saskya’s contribution: Three Bidis Away

Aditya Mani Jha © Aditya Mani Jha Aditya Mani Jha

is a 31-year-old independent writer and journalist living in New Delhi. His first nonfiction work, a book of essays about Indian comics, will be published by Oxford University Press India in 2020. Aditya’s contribution: Hinglish Mistakes and Bollywood’s Peter Pans

Kitty Kahane © Kitty Kahane Kitty Kahane

is a Berlin-based illustrator and artist. She teaches, writes, and draws for publishers, companies, and organizations, including the Goethe-Institut worldwide.
Kitty’s contribution: The Cloudy Dictionary of Errors
 

Avalon Kalin (left) pictured with wife Posie Kalin ©Privat Avalon Kalin 

is a graphic artist who makes documentary and social art connected to everyday life. He often collaborates with his wife Posie Kalin, designing installations and products. Find out more about his work at avalonkalin.com.
Avalon’s contribution: Subconscious Art

Faizal Khan © Faizal Khan Faizal Khan

is an art and culture writer based in New Delhi.
Faizal’s contributions: “Pray lodge in this unworthy place”Hinglish - Where Singh is King

Natasha Khurana © Natasha Khurana Natasha Khurana

is a Delhi native who works as a trained textile designer and a freelance writer. In addition, she is a co-founder and writer for the green initiative It All Starts With You, which targets action and awareness regarding the issues of sustainability.
Natasha’s contribution: Unintentional Impressions in Delhi
 

Sarah Klein © privat Sarah Klein

is a journalist and PR consultant. She is editor-in-chief of the Tea after Twelve online magazine and managing director of the Bunny Island communications agency.
Sarah’s contribution: On the Wrong Track

Christopher Klobeble © Jens Oellermann Christopher Kloeble

is a writer and professor and lives in Berlin and New Delhi.
Christopher’s contribution: “Treat the country like your grandmother’s house” 

Hinnerk Köhn © private Hinnerk Köhn

is an author, moderator, dawdler, and stand-up comedian from North Germany. He lives to write and for a really solid mushroom pizza.
Hinnerk’s contribution: The Mandela Effect

Portrait Charlotte Krafft © William Minke Charlotte Krafft

is a founding member of the literary clique Rich Kids Of Literature and the discoverer of hyper-irony. She occasionally writes for Das Wetter, Metamorphosen, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Her book Die Palmen am Strand von Acapulco, sie nicken was published in 2020.
Charlotte’s contribution: Praise Uncertainty

Priya Kuriyan © Priya Kuriyan Priya Kuriyan

is a children’s book illustrator, author, comic maker, and chronic doodler. She lives and works in the city of Bangalore and in her spare time makes funny caricatures of its residents. 
Priya’s contribution: Dictionary of Misinterpretations

Mike Maguire © Josh Davidson Mike Maguire

is a photographer and writer who lives in Washington, DC. He enjoys regularly walking through the city and thinks of little mistakes as happy reminders of humanity.
Mike’s contribution: Disorder and Disrepair in Washington, DC

Anya Malhotra © private Anya Malhotra

has been working as a freelance conference interpreter and translator for over 25 years. She grew up trilingually (English, German, and Hindi) and lives in her hometown Delhi.
Anya’s contribution: “Sometimes scapegoats get fired”

Colin Marshall © Colin Marshall Colin Marshall

writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall.
Colin’s contribution: ​“Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

Natalie Mayroth © Christoph Neumann Natalie Mayroth

works as a correspondent in South Asia. In 2018, she just happened to do a diving course when she really wanted to spend a week relaxing on an island in Malaysia. But after two days she was bored.
Natalie’s contribution: Chance in Sport – How India Discovers its Sporting Talents

Markus Mehr © Frauke Wichmann Markus Mehr

is an experimental composer, musician, and producer from Augsburg.
Markus’s contribution: “Mistakes are allies, not adversaries”

Bilal Qureshi © Bilal Qureshi Bilal Qureshi 

is a radio journalist and culture writer whose essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Film Quarterly. He also contributes arts features to NPR’s broadcasts and podcasts, including Code Switch and Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Bilal’s contribution: The Art of Mistakes: Writing Wrongs

Portrait Pascal Richmann © Sabrina Richmann Pascal Richmann 

studied social and cultural anthropology at the University of Heidelberg and literary writing in Hildesheim. He is a member of the Academy for Lethality and Solutions. His first book Über Deutschland, über alles was published in 2017.
Pascal’s contribution: The QR Codes from Coffee Filters Lead Nowhere

Jocelyn Robinson © Jocelyn Robinson Jocelyn Robinson

is an Ohio-based educator and independent media producer. Jocelyn is engaged with national radio preservation efforts and serves on the African American and Civil Rights Radio Caucus of the Radio Preservation Task Force, a project of the Library of Congress. 
Jocelyn’s contributions: Rediscovered RadioSorry, Wrong Number!

Kate Sammer © private Kate Sammer

is a creative producer who specializes in audio, film, and motion graphics. She works for the Institute of International Finance and with cultural institutions, like the Goethe-Institut.
Kate’s contributions: The 92nd Scripps National Spelling BeeWhat’s in Your Trail Mix?911 Misdials: A Mini-Case Study

Nimish Sawant © Nimish Sawant Nimish Sawant

is a Mumbai-based freelance technology journalist. As part of the 2017 batch of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Media Ambassadors India-Germany program, Nimish lived and worked in Berlin, covering stories on a variety of topics. 
Nimish’s contributions: DNA Discovery in a KitchenMistakes that Force You to Keep Buying More

Alexander Schubert © Alexander Schubert Alexander Schubert

is a professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and the artistic head of the electronic studio at the conservatory in Lübeck. He was a guest professor at Folkwang University in 2016. Mainly, he works as a freelance composer.
Alexander’s contribution: The Error Aesthetic

David Schulman © Maggie Picard David Schulman

is an improvising violinist, composer, and audio producer. He’s composed original scores for dance companies including the Oregon Ballet Theater and for podcasts from NBC, APM, SLATE, and NPR. Some of his favorite music began by mistake.
David’s contributions: When Doomsday Came Calling by MistakeSeeking and Blundering

Afsha Shaik © private Afsha Shaik

is a freelance tour manager in India. She has also worked as a yoga teacher, drama teacher, and for numerous NGOs in India.
Afsha’s contribution: “Treat the country like your grandmother’s house” 

Florian Steffens © privat Florian Steffens

is a painter and illustrator. He works and lives with his family in Bonn.
Florian’s contribution: On the Wrong Track

Portrait of Andreas Ströhl © Bernhard Schmidt Andreas Ströhl

is the director of the Goethe-Institut Washington and the regional director of North America.
Andreas’s contribution: “I think mistakes are divine”

Philip Szporer © Christopher Duggan Philip Szporer 

is a Montreal-based writer, filmmaker, and lecturer.
Philip’s contribution: The Shape of Things to Come

. . Michael M. Thoss

is the director of the Goethe-Institut’s liaison office in Cuba. Before he moved to Havana in 2018, he led the Allianz Kulturstiftung in Berlin.
Michael’s contributions: The Blue Mauritius and its CompanionsThe Polish Failures Club

Brigitte Tousignant © Brigitte Tousignant Brigitte Tousignant 

is a freelance journalist from Montreal. Her work has appeared in Le Devoir and the National Observer. Brigitte was part of the collaborative investigation that uncovered high levels of lead in Canada’s drinking water, which was the recipient of Quebec’s Judith-Jasmin Award. 
Brigitte’s contribution: Montreal, We Have a Problem

Thomas Venker © Sarah Szczesny Thomas Venker 

is publisher and editor-in-chief of Kaput – Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop and teaches music journalism and artist marketing at the Institute for Pop Music of the Folkwang University of the Arts.
Thomas’s contribution: “What are mistakes?”

Olivia Vieweg Illustration: Olivia Vieweg Olivia Vieweg

was born in Jena, Germany. She studied graphic design in Weimar and has been publishing books ever since her time at university. Her graphic novel Endzeit was made into a film that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. Olivia lives and works in Weimar. Find out more about her work at olivia-vieweg.de.
Olivia’s contribution: Oh Heavenly Berry

Andreas Weber Photo (detail): Florian Büttner Andreas Weber

studied biology and philosophy; he received his doctorate under Hartmut Böhme (Berlin) and Francisco Varela (Paris). He works as a writer and a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts. In his literary nonfiction books, he advocates for a revival of the world.
Andreas’s contribution: Mistakes Mean Creation

Dominik Wendland © Dominik Wendland Dominik Wendland

is a graphic artist and illustrator living in Munich. For over 10 years he has been working on narration through images and the medium of the comic book. He was awarded the Bavarian literature prize in 2018. In 2019, his latest book Egon won the Rudolph Dirks Award in the category of best science fiction.
Dominik’s contribution: Mistakes Proverbs

Portrait Christian Werner © Christian Werner Christian Werner

is a Berlin photographer. He works for many magazines such as ZEITMagazin, 032c, SSENSE, and Numéro. His work focuses on long-term projects that have appeared in several books. Find out more about his work at christianwerner.org.
Christian’s contribution: Folded, Always a Mistake

Dr. Samuel West © Museum of Failure, Photo Credit: Jake Ahles Samuel West

is a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Organizational Psychology. His research focuses on creating climates for innovation by encouraging experimentation and exploration. In 2017, he founded the Museum of Failure, showcasing over 100 failed inventions from around the world.
Samuel’s contribution: Museum of Failure

Flawn Williams © Victoria Moss Flawn Williams

spent decades making programs for NPR and taught audio journalism and music recording at Georgetown University. He was the Technical Director of the Goethe-Institut’s series The Big Pond. He lives in Maryland.
Flawn’s contribution: When Doomsday Came Calling by Mistake

Verónica Zaragovia © Verónica Zaragovia Verónica Zaragovia

moved to Germany from the US in 2016 with a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship. Since then, she’s been living in Berlin on and off. A Pulitzer Center grantee, Verónica tells multimedia stories around the globe, including in Colombia, her birth country.
Verónica’s contribution: The Unintentional Development of Plastic

Editorial Department

Savannah Beck © Savannah Beck Savannah Beck

has a soft spot for linguistic mistakes and faulty translations. And as the Online Editor at the Goethe-Institut Washington, she’s lucky enough to come in contact with them everyday!

William Gilcher private William Gilcher

worked on electronic media projects for the Goethe-Institut in North America from 1993 to 2011. His background is in film production and studies. Since 2011, he has worked on independent writing, editing, and production projects through Harmonia Band Communications. He served as co-commissioning editor for the podcast series The Big Pond

Antonie Habermas © Karina Garosa Antonie Habermas

enjoys proofing texts for mistakes. However, due to sheer clumsiness, this perfectionism is lacking in her everyday life. At the moment, she is a trainee in the online editorial department at the Goethe-Institut’s headquarters in Munich. 

Erdmuthe Hacken © Manisha Malhotra Erdmuthe Hacken

agrees with Nietzsche that “one must have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” She celebrates weaknesses because she thinks flawless heroes are dull. She is passionate about India and works as a freelance Online Editor for the Goethe-Institut New Delhi.

Nicola Hofstetter © Nicola Hofstetter Nicola Hofstetter

has a penchant for perfectionism, so she has a rather ambivalent relationship with mistakes. She is responsible for digital communications at the Goethe-Institut Washington, in particular social media. 
 

Natascha Holstein © Chris Janker Natascha Holstein

keeps trying to appear professional while being completely clueless. In everyday life, she breaks glasses or burns herself with hot water. Her traineeship at the Goethe-Institut’s headquarters in Munich has been going flawlessy, though – at least so far.

Verena Hütter © Kopf & Kragen Verena Hütter

has been interested in irritations and deviations in otherwise flawless, symmetrical series since her studies at the Arts Academy in Karlsruhe and loves offbeat observations. At the moment, she is working in Washington, DC as the director of communications for the Goethe-Institut in North America.

Stefan Kloo © Stefan Kloo Stefan Kloo

is the Online Editor at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Patron saint of small things, part time pop-nerd and art dork. Doesn’t care for eggplants and can’t tell jokes. Mistakes pave his way. 

Michael Krell © Monik Richter Michael Krell

Having the courage to leave things incomplete, half-correct tax forms, and a preference for offbeat tones were the main arguments for his recently accepted application to the FEHLER team. Otherwise in his non-free time, he strives to avoid errors and limit damage as Online Editor at the Goethe-Institut Montreal.

Jörn Müller © privat Jörn Müller

has a weakness for small deviations from the norm, which often inspire something new. He works as Online Editor in the headquarters of the Goethe-Institut in Munich and is happy whenever he can edit texts that only have a few mistakes in them.

Natalie Wichmann © Natalie Wichmann Natalie Wichmann

thinks to err is human and one of our very best qualities as human beings. How boring life, the universe, and everything would be without a detour every once in a while. She supports the FEHLER team as a freelancer in all things social media.