Berit Gwendolyn Gilma

Berit Gwendolyn Gilma is a new media artist, art/creative director and writer living between Berlin and Los Angeles. Working in the nexus of contemporary art, politics and new technology, she is interested in the aesthetics of secrecy and into the creation of poetic realities.

As a Fulbright fellow she is currently a MFA candidate at UCLA Design Media Department. She holds a BA in Visual Communication from the University of the Arts in Berlin where she has been a student of Ai Weiwei. She further studied at The New School in New York City and was a visiting scholar at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

She is the creative and art director of composer Danny Elfman and has worked with and for artists such as Ai Weiwei, Trevor Paglen, Adam Harvey, James Bridle  and hacktivist/surveillance expert Jacob Appelbaum.

She is the lead art curator of Elevate Festival in Graz, Austria.

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”Bigger.Messier.”  Remix Album by Danny Elfman
Album features Trent Reznor, Blixa Bargeld, Iggy Pop. Ghostemane and many more
Role: Curator (together with Stu Brooks), Co-Producer

Selected press
          ︎︎︎ Knotfest︎︎︎ Americansongwriter ︎︎︎ Blabbermouth

Danny Elfman & Iggy Pop – “Kick Me” musicvideo
Video by Carrie Chen & Berit Gwendolyn Gilma 

Danny Elfman BIG MESS Album
Role: Creative Director, Album Art Direction

Danny Elfman “In Time”
Directed by Zev Deans, Artificial Intelligence by Lorem
Role: Co-Director, Creative Director

Selected press
          ︎︎︎ Broadwayworld ︎︎︎ Iconvsicon ︎︎︎

Danny Elfman “Love in the Time of Covid”
Directed by Sven Gutjahr
Role: Creator,  Art Director, Producer

            Selected press
          ︎︎︎ RollingStone ︎︎︎ NME ︎︎︎

Danny Elfman “Sorry”
Directed by Jesse Kanda
Role: Art Director, Producer

            Selected press
            ︎︎︎ Stereogum ︎︎︎ NME

Danny Elfman feat. Trent Reznor “True”
Directed by Aron Johnson
Role: Creative Director

           Selected Press
           ︎︎︎ RollingStone ︎︎︎ Vulture ︎︎︎

Danny Elfman “Insects”
Directed by Sam Rolfes & Andy Rolfes
Role: Creative Director

           Selected Press
           ︎︎︎ papermag ︎︎︎ RollingStone ︎︎︎ undertheradar

Anika “Finger Pies”
Role: Artistic Consultant

Liquid Truth
Digital Sculpture
In collaboration with schnellebuntebilder and Knoth & Renner
Role: Conception, Curation


When I made Big Mess – Videointerview with Danny Elfman and Berit Gilma,
consequence magazine, 2022

Big Mess—An Interview with Danny Elfman and Berit Gilma on his First Solo Album in 37 Years,, 2021

Steirerin des Tages – Berit Gilma, (German), Kleine Zeitung Austria, 2021)

Danny Elfman and Creative Director Berit Gilma Talk ‘Big Mess’, Box Set and his ‘Weird Hand’, Gotham Mag, 2021


Interview with Lorem on AQNB
‘LOREM shares alternative AI-generated video for Distrust Everything & interview with Berit Gilma of Elevate Festival’, AQNB, 2021

Artificial Truth
– About truth in art and artificiality in truth between the renaissance and the internet. An essayistic curatorial text. (English/German)
Elevate Magazine, 2019 (page 24-27) 

Durch den inneren Weltraum an Board einer künstlichen Intelligenz (German). Elevate Magazine, 2021 (page 8-9)

PRISONERS OF DISSENT – Locked up for exposing Crimes (English) – furtherfield London, 2017 

Political implications and meta-meanings in classified data and the visual language of secret service
(unpublished book)


The Art of Revealing –Artistic response on surveillance and the deep web in the post-Snowden era
With Jacob Appelbaum, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Addie Wagenknecht
Elevate Festival, 2015

Role: Curation, Moderation

The New Age of Algorithms  – Using art & activism to expose invisible technologies affecting our reality in a surveillance state
With James Bridle & Adam Harvey
Elevate Festival, 2017

Role: Curation, Moderation


Fulbright Austria Grantee 2019-2022
UCLA Design Media Arts Clifton Webb Scholarship 2021-2022