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Berit Gwendolyn Gilma

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Berit Gwendolyn Gilma (*1990 in Graz, Austria) is a Grammy nominated artist, creative/art director and curator.


According to herself, Berit Gilma grew up in Austria, in her mother's aquatic plant nursery, "surrounded by water lilies and amphibians."[1]

In 2009, she began working for the Elevate Festival, a festival for electronic music, political discourse, and the arts, in her hometown of Graz, where she later became the lead curator for the Arts Department.

In 2012, she moved to Berlin to study at the University of the Arts, where she studied under the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, media artist Joachim Sauter and graphic designer Fons Hickmann, among others. After graduating, Ai Weiwei asked her to work for him and became a mentor.[2] Her close proximity to the political hacktivist scene[3] led her to collaborate artistically with computer security expert Jacob Appelbaum[4] and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.[5]

In 2019, she received the renowned Fulbright Scholarship, which took her to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for a master's degree in digital art.

She is the creative director[6] of the Hollywood film composer and former singer of the new wave band Oingo Boingo Danny Elfman[7]. Between 2020 and 2022, 12 music videos[8] (including “Sorry” by Jesse Kanda), the double LP album “Big Mess” (2021)[9][10][11]the corresponding box set,[12] and the remix album “Bigger. Messier.” (2022)[13][14] where created in collaboration with Elfman. The latter was co-curated and co-produced[15] by Gilma along with bassist Stu Brooks (Saturday Night Live Band, Dub Trio, Mike Patton). Among others, musicians such as Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten), Zach Hill (Death Grips), XIU XIU, HEALTH, Ghostemane, Boy Harsher and Rebekah Del Rio contributed to the album. Gilma co-produced the song "In Time" with Einstürzende Neubauten's sound engineer, Boris Wilsdorf, at andereBaustelle Tonstudio Berlin, which featured Blixa Bargelds voice in German.

The music videos produced by Gilma were created in collaboration with various filmmakers, often using new technologies such as 3D scanning, animation, CGI or artificial intelligence.[16] [17] Berit Gilma lives between Los Angeles and Berlin.[18]


Gilma was nominated by the Austrian newspaper Die Presse and the Austrian national public broadcaster (ORF) for "The Austrian of the Year 2022" in the category "International Success" [19] and received third place. She is nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package in her role as the Art Director for Danny Elfman's “Big Mess." [20][21]

Personal life

According to her own statements, she recently produced her first own song. [22]

Her father, Albin Gilma, is a pioneer in vegetarian food and opened the first vegetarian restaurant in Austria in 1975.[23] Gilma grew up vegetarian and has been practicing a vegan lifestyle for over 16 years.


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  2. "Berit Gilma | Metal Magazine". Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  3. LADYGUNN (2022-08-16). "LADYGUNN – Berit Gilma: an incredible and talented artist who wears numerous hats". LADYGUNN. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  6. "Berit Gilma | Creative Director behind 'Bigger. Messier.'". Flaunt Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  7. Aponte, Samuel (2022-08-08). "Berit Gilma on being Danny Elfman's creative director and more". Too Much Love Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  8. "Danny Elfman: When I Made… Big Mess". Consequence. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  9. Records, Epitaph (2021-06-11), Danny Elfman - Big Mess, retrieved 2022-11-20
  10. (2021-07-29). "Big Mess—An Interview with Danny Elfman and Berit Gilma on his First Solo Album in 37 Years". Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  11. Chesler, Josh (2021-06-09). "Danny Elfman Is a Big Mess". SPIN. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  12. Bein, Kat (2021-12-08). "Danny Elfman and Creative Director Berit Gilma Talk 'Big Mess,' Box Set and His 'Weird Hand'". Gothammag. Retrieved 2022-11-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ANTI-. "Danny Elfman Officially Releases New Album Bigger. Messier. Today | News". Anti Records. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  14. "Danny Elfman recruits Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop, Ghostemane, HEALTH, Fever333 and more for 'Bigger. Messier.'". Knotfest. 2022-06-29. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  15. "Song You Need: Dark chaos from Danny Elfman and Blixa Bargeld". The FADER. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  16. Price, Jason (2022-01-19). "Danny Elfman Releases Innovative AI-Generated Music Video For "In Time"". Icon Vs. Icon. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  17. LOWERY, VAUGHN (2022-08-19). "BERIT GILMA". 360 MAGAZINE - GREEN | ART | MUSIC | DESIGN. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  18. Nussmayr, 08 08 2022 um 05:54 von Katrin (2022-08-08). "Sie bringt schrägen Underground nach L. A." Die Presse (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  19. Um 10:55, 12 09 2022 (2022-09-12). "Inspiration für eine Hollywoodlegende". Die Presse (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2022-11-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. "2023 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Complete Nominees List". Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  21. "Grammy Awards 2023: The Full List of Nominees". The New York Times. 2022-11-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  22. "Berit Gilma | Metal Magazine". Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  23. "Podcast#29: Berit Gilma. Halloween mit dem Elfman. – Der Haubentaucher". Retrieved 2022-11-20.

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