…we create spaces – physical analogue experiences in the real world. And sometimes you can interact with them and sometimes they take you on a journey and sometimes they just are.




Franziska Paul (*1987) completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with a degree in interior architecture (Dipl. Ing.) in 2013. The same year she began working in Berlin as a freelance scenographer for exhibitions and events. She executed projects – from concept to first draft to planning and implementation of architectural and graphic design – for clients such as the Humboldt-Universität, Triad Project GmbH, Märkisches Museum, chezweitz GmbH and many more. In her work she focuses on the staging of themes and narrations in space. Since 2015 she has started to venture into new territory, to the medium of film. Consequently, she also works as a director and set designer, combining her expertise in design and film. She developed and produced the award-winning web series "Newbie" for the University of Magdeburg and produced the web series "Mein abgefahrener Sommer" for Deutsche Bahn AG as part of an EXIT GmbH advertising campaign.

Anna Maja Spiess (*1986) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich with honors in 2013. She studied sculpture in the class of Prof. Olaf Metzel.
Prior to her studies worked with Annette Vogel on European exhibitions for the Sabarsky Collection NY and the company collection of the German Automobilclub (ADAC) as well as for Galerie Thomas Munich.
In 2013 she joined Artsy as their first non-US hire and was instrumental in the startup's rapid global growth. Since 2016 she led Cultural Partnerships at Artsy, focusing on the collaboration with governments (most notably a partnership with South Korea), and Gallery Weekends around the world (Warsaw, Mumbai, Beijing, Brussels and many more).



In June 2019 Cicada Concepts realized the public art intervention “The Visit” during Art Basel at the Steinentor Kiosk in collaboration with CLAIRbyKahn Gallery, and the Valora AG. The pop up was well received and proved a fresh, young addition to the Basel art landscape during that important time.




The Art Gorgeous, online, career - 11 Jun 2019
Woman Shaping The Art World: Anna Maja Spiess & Franziska Paul




Cicada Concepts GbR
Anna Maja Spiess & Franziska Paul *
Chausseestraße 55
10115 Berlin


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*Official records state 5688 days have passed since Miss Paul and Miss Spiess started collaborating. Since then they have executed on projects big and small, some for money, some for fun and some that had to be done. Miss Paul left the city they grew up in, Miss Spiess followed a few years later. Now they both live in Berlin.

As they have been each other's support, creative input, fiercest defender and most honest critic they decided to make it official: Cicada Concepts was born. They also take a little longer - the cicadas - and their song stands for long summer nights, change, adventure, travel, metamorphosis and tenacity - as do Miss Paul and Miss Spiess.