Abrie Fourie (ZA)
Abrie Fourie is a South African born artist. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
While specialising in photography and digital media, Fourie prefers not to be bound by a specific genre. Working mainly in response to his immediate environment and everyday experiences, he collects ‘found images’ from the real world. While capturing appearances and details that many overlook or ignore, these are often used to create visual metaphors for deeper issues, such as religion, ethics and spirituality. Places visited, sights seen and chance encounters are part of Fourie’s frame of references. An important part of his process involves collaborating, where the boundaries between individual blur and expand into less predictable, more engaging artistic territories.
Africa Center Spier Contemporary Award, Cape Town, South Africa 2006 Artist-in-Residence, CRIC/ ecav, Sierre/ Siders, Switzerland 2005 National Arts Council Grant, Johannesburg, South Africa Artist-in-Residence, Khoj International Photography Residency, New Dehli, India Artist-in- Residence, Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium.
Anne Duk Hee Jordan (DE/KR)
Anne Duk Hee Jordan, a Korean foundling, was presumably born in 1978. She got adopted and raised in a rural setting in the Palatinate, a region in south western Germany. Currently, she lives and works in Berlin.
The aesthetic confrontation with the idea of a “materialization” of living organisms, of the universe and the microcosm, is a main focus in her work. Movement and process are also key functions for the artist. Whether in site-specific installations or video installations – she simulates the dualistic moment of deconstruction and (re)construction in a poetic and at the same time paradoxical way in one process.
Darri Lorenzen (IS)
Born 1978 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lives and works in Berlin.
In the process of working through concepts and experiences of space Lorenzen radically separates space, light, and sound from narrative. For him they are tools for composing situations and images, in which the processes of spatial perception are emphasized.
By creating situations and images of fragmentation, Lorenzen embraces postmodern concepts of space, and in his most recent works, he has begun to explore the ultimate fragmentation, in the form of digital, or virtual, space. The practice of separating elements, shifting, reflecting, and playing with them gives rise to the special quality of his work, which lies, essentially, in the continuous investigation of spatial perception–not to ensure its function, but, on the contrary, to destabilize it. It is like a leap into the void, a game whose rules are grounded in the fact that, ultimately, the whole apparatus of human perception is analogous to the notion of the blind being led by the lame–that is, perception is guided by the cognitive processes that allow us to imagine what space is like. Still, playing with human limitations does not lead to stumbling; instead, it produces unexpected observations and experiences of space (and often, beauty), just as poetry can surprise with its virtuoso manipulation of boundaries, as it moves beyond the purely communicative functions of language.
Fernanda Trevellin (BR)
Born in São Paulo, Brasil, 1980 – Lives and works in Berlin and S.Paulo.
Fernanda Trevellin de Almeida is an artist member of the Institut für Raumexperimente-UdK Berlin, founded by the artist Olafur Eliasson. She has been living in Europe since 2005, starting her studies and having her first diploma in Arts in Lille, France. Then she moved to Berlin, where she continued her studies at the UdK, University of Arts, Berlin. At the Institut für Raumexperimente she indulges herself in a large program with professionals from various fields: architects, physicians, neurologists, engineers and of course artists with whom they exchange experiences.
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (PE)
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde was born in 1976 in Lima, and lives in Berlin after a long stay in Mexico and Sao Paulo. Acevedo’s work mainly focuses on design, animation and video production, which, ironically devoid of context, telling the current problems of society through extreme situations. The artist warns us against the madness of human beings who want to controle everything, including nature, by cutting and trapping shrubs. Acevedo has a different but refreshing look. His method of work begins with defining a theme and a problem to work on, which are then adapted in different formats. The common point of all these issues is the testimony of chaos and absurdity of our society.
Marc Bijl (NL)
Dutch artist Marc Bijl (b. 1970) is a highly versatile artist who switches as effortlessly between anarchism, Gothic culture, art and life as he does between the media of image, text and music. In his early work Marc Bijl reacted to global themes and to popular fascination with symbols of political power, globalization of the economy and nationalism. This resulted in interventions in public space, videos, sculptures and installations that underscored or undermined world views. Whether addressing politics, religion, globalization and its backlash, or the art scene, Bijl endeavours to expose superficialities and myths via his work. To do this he employs visual elements borrowed from punk and Gothic subcultures and from anarchism. These elements can also be discerned in his later work: the philosophical quotes in graffiti on walls, flags in various renderings and with various texts, and the black sculptures of dark knights on horseback, eagles and Lara Croft. His most recent work is more abstract and minimalistic, exemplifying a shift in approach, by which he pares down different perspectives and methodologies to a new essence. The crux is no longer the ‘symbolism’, but what that symbolism represents and signifies.
Juan Duque (CO)
Juan Duque makes site-specific installations. He re-activates memories through interactions with places and explorations of its surfaces. Putting together tangible materials and leaving room to poetic abstraction, Juan Duque brings back textures and images of landscapes he lived through. With the eyes of an architect, he develops his ideas on in-situ works where the specific characteristics of a selected site are the starting point; they can be floor patterns and prints, grids, marks, cracks in the walls, spatial angles, light conditions.
Brandon LaBelle (US)
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist. His artistic work explores questions of social life and cultural narrative, using sound, performance and sited constructions. This results in situational
and contextual projects that create forms of intervention in public spaces, acts of translation and archiving, as well as micro-actions aimed at the sphere of the common. He is also an active
theorist and lecturer working with institutions around the world addressing questions of auditory culture, sonic and spatial arts, experimental media practices and the voice. Current research
projects focus on „voicing and the choreography of the mouth“, „sonic materiality and auditory knowledge“, and „the aesthetics and politics of invisibility“.
His artistic work has been presented at Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier/
Tonspur, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Tuned City, Berlin (2008), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008),
Fear of the Known, Cape Town (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007),
Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004), and ICC,
Jennis Li Cheng Tien (TW)
Jennis Li Cheng Tien (b. 1983) works with participatory installations in public space. She focuses in her works on the correlation between the presence of humans and other living things in a public space. She creates landscapes that resonate, evoking presence both spatially and mentally.
Emeka Okereke (NG)
Emeka Okereke born in 1980 is a Nigerian photographer who currently lives and works between Nigeria and The Netherlands. He came in contact with photography in 2001.
He is a member of Depth of Field (DOF) collective, a group made up of six Nigerian photographers. His works mingles between conceptual photography and documentary.
Over the past years, he has worked strictly in black & white, but currently, employs other media (graphics, video, sound, and literature), which makes his artistic practices seem more and more active and dynamic by the day. His works deal mostly with subjects and
issues that involve the society and the emotions disipated through cosmic coexistence of human beings alongside the non-humans . In the past, he has explored versatile ways of communicating his own particular vision – in poetry, in video works, in multi-layered exhibitions in the public space as opposed to the gallery, in power point and video presentations of the various projects he was involved in.
Tere Recarens (ES)
Tere Recarens (Barcelona, 1967) uses in building her peculiar and brazen universe of images and experiences. Jumping, showing one´s underwear or ending up soaked in the middle of a street are but a few of the actions that Recarens documents by way of a visual diary that unfurls in the various cities she has lived in over the last few years. They are actions that reflect the day-to-day from the viewpoint of one who makes of every tiny detail, of each instant, a different moment to be approached from a stance of fine irony and transgression. For behind the succession of little jokes that make up the artist´s production there lies concealed an intention that is at once simple yet difficult to carry out: using slight anomalies to subvert routine, established rules and learned behaviour, actions from a biography that ranges from the absurd to the comic and overturn many of our never-questioned patterns of conduct. Through the anecdotal, Tere Recarens subverts many of the rules of everyday life, affirming the capacity of art as an element from which to understand and change life.
Julia Prezewowsky (DE)
Julia Prezewowsky, born in 1982 in Berlin, studied sculpture at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and is a founding member of the artist collective Transidency. Her diverse oeuvre consists of stagelike installations, sculptures moving between furniture and clothes and performances. She lives and works in Berlin and is represented by the gallery Stedefreund Berlin.
Surya Gied (S-KR/DE) & Angelo Wemmje (DE)
Surya Gied (b. 1980) combines individually painted, sprayed, taped images into an overall composition, producing an expansive installation. The surfaces she works on are foil, metal grates, or linen. In the spatial collage of the individual elements, an open and accessible constellation unfolds in which image boundaries begin to merge. The exploration of her “lost, found and developing identity” is the basis of the work of Surya Gied. Starting point of many motives are lines, with which the artist develops geometrical samples and places that – arranged on different levels – are in relation to abstract, organic motives. In the result the artist creates tension-rich pictures, characterized by dynamics, rhythm and spatialness.
Angelo Wemmje (b. 1987) is a German filmmaker and video artist living in Berlin. Before he started making his own films and videos he worked as an assistant director and editor and studied visual arts at the University of Arts in Berlin.In his works Angelo Wemmje examines the different layers of film and video. He disconnects image, sound and language from on another. In contrast to usual story telling where these layers result in a unit, Angelo Wemmje gives all three of them their own independent and separate story. The tension between these different stories produce a new kind of dramaturgy. Only the personal association of the perceiver can reconnect the stories and layers back into a unity.
Born in 1976 in Maisons-Alfort/ France the artist lives and works in Berlin. She has studied Fine Arts and Arts History Sciences at the University in Aix-en-Provence, at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and at the University of Arts Berlin with Lother Baumgarten. Her works are based on documentary materials which she weaves into (hi)stories by means of excerpts, images, sound samples and texts.
She has been part of residency programs as KAIR- Kosice by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation, the Künstlerinnenprogramm Senat Berlin, the residency program of the Goethe-Institute in Villa Aurora Los Angeles.
Her works have been internationally shown in solo exhibitions as IT’S NOT ABOUT NOTHING at the gallery Katharina Bittel in Hamburg, METROPOLIS, REPORT FROM CHINA at Frankfurter Kunstverein and THE SAME STORY ELSEWHERE at Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster. Also she contributed to group shows as AI WEI WEI IS IN CHINA at Fichtebunker, Berlin, TRANSATLANTISCHE IMPULSE at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, NEL PALAZZO DI CRISTALLO in CA’ASI/ Venezia, HERE AND THERE Wallace Gallery New York, and URBAN STORIES at The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, CAC, Vilnius in Lituania.
Ones subjective memories, daily rituals and fantasies are the base for my interests. I am attracted by the state of mind of things;
the possibility of encountering victory as well as total failure and defeat. Never gazing from a distance at the other, but rather working from the inside. Surely the intimate is political, and throughout this agreement one can attempt to understand the politics of ones self and ones surrounding, be them fiction or truth, historical reality or fable.
The space between here and there.
Yassine Balbzioui (MA)
Like in many classical fables, Balbzioui’s work often refers to a bestiary. According to him, animals – fish, ducks, ravens, and ostriches – have characteristics and attitudes that are not so far removed from human beings. In the “Ostriches” series (2009), he successfully managed to catch the “essence” of the animal, with its ferocious, furious, stupid and somewhat dazed expression, yet at the same time instilling something human within in.
In the series “Trou blanc” (a play on words in French*), Balbzioui’s ostriches seem to
be plotting something while posing for what looks to be a strange family portrait.
The artist seems to weave an implicit link between this question of dissimulation and family. The mask or the “persona”, in other words the character we play, is nothing but a façade we build ourselves. Much like in the theatrical world, the mask or any kind of disguise we put on alludes to our social ego, within the family, and everywhere else. As Jung (1) said, everybody fits, in one-way or another, in this social and familial scenography. And, in the presence of such obvious fakes, a portrait of a hidden face is no less truthful.
Michael Zheng (CN/US)
Conceptual and performance artist Michael Zheng was born and grew up in China. He studied computer science at Tsinghua University in China and worked in Silicon Valley for ten years as a software designer. Later he left his job to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Paul Kos, Tony Labat and John Roloff. He also studied with Nari Ward and Patty Chang at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
His work shows traces of interventionist thinking studying cultural, social and personal dependency on institutional and existential levels. Using a conceptual approach infused with sincerity, absurdity and humor, he creates situations, questioning the established positions so that new perspectives can be experienced. His works are characterized by a
performative nature and are often shown in the form of photographs, video and sculptural installations.
Eliana Heredia (AR/IT)
Eliana Heredia studied sculpture at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA)in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and graduated 2011 from Universität der Künste (Berlin, Germany), passing the Meisterschulprüfung. 2008 she was awarded a scholarship by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, 2010 she was awarded another scholarship by Fundación María Marta Sánchez Elía de Nuñez to study in Europe.
Since my first approach to sculpture and plastic arts, I tried to conquer space(s) with my works. By doing so I intended to reveal the relation between man and nature. For this I created installations that re-semanticized every day materials and thereby evoke aesthetic experiences, which allow its recipients to travel through timeless and psychological landscapes. To produce these views, I was using everyday objects which changed due to their exposure to water, air and temperature change. Therefore I used materials and items such as mattresses, psychotropic packaging, steel wool, detergents, fabric softeners, nylon bags, plastic cups, wax paper, glass and cement, whose form and color changed by erosion and wear of materials.
Anna Anderegg (CH)
Dad opera singer. Mum nurse. Thus pre-skewed back in 1984, Anna Anderegg first sees the light of day in Switzerland. A pat of India, a slice of the States, dash of Italy, a bite of Mexico and it happenend. One year university of arts in Berne, the decision taken to dedicate her life to dance at the price of a career in the kebab industry, followed by one year technique with Anne-Marie Porras in Montpellier, degree-ed with three years of modern dance education in Danceworks Berlin. All manner of projects in the most far-fetched fields: creation of a dance piece with the female inmates and one police officer from the womens jail in Vientiane (Laos), background dancing for the cuntraversial rapper Lady Bitch Ray, dance workshops for gipsykids in Istanbul, fireshows in Glastonbury, appearances in the pop universe of the Barotti Island, countless solo performances and collaborations with painters, actors, musicians, video artists, photographers and popes.
In her own work Anna Anderegg traces the use of urban, non dance-designated places, likes unusual props, superfluous materials and prefers to play in front of an unaccustomed public. Today she switches between Biel – Berlin and has founded her own company: Asphaltpiloten.
Nathalie Anguezomo Menier Mba Bikoro is a French-Gabonese interdisciplinary artist working with visual arts & live art performance. She works between the UK and Gabon.
Her 10 year battle with Leukeamia Cancer during childhood in Gabon, the Netherlands and France has influenced the narrative and methods in which she chooses to create her work and this personal struggle to recovery and return back to her family has pushed her visual language as well as setting goals to develop independent creative initiatives in the arts and culture lead by local people.
Her aims and objectives are to incorporate converging arts and sciences into her own practice & research towards developing a Cancer Arts Centre Recovery through creative spaces for interaction for children & adults in Libreville, Lambarene & Bitam (Gabon) by developing educational collaborative community projects lead by local people.
She works on many educational interdisciplinary arts projects and collaborations and has taught across Europe and Africa. Her exhibitions have traveled across Africa, South Latin America, South Korea & Europe including African Heritage London UK 2010; New Currencies Museum Johannesburg SA 2010; Contemporary African Art Art|Basel Switzerland 2010-11; DMZ Festival South Korea 2010; Perpendicular Casa i Rua Belo Horizonte Brazil 2011; Dak’art Biennale IN & OFF Senegal 2012.
“The narratives I create in my practice make a direct comment on the fractured senses of the human condition, construction & identity and interrogate counter-historical narratives. The works are inspired and lived in my home environments with my family both in Gabon and in Europe. I am very aware of the cross-interculturalism and the plurality of language when experiencing migrations and border crossings in my journeys between home and people. At times the work is political, making direct references to resistance and struggles both in Africa and other parts of the world in which I lived in. Often the work develops into the narrative of the Griots, creating stories and mythologies of the modern teller.”
Balz Isler (CH)
Balz Isler describes himself as a artist/performer/me/thinker/musician/player/imaginator/visionalist/stimulator/constellator/slashculturator / / / / / /
“My name is Balz Isler. I grew up in Switzerland, more precisely in the capitol city Zurich,
where we all make money, chocolate and cheese. Something happened though, that I found interest in art. The silent rules of the graffiti movement, where I have my roots, became more and more bore aspects for me. I learned about constellations of form and color by studying the movement but the hierarchical structures and stereotypes pushed me into another direction of interests. The pictorial of Pop art and the experimental performance scene became my new inspiration and changed my perspectives. I started working with video and photography from the aspects of painting and progression in a general sense. Later works takes me back to the street, where I create performances in and about public places, and other interventions. Instead painting walls I start to build sculptures from street/ or in the street found-items creating rearrangements and other “Verwirrlichkeiten” trying to change the perspectives of accepted customs.”
A Berlin based filmmaker, visual artist and graphic designer. Born in post-revolution Iran in Tehran, graduated with an MFA from The New School NYC in 2011.
In 2009 has launched an ongoing project that consists of collecting subjective histories and subconscious facts from the past, present and future historical events –all to conclude in a series of narrative video and film works under the title “A Collective Memory”. Arisen as an intuitive response towards the immediate social-political transformations in the Middle East, “A Collective Memory” uses a poetic grammar to combat the three-act-narrative structure of (his)story telling. “The Epic of the Lovers: Mafia, God and the Citizens” (2009); “The Negotiation” (2010) and “Conference of the Birds” (2011) among others suggest an associative form of recording, viewing and narrating history through the cinematic and its format specific expanded media.
Co-founded in 2006 the art collective Reloading Images –a platform for artistic research, curatorial and publication projects in the Middle East and Europe. Also designed and co-edited the Reloading Images Publication Series as well as the artist-book “then we went in search of somewhere to stay the night” (together with Ashkan Sepahvand and Sohrab Mohebbi), commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 2011.
Was awarded the DAAD grant for New York in 2009/2010 & fellowship at the Sommerakademie in Bern 2010 with Jan Verwoert as the academy curator.
For Positioning Osmotic Impulses, Azin Feizabadi chose to create the overall publication of this project as his artistic contribution together with Mary Fang.