The Stardust project
The pop-up Stardust project brings together the artists from across the globe, who share the ideas of "bioism" concept and who are being interested in it professionally. In their works the artists contemplate on Abiogenesis, the origin of life. The exhibition presents objects and graphical works by the following artists: Aljoscha, Dmitry Kawarga, Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov, Ustina Yakovleva, Angelika Arendt, Christiane Löhr, Gil & Moti, Lawrence Weiner, Mischa Kuball, Reiner Maria Matysik, Römer + Römer, Simon Vega, and Wolf Hamm.
Angelika Arendt (born 1975, Böblingen, Germany)
The winner of Berlin Hyp award (2014) and Innovation award polyurethane (2010), Angelika Arendt lives and works in Berlin. She studied Textile Design at Reutlingen University, graduating from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.
Mixed-media artist Angelika Arendt spends her time merging her two preferred creative interests: textile design and fine art. Working in sculpture and drawing out of her Berlin studio, Arendt creates organic forms that seem to grow through each tactile form and line. Her delicate drawings lead us across the image; we sink into it, losing ourselves in it until we find our way out of the labyrinth of lines again. Arendt’s sculptures are three-dimensional representations of her previous drawings, as the lines, forms and colours grow out into the space.
Christiane Löhr (born 1965, Wiesbaden, Germany)
Loehr studied Egyptology, Archeology, Classics and History at the University of Bonn and Art Education and German studies at the University of Mainzbefore enrolling at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she was a master student of Jannis Kounellis. She lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Prato, Italy.
Löhr is best known for her sculptures and installations that utilize organic elements as delicate construction materials. Some of these include horsehair, airborne seeds, tree blossoms, plant stalks, and burrs. Löhr transforms these elements into elaborate and ordered structures, translating the sensitivity and fragility of the chosen material into volumetric forms. Löhr has exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia, including at the 49th Biennale di Venezia.
Gil (born 1968, Rishon Lezion, Israel) & Moti (born 1971, Ramat Gan, Israel)
Work and live together since 1994, since 1998 based in Rotterdam Gil & Moti are known for their unique social artistic engagement in art and for working strategically in multiple disciplines. They switch effortlessly between classical and contemporary artistic mediums of expression from photography, painting, video, performance, and installation art.
Their approach is based on a few simple rules: always to dress identically, to do everything together, and to own only one wallet, phone and set of keys between them. Via small-scale social interventions, they address important socio-political issues, such as discrimination, social exclusion and racism. As artists, a gay couple, immigrants and Jewish born (ex)Israelis, they have direct experience of such issues within their own personal lives. In 2015 they received the MK Award, Dutch prize for visual art.
Lawrence Weiner (born 1942, NY, USA)
Influential Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner is known for his language-based sculpture and works pursuing inquiries into language and a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship. Considering language to be a sculptural material and believing that a construction in language can function as sculpture as adequately as a fabricated object, Weiner's works operate beyond the specificity and constraints of traditional presentation, inspiring artists like Barbara Kruger and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
Lawrence Weiner has exhibited in major museums around the world. He has participated in Documenta V (1972), VI (1977), and VII (1982), as well as the 2005 Venice Biennale, the Biennale de São Paulo in 2006, and the Venice Biennale and European Cultural Centre in 2013.
Mischa Kuball (born 1959, Düsseldorf, Germany)
Mischa Kuball has been working in the public sphere since 1987. He uses light as a medium to explore architectural space as well as social and political discourse in his installations and photographs, reflecting on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultural structures to architectural interventions, emphasising or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectural history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself and public space.
Since 2007 Mischa Kuball is a Professor in the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Karlsruhe, and since 2015 member of North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf. 2016 he will be honored with the German Light Award.
Mischa Kuball lives and works in Dusseldorf.
Reiner Maria Matysik (born 1967, Duisburg, Germany)
Reiner Maria Matysik lives in Berlin, studied fine arts at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Braunschweig and at the Ateliers Arnhem. He was a lecturer at the Institute of Visual Arts, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Braunschweig and a visiting professor of sculpture at the Fachhochschule Kunst Arnstadt.
Matysik's artistic concept is based on the assumption that life can be improved and optimized through active constructive evolution. Using diverse materials, he creates models of possible future organisms, the prototype models of postevolutionary life forms, examines and creates their habitats. Through their character as models, they stand between mental conception and practical implementation. The artist also considers features of the organic and the social in his texts, graphics and manifestos.
Torsten Römer (born 1968, Aachen, Germany) Nina Römer (born 1978, Moscow, Russia)
Both studied painting since 2003 at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. Live and work in Berlin Since 1998 the artists work together as a couple on their projects and artwork
RÖMER + RÖMER are a Russian-German artist couple. Their main focus in their artistic practice is painting and performance. Their works often incorporate historical and political references, however, the artists do not come forth with an aesthetic analysis of historic-political situations yet they rather provide an aesthetic reconstruction.Their motifs are everyday scenes, mostly in the heightened form of festivities and parties. Technically Römer + Römer set out from self-taken photographs which are subjected to image processing, the computer taking the traditional role of the sketchbook. The pictorial idea is then “handpainted” into “analogue images” with a pixel-structure. Thus the beholder of their landscapes and genre works simultaneously becomes the “user and consumer” of digital media. This way their Römer + Römer's art descends from the Impressionist movement of Pointillism and from stipple engraving, a favoured printing technique of the 18th century
Simon Vega (born 1972, San Salvador)
Simon Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz in Mexico in 2000 and received a Master´s degree in Contemporary Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2006.
Simón Vega creates drawings, ephemeral sculptures and installations inspired in the informal, self made architecture and vendor carts found in the streets and marginal zones of El Salvador and Central America. These works, assembled with wood, cardboard, plastic and found materials often parody famous Modernist and mythological buildings and cities, surveillance systems as well as high-tech robots and satellites developed by NASA and the Soviet Space Program during the Cold War, creating an ironic and humorous fusion between first and third world, while commenting on the effects of that conflict in today’s Central America.
Wolf Hamm (born 1974, Delmenhorst, Germany)
Narration and mysticism are equal keywords of the artistic work of Wolf Hamm. The analysis of the family as a social fabric acts as a thematic starting point and his main source of inspiration. Hamm transforms these immanent and interactive relations into complex structures of concrete and abstract motifs. This formal dynamic reflects the multi-dimensionality of the individual in connection to the society: Secretive and tender appears the family unity, which is at the same moment confronted with primal fears of separation and transience.
Dmitry Kawarga (born 1972, Moscow, Russia)
Kawarga has a profile art education, he was started to be exposed since 1988. The most considerable works at last several years are based on the synthesis of science, art and technology. The interactive kinetic objects and installations created in cooperation with scientists, programmers and engineers. Permanent participant of international exhibitions and festivals of contemporary art, including Lexsus Hybrid Art, Ars Electronica, FILE Electronic Language International Festival and others.
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (born 1988, Moscow, Russia)
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov is a young Moscow artists. He tends to describe biological processes and forms from cellular textures to environments, language features and fixing tools (formulas, diagrams etc.), methodological principles and representation types (entomologic collections, card registers). This is how the artist persuades the audience that we perceive and describe our environment depending on the language we can speak.
Ustina Yakovleva (born 1987, Moscow, Russia)
Graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University (Graphics Faculty) in 2009. Continued her studies at Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow and graduated in 2009. Ustina was a resident in Gridchinhall residency (Russia) during the spring of 2014 and in ZARYA residency in 2017. Short list in the nominees of art prize for young artists STRABAG, Vienna 2014. Her works make a part of private collections in Russia, England, France, Germany, Austria and Holland.