William Ramsay

born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader was driven into exile by the Apartheid regime in 1984. He studied music at Rhodes University in South Africa and at the California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles. In 1988 he settled in Berlin, where he founded the world music programme at the […]

Thilo Sarrazin

born in Gera in 1945, after his studies in Bonn he earned his Ph.D. and became a doctor of Political and Economic Sciences. He has been a member of the SPD since 1973. From 1975 on he was active in various Federal Ministries as a consultant, division head and office manager. From 2002 to 2009 […]

Sobaky v kosmosi

Sobaky v kosmosi (tr: Dogs in Outer Space) are: the band’s founder, singer and songwriter Oleksandr Boldyriev, drummer Victor Kondratov, bass guitarist Andrii Pywowarow, trombonist Ivan Pyrozhok, sound producer Sergii Kulaienko and trumpet player Artem Dmytrychenkov. The Ukrainian band draws their inspiration from the ska and reggae music of Jamaican immigrants and mixes that with […]

Peter Marggraf

born 1947 in Ehlbeck, he is a sculptor and illustrator. He learned his craft at the Werkkunstschule in Hannover and at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg. He was appointed a Master student in 1981. He is the founder of the San Marco Handpresse, launched in 1996. Marggraf has received numerous awards for his […]

Mehmet Kraja

was born in 1952 in Montenegro. He studied Albanian Language and Literature in Prishtina. During 1992-1999 he lived and worked in Tirana, Albania. After the war he worked as an editor of culture for the newspaper »Zeri« and from 2000 he was cultural editor of the newspaper »Koha Ditore«. Since 2002 he has taught Screenwriting […]

Marcel Prüfert

born in Berlin in 1968, he completed his art studies at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art and graduated with a Master’s in 2003. During his studies, an Erasmus/Socrates Scholarship allowed him to attend the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris for twelve months. He has exhibited in numerous group shows and co-organizes the […]

Lydia Dimitrow

born in 1989 in Berlin, Dimitrow has studied literature at Berlin’s Free University since 2008. She was invited to the Treffen junger Autoren in 2005 and 2007 and, in 2008, helped found Lauschgift, a reading platform for authors. She writes prose, plays, Internet pieces, and anthologies, and is a writer and dramatic advisor for the […]

Lothar Seruset

born 1956 in Ulm, he was appointed as master student at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in 1988 and received a DAAD scholarship for the Netherlands. His work was funded with other scholarships, including the Karl Hofer scholarship, the »Ecce homo« scholarship as well as a work scholarship from Künstlerhaus Lukas. Since 1986 he has […]

Karbido

The Polish avantguarde group Karbido (authors of well-known soundworks such as »The Table« or »Music4buildings Series«), which has existed since 2003 and is made up of bassist Marek Otwinowski (Poland), guitarist Igor Gawlikowski (Poland), sound producer and multi-instrumentalist Tomasz Sikora (Poland) and drummer Peter Conradin Zumthor (Switzerland), have committed themselves to free improvisation and exploring […]

Jaqueline Merz

born in Swiss Niederbipp, she is a painter and photographer. She studied at the Zurich College of Art and Design and has worked in Dresden since 1991. Her artwork has recently been shown at the Dresden Kupferstichkabinett and, in connection with a residence grant, at the Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei. She is currently spending a year working […]

Jakob Mattner

born in Lübeck in 1946, studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. His image compositions and installations have been exhibited in numerous cities. At EXPO 2000 in Hanover he was responsible for setting the stages for the theatre in the German pavilion. Mattner designed the exhibition »View into the Sun« as a result of his […]