Malte Bruns was born in Bielefeld in 1984. His studies of media art under Elger Esser at the College of Design in Karlsruhe from 2006 until 2009 were followed by further studies under Georg Herold at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2009 until 2014. As part of this latter course of study he was a visiting student in the class of Stephan Huber at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2012. He graduated as a “Meisterschüler” of Georg Herold in 2014.
Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr
Philipp Rühr (born in Brühl in 1986) and Henning Fehr (born in Erlangen in 1985) got to know one another as students in the class of Christopher Williams at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. Since 2011 they have been working together on artistic projects, their preferred medium being film/ video. The artists pay particular attention to the form of presentation of their films, for which they create an environment akin to that of a cinema auditorium, the aim being to develop appropriate forms of film presentation within the context of an exhibition. This they do by creating situations that invite the visitor to “dwell awhile” and allow himself or herself to adopt a slower, more meditative way of seeing things. The contemplative slowness of their films, however, is not an end in itself but rather opens up a spatio-temporality that allows the viewer to relativize extremely specific individual images to one another.
Tamaki Watanabe & Walter Zurborg
The artists Tamaki Watanabe and Walter Zurborg have been working together since 2010.
Walter Zurborg (born in Vechta in 1980) studied sound art and sculpture at the Braunschweig University of Art, graduating as a “Meisterschüler” of Ulrich Eller in 2009.
Tamaki Watanabe (born in Kobe, Japan, in 1974) first studied painting at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then, from 2005 until 2010, sculpture and sound art at the Braunschweig University of Art. In 2010 she was likewise a “Meisterschüler” of Ulrich Eller.
Manuel Graf (born in Bühl, Baden in 1978) lives and works in Düsseldorf. In 2015, in collaboration with the TwoDoCollection, he exhibited the Doppelgaengers, objects that conflate sculpture with 3D animation. He also conceived, together with Hans-Jürgen Hafner, the transhistorical exhibition The Art of the Turks at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf.
His animations have been shown at many international venues, including the ICA, London, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the South London Gallery, the Kunst-Werke, Berlin, the Filmmuseum in Vienna and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.