Konstantin Grcic (*1965 in Munich, lives in Munich) is an industrial designer conceiving products that have often been described as reduced, simplified and minimalistic. Grcic combines this formal stringency with humor, acuteness and elegance. With his Munich-based design office KGID (Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design), he designs furniture, lights and accessories commissioned by leading production companies. Awarded with numerous design prizes, his objects can be found in many international design museums. As a designer, Grcic operates between the fields of design, art and architecture. For the MUDAM Luxembourg, he designed the multimedia room Space1 and in Berlin the gallery space 032c. He realized several projects at Haus der Kunst in Munich, curated the "Comfort" show in the frame of the Design Biennale St. Etienne (2010) and the exhibition DESIGN-REAL at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2009). In 2012 he was responsible for the exhibition design of the German Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Kirstine Roepstorff (*1972 in Copenhagen, lives in Berlin) operates with the principle of collage. Her pieces comprise both paper works and large, theatrical installations, drawing from an expansive range of source material and reference systems. Roepstorff appropriates these materials and arranges them to new constellations. For the exhibition "Dried Dew Drops: Wunderkammer of Formlessness" (2010) at the Kunstmuseum Basel, she compiled her own cabinet of wonders following idiosyncratic rules, integrating top-class objects from five museums in Basel. Furthermore she curated the project "Scorpio’s Garden" (2009) at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. She has presented solo shows at, among others: Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo (2011); Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2010); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2010); MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2009); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (2009); The Drawing Center, New York (2007); Arnolfini, Bristol (2006).
Simon Starling (*1967 in Epsom, UK, lives in Copenhagen) deals with natural and cultural processes of change. In doing so, he establishes unexpected relationships between artifacts from different areas of science or the history of culture and art. His way of working includes research and documentations, comparisons between widely separated times and places, and inventions of new forms of interpreting things that surround us. Starling encourages the viewers to delve into the history of an object and the changes it has undergone. He has presented solo shows at, among other, the Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain, London (2013); Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2012, with Superflex); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2011); The Power Plant, Toronto (2008); Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (2008), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2007). Simon Starling was awarded the Turner Prize (2005).
The thematic, formal and media-related diversity in the artistic oeuvre of Zhao Zhao (*1982 in Xinjiang, lives in Beijing) expresses his critical stance: With the aim of questioning constructed meanings, he challenges reality and its ideological conventions, as well as the cultural stereotypes and dominance of certain, mostly European, art-historical categories. As a filmmaker, he has worked intensively with the artist Ai Weiwei, whose actions he has been documenting for several years. Recent exhibition participations include projects for the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2013); ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING (2013); UCCA – Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012); He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (2011); MOCA, Shanghai (2010).
Angela Rosenberg is an art historian, curator, and writer. A central theme of her work is the structuring of collections and the possibilities for interdisciplinary exhibition projects. From 2008 to 2010 as curatorial manager she initiated the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin series of exhibitions curated by artists and edited the accompanying publications. Further projects include "Playing Among the Ruins," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011). She has been publishing regularly for museums, collections, and magazines on contemporary art, in particular the Berlin art scene, since 2000.