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Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973, Yuken Teruya received his BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1996, and his MFA from the school of Visual Arts, New York in 2001. His work has also been included in various exhibitions including Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Shapes of Space at the Guggenheim Museum New York, Hundred Stories about Love at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012, as well as many gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Linda Havenstein lives and works as a media artist in Berlin. In addition to her focus on video and installation art, Havenstein works with a number of media and approaches. Her works have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, the New York Hall of Science and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In addition to studying Japanese Studies at the Universität Leipzig, numerous work and research trips have taken her to Okinawa. She has been collaborating on projects by Yuken Teruya since 2012.

Silvia Gaetti studied Sinology and art history in Venice, Berlin and Beijing, as well as art history in a global context in Leiden, The Netherlands. She worked in the education departments for the Venice Biennale in 2011 and for the Berlin Biennale in 2012. From 2012 until 2013 she then went on working for Takashi Murakami’s Gallery Hidari Zingaro in Berlin as well as for Kaikai Kiki. She specialized on modern and contemporary East Asian art. At present she works at the Ethnologisches Museum, in the Eastern and Northern Asia department.

Alexander Hofmann has been the curator for the arts of Japan at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst since 2004. He studied East Asian and European art history as well as Japanese Studies at the Universität Heidelberg, spending periods of study at Waseda and Gakushuin Universities, Tokyo. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as assistant professor in the art history department of the Universität Heidelberg. He was awarded a doctorate in 2005 with a dissertation on painting as performance art in Japan between the 16th and 19th centuries. In addition to the social history of art in Japan, his chief interest has been contemporary art.

Siegmar Nahser has been custodian of the Korean and Japanese collection of the East and North Asia department of the Ethnologisches Museum since 1997, and has been responsible for the entire department as curator since 2006. He studied aesthetics, art and Asian studies (Japanese studies) at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Nahser wrote his doctorate in 1989 on the topic “Hokusai and his circle.” The main focus of his work in recent years has been collaborative inventory research for the databank, including provenance investigations of archive materials as well as new acquisitions of daily objects and religious artifacts for this collection.