Fabrice Mazliah is a choreographer and performer based in Frankfurt / Main. Having collaborated and produced works with the Forsythe Company until its closure, Fabrice has initiated a long-term research into the embodied knowledge and heritage inscribed into practitioners in the field. He is interested in understanding and renegotiating the relationship between our environment, its objects, its atmospheres, and our bodies, ourselves and its potentialities.
In his works, he regularly places the role of the receiver/perceiver in the centre of attention and celebrates the richness of possible perspectives that can be embodied on stage. His pieces provoke the collision of experiences and challenge binary views - allowing for a moment of suspension between the instants of perception and interpretation.
He is interested in combining movement with language, in developing new forms of narrativity and poetry.
Ata started in the late 80s as a DJ in Frankfurt/Main in the rising German house- and techno-scene and played in many clubs in the town and around. At the same time he worked together with Heiko Schäfer aka M/S/O at the Boy Recordstore in Frankfurt. In 1992 both founded the "Delirium" record store, the leading German store for electronic music in the mid-90s. The shop was also the office for their three labels. In September 1993, Ata started Ongaku Musik, Klang Elektronik and Playhouse together with Heiko. With the development of the Playhouse label in particular, he influenced the German and worldwide electronic music scene. Together with Heiko Schäfer and Jörg Henze, he was also DJing through the German club scene as the Delirium Posse (the guys from the Delirium record store) or Heiko & Ata, Ata & Jörg (or Heiko & Jörg).
Beside his DJ-activities he founded the first 'real' clubnight in Frankfurt for modern house and deep-house - the Wild Pitch Club at the Nachtleben-Club. In 1999 he opened the Robert-Johnson club in Offenbach near Frankfurt. Through the DJ´s he booked, his own DJ-sets and the development of the club itself, he turned the Robert-Johnson into one of the most important clubs worldwide for electronic music, what he still is these days.
Rirkrit Tiravanija creates conceptual performances and installations that invite audience participation and aim to promote social and political epiphanies. His works have included pad thai (1990) and Untitled (Free) (1992), in which the artist cooked and served pad thai and curry, respectively, and Apartment 21 (Tomorrow Can Shut Up and Go Away) (2002), which featured a replica of his apartment and free tea for visitors. Tiravanija has also reinterpreted iconic works of Western art and architecture as in Untitled: 1997 (Glass House) or untitled 2006 (pavilion, table and puzzle representing the famous painting by Delacroix La Liberté Guidant le Peuple, 1830). Throughout all these pieces, he undermines the traditional social, conceptual, and cultural boundaries of art. Tiravanija has exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries, the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the Stedelijk Museum, and the National Gallery Singapore. He has participated in the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Bienal, and the Whitney Biennial.
Among Germany’s leading contemporary artists, Tobias Rehberger presents visually confounding objects and environments that question the ways art is defined. Playing with perception, literally and conceptually, the Golden Lion winner works across media, creating installations, sculptures, paintings, and sound and video art. “The bottom line, to put it very basically,” he has said, “is…what is art anyway?” His work can be understood as the repetitive asking of this question without the expectation of a fixed conclusion. His installations have been included in both the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales. For the former, Rehberger presented a canopy of lamps, which could be turned on by switches located in seven different places around the world, among them a pumpkin field in Romania.