Stéphanie Baechler is an artist and textile designer. She studied textile design at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) and completed a Master's in fashion at Amsterdam University of the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, ArtEZ) in the Netherlands. Stéphanie worked as a Textile Developer/Design Assistant for Hussein Chalayan in London and was Head of Print Design for the Swiss textile company Jakob Schlaepfer for three years. Since then, her work has evolved to include sculpture and installation, and has focused on the interplay between ceramics and textiles. Her research centres on the tactile dimension and the interaction between body, movement and space.
Alexandra Hopf studied at Düsseldorf's Kunstakademie (Art Academy). In her work, she challenges the construction of art history by reinterpreting the historic avant-garde. She is particularly interested in the Russian avant-garde as an expression of the «new man» and the translation of the geometric and block-like silhouettes of Suprematist painting into the realm of the sculptural. Alexandra Hopf weaves together fact and fiction through the media of painting, photography, sculpture and film. She has received a number of bursaries and residencies, and her work has been shown throughout Europe in both solo and group exhibitions. Alexandra Hopf asks the same pertinent questions as the former avant-garde, but addresses them within a global economic crisis context.
Quang Vinh Nguyen is a product designer. He completed his Bachelor studies with distinction at the Lausanne School of Arts and Design (ECAL). He uses sustainable materials and processes for his product design, and is interested in concrete solutions on contemporary challenges that are still uncertain. As a Swiss designer with Vietnamese roots he is familiar with both western and Asian mentalities. Quang Vinh Nguyen is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary project «Căng tin», which investigates the culinary and folksy traditions of Vietnam in various media (including performances, objects and print).
Selina Reiterer is an artist and textile designer. After her design studies in Berlin and Paris she worked in various cooperations and carried out research at the ETH Zurich in the framework of a project on the connection between technology and design perspectives. Since then she has investigated the relations between object and resonance with textile and sound-oriented space installations. Oliver Maklott is a media artist. After an apprenticeship in news electronics he studied electronic music and sound technology in Vienna. He is a co-founder of various organisations that create real and virtual spaces for experiments and presentations for artists in the fields of music and media. Selina Reiterer and Oliver Maklott share their interest for multiple sensory perceptions. Their artistic practice converges in joint compositions of different media, especially haptic surfaces and objects with sound.
Chun Shao is a multimedia artist, focusing on multimedia installations, electronic textiles, speculative design and data-driven art. She studied visual arts at the Chinese University of the Arts in Hangzhou, and gained a Masters in Performing Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2019 she graduated in philosophy at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media of the University of Washington. In her latest research she is dealing with interactive textiles and investigating the poetic relation between sensations of touch and feelings.
Andrea Winkler studied Visual Communication in Hamburg and Fine Art Media in London. She is interested in spatial scenarios and reruns of set pieces from daily life; her works range between installation, sculpture and «objet trouvé». These object collages and scenic complexes reflect her interest in theatricality, commodity fetishism, in safety and usability awareness. Her works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, gaining many distinctions. In 2019 she received the Innogy VISIT Award and the promotional grant from the UBS Culture Foundation for her research on post-digitalisation and new materialism.