Andy Best & Charlie Stein, Melbourne/Australia & Stuttgart/Germany — Okt 21, 2016

Akademie Schloss Solitude - Zebradorf

Portfolio: zebradorf-portfolio

In 1838, as the coldest temperature on Earth was recorded, a ship called The Zebra left Hamburg, their 199 passengers sailing towards their envisioned utopia, in Australia.

En route, important scientific discoveries were being made, including steam travel, and the exact positions of the constellations of the Milky Way. It was the rise of the Industrial Age and the end of astrology and alchemy.

Working with Brian Eno’s idea that civilization functions as a vast artificial intelligence, a cooperative, contemporary techno-critical community is imagined.

Using archives in Australia and Germany, social media, painting, sculpture and physical interventions on both sides of the globe, the artists present a universe where European refugees perish at sea, settlers in boats are welcomed, and the nation-state never evolved.

Exploring cults, science fiction, genealogy, personal history and artificial intelligences, ZEBRADORF represents a virtual, artistic intervention across time and space. Depicting a society whose magic extends into the modern era, ZEBRADORF presents an alternate reality.


Best completed a MFA at Chelsea School of Art, under a Samstag Scholarship. Exhibitions include Late at Tate Britain, The MCA, the Tsagaandarium Museum Ulaanbaatar, the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum and the Experimental Art Foundation.

Stein holds a degree in Fine Arts from the State Academy Stuttgart, where she studied under Christian Jankowski. Stein also received an education in painting from the State Academy in Munich. Stein was a recipient of a DAAD scholarship in Beijing.

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