Design von Stephan Thiel
Sylvie Boisseau (*1970 in Paris) and Frank Westermeyer (*1971 in Essen) have been working together since 1996, realizing numerous video works and interventions in public spaces. Their works are regularily exhibited at international festivals, galleries and museums and have received many awards. Boisseau and Westermeyer were fellows at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2008.
Nadja Schöllhammer (*1971 in Esslingen am Neckar) produces drawings and three-dimensional installations, in which she interweaves collective fantasies with her own inner mental space into mazy image structures. She explores the interrelations of poetic beauty, magic, and subliminal violence. Schöllhammer studied German and Romance literature and language in Stuttgart, Madrid, and Berlin, as well as visual arts at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) travel grant for Colombia (2007/08) and for Mexico (2005), a Goldrausch Female Artists Fellowship Art IT Berlin (2006), a NaFöG postgraduate grant from the Berlin Senate for Science, Research and Culture (2005/06), a working grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2004), funding from the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Berlin (2004/05) and the Helmut-Thoma Prize for Painting, University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin (2003). Her works have been presented internationally, among others, »Compilation IV«, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2009), »STYX«, kunst galerie (municipal gallery) Fürth (2008, solo show), »MAGMA – Goldrausch 2006«, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; »Aussagen«, Galerie Laura Mars Grp., Berlin (2006, solo show), »Nawarak Lelmal«, Goethe-Institut Rabat, Marokko (2005), »Über Schönheit«, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005, web project www.ueber-beauty.com). Nadja Schöllhammer is a fellow of the Akademie in 2008/2009. www.nadjaschoellhammer.de
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works that have been exhibited in festivals, museums and galleries around the world. They have received numerous grants and awards including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, the Peter Herndorff award for Media Arts through the Toronto Arts Awards and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They are co-founders of Vtape, a Toronto media arts centre and teach at the University of Toronto where Steele is the Associate Chair of the Department of Art. Recent projects include two large public art commissions in Toronto. Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak were guests at the Akademie from October to December 2007 and in May/June 2008.