The German lawyer and publisher is best known for his political graphic design work. Since April 2006 he has been president of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Staeck has worked together with other political artists and writers, most notably Joseph Beuys, Günther Grass and Heinrich Böll.
The American poet is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Senior Editor of PennSound. In 2013, Goldsmith was appointed the Museum of Modern Art’s first Poet Laureate. He attempted to print out the Internet and read traffic reports to Barack Obama
The performance artist began her career in the early 1970s and has established herself as one of the most prominent and influential artists in the world. Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Her piece „The Artist is Present“ broke the MoMA’s attendance record by attracting more than 850.000 visitors. Currently, she is reating the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) in a 33,000 square foot space in Hudson, New York. Visitors to the institute will undergo mind and body cleansing exercises.
Shrigley is one of the most prominent British contemporary artists and is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons released in softcover books or postcard packs. He finds humour in flat depictions of the inconsequential, the unavailing, and the bizarre, although he is far fonder of violent or otherwise disquieting subject matter. His work has been exhibited in some of the world’s most important museums and art galleries. In 2013, Shrigley was nominated for the Turner Prize – a prestigious award for contemporary art.
Hans Nieswandt is a German DJ, producer and author who plays Techno, House and Disco music. For the Goethe Institute, he traveled to Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Italy, doing workshops and performances and trying to promote German culture.
The Swedish rock band rose to fame with their 2004 album "Hurricane Bar“. Mando Diao have played sold-out shows around the globe and music festivals like “Coachella” or "Rock am Ring“. "Aelita“ is their seventh studio album.
Coupland’s first novel, the 1991 international bestseller “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture”, popularized terms such as „McJob" and “Generation X”. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. A specific feature of Coupland’s novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture.
The Bulgarian writer, blogger and critic is the founder of the BrainPickings blog that features her writing on culture, art and things she finds on the Internet. Popova was featured in 30 under 30 by “Forbes Magazine” as one of the most influential individuals in Media and was listed on “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012 List” by "Time Magazine“. She spends anywhere from three to eight hours writing a day, publishes three articles a day from Monday to Friday, and tweets four times per hour between 8am and 11pm Eastern with few exceptions.
The American film director, television director, visual artist, musician, occasional actor, and author is world renowned for his surrealist films and unique cinematic style. Lynch is the mastermind behind cult movies and series like “Eraserhead”, “Twin Peaks” “Blue Velvet”, “The Elephant Man” or “Mulholland Drive”. He is widely considered one of the most influential artists of our time.
The three-piece band from Edinburgh formed after meeting at an under-16s hiphop night at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh when they were all 14 years old. In 2011 and 2013 they released "Tape 1“ and "Tape 2“ before putting out their first studio album, „Dead“ in 2014. The album won them the renowned Mercury Prize. In 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed follow-up album "White men are black men too“.