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Menja Stevenson

Menja Stevenson

Born in 1982 in Rottweil, Germany. Lives and works in Stuttgart. Graduated in 2008 in fine art and 2010 in intermedia art at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Project scholarship 2011 by the Akademie Schloss Solitude and 2012 by the ifa - institute of foreign relations. In 2015 she obtained a scholarship by Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and the Daimler Art Scope scholarship for Tokyo, Japan. She has done various interventions and performance projects in public space as well as video projects, photography and installations for art institutions.

"I observe the unspectacular things and situations of everyday life that, at second glance, evoke the poetry, the uninitentional humour, the absurdity and the abysses behind and beyond them. This subjective, second view of the "normal world" that deals with the "relevance of the profane" becomes the point of departure of my work."
WEB: www.menjastevenson.de
Tokyo Blog: www.hallotokio.wordpress.com

Stay: September 4, 2015 - December 1, 2015
Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.

Menja Stevenson
descent (carpet), 2014

Menja Stevenson
descent (photo), 2014


In the photographic series "descent" the beholder encounters computer-generated non-designed images that have been created accidentally by a technical error.
Facing such a digital "accident" we suddenly feel to be thrown back on ourselves, re-encountering ourselves again: While we stare at the cryptic pixels we start pausing for a moment, recollecting and questioning what we do. What are these images? Are they beautiful or significant to us?
Ornaments and recurring rhythmic patterns are apparent in the images and remind the artist of classical rug motifs. But the connotations are more numerous and yet vague: in satellite views that we know from the media, like street views or spooky anonymous greenish warfare pictures in the news, the unintentional screen shots will probably never reveal their secret.
The very similar but never identical motifs remind us of the variety in the analogue world that seems to lack in the digital one, just like a million waves that roll on the beach but will never be exactly the same. The photos are like captured spiritual seconds that emerge from a non existant in-between zone, bringing back something warm from a cold "place off". The "frozen error" eventually transmutes into a soft rug, like an ancestral timeless asset. The digital image finding process and the analogue realization that leads to the printed large size carpet is a consequent mental leap of the artist's artistic concept.

Menja Stevenson
Bustour RW, 2010

Menja Stevenson
Bustour S, 2008

Menja Stevenson
Bustour S, 2008

bus tour

During a bus ride the artist is wearing a self designed and tailored dress, made from the very same upholstery fabric for bus seats of the bus company she's actually using. The photographs from the series ?bus tour" were taken during the making of the different videos that were accomplished by the artist, both by tailoring the dresses and handbags and by being filmed using the different bus companies in her camouflage outfit. The main idea was to become invisible in the camouflage dresses and at the same time make the overlooked be noticed. It's the ugly design of bus seat fabrics for instance that is being ignored each and every day by the public. The fabric remains invisible and nobody takes notice of it because it can't be changed or undone anyway. With the performances on the ?bus tours" the artist indirectly poses questions regarding art, design, beauty, function and life quality. Why is the functional mostly never beautiful? Why are we simply exposed to such unpleasant design in public space? Who designs these fabrics and is the purpose of dirt-repellency the ever resistant excuse for bad taste in public transportation?

2015-9- 1

Benedikt Partenheimer

Benedikt Partenheimer (Born in Germany, 1977, lives and works in Munich,Germany )


Born in 1977 in Munich, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany. He studied Philosophy, History and Art History at the LMU University in Munich and Photography at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and at the Parsons School for Design in New York. During his time in New York he interned and assisted for Richard Avedon. Since 2003, his work has been presented in numerous international solo and group exhibitions. In 2009 he was awarded at the Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial, New York and the recipient of the Art Award for Photography in Berlin, Germany. In 2010 he was nominated for the Lead Awards and exhibited at the Haus der Photografie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany. http://www.benedikt-partenheimer.com/

Stay: September 4, 2012 - November 30, 2012
Founder: Artscope
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #63 " `Falling` People and Parasitic Sculptures"
Exhibition: ART SCOPE 2012-2014 - Remains of Their Journeys( July 12 (Sat) - October 13 (Mon), 2014 Venue: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Turnaround / Eve Sussman, Brooklyn

Expiration / Inspire Dreams, Palestine 2010


Rita Hensen

Rita Hensen (Born in 1960 in Bedburg)


Born in 1960 in Bedburg, nearby Cologne, Germany. She studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, where she lives and works.
She had her solo exhibitions at Artothek München (2011) and Galerie Gudrun Fuckner Ludwigsburg(2011) , and participated in group exhibitions such as 'Cascade' at the Rathausgalerie/Kunsthalle München (2012), and 'Drawing Sculpture' at the Daimler Contemporary Haus Huth Berlin (2009).

Stay: September 4, 2012 - November 30, 2012
Founder: Artscope
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #63 " `Falling` People and Parasitic Sculptures"
Exhibition: ART SCOPE 2012-2014 - Remains of Their Journeys( July 12 (Sat) - October 13 (Mon), 2014 Venue: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Depot 2 / 2011 / 3-partite, wood / 150x120x55 cm, Depot3 / 2011 / 2- partite, wood, lacquer / 150x135x60cm

Webers / 45x35cm / charcoal, pastel on paper


Eva Berendes

Eva Berendes, born 1974, lives and works in Berlin.



Eva Berendes.jpg

2009-3- 3

Jan Scharrelmann

Jan Scharrelmann, born 1975, lives and works in Cologne.



RES Jan Scharellman, 2009.JPG

2009-3- 3

Georg Winter

Georg Winter, born in Biberach in the Black Forest in 1962, lives and works in Stuttgart and Budapest.




2006-6- 6

Katja Strunz

2006-6- 6