Vlad Smolkin’s work is generally concerned with the changing identities of objects across time. For Smolkin, the implications of a given material have to do not only with its physical properties or even its practical use in the world, but also with its historical provenance and exchange value.
Born in Korea, Anne Duk Hee Jordan currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received her art training at the Institut für Raum Experimente, UDK, Berlin, where she attained her Meisterschülerin in 2011-2012, supervised by Olafur Eliasson. A cross-disciplinary artist, Jordan’s poetry won first place in the Brentano Literature Contest (2005), and was anthologized by Bibliothek Deutschsprachiger Gedichte in 2008 and 2012; she was recently awarded a Science-and-Art grant by Künstlerdorf Schöppingen. She has had solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Japan, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin, including “Metropie” at the House of World Culture, (HKW) – an installation which involved the transformation of a public subway car into a living garden in 2011, highlighting the symbiosis between the meridians, or energy lines, of the city – as well as being part of group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Modern Art (Tokyo), the Goethe Institute (Sao Paolo, Brazil), and the Reykjavik Art Museum (Iceland). She writes: “Transience and transformation are central themes of my work. These are the intangible, subREAL details in our lives that I want to make visible through my work. I experiment with phenomena of nature and society, and work with living organisms, their growth contributing to the statement of my work.”