Nicola L. Hein (*1988 in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a guitarist, composer and sound artist. He is studying Jazzguitar, Philosophy, Soundart and German philology at Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn and Gutenberguniversity Mainz.
As a guitarist he is mainly concerned about the search for new sounds on his instrument. He plays electric and acoustic guitar with or without preparations and tries to find new ways of playing the guitar within the context of free improvised music and Jazz. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of different objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary.
As sound artist he is mainly involved with sound installations which involve the recipient as a part of the actual work, because the work has to be played by the recipient. The works encourage the recipient to make a special aesthetic experience with different sounds. The aesthetic of these sounds is inspired by the aesthetics of free improvised music.
He has worked with: Paul Lytton, Phil Minton, John Russell, Michael Vorfeld, Rudi Mahall, Christian Lillinger, Axel Dörner, Thomas Lehn, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Audrey Chen, Etienne Nillesen, Peter Jacquemyn, Robert Landfermann, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Paul Hubweber, Philip Zoubek, Matthias Muche, Sebastian Gramss, Frank Paul Schubert, Ignaz Schick, Korhan Erel, Alfred Zimmerlin, Harald Kimmig etc.
Claudia Schmitz (*1975 in Mainz, Germany) is a timebased media artist. After studying film and media studies, art history and mathematics in Mainz and Cologne, she graduated from the KHM Köln – Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Claudia Schmitz uses pneumatic sculpture, multidimensional drawing and video to create new imaginary dimensions, to explore new forms of space. By passing through temporary stages, by discarding and re-inventing themselves, the pieces explore oscillating stages of being and non-being, of existence inside and outside the image. Triggered into action by the spectators, many of her pieces discuss the extent and possibilities of participation.
She is an internationally active artist and educator an has won numerous awards and nominations.
She worked as movie composer and since 2005 has been active as VJ COCO HÖHN (Live-Visual Jockey) which deeply impacts her artistic discussion of video and her alternative concepts of space.
Her work is present in international public and private collections.
Recently, she exhibited in New York City, Budapest, HongKong, and Singapore. In 2017 she was artist in residence at the prestigious MMCA Residency Goyang, Southkorea (federal state grant, Foundation Rhineland-Palatinate for Culture, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral).
Claudia Schmitz »My work begins where the media intersect«
Her fields of research are: borders and barriers – fluid processes, body discourse and identity in virtual and real space, re- vs. interactivity, intermediality (time-based media in combination with the phenomenology of drawing and drawings), exploring socio-urban fabrics, and challenging hegemonial perception, sustainability, synaesthesia.
»I am not interested in the modernity of technology as such but in its capacities for creating new imaginary dimensions. «