The Fearless FourBorn in Hameln in 1960, Felicitas Hoppe has been living in Berlin for nearly thirty years, and travels the world reading and teaching. She writes stories, novels, children's books and essays, collaborating with visual artists and musician. She wrote the foreword to the first German translation of Ilf and Petrow's Das eingeschossige Amerika.
Born in 1973 to Russian parents in Kiev, Ukraine, Alexej Meschtschanow moved to Leipzig in 1984. In 1997 he studied Painting at the HGB/Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. He completed his master's under Timm Rautert in 2008. Meschtschanow, who, in addition to many other awards, received a scholarship for the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 2012 alongside Felicitas Hoppe, lives and works in Berlin.
Born in Halle/Saale in 1977, Jana Müller lives and works in Berlin. She studied Photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. She graduated in Visual Arts in 2006. Jana Müller's work deals with memories, with the cinematic, and with story-telling. In addition to photographs, she produces voluminous and idiosyncratic installations.
Born in Vienna in 1947, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Rainer, has been teaching German philology and Comparative Literary Sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, for three decades. She is particularly passionate about music, opera, contemporary theatre, visual arts and history.