Flavio Merlo (*1990 in Zug) studied art history at Zurich University, and art at the Zurich University of the Arts. He works mainly in sculpture, performance and music, fusing stage-like installations and larger spatial environments. Small-scale sculptural pieces often bear resemblance to organic props in a broader play of subversive urgency. Collaborative practise is a crucial ingredient to his work, for example with Stefan Tcherepnin, Emmanuel Rossetti, and Tobias Madison. Merlo’s work was most recently presented at The Power Station, Dallas (2013), Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2013), Marbriers 4, Geneva (2014), and at Basel Art Book Fair (2014).
Ben Rosenthal (*1990 in Zurich) also studied art at Zurich University of the Arts. Through a practise of writing – a novel (A Perfect Lover Is The Angel I Wanna Be, 2012/13), poems, and performances – he generates intimate and/or collective social situations, which transpose poetics into spatial contexts. In his two-day project Chora – an event around writing (presented at the Geneva project space Forde, together with Géraldine Beck) for example the constellations he creates are fundamentally based on collaborations with other artists. Anthropomorphic sculptural works provide Rosenthal with a further field of inquiry into the monstrosities of feeling, imagination, and politics.