The Storrytellers

Storyteller Peter Eisenman 001

Peter Eisenman

is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses attest to a career of excellence in design.

Mr. Eisenman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among other awards, in 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Smithsonian Institution’s 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. In May 2010 Mr. Eisenman was honored with the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusaleum.

Currently the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Eisenman’s academic career also includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, and Ohio State universities. Previously he was the Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, in New York City. He is also an author, whose most recent books include: Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Ten Canonical Buildings, 1950-2000 (Rizzoli, 2008), which examines in depth buildings by ten different architects.



Storiteller Simon Starling

Simon Starling

(born 1967 in Epsom, Surrey) studied art and photography in Maidstone, Nottingham, and Glasgow. Starling is interested in design, the history as well as the consequences of global production, consumption, and transport systems. His oeuvre ranges from small to large-scale works, which oftentimes deal with the transformation of one object into another. Economic, technical, and ecological processes as well as materiality are essential elements in Starling's work. 
He won the Turner Prize in 2005 for one of his most famous pieces Shedboatshed wherein he took apart a wooden shed he found on the shores of the Rhine, built a boat of its component parts, rowed down the river to Basel and exhibited the rebuilt shed in a Swiss museum. Multiple works and editions often accompany, shape, and document his oeuvre. Simon Starling lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.


Storyteller Nikolaus Hirsch Zak Kyes

Nikolaus Hirsch

is a Frankfurt-based architect and curator. He was the director of Staedelschule and Portikus Kunsthalle in Frankfurt (2010-2013) and previously taught at the Architectural Association in London. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue (2001), Hinzert Document Center (2006), and experimental institutional models such as the Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), Unitednationsplaza in Berlin (with Anton Vidokle), European Kunsthalle, and Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi (2008-12), Hirsch curated 'Cultural Agencies' (Istanbul, 2009/10), numerous exhibitions at the Portikus, the Folly project for the Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2013), and the exhibition ‚Wohnungsfrage/Housing Question' at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Hirsch is the co-editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press.

Storyteller Oda Projesi

Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel (Oda Projesi)

is an artist collective based in Istanbul; composed of Özge Açıkkol, Güneş Savaş and Seçil Yersel who turned their collaboration into a project in 2000. From January 2000, their space in Galata functioned as a non-profit independent space, hosting projects, gatherings and acts up until march 16th2005, when Oda Projesi was evicted from the apartment due to the process of gentrification. Since then Oda Projesi has a mobile status and not any more space based; continues to raise questions on space and place creating relationship models by using different mediums like radio stations, books, postcards, newspapers or giving form to different meeting points; depending on and respecting to the creativity of Istanbul and its citizens.


Storyteller Lalu Baba

Lalu Baba


Nikolay Polissky

born in Moscow on January 5th, 1957. In 1982 he graduated from the Mukhina Higher School of Industrial Design in Leningrad, where he studied at the Ceramics Department. He was a member of the Mitki group of artists, with whom he participated in exhibitions in many cities all over the world.

He moved to Nikola-Lenivets in 1989. In 2000 artist created Snowmen, the first project in the village of Nikola-Lenivets. It was the start of Nikolay Polissky’s career as a Russian land artist. The project involved endless ranks of snowmen marching over the fields. 220 snow warriors were made that winter, and Polissky’s neighbours from the village joined in.

He continued creating art objects from natural materials – snow, wood and rod, and organised art events to destroy them. Polissky organized several art events, when he understood that it is time to take things more seriously. And in 2005 he made a decision to found the festival, called “Archstoyanie” (“Architectural Standing”).


Storyteller Ali Shamsher

Ali Shamsher




Boris Girgiroskyn

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