David Bloom is contributing translator and copy editor for USArtBerlin, and was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a family from New York, NY. He played the piano professionally for fifteen years, including a stint at the bar Marie’s Crisis in NYC. He received his dance training primarily at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, where his teachers included Dieter Heitkamp, Marc Spradling, Nora Kimball, and José Biondi.
Jean-Ulrick Désert is a conceptual and visual artist. He received his degrees at Cooper Union and Columbia University (New York) and has lectured or been a critic at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Humboldt University and l’école supérieur des beaux arts. Désert’s artworks vary in forms, from billboards, actions, and paintings to site-specific sculptures, videos, and objects and emerge from a tradition of conceptual-work engaged with social/cultural practices. www.jeanulrickdesert.com
Désert has exhibited widely, including at such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and NGBK (Berlin), in galleries and public spaces in Munich, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Ghent, and Brussels. He is the recipient of awards, public commissions, and private philanthropy, including from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (USA), Villa Waldberta/München-kulturreferat , Kulturstiftung der Länder (Germany) and Cité des Arts (France). Désert established his Berlin studio in 2002. www.jeanulrickdesert.com
Elana Katz is a conceptual artist working primarily in the areas of performance and photography. Her most recent work focuses on consciousness of time, historical perception, and locations of erased history. Dealing with the body through live performance is a fundamental aspect of her artistic practice. Often working from a historical basis, Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create, in one way or another, an experience of unlearning the assumed. www.elana-katz.com
Jonah Landor-Yamagata is a painter and draftsman. He grew up in in Berkeley and Oakland, California, and attended Bard College (New York) then UC Santa Cruz (California), where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2003.
The main theme of his work concerns tensions between modern life and the natural world, and he is drawn to situations where he notices the two interacting in interesting ways. By taking the time to observe, paint and draw he sees deeper levels of relationship between natural and human-created environments. In addition to his artistic work, Jonah has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as a program manager and environmental educator. He moved to Berlin in 2012 to concentrate on developing his artistic practice.
Melissa Longenecker is a conceptual and visual artist whose practice is as mercurial as it is systematic. Melissa works in mediums ranging from text and sound, to drawing, performance and film and combinations thereof. Her interest lies in tapping histories and creating generators, aiming to court the instability of the slightly unbalanced flywheel, to cultivate wildness and new understanding through measured investigation.
Her work has been shown in The National Gallery-Veletrzni Palac. Prague, The Byzantine Museum of Athens, Centre Pompidou, Paris, as well as in various exhibitions in Vienna, Tokyo, NYC, and Los Angeles, among others. She has also held residencies in the UK, Finland, and NYC. In addition, from an early age she began working with various nonprofit organizations and universities teaching art and art history to at-need populations. She holds an MFA in New Genres from The University of California Los Angeles.
Michael Markwick is a painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. He was born and raised by Dutch and Sri Lankan immigrants in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his BFA from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) in 1998, and was awarded an MFA from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA) in 2002. www.michaelmarkwick.com
Nominated for numerous awards, residencies, and grants, he recently received a Basisstipendium from the Mondriaan Fund. His work resides in a variety of private and corporate collections in the EU, North America and Asia, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (BE), The Frans Masereel Centrum (BE), Indiana University (USA), and the Hong Kong Graphic Arts Center (CN). He is currently represented by Galerie In-Vorm in Hasselt-Stevoort, Belgium. His Berlin studio was established in 2005. www.michaelmarkwick.com
Christopher Shore, USArtBerlin staff photographer, was born in New Orleans and has been making photographs since the late 1970s, developing darkroom skills through working for his university newspaper. ceshore.com
After living in New Orleans and Seattle, he left the United States in 1999 for a year in Dresden Germany, followed by a decade in Japan before returning to Germany to live in Berlin and concentrate on photography.
-Mike Terry is a photojournalist and mixed media artist based in Berlin, Germany, and is a staff photographer for USArtBerlin. While his work has primarily been in the US, focusing on the American West and South, he has also spent time in Germany, India, and Haiti. www.miketerryphoto.com
He earned a bachelor degree in communications from the University of Utah in 2010, and is currently working on a MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin with support of funding from the DAAD. www.miketerryphoto.com