Textile designer and artist Christoph Hefti, born in Switzerland, divides his time between Zurich, Paris, Stockholm and Brussels. After studying textile design in Zurich and fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, he started designing for Jean-Paul Gaultier in Paris and Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, where he spent 13 years as a creative assistant and was responsible for the printed fabrics, including research, design and development. On a freelance basis, Hefti designed for Lanvin and Balenciaga in Paris, and currently works on printed fabric projects for Acne Studios in Stockholm.
Parallel to his career in fashion, Christoph Hefti creates video installations that are shown in art spaces all over Europe. In collaboration with other artists, he is also active in the field of the performing arts, where he combines music, costume design, video and live art. Hefti interweaves all these media seemingly effortlessly in a whole, consistent, creative universe.
Christoph Hefti’s love for crafted textiles has taken him to Nepal, where he designs and develops his own series of hand-knotted rugs. During his visits to Nepal, Christoph rediscovered the direct interaction between the designer and the craftsman and became fascinated by the use of traditional crafts in a contemporary context. He approaches the mystical and even spiritual tradition of storytelling textiles through his very personal yet worldly themes.
The beat has always been the defining element in the life of Julian Sartorius. Born in Thun (Switzerland), he began his first drum lessons at the age of five. With his rhythms pushing the boundaries of new music, hip-hop and a unique form of abstract electronica, Sartorius reveals the endless possibilities and range of his instruments. He often prepares his drums, works with unusual, unprocessed acoustic sounds and develops, beat by beat, an unheard environment of sound.
With his solo shows, Julian Sartorius has toured widely throughout Europe, playing on bills with the likes of Deerhoof, Faust, Marc Ribot, Jaki Liebezeit, Arto Lindsay. He released several solo albums, including the 12-LP-Box set «Beat Diary», consisting of 365 beats and a companion photo book. His video installation «Schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen» was shown in several art galleries. The web-project “Morph", is another audiovisual work: Sartorius, on a daily basis, adds an element to his collage and modifies an 8-second-audioloop. He has won several prestigious awards and in 2014 was nominated for the inaugural Swiss Music Prize along with a selection of the most influential Swiss musicians.