Artist and author Johannes Stüttgen studied at Düsseldorf’s art academy as one of Joseph Beuys star pupils. “It was him who instilled my interest in the concept of art”, admits Stüttgen before elaborating with ease on the decades that have passed since his graduation. “Essentially, you (Age of Artists) are striving for something similar. You are not searching for single artistic particularities, but a paramount concept of art.” By establishing the extended concept of art – the idea that artistic practice is not exclusive to art itself, but applicable to a range of disciplines – Joseph Beuys and Johannes Stüttgen became pioneers of a movement which refused to understand art solely as a physical artwork.
Thomas Sattelberger is a German manager who has worked at companies such as Daimler-Benz, Lufthansa, and Continental. Most recently, from 2007 through 2012, he was a board member at Deutsche Telekom. As a young man, the business economist was part of the APO movement and is still being perceived as nonconformist, and maybe due to this notion, as particularly innovative. In any case, he is very actively involved in a variety of important initiatives that deal with future aspects of work and vocational training.