Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, the studio is today a wider team based in London and Berlin. Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, Random International’s work invites active participation.
Their work Rain Room — a large-scale environment of continual, responsive rainfall — is in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art having been exhibited under the museum’s historic Art and Technology initiative. The artwork has also been shown at the YUZ Museum in Shanghai (2015), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), and London's Barbican (2012). The studio’s work formed part of the Lichtsicht Biennale (2015), Ruhrtriennale (2013), and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011). Solo presentations of their work were exhibited at Lunds konsthall, Sweden (2014), Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (2012), and Pace Gallery, New York (2016). Their work is in the collections of MoMA, LACMA and V&A, where their Swarm Study III is on long-term display.
Florian Ortkrass born 1975, Rheda-Wiedenbrück,Germany.
Graduated from Brunel University in 2002 and Royal College of Art in 2005.
Flo Ortkrass’ practice revolves around the creative conception of Random’s work — led with co-founder Hannes Koch — as well as its physical and functional implementation. His sustained interest in applied science and human cognitive development fuel the evolution of new works and studio culture.
Hannes Koch born 1975, Hamburg Germany.
Graduated from Brunel University in 2002 and Royal College of Art in 2004.
Sharing Random’s artistic direction with fellow founder Florian Ortkrass, Koch’s focus is often on the formal aspects & surrounding context of projects, maintaining the studio’s creative autonomy. He works on the communication of their practice & the development of new pieces. His interests lie in the underlying principles of cognition & human behaviour, exploring their relation to the studio’s offerings.