Takeo Marquardt, *1994, was born in Japan’s capital of Tokyo. Since 2012, he studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg and then focused on theoretical and artistic discussions. With his installation “Ridiculous the Waste”, he won 2nd place for the Hiscox Art Award in 2016. This award-winning work is based on a series of c-prints and screenshots from webcams that show empty bird nests as well as monitors with still images of photographed birds and a corresponding sound collage of bird calls archived in the British Bird Sound Library. With this work, Takeo Markquardt compels the viewer to pause and grapple with the meaning of the piece.