He meditates. He vandalises. Zurich artist Gen Atem reaches out further than using only a spray can – versatile and skilled he is extending into performance, video, calligraphy, conceptual art and music. He has collaborated with important legends from the graffiti movement since the eighties, and has exhibited all around the world.
Meditation lead to him becoming a Buddhist monk for seven years and he believes inspiration comes not only from the outside, but also very much from the inside. In his work, Gen Atem questions both form and its emptiness, and thereby the identity of any phenomenon. The matter of identity is verymuch a core-element of Buddhist philosophy, and is also fundamental to hip-hop culture.