Margarethe Makovec was born in Vienna and Anton Lederer was born in Graz. In 1994 they started to present contemporary art at their own home, which was opened to the public. Five years later they founded < rotor >, association for contemporary art (www.rotor.mur.at), based in Graz. Their programme concentrates on socially and politically relevant art productions and they have developed a focus on cooperations with the art scenes of Central and South Eastern Europe. Public space plays a major role in their considerations, in so far as it offers the chance to artistically reach persons that do not enter the enclosed art space.