Jan Peters, born in 1966, is known as a filmmaker, but also writes and makes audio plays and takes part in art exhibitions. He studied at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, where he was a co-founder of the filmmakers’ collective “Abbildungszentrum.” Alongside his long-term project "Ich bin...", Peters has shot numerous prize-winning short films (for example, "Wie ich ein freier Reisebegleiter wurde," 2007, 15 min.) and feature-length films (for example, "Nichts ist besser als gar Nichts," documentary, 2010, 90 min.), which were not only presented at film festivals and in cinemas, but also in exhibitions (for instance at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris).Furthermore he has made several audio plays for the section Radio Play and Media Art at Bayerischer Rundfunk and in 2011 the theatrical performance "Ausflug nach Kohlhasenbrück" at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. From 2011 to 2012 he was Professor for Film and Video at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. Starting in the winter semester of 2012 he has been Professor for Film and the Moving Image at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.
From September 2013 to June 2014 he was also “Artist in Residence” at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva. In 2019 Jan Peters received the honorary award of the 36th Kasseler Dokfest for exceptional achievements in Film and Art.