This international conference by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes pilot project, Art/Nature: Artistic Interventions at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin convenes a series of presentations and panel discussions to reflect on the collaboration between protagonists from the worlds of contemporary art and natural history museums. The conference addresses the expectations, potentials, values, and possible limitations of such interactions and interventions from the perspective of curators, artists, and researchers. Together with Etienne Turpin, I will present our Reassembling the Natural project in the closing session “Difficult Legacies” on 27 June. Other conference speakers include Tal Adler, Claude d’Anthenaise, Bergit Arends, Ariane Berthoin Antal, Yara Castanheira, Tony Clark, Michael John Gorman, Gaby Hartel, Petra Lange-Berndt, Janet Laurence, Susanne Schmitt, Thomas Schnalke, Barbara Stauffer, Frank Steinheimer, Ulrike Stottrop, D’Arcy Wilson, and Laurie Young.
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Chausseehof / Leibniz Association
This year's Ph.D. seminar at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs, Paris, is focused on strategies of “publication.” Here, the main guiding questions are how to make research (in art and design) public? And how can media such as the book, the library, and the exhibition be mobilized as research tools in this process? As guest lecturer in the seminar, I was invited to respond to these questions based on some of my recent projects including Fantasies of the Library, intercalations, and Reassembling the Natural.
[Excerpt] "Fantasies of the Library is a useful book in adding to the recent art and library projects some well–articulated thoughts. It resonates with the writing done recently by such scholars as Shannon Mattern and offers a particularly artistic take on similar concerns. This comes out well in [Springer's] visual essay 'Reading Rooms Reading Machines' that moves from contemporary arts of the book and its forms of organisation to the situations where it is staged and visible, addressable and usable; from practices and technologies of reading to the imaginaries, the forms and materials of organisation knowledge that are the entry point to contemporary discussions of data and organisation. Indeed, as Springer puts it, this all reveals how the book is to be considered 'a situation and a practice,' just like the library itself."
Using the new intercalations publication, The Word for World is Still Forest, as a starting point, my second seminar at Institut Kunst in Basel will combine readings and discussions with excursions behind the scenes of the city's Tropenhaus of the Botanical Gardens, the Museum der Kulturen, and the Natural History Museum. Traversing through the archives of institutions that collect natural and cultural material—books, artworks, artifacts, and scientific specimens—we will reflect on how these institutions organize what is considered knowledge and explore strategies and practices with which we can activate and connect these spaces in ways in which they are not normally viewed by dominant, colonial cultures. The seminar is an introduction to applied critical thinking with a focus on more-than-human entanglements and ecological urgencies of our times.
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
in the publication "it's a book..." accompanying the Leipzig Independent Publishing Fair 2017 organized by Peter Cornicius, Anne Dietzsch, Michael Dikta, Markus Dreßen, Albrecht Gäbel, and Jenny Schreiter. With my thanks to Inga Seidler.
It's a Books, It's a Fair,
It's a Room Built to Share
Independent Publishing Fair
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
In 2017, HKW und K. Verlag continue their collaboration within this six-part publication series with two volumes: "Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago" reflects on the changing role of colonial natural history collections in the current ecological crisis; "The Word for World Is Still Forest" is an homage to the forest as a turbulent, interconnected, multinature. The series is made possible by the Schering Stiftung.
Contributors include Sandra Bartoli, George Beccaloni, Kevin Beiler, Shannon Castleman, Iwank Celenk, Lucy Davis, Matthias Glaubrecht, Dan Handel, Katie Holten, Radjawali Irendra, Geraldine Juarez, Eduardo Kohn, Silvan Linden, Abel Rodriguez, James Russel, Mark von Schlegell & Slave Pianos, Suzanne Simard, Anna-Sophie Springer, Zenzi Suhadi, Paulo Tavares, Rachel Thompson, Etienne Turpin, and Satrio Wicaksono.
in Exercises in Autonomy, ed. Joanna Sokolowska. Lodz: Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, 2017. 164–78 (Polish & English).
Museum exhibition catalog for Tamás Kaszás & Anikó Loránt with texts by Maya & Reuben Fowkes, Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway, Mark von Schlegell, Joanna Sokolowska, Marek Styczynski.
A lovely little review of Fantasties of the Library (MIT Press, 2016), edited by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, by Gill Partington in the Times Literary Supplement, 18 January 2017: 33.
The German Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB) has confirmed a grant to fund a new exhibition cycle entitled "Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest" that I co-curat with Etienne Turpin in partnership with three German university collections of natural history and in cooperation with the Schering Stiftung. Artists TBA.
_ Centrum für Naturkunde, Universität Hamburg / Fall 2017
_ Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / Spring 2018
_ Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg / Fall 2018
as part of the workshop "A Year without a Winter: Fictions and Policy." Considering how creative interventions can unlock new ways of thinking about our relationship to the environment and our political agency within it, the workshop interrogates new narratives of climate and climate change emerging in the context of the arts and transdisciplinary scholarship. As an invited speaker in the Roundtable "Curating Environmental Imaginaries," I will introduce some of the core concerns and strategies of "Reassembling the Natural." Also presenting at this Roundtable are Ken Eklund, Jacob Lillemose, and Carolina Sobecka.
Joint Research Centre
Via E. Fermi 2749
where we will critically interrogate books, exhibitions, archives, and collections, attending to how they record and disseminate knowledge, experimenting along the way with traversals, shape-shifting, fact and fiction.
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
that explores contemporary environmental issues of Amazonia as well as its role for the planet's ecological balance with interlocutors from the arts, humanities, biology, ecology, and natural sciences. My journey to Manaus (as well as thereafter to Sao Paulo) is generously funded by a Goethe-Institut Research Travel Grant for Curators.
With 18 selected participants: Turenko Beça, Blanca Botero, Adriá Juliá, Daniel Kukla, Barbara Marcel, Emmy Mikelson, Marcelo Moscheta, Guto Nóbrega, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Simone Fontana Reis, Tina Ribarits, Anna-Sophie Springer, Stahl Stensile, Gustavo Torrezan, Kyle Tryhorn, Markus von Platen, Pedro Vaz, and Rihards Vitols.
Hardcover | $24.95 Trade | £18.95 | ISBN: 9780262035200 | 160 pp. | 5.125 x 8.25 in | 30 color illus., 15 b&w illus.
With contributions by Erin Kissane, Hammad Nasar, Megan Shaw Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Anna-Sophie Springer, Charles Stankievech, Katharina Tauer, Etienne Turpin, Andrew Norman Wilson, Joanna Zylinska.
in response to Isabell Lorey & David Lyon’s “Anxious to Secure” keynote session at transmediale 2016 for the “Anxious to Organize” blog
L'internationals Online, No. 3 "Ecologising Museums," July 2016.
Stedelijk Studies, No. 04 "Between the Immersive and the Discursive: Curating Research in 21st-Century Art Museums," July 2016.
as part of the series "Library Residencies"
as part of the exhibition "Emergent Ecologies: NYC Edition"
curated by Eben Kirksey and others
Kilroy Metal Ceiling
283 Greene Ave
—Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin in conversation with Daisy Nam
Carpenter Center for Visual Art,
Cambridge, MA, USA
as part of the curatorial lab "Theater, Garden, Bestiary: A Materialist History of Exhibitions" organized by Vincent Normand & Tristan Garcia
as part of the Art, Culture, and Technology program's Spring 2016 Lecture Series, "Agencies & Urgencies"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wiesner Bldg (E15-001)
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA, USA
in Publishing as Artistic Practice, edited by A. Gilbert. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016. 134–52.
Anthology with texts by Hannes Bajohr, Paul Benzon, K. Antranik Cassem, Bernhard Cella, Annette Gilbert, Hanna Kuusela, Antoine Lefebvre, Matt Longabucco, Alessandro Ludovico, Lucas W. Melkane, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Aurélie Noury, Valentina Parisi, Michalis Pichler, Anna-Sophie Springer, Alexander Starre, Nick Thurston, Rachel Valinsky, Eva Weinmayr, and Vadim Zakharov.
for the Anthropocene Curriculum,
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
as part of the exhibition "Emergent Ecologies"
curated by Eben Kirksey and others
in response to Dr Paulo Tavares in the Visual Culture Department's 10th-anniversary lecture series, "Permissions: The Way We Work Now"
Stuart Hall Lecture Theatre
"I went over this book again and again: It’s such a rich read about the power of the library, in history or contemporary, institutionalized, private or revolutionary (for example Occupy, Gezi Park). This book makes clear that the library’s power lies not only in being a container of knowledge, but in the experiences and connections it creates amongst its users. Drawing on intriguing examples, the authors discuss the implications of spatial arrangements, the politics of collecting and cataloging, as well as accessibility. Most of all, it brings back to mind a revolutionary function of the library today: “it turns marketable goods into public goods.”
As part of the 2015 gathering of the SYNAPSE International Curators' Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, together with Etienne Turpin I organized the workshop Little Birds / Little Machines, which included a visit to the Ornithological collection of the Museum für Naturkunde for a presentation by ornithologists Sylke Frahnert and Frank Steinheimer on elements of the collection for further development in the annals of minor ornithology (forthcoming in intercalations 06—These Birds of Temptation).
Berlin Museum für Naturkunde
A SYNAPSE member since 2013, I am very excited that the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has invited me to produce a series of blog texts in the months surrounding the upcoming exhibition APE CULTURE and the 2015 SYNAPSE workshop in July.
Some posts are going to be longer, some shorter, but all of them are going to address the more-than-human relationships of life. I will also usually include aspects of art or curatorial practice as well as trying to bring in themes from the sciences and humanities. The first post is a short essay inspired by my recent visit to Jakarta where in early March we also launched the "intercalations: paginated exhibition" series. This essay was originally intended as an introduction to a different post, an interview with the ethnographer Eben Kirksey who founded the Multispecies Salon. But as my writing became longer I decided to split it off and make two separate posts, the little essay “A Cat is a Lion in a Jungle of Small Bushes,” and then, for next week, “Art as Multispecies Entanglements?” the conversation with Eben. I do believe that both pieces have mutual resonance. But, please see for yourself!