Hello, world. Welcome to my site.
My name is Anna-Sophie Springer and I am an independent exhibition maker, writer, editor, and publisher. I direct the publishing imprint K. Verlag in Berlin, advancing new forms of the “book-as-exhibition.” In my research-based practice, I work with cultural and scientific archives and collections to produce postdisciplinary ecologies of attention and care.
Collaboration is hugely important for me and previous projects as exhibition maker include the series EX LIBRIS (2013), exploring relationships between the book, the library, and the exhibition, and Ha Ha Road (2011), a group exhibition on the subversive power of humor. 125,660 Specimens of Natural History (2015) investigated the role of the natural history exhibition in the contemporary context of transformed, postnatural ecologies. This exhibition was realized in cooperation with the Indonesian Institute of Science, the Schering Stiftung, and Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of the ongoing curatorial investigation Reassembling the Natural. I also co-edit the intercalations: paginated exhibition series commissioned as part of Das Anthropozän Projekt at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and realized by K. Verlag. Thanks to a major grant from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, from 2016–18, I was Co-Artistic Director of the three-part exhibition cycle Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The Word as Forest], on view at the Zoological Museum, CeNak, University of Hamburg (9 November 2017 – 28 March 2018); the Tieranatomisches Theater (TA T), Humboldt-University Berlin (27 April – 26 August 2018); and, Natural History Collections, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Halle/Saale (20 October – 14 December 2018). Continuing to work on similar concerns, forthcoming exhibition projects include Naturecolony at The Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto-Mississauga in October 2019.
Although my practice is an ongoing study of undisciplined discipline, I did complete two M.A.s—one in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2007), and one in Curatorial Studies from the HGB, Leipzig (2013). In 2014, I was invited as the Craig-Kade Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Since 2016, I am a Visiting Lecturer at the Institut Kunst, Basel where I teach intensive seminars that aim to show how theory and practice intertwine. Currently, I am also developing my Ph.D. on the financialization of nature at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. As a practice-based degree the project also continues my work on natural history exhibitions in times of ecological collapse.
For more details on my background and projects, please explore this site or download my Curriculum Vitae.