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My name is Anna-Sophie Springer and I am an independent exhibition maker, writer, editor, and publisher. After working for some years in editorial positions at Merve Verlag and transmediale, since 2011, I direct the publishing platform K. Verlag in Berlin (originally co-founded with Toronto-based artist Charles Stankievech). In this project, as in my practice at large, I merge curatorial, editorial, and artistic commitments by stimulating fluid relations among images, artifacts, and texts in order to produce new geographical, physical, and cognitive proximities—often in relation to historical archives and the book-as-exhibition.
Collaboration is super important for me and previous projects as an 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 and the Schering Stiftung and co-curated with my partner, the theorist and exhibition maker Etienne Turpin, at Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of our ongoing curatorial investigation Reassembling the Natural. The two of us also co-founded and 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, we are currently also collaborating as Co-Artistic Directors to prepare a new touring exhibition entitled Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Evidence: The Word as Forest], which will open at the Centrum für Naturkunde, Universität Hamburg on 9 November 2017 before adapted versions will travel to Berlin and Halle in 2018.
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 make a point to intertwine theory and practice. Currently, I am conducting research for 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.