Sonntagsclub: L*OST presents Strömungen in Bewegung

Lecture and discussion

Friday, March 22, 2024, 7pm
Sonntags-Club e.V.
Greifenhagener Straße 28, 10437 Berlin
Evening for queer women and non-binary lesbians

Sonntags-Club invited Luise Schröder to present her artistic work STRÖMUNGEN IN BEWEGUNG as part of the L'OST DDR event series. Through her East German biography and at the invitation of the Berlinische Galerie, Luise Schröder explored the forgotten activities of non-governmental women's and lesbian groups in the GDR in the 1980s and 1990s. In collaboration with the Archive of the GDR Opposition and based on photographs by Kerstin Baarmann, Karin Dauenheimer, Bettina Dziggel, Christine Starke, Leo Tesch and Mechthild Ziegenhagen, STRÖMUNGEN IN BEWEGUNG was created. It reflects feminist and lesbian perspectives on GDR history and opens up spaces for reflection in the present.
Afterwards there was room for exchange and discussion with the former activists and witnesses Samirah Kenawi and Marina Krug.

This event was organized by Laura Matthäus as a cooperation of Spinnboden e.V. and Sonntags-Club e.V.

Rechte Kontinuitäten


June 2023 – April 2024
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB)
Rechte Kontinuitäten / Right-Wing Continuities
Teaching assignment Luise Schröder

The seminar Rechte Kontinuitäten deals with the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig at the time of National Socialism and examines to what extend fascist tendencies continue to the present day. As part of her teaching assignment, Luise Schröder supported the students in creating their artistic contributions for the publication resulting from the seminar. It will be published in October 2024. With close supervision, based on Luise Schröder's own way of working between content-related and aesthetic research in relation to archive material, the students were able to develop independent artistic propositions for the magazine. The main points of the supervision were discussions and exchanges on issues relating to the handling of image material and archives as well as the construction of history and memory.

Seminar facilitated by: Julia Blume, Julia Kurz, Nanne Buurman
Project support: Anna Breit
Student participants: Ronny Aviram, Tobias Fabek, Susanne Kontny, Emil Kowalczyk, Marthe Lallemand, Merle Petsch

Panel "Rechte Kontinuitäten" that kicked off the seminar in 2021
Website Project dis-continuities

Geschichte(n) aus dem Archiv / Stories from the archive


January 28-29, 2023 various places Weimar / ACC Gallery Weimar
Panel 1:Curatorial practice / Dr. Bertram Kaschek (art historian, curator), Andreas Rost (photographer), Inka Schube (art historian, curator) moderated by Christin Müller (curator)
Panel 2: Artistic Research related to archives / Luise Schröder (Photographer, artist), Jens Klein (Photographer, artist), Christoph Ochs (archivist at Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft) moderated by Dr. Claudia Tittel (art historian)
Panel 3: Photograps in private albums and collections / Anke Heelemann (artist, FOTOTHEK), Sandra Starke (photo historian) moderated by Dr. Axel Doßmann (historian)
Panel 4: Publishing photography / Hansgert Lambers (Publisher, photographer)
in conversation with Michael Kraus (M BOOKS Verlag und Galerie)

Geschichte(n) aus dem Archiv / Stories vom the Archive took place in the context of the exhibition An den Rändern taumelt das Glück. The late GDR in photography. The invited guests were photographers, curators and academics who work with photographic collections, archives and estates. What connects their work, what do they consider as their task in preserving and managing photographic legacies and what is their role is in evaluating and classifying this heritage? Furthermore, the question of what methods of artistic research within existing photographic archives and collections can contribute to a the scientific discourse will be examined. Where are the limits of the respective access and how do power relations inscribed in the archive can be questioned? Above all, the significance of private photography collections and albums for research, art and socio-political discourses will finally be discussed.

website symposium Geschichte/n aus dem Archiv / Stories from the archive
website exhibition An den Rändern taumelt das Glück. Die späte DDR in Fotografien

re-consider : collectivity


April 2022–July 2022
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (ABK)
Class for Digital and Time-based Art, Teaching assignment Luise Schröder

The seminar reconsider:collectivity was a teaching collaboration with the Class for Digital and Time-based Art / Fachklasse für Digitale und Zeitbasierte Kunst and Prof. Heba Amin at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (ABK). It examines (im)possibilities and forms of collective processes in the field of art as well as in the context of international social and activist movements. What goals do collectives pursue, how do they define themselves and with which practices and aesthetic methods do they work and organize themselves? What can collective work and life look like as part of artistic and political practice and which historical discourses, narratives and images are used?
With the recent focus on collectivity in major exhibitions like "Group Dynamics – Collectives of the Modernist Period" at Lenbachhaus, Munich or Documenta 15, this seminar asks: How do we establish a code of ethics as a collective body within the art academy? Dealing with different concepts of manifests, the students developed their own poster collection in collaboration with the silk screen workshop at ABK Stuttgart and presented it with workshops and collective events during the annual presentation in July 2022.

Luise Schröder was a scholarship holder of the Mathilde Planck Lectureship Program.

DDR auf der Bühne - Archivalien als Quelle für Kunst & Bildung


May 14, 2022, 18.30-20h, Stasi-Zentrale
Campus für Demokratie „Haus 22“
Ruschestr. 103, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

Campus-Forum diskurs: Focus on Archives
DDR auf der Bühne - Archivalien als Quelle
für Kunst & Bildung

How to translate the topic of the Stasi (former security service of the GDR) and the GDR itself into artistic, cultural and educational projects? Theatre groups, educational initiatives and artists use archive material to deal with GDR history. Every year, the local archives of the former Stasi-headquarter supports artistic and cultural projects with information and documents for their work. The historical site, the former Stasi headquarters, is also regularly used as a venue for art projects and as a location for film productions. Talking about the artistic engagement with history, the files and the historical site as well as the development of fictional formats brings together Nancy Biniadaki, director, theatre project "Seid doch laut!"; Alexandra Finder, actress, theatre project "Seid doch laut!"; Nadja Klier, author, project DDR-Box; Luise Schröder, artist; Nicolai Tegeler, director "Zu den Sternen". Moderation: Dagmar Hovestädt, Federal Archive - Stasi Archives

videolink to the event

L’histoire en train de se faire / History in the making

Conference & Workshop

March 30, 2022
Haute école des arts du Rhin Mulhouse — Strasbourg
Narraction | Mixed media
Natacha Nisic, Sandrine Israël-Jost, Oh Eun Lee

Within her practice, the visual artist Luise Schröder is interested in aspects of 'history in the making' from a contemporary perspective. She looks at how cultures of remembrance and commemoration are influenced and shaped by political agendas, media and image production, and how this affects identities and communities. She presented her work at the conference and reflect together with the students of the department: Narraction | Mixed media on how contemporary art, and in particular photography, can contribute to a reflexive historiography and reconsider existing memories and their representation.

Haute école des arts du Rhin Mulhouse — Strasbourg

Memory, History and the Power of Images


February 26 - 27, 2022

Dealing with memory and history is a central topic in contemporary art. This raises questions of how societies and communities deal with monuments, places of remembrance and forms of commemoration today. In what way images, photographs and archives influence media representations of the past within the present. What are artistic strategies to visualize these processes, to reflect and critically question them. In the framework of the exhibition: I did not see it coming organized by the students of Prof. Olaf Nicolai at the Academy of Visual Arts Munich the workshop by Luise Schröder was dedicated to (im)-possibilities of artistic strategies dealing with the past and the present. Together with the students the artist practically engaged with their works within the exhibition, discussed and reflected their strategies.

Lothringer 13 Halle

Klasse Olaf Nicolai at the Academy of Visual Arts Munich, Germany

re-explore / re-write 2


October 2021 - March 2022
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in cooperation with the Lindenmuseum Stuttgart and the LindenLAB

Political perspectives are (re)constructed and formed in collections, archives and museums in order to serve structures and content for the mediation of history. Over generations this created a Eurocentric canon of knowledge to which the students of the ABK Stuttgart responded to with critical artistic positions. For their artistic research, the students worked with selected (virtual) collections as well as the premises of the Linden-Museum itself. The exhibition presented the students’ artistic approaches suggesting new possibilities and perspectives on the mediation of history and the museum. The collaboration with the LindenLAB ran from the summer semester 2021 through the winter semester 2021/22.

re-explore / re-write II was a seminar and exhibition project by Interdisciplinary Arts (IMG), Stuttgart State Academy of Arts and Design by Professor Antonia Low and the artist Luise Schröder, in close collaboration with Henrike Hoffmann, project coordinator for the LindenLAB at Linden-Museum.

Participants: Eunyoung Bae, Marie David, Vesna Hetzel, Janosch Müller, Sophie Rebentisch, Julia Schmutz, Veronika Schneider & Julia Scholl

Graphic Design: Julia Hägle & Sonja Schwarz

Guest Lecture: Lisa Rosendahl, curator of the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art reflected on art exhibitions as sites of alternative historiography.

abk Stuttgart
Intermediales Gestalten

A project of the Linden-Museum Stuttgart with the support of Initiative für Ethnologische Sammlungen der Kulturstiftung des Bundes und der LBBW-Stiftung. Luise Schröder was supported by the Mathilde-Planck-Lehrauftragsprogramm.

Hope, Freedom, Friendship, Youth

Conference & Performance Lecture

October 20-22, 2021
Performance Lecture at Humboldt University, Berlin at the conference: Childhood memories of Cold War times and beyond

Hope Freedom Friendship Youth are terms that have been symbolically used but also misused in different historical periods and political systems. At the same time, however, they are also the names of some residential areas in the Bulgarian capital Sofia left over from socialism. The photographic project of the artist Luise Schröder portrays young people between 20-30 years of age in search of their own identity. Like the artist herself, they belong to the so-called transition generation, the generation that spent its childhood under socialism, but whose worldview only developed and solidified after the upheavals of 1989. The political changes in 1989 opened up an almost infinite freedom of possibilities, especially for many people from the countries of the former Eastern Block, but this brought with it the problem of a general lack of orientation, which was particularly prevalent among young people at the beginning of the 2000s. Hope, Freedom, Friendship, Youth is a performance lecture and an artistic attempt to capture and address this struggle. The portraits, images of the places of residence and interviews reveal the hopes, dreams, fears, and ways of thinking of these young people and are at the same time a reflection of the social transformation surrounding them.

Childhood memories of Cold War times and beyond - Between connections and divisions - Conference program

Doing Archive


October 22 – 24, 2021
Doing Archive - Collecting as an artistic practice

What stories can image and photo collections tell? What do they make significant, worth preserving and remembering? And how can archives and image collections become the starting point and subject of artistic exploration?

Based on these questions, the artistic-practical seminar led by the artist Luise Schröder dealt with private and public (image) collections and archives. Using artistic strategies as examples, aspects such as complexity, historicity or political interests and backgrounds inscribed in them were worked out. In the seminar, artistic approaches to archives were developed based on the participants' own image collections.

Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel
Doing Archive - Description



Monday, September 13th, 2021, online

Two artists – two worlds – the same questions? “Memory, Empathy and Image: The Art of Luise Schröder (Germany) and Kitra Cahana (Canada)” was a lecture organised by Fritz Asher Society in New York. Moderated by Ori Z Soltes, PhD, Teaching Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC and introduced by Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society in New York NY. Kitra Cahana and Luise Schröder discussed and explored the inspirational sources for their works and its development.

Memory, Empathy and Image: Luise Schröder and Kitra Cahana in conversation
9/13/2021 on Youtube

Relocating Memories

Lecture & Discussion

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, 7 pm, Max-Linger Haus,
Berlin, Germany

On August 11th, 2021 the presentation of selected video works by Luise Schröder followed by a discussion about issues related to historical narratives and forms of remembrance in the field of contemporary art took place at Max Lingner Haus in Berlin with a warm welcoming public.

Relocating Memories, Lecture & Discussion online on youtube

Max Lingner Stiftung

re-explore / re-write 1


April 2021 - July 2021
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in cooperation with Lindenmuseum Stuttgart and LindenLAB

Especially in public collections, archives and museums political perspectives are (re)constructed and shaped in order to provide structures and content for conveying history and culture. Through these structures, a eurocentric perspective within our canon of knowledge has emerged over generations. This perspective needs to be questioned critically and artistically and has been the starting point for the artistic-practical seminar re-explore / re-write 1 . The idea was to examine and critically reflect on the (virtual) spaces and collections of the Stuttgart Linden Museum. In the entrance area as well as in the rooms of the LindenLAB and the permanent exhibition, students of the program Intermediales Gestalten presented key questions and settings of critical investigation, reflection on collection practices and systems of classification in the museum. An exhibition with final works is planned for 2022.

Participants: Marie David, Julia Schmutz,
Leonie Weber, Veronika Schneider
Intermediales Gestalten: Prof. Antonia Low
LindenLAB: Henrike Hoffmann, Jeanette Helm

Guest lectures by Karoline Schneider, artist; Karim Stone, artist; and Yolanda Gutiérrez, artist.

The seminar was supported by the Mathilde-Planck-Lehrauftragsprogramm

Lindenmuseum Stuttgart

Department Intermediales Gestalten - Körperraumnarration

Afterimages - Photography, Memory & History


University of Greifswald, Caspar David Friedrich Institute
Department: New Media and Applied Graphics in the field of Visual Arts, Winter semester 2020/21

What is currently being remembered in public space, how and by whom? What is considered collectively significant and memorable? Which stories are told and which remain in the invisible? How can art and especially photography contribute to a reflective historiography and reconsider existing memories and their representation?

Using the example of the city of Greifswald, the students in the seminar Afterimages - Photography, Memory & History dealt with the complexity of topics like history and memory, their communication and representation. The result were artistic-photographic works that put subjective approaches, different processing of experiences and controversies in relation to our present.

University Greifswald Web

Reframing spaces


Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Winter semester 2020/21

Who is commemorated with monuments in public space - and who is not? What is part of a collective memory - and what is not? How can memory be refelcted and presented in a diverse and technology based world - which artistic strategies and approaches can be developed based on this?

In the 2020/21 winter semester, the students of the department Intermediales Gestalten at the Stuttgart State Academy for Art and Design explored theoretically and artistically the public space of the city of Stuttgart by using artistic research methods to develop reflexive and conscientious approaches to its histories, views and narratives. Through the critical reflection of the historical representation of those memory places, the students had the chance to present their subjective artistic approaches considering their own point of view.

The seminar is supported by the Mathilde-Planck-Lehrauftragsprogramm

Department Intermediales Gestalten - Körperraumnarration



Dunkel war in Espenhain nicht nur die Kohle...sondern auch die zeit von 1939-1945.
Not only the coal was dark in Espenhain...but also the period from 1939-1945.

Previously a farming village in the Leipzig lowland bay, Espenhain served as a place for coal mining from 1937 onwards. These industrial plants served as preparation for the the 2nd World War. Coal was used to produce fuel for aircraft, tanks and submarines. This industrialisation required many workers: so forced labourers from different places were exploited there during the war time. 75 years after the end of the war, there is nothing in Espenhain to remind us of their fate, their work and their death.
Who needs a place of remembrance and why? What topics should such a place deal with? Does it need more than a memorial? These and other essential questions we worked out and discussed in the workshop: Leer_stelle led by the artist Luise Schröder and we put a site-specific focus on Espenhain and its surroundings.

A project by Kulturbahnhof Markkleeberg e.V. Doors to past and future
with the artists Martin Haufe and the historian Martin Baumert
Kulturbahnhof e.V. Doors to past and future

Strange days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst

Presentation & Website

Strange days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst
was an online presentation and discussion between the video artists Alisa Berger, Natacha Nisic, Luise Schröder and Dr. Doris Krystof (K21, Düsseldorf). It was organized by Katja Stuke, the co-director of the Künstlerverein Malkasten. Strange Days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst took on the hybrid form, between online presentation, interview, photographs, video works, a virtual meeting and a poster series in public space. The website is available on MALKASTEN.ORG/CULTURE-LOOP

The project was supported by Frauenkulturbüro NRW and Kulturamt Düsseldorf and Künstlerverein Malkasten.



Sunday February 9th, 2020 2.30pm - 4pm
Monday February 10th, 2020, 12am - 8pm
Motorenhalle Dresden, Germany

# WOD REQUIEM FÜR DIE LEBENDEN A colloquium on current perspectives of commemoration and mourning. How to commemorate relevant historical and societal events: Inputs and Discussion by Luise Schröder (artist) / Anke Hannemann (researcher) / Horst Hoheisel (artist). The event was presented by Denise Ackermann (Riesa efau. Kultur Forum Dresden). Under the title „Requiem für die Lebenden“ different cultural institutions in Dresden #WOD Weltoffenes Dresden invited for a joint consideration and reflection of Dresden’s commemoration policy against the background of current perspectives of culture and art, activism and architecture.



October 7th - 9th, 2019
Bundesakadmie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel

Remember - An artistic reflection on monuments and places of remembrance
What is currently remembered in public space, how and by whom? What is considered collectively significant and worth remembering, that it is passed on and preserved? How can art contribute to a reflexive historiography and question existing memories anew? And last but not least: How can memory be shaped in an increasingly diverse and technological world and what artistic forms are suitable for this? Based on these issues and topics, the seminar will practically deal with monuments and places of remembrance in public space using the local example of Wolfenbüttel - for example, the memorial site, which is the only one in Germany to be located in an ongoing prison. The intention of the seminar is to enable the participants* to develop artistic approaches, which allow complexity and diversity to become visible in relation to memories and commemoration.

Review von Sarah Kuschel, Bundesakademie für kulturelle Bildung, Wolfenbüttel: Für die Zukunft erinnern - Erinnerungskultur als Thema Bildender Kunst und kultureller Bildung

Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Remember

Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Remember webblog

Fragen stellen 2018

Art Mediation

February - May 2018
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

Was kann ein Museum sein? - What kind of place is a museum?
Was ist mir besonders wichtig? - What is important to me?
Wie wollen wir zusammen leben? - How do we want to live together?
Was können wir tun? - What can we do?

Fragen stellen -Asking questions was an art education project of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig in cooperation with the language coach institute Leipzig in 2018. During four joint meetings the participants, the artist Luise Schröder and the art mediator Lena Seik asked questions, looked for suitable answers and made them visible. Occasions for this were the locations of the museum, ideas concerning the exhibitions and also art pieces themself, that were discovered and experienced by the participants. The questions and answers questions were linked to life situations, previous experiences or interests. The final exhibition of the project took place at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig from June 29 - September 23, 2018.

Project team: Lena Seik, art mediator, GfZK and Luise Schröder, visual artist
Participants: Students of two youth integration courses (people from 18 to 27 years), a literacy course (people who are acquiring their first knowledge of the German language) and a women integration course (18-27 years) of the language coach institute Leipzig and their teachers.

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Fragen stellen 2018

Our city - our history


July 16 - 18, 2018
HALLE 14, Center for Contemporary Art at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

The workshop Our city - our history was a summer project that accompagnied the exhibition Requiem for a failed state at Halle 14 in Leipzig. Young people between 14 and 18 years dealt with the aftermath of the former GDR. Together with the photographer Luise Schröder, the participants exchanged and discussed stories, memories and objects from the time of the GDR were exchanged and discussed. In a second phase of the workshop the participants developed and created their own research and created very individual photographic approaches to express their ideas and thoughts.

HALLE 14 Art mediation program

Fragen stellen 2017

Art Mediation

March-June 2017
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany

Fragen stellen - Asking questions was an art education project of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig in cooperation with the Language Coach Institute Leipzig. During a total of four meetings the participants asked questions - about the exhibitions, the artworks, the museum, the professional world and life itself. During the project they searched for answers and ideas. It was never certain, whether they will find exactly the answers, they were looking for. Sometimes new questions instead of answers popped up.

Project team: Lena Seik, art mediator and Luise Schröder, visual artist
Participants: two youth integration courses (18-27 years) of the Language Coach Institute Leipzig and their teachers

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Fragen stellen 2017



November 2011 - September 2012
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

The project HOSGELDINIZ.TR, WELCOME.CO.UK, WILLKOMMEN.DE was an exchange project between young people from Turkey, Germany and Great Britain. By using the internet spatial, linguistic and national boundaries and limits were addressed and overcome in a non-verbal way. Visual and auditory media such as photos, video and sound were used for transforming ideas from questions into answers. The entire process of the project was presented in three exhibition formats in the respective home towns of the participating groups.


Learning for Life?


February 28, 2012, March 6, 2012, 9am - 2pm
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

What does your school mean to you?
What do you like, what would you like to change?
What do you want from your school?

In a two-day project, the art mediation department of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, together with students from different types of schools in Leipzig, exchanged experiences, ideas and visions on topics such as freedom, duty and fun, knowledge, learning and school. Together they developed visions for a fair and life-oriented school. The project was prompted by the scenarios of the Norwegian curator Tone Hansen and the artist Ane Hjort Guttu, who put together an exhibition program on the subject of schooling and education in the exhibition "Scenarios about Europe" within the museum.

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Art mediation

Plattforma 11


September 10 - 19, 2011, Leipzig/Lindenau, Germany

platforma11 was an international and interdisciplinary project week in Leipzig and Markkleeberg, Germany, which aimed to create an OPEN SPACE process reflecting on the topics “art, politics and education” and their relationship to one another. Around 50 young people from Germany, Western- and Eastern Europe, Russia, North Afrika and Israel with interdisciplinary approaches worked together in organizing workshops, panels and lectures as well as exhibitions, concerts, performances and interventions.

plattforma 11

Counter-publics or shaping the mainstream

Lecture & Discussion

Media & Communication /Counter-publics or work on the mainstream
Perspectives on critical video work

September 23, 2011 at 7pm
RAW-Tempel, Intelligenz-Raum, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

With videoactivists from «leftvision» und Luise Schröder

Video activism is a form of political practice within democratic, social-emancipatory movements. Video activists want to motivate their audience to become active themselves. The consumerism of the viewers should be should be broken through. We want to reflect practical experiences with selected video works and discuss with the audience their trained viewing habits. Questions such as how the actors deal with the integration forces of the mainstream, the location of activists in the field of tension between left-wing positions and moderate mainstream, and the significance/relevance of struggles for hegemony will be debated. This lecture is part of the project «Weitwinkel – Kunst.Kultur.Politik (19-25.09.2011) initiated by the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation Berlin.