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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MEMORY, EMPATHY AND IMAGE
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.
Lecture & Discussion
Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, 7 pm, Max-Linger Haus,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
# WOD REQUIEM FÜR DIE LEBENDEN
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.
Fragen stellen 2018
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.
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.
Fragen stellen 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
HOSGELDINIZ.TR / WELCOME.CO.UK / WILLKOMMEN.DE
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.
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.
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.