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Florian Schneider is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. His work is investigating the border crossings between mainstream and independent media, art and activism, theory and open source technology, documentary practices and new forms of curating.
Educated as a documentary filmmaker, he has been engaged in a revaluation of documentary practices across disciplines: Starting with essayistic documentary films on 16mm, he has produced and directed a number of television programs for the german-french TV station arte.
Administrating internet servers since 1993 he has pioneered a wide range of internet projects under the umbrella of KEIN.ORG -- most prominently Dictionary of War.
In the context of Hybrid workspace at documenta X in 1997 he has initiated the campaign kein mensch ist illegal (no one is illegal). He has contributed to the various follow-up projects while constantly reflecting on the critical relationships between art and activism through his writings and presentations, as well as by experimenting with ever new forms and formats of networked and ad-hoc documentation.
In 2006 he started the artistic research project Imaginary property which operates at the intersections of an ongoing propertization of images and the seemingly imaginary character of property in the age of digital production and networked distribution.
Since 2014 Florian Schneider is the Head of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
VIDEO INSTALLATIONS, PERFORMANCES AND OTHER ARTISTIC WORK:
"kein mensch ist illegal", 10-day workshops, performances and conferences, Hybrid media lab in the Orangerie, Kassel at documenta X (June 1997)
"Temporary media lab: No border", Kiasma Helsinki (October 1999)
"No border" Talleres, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona Macba (October 2000)
"Kleines ABC der Globalisierung", Video installation Schauspielhaus Hamburg (January 24, 2003)
"The making of: Deportation Class", 2004, DVD and Video installation, comissioned by Minority Report, Museum for contemporary art, Aarhus (September 2004)
"What does it mean to own an image?" 5-channel video installation, Vanabbe museum Eindhoven (2006)
“The museum of the stealing of souls”, Installation, Manifesta 7 (July-November 2008)
“Dictionary of war”, Video Installation and performance, Gwangju Biennale (September 2008)
“Blank space”, 2-channel video installation, Brussels Biennale (October 2008)
“Grey 19”, Installation in the exhibition "Play Vanabbe", Vanabbe Museum (April-November 2009)
"Make world" Conference, performances, exhibition, Muffathalle München (October 18-21, 2001)
"Dark markets", Conference, Architekturzentrum Vienna (October 3-4, 2002)
"Neuro - networking europe", Conference and performances , Muffathalle München (February 2004)
"Fadaiat/Borderline academy", Performance festival (June 17-26, 2005)
"Dictionary of war" (2006-2010) Performance festival in 9 editions (Frankfurt, München, Graz, Berlin, Bolzano, Novi Sad, Gwangju, Taipeh, New York)
"SUMMIT -- non aligned initiatives in education culture" (in collaboration with Irit Rogoff), Conference and performances in Hebbeltheater Berlin, Unitednationsplaza Berlin, Witte de With Amsterdam (June 2007)
"Of a people who are missing", exhibition and screening program, Extracity Kunsthal Antwerpen (2009)
"Missing image: Films by Michael Mrakitsch", Screening program and panel discussion, Berlin Documentary Forum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (June 2010)
"On continuity" Screening program, Berlin Documentary Forum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (June 2012)
"New rules of the New Actonomy 3.0" in: Okwui Enwezor et al, "Democracy unrealized : Documenta 11, Platform 1" Ostfildern-Ruit: Hantje Cantz 2002
"Collaboration: Some Thoughts Concerning New Ways of Learning and Working Together", in: Angelika Nollert et al., eds., "Academy", Frankfurt: Revolver Verlag 2007
"Productive Anticipation" (with Irit Rogoff), in: David Held and Henrietta Moore, eds. Cultural transformations/Cultural politics in a global age, Oxford: Oneworld Publications 2008
"Notes on the division of labor" in: Journal des Laboratoires and TkH Journal for Performing Arts Theory (no. 17), “Exhausting Immaterial Labour in Performance”, Paris 2010
"Theses on the Concept of the Digital Simulacrum" in: Anselm Franke, ed., Animism, Berlin, New York: Sternberg Press 2010
"(Extended) Footnotes On Education" in e-flux journal #14, New York 2010
"Verteidigung der Wirklichkeit", in: Berlin Documentary Forum, Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2012
"Imaginary property", in: Marysia Lewandowska, Laurel Ptak, eds., Undoing property, Berlin: Sternberg Press 2013
"Rewriting memories", in: Memory of politics, Milano 2013 (forthcoming)
"Eine Kritik der politischen Ökonomie des Mitleids" in "30 Films", Berlin: Brinkmann und Bose 2013
FILMS AND TELEVISION PROJECTS:
“leben still / leben tot”, 1992, 16 mm b/w (in collaboration with Jochen Kraus and Susanna Grigoletto)
“Tanger Nonstop”, 1996, 16mm color (in collaboration with Jochen Kraus)
“Global Player”, 1999, 36 min 16mm color, Documentary film (broadcasted by arte in 1999)
“Sortis de l’ombre - L’église St. Bernard et la lutte des sans-papiers”, 1999, 67 min 16mm/Betacam SP color, Documentary film (broadcasted by arte in 1999)
“Eine Welt zu erfinden”, 2002, 43 min, DVCAM color, Documentary film (broadcasted by arte in 2002)
“Die Unorganisierbaren”, 2002, 33 min, DVCAM color, Documentary film (broadcasted by arte in 2002)
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)