Lotta Schäfer

Photo by Karolis Pilypas Liutkevičius

Full name: Lotta Schäfer
Currently lives and works in Berlin
Organization: ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics 
Areas of interest: Art and Politics, Forms of Organizing and Movements, Right to the City, Plurality

Lotta Schäfer has worked on a variety of cultural and educational programs in different art initiatives in Cairo and Berlin. She is currently the head of ZK/U’s residency program and works in collaboration on other cultural projects at the ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics in Berlin. The ZK/U sees itself as a laboratory for inter- and trans-disciplinary activities centred on the phenomenon of “the city”.

Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets?

Magic Carpets gives our residency programme the chance to develop projects and productions together with our partner organizations. To exchange worldviews and manifest them in our specific contexts through artistic and curatorial practices.

Why have you chosen to be a curator or why has curatorship chosen you?

I don’t consider myself a curator. I enjoy the flexibility and diversity of curatorial practices.

Past projects you are proud of (before MC):

The Imaginary School Program – is an eight-month cross-disciplinary practice-based theory program designed for twelve participants, which is comprised of a series of workshops, lectures, field trips, reading groups, and other hybrid activities. The curriculum focuses on institutions and forms of organizing (including collectives, non-movements, informal groups, etc.), with an emphasis on the landscape that Cairo offers. The program intends to create a space for reflection and critical thinking on radical institution-building and examine how we understand institutions and their political potential. It analyzes and discusses the legal and economic frameworks in which institutions exist, looking into matters of legality and legitimacy, economy and ownership, infrastructure and language, both pragmatically and philosophically. In this way, tISP functions as a kind of institutional clinic by closely scrutinizing a select number of existing organizations, placing emphasis on different ways of learning, organizing and sharing knowledge.

More information about the program HERE



2019, Year II



2018, Year I

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