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Christoph Schäfer, topograpie der gemeinheit, entwurf

Christoph Schäfer, »Topography of commonness«, draft, 2010

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»Topography of commonness«
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Born 1964 in Essen, Germany; lives in Hamburg.
Studied at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.

Christoph Schäfers' artworks are based on observations of everyday life and are often developed with the assistance of drawings and diagrams. A logical consequence of his observations, he views his conceptual art as characterised by political and social implications. As an art activist, he intervenes in urban contexts and works with social networks for extended periods in order to achieve concrete social change. The project Park Fiction that he and Cathy Skeene initiated in cooperation with various initiatives, individuals and organisations in the mid-1990s in the St Pauli district of Hamburg was a successful attempt to convert public space into a political location with which to achieve collective desires. In 2006, with Saloon »La Realidad«, he opened a theme café where the changing relationship between art and reality is dealt with at the tables. An outdoor version of the saloon was opened in the summer of 2008 for the project »im Tal« (»In the Valley«) of the Erwin Wortelkamp Foundation in Westerwald.

Projects (Selection)
2008 »Saloon la Realidad«, virtual café
2006 »Beyond the Concept City«, Goethe Institute, Bangalore
2003 »Park Fiction presents: Unlikely Encounter in Urban Space«, Hamburg (congress)
2000 Film installation »Revolution Non-Stop«, Metropolis Kino, Hamburg

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Public Garden - Public Generation«, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
2008 »Katastrophenalarm« (»Disaster Alert«), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
2006 »Wild Capital«, Kunsthaus Dresden
2005 »Shrinking Cities«, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kultur, Halle an der Saale
2002 »park fiction«, documenta 11, Kassel
2002 »Ökonomien der Zeit« (»Economy of Time«), Akademie der Künste, Berlin and migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

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