among other things, stefanie rau is interested in: thinking/designing, writing/reading, teaching/learning
May 2020 ● “Words For a Losing Tongue” in: Critical Zones. The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth. Edited by Bruno Latour & Peter Weibel, MIT Press.
Together with Marius Förster and Robert Preusse I run the design studio operative.space, based in Berlin and Cologne.
Since March 2019 I teach at the Weißensee School for Art and Design in Berlin. I’m offering courses in the foundation year, as well as in the visual communication and product design department.
Since January 2018 I am part of the Critical Zones Study Group, a seminar and exhibition project conducted by Prof. Bruno Latour at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and ZKM | Center for Art and Media.
Since 2013 and in regular irregularity I work as a graphic designer for the queer-feminist Missy Magazine, Berlin.
2017 ● Tutor, hosting discussion groups at the Studium Generale Programme, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (together w/ Aidan Wall and Ioanna Gerakidi).
2016–2017 ● Organisation of the student-led project and exhibition space Rietveld Pavilion, Amsterdam (together w/ Marie Larsen and in collaboration w/ Sophie Rentien and Alice Dhinaut).
2016–2017 ● Reading group Uh Uh Uh Umm together w/ Ioanna Gerakidi and Rosie Haward (based in Amsterdam).
2013–2016 ● Involvement in the self-organised educational project Parallel School: co-organisation of workshops at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2013 and as part of the off-program of the 26th International Graphic Design Biennale in Brno (CZ), 2014.
2015 ● Research assistant for the exhibition “GLOBALE: Allah’s Automata. Artifacts of the Arab Islamic Renaissance (800–1200)”, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.
2014–2015 ● Teaching assistant, Atlas of MediaThinking and MediaActing in Berlin, research seminar and exhibition project, led by Prof. Siegfried Zielinski, Berlin University of the Arts.
2015–2017 ● Critical Studies Department (MA), Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
2011–2014 ● Visual Communication (BA), Berlin University of the Arts
2009–2011 ● Visual Communication, Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences
2019 ● “The Movements of Ramon Llull and the Lullist Network: A Chronotopological Cartogram” (w/ Robert Preusse) in: DIA-LOGOS: Ramon Llull’s Method of Thought and Artistic Practice, edited by Amador Vega, Peter Weibel, Siegfried Zielinski. University Of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN.
2019 ● “Participation Procedures” (Results of the workshop together w/ Robert Preusse) in: February 29,2052 – ZK/U Fact-finding committee #02: Heterotopic Places, edited by Martin Conrads. ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin.
2018 ● “Feeding Back (Or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)” in: Becoming the Other – A Self Guide, a project by Aether Galerie, Sofia, Bulgaria for Soft Power Palace, Stuttgart.
2018 ● “Being an art worker on the cargo ship—it makes me weak” in: Extra-Curricular, edited by Jacob Lindgren. Onomatopee, Eindhoven.
2017 ● Convos – In conversation with Delphine Bedel, Tom Clark, Florian Cramer, Mariana Lanari, Silvio Lorusso, Koen Nutters, TXTbooks and Pieter Verbeke, edited together with Daniel Seemayer. PUB/Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
2017 ● “Neighborhoods” in: Not Far From Where We Began, edited by Tom Clark together with the Critical Studies Department, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Published by Werkplaats Typografie / ArtEZ Press.
2017 ● “On Hands In Gloves” in: Surface Level Expressions, co-edited with Lucie Bejoan, Rosie Haward, Asja Novak and Aidan Wall. Critical Studies Department, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
2016 ● “Assignment to the Academy” (w/ Robert Preusse und Till Wittwer, in the name of Parallel School) in: Taking a Line for a Walk. Assignments in Design Education, edited by Emilia Bergmark, Corinne Gisel, Nina Paim. Spector Books, Leipzig.
2016 ● Four Lectures, self-published, print-on-demand.
2016 ● Atlas of MediaThinking and MediaActing in Berlin, edited together w/ Kristin Moellering and Leon Strauch. Berlin University of the Arts, together with transmediale festival, Berlin.
2015 ● “A conversation of the participants and co-organisers of Parallel School (Berlin), Utopia School (New York), Free Cooper Union (New York) and Relearn (Brussels)” in: Think Twice Before You Think, edited by Toni Brell und Sophie Dyer. A Feral Studio, Glasgow.
2014 ● “Magnification” and “Digitus” in: War postdigital besser?, edited by Martin Conrads and Franziska Morlok. Revolver Publishing, Berlin.
2013 ● “Karte des MedienDenkens im West-Berlin der 1960er-80er” in: Forum zur Genealogie des MedienDenkens, Vol. 1, edited by Daniel Irrgang und Clemens Jahn. Verlag der Universität der Künste, Berlin.. . .
Jan 28, 2020 ● Talk & Discussion as part of the opening of “Teaching Design Conversations” with Imad Gebrayel and Madeleine Morley, hosted by Lisa Baumgarten and Anja Neidhardt, A–Z Presents, Berlin.
Dec 8, 2019 ● Performative reading of “Words For a Losing Tongue” as well as “Glossolalia” (together w/ Bettina Korintenberg and Robert Preusse) within the public programme of the exhibition Blind Sensorium | Il paradosso dell’Antropocene, National Archaeological Museum, Matera (IT).
Dec 3–5, 2019 ● Workshop at HyperWerk – Institute of Postindustrial Design, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel (CH).
Oct 5, 2019 ● “Durch Räume über Gestaltung und mit Gestaltung über Räume nachdenken” (Lecture + Discussion), HURRA HURRA Festival – International Festival of Design Education for the 21st Century, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle/Saale.
Feb 16, 2019 ● “Participation Procedures” (Workshop together with Robert Preusse), ZK/U Fact-finding committee #2, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin.
Aug 18, 2018 ● “Being an art worker on the cargo ship—it makes me weak” (Reading) at the Berlin boolaunch of Extra-Curricular, Hopscotch Reading Room, Berlin.
Jul 5, 2018 ● “Cartographic Narratives” (Lecture together w/ Robert Preusse), medialounge um 6, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.
Jun 30, 2018 ● “Tropes of a Palm” (Screen-based Reading), London Conference in Critical Thought, Westminster University, London.
May 24, 2018 ● “On Hands in Gloves” (Screen-based Reading), LOW TEXT #3 Instructions / After the eclipse, Flutgraben 3, Berlin.
Apr 18/20, 2018 ● “Feeding Back (Or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)” (Screening), Independent Political Activism Short Film Festival 2018, Athens.
Apr 14, 2018 ● “In A Nutshell” (Performative reading and installation), as part of the exhibition As I Intensify I Become More Singular, curated by Ioanna Gerakidi, Sub Rosa Space, Athens.
Apr 7, 2018 ● “Tropes of a Palm” (Screen-based Reading), Ex_Changing Perceptions – Art for Change, hosted by the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin.
Mar 9, 2018 ● “On Hands In Gloves” (Lecture) at the conference Apparition – The (im)materiality of modern surface, Leicester Castle, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Oct 22, 2017 ● “Feeding Back (Or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)” (Lecture Performance) Virtualities & Realities Conference, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga.
Sep 29, 2017 ● “Material Utopias” (Lecture Performance) as part of the book launch of The Sandberg Series, Stedelijk Book Club: Press! Print! Publish!, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Sep 6, 2017 ● “Tropes of a Palm” (Screen-based Reading) as part of the exhibition Präsenz, Kritik, Utopie. Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
Jun 16/17, 2017 ● “Tropes of a Palm” (Screen-based Reading) & “Winds & Wheels” (Reading), Critical Studies End Of Year Programme, Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam.
May 20, 2017 ● “Tropes of a Palm” (Screen-based Reading) Botanical Garden VU, Amsterdam.
May 5, 2017 ● “On Hands in Gloves” (Reading) as part of the book launch of Surface Level Expressions. San Serriffe, Amsterdam.
Apr 21, 2017 ● “A Device With Defects” (w/ live transcription by Lucie Berjoan) as part of YOUR WORDS IN MY MOUTH | MY VOICE ON YOUR TONGUE, conceived by Ghislaine Leung Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart.
Apr 14, 2017 ● “Gathering Thoughts Like People” (Lecture Performance) as part of One Publishes to Find Comrades. fanfare, Amsterdam.
Sep 29, 2016 ● “Feeding Back (or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)” (Lecture Performance and video installation/essay film), as part of the exhibition SEEN BY #6: On Off Shore, curated by Paul Feigelfeld, Museum for Photography, Berlin.
Jun 18, 2016 ● “Feeding Back (or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)” (Lecture Performance), Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam.. . .
Oct 2019 ● [with operative.space] The process of developing the visual appearence(s) for the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln has started. In an informal setting we presented our ideas as well as the first redesigned formats to the community of the school.
Jul 2019 ● [with operative.space] Design of the publication “Revolt She Said — Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives on 68”, edited by Andrea Caroline Keppler, Katharina Koch, Dorothea Nold, published by District Berlin and alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin.
Jun 2019 ● [with operative.space] Design of the symposium “City Sounds – City Atmospheres. The Auditory Legibility of Urban Habitats and their Atmospheres.”, hosted by DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, at CLB Berlin.
Apr 2019 ● [with operative.space] Design of the exhibition “Infinity Room I” at EPFL ArtLab, Lausanne.
Feb 2019 ● [with operative.space] Bookdesign, “DIA-LOGOS. Ramon Llull's Method of Thought and Artistic Practice”, published by ZKM Books together with University of Minnesota Press.
Nov 2018 ● [with operative.space] Design of the exhibition “Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull & the ars combinatoria”, EPFL ArtLab, Lausanne.
Oct 2018 ● [with operative.space] Design of the publication “Federlesen – Anthologie Nr. 13”, Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Berlin.
Mar 2018 ● [with operative.space] Design of the exhibition “DIA-LOGOS. Ramon Llull & the ars combinatoria”, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.
2017 ● [with operative.space] Design of the publication “Zur Genealogie des MedienDenkens”, Kadmos Verlag, Berlin.
2017 ● Design of the publication “I Eat The Words And They Taste Of History”, designed with and for artist and writer Ioanna Gerakidi.
2016 ● Design of the publication “coops coups coupes – co-ops co-ups coupés”, edited by Ivan Cheng and Annie Goodner, published by the Critical Studies Department, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.