Anna-Sophie Springer

Theme: Best Practices

125,660 Specimens of Natural History: Speechless among the Collection 

The presentation introduces our curatorial project 125,660 Specimens of Natural History, a multidisciplinary research experiment we initiated at the contemporary art center Komunitas Salihara.

The exhibition, which opened in September 2015, tracked the course of Alfred Russel Wallace, who traveled the Malay Archipelago from 1854–62, documenting the region’s biodiversity and amassing a gigantic collection of specimens for European museums. We have invited artists to retrace, reappropriate or reassess the expedition, its documents, and artifacts. The exhibition considers how the mobility of colonial knowledge has transformed the environment of Indonesia, and how trans-cultural, collaborative approaches to artistic and scientific practice can address urgent environmental questions. 

Anna-Sophie Springer is a writer, editor, curator, and co-director of K. Verlag, an independent Berlin-based press exploring the book as a site for exhibition making. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, London, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. In 2014 she was Associate Editor of Publications for the 8th Berlin Biennale. She is a member of SYNAPSE International Curators Network at HKW Berlin and co-edit the six-part intercalations: paginated exhibition book series within the framework of Das Anthropozän Projekt.