Berit Fischer (PhD) is a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner who works as a curator, re-searcher, critical spatial practitioner, writer, editor and at the intersection of artistic practice. She has worked internationally since 1999 and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. from the Winchester School of Art/Southampton University, UK.
Her research interests include critical spatial practices, socially produced spaces, holistic and experiential knowledge production as a means to permeate the status quo. In her work she strives to activate agency, fields of action and spaces for critical engagement and critical consciousness, affective encounters and relational learning. Her practice based doctoral research asked how the curatorial can activate spaces and conditions for a micropolitical and holistic making of social empathy, as an approach on post-representational curation. In 2016 she founded the Radical Empathy Lab, an on-going nomadic and artistic social-and research-laboratory for alternative and holistic knowledge production.
She has published articles internationally, and both edited and contributed to the books New Spaces for Negotiating Art (and) Histories in Africa (co-edited with Kerstin Pinther and Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, 2015), Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening (2014), and Other Possible Worlds – Proposals on this Side of Utopia (2011).
She has taught tutorials, lectures, and workshops around the world, including at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany), ZHdK, Zürich, Bergen University (Norway), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Nottingham Trent University (UK), and the Soma organisation (Mexico City). She was a member of the advisory board of the B32 project space (Maastricht), contributed and consulted on the Making Futures School (Berlin, 2019), and was a co-founding curator of The Brewster Project (New York, 2001).
She is a member of the Floating
University, Berlin (Germany), IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and 2018/19 of the Errant Sound working group, Berlin (Germany).
Her curatorial projects include Revolution Without Movement (Galeria Hit, tranzit.sk, Bratislava), Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening (Casino Luxembourg Forum d`Art Contemporain, Luxembourg), Part of the Game, (nGbK, Berlin), Other Possible Worlds – Proposals on this Side of Utopia (nGbK, Berlin), Brooklyn Waterfront Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (New York), Dumbo Arts Festival (New York), Intrude 366 (Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai), and City Beats (BankART, Yokahama).
In addition Berit Fischer is a Yoga practitioner since 1999 and received her 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga teaching certification in 2013 through the Ashtanga Studio Berlin (Andrea Lutz) and Manju Pattabhi Jois (oldest son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, recognized worldwide as the foremost authority on Ashtanga Yoga). She understands Yoga as an ethical, social and political practice. In her own practice and teaching she seeks awareness and connectivity within and around us.