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Carsten Schneider © Jacqueline Majumder
Carsten Schneider © Jacqueline Majumder

Carsten Schneider


September, October, November 2023

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Carsten Schneider was born in Bad Oldesloe in 1971. He graduated in Applied Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim in 1997. Since then he has devoted himself to composition in WORD, IMAGE and SOUND.

In the area of WORD there are more than 25 performed plays and many published short stories.

In the area of IMAGES, he primarily creates newspaper collages. Each collage pays tribute to a single word such as "Geist" ("spirit"), "Zwischen" ("between") or "nichts" ("nothing"). These images combine contemporary history and beauty. At the same time, they represent media history, because for some of the large-format collages the collection period lasts longer than 20 years. For his pictorial works, Schneider created a breathtaking archive of meanwhile 350,000 finely sorted newspaper clippings.

In the area of SOUND, among many radio plays, the "Konstruktionen des Deutschlandfunks" ("Constructions of Deutschlandfunk") are particularly noteworthy. These are original sound radio plays that not only place him in a row with Ludwig Harig and Ror Wolf, but with which he has almost created a genre of his own. The interplay of some of these audio collages with picture collages of the same collective theme is unique in the world. The titles are program: "Der Atem eines Tages" ("The Breath of a Day"), "Die Nomen eines Monats" ("The Nouns of a Month"), "Die Gefahren eines Jahres" ("The Dangers of a Year") and many other works.

In Wiepersdorf, Carsten Schneider will once again explore the construction of Deutschlandfunk. The working title is "Und eines Tages im Deutschlandfunk" ("And one day at Deutschlandfunk"). For this, he cuts up a complete broadcasting day and looks for and collects every "und" ("and") out of it. He leaves the words to the right and left of it for the time being. Then the musical composition of the material begins and ... and newspaper collages of and ... and ... and ... are created.