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M.A. Lidia Rossner



lives in San Diego, USA and Berlin, Germany.

Lidia Rossner is a cultural agent exploring the narrative and conceptual potential of visual media. Her practice bridges art and anthropology by producing and sharing knowledge about contemporary art and culture. She has a background in visual media production, research, education, writing, and project development. In 2007 Lidia co-founded dmovies.net, an online platform for research, documentation, and presentation of contemporary art practices. She is a lecturer at the M.A. Program in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and presents at international conferences on the topics of art biennials, contemporary art and anthropology, and trajectories of encounters: contemporary art in historical collection
museums. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Lidia lives in San Diego, California, and Berlin, Germany.


Conferences and Publications


September - Durham University, UK

'Contemporary Anthropologies of Art’ workshop. Presentation paper: Trajectories of Encounter: Contemporary art in the Ethnological Museum.


June - Barcelona, Spain

Conference ‘Encountering Concepts in Art and Anthropology’. Presentation paper: Contemporary Art Institutions.


June - Tromsø, Norway

Seminar ‘Contact-Zone: Museums, Ethnography, Performativity and Mediatization of Cultural Heritage through Artistic Intervention’. Presentation paper: Re-imagining the Museum.


June -  Berlin, Germany

Conference: Innovate Heritage: Conversations between Arts and Heritage, presentation paper: Biennials as Constructions of Heritage.


Art Production and its Conceptual Systems in Second Life. In Virtual Environments and Cultures. Urte Undine Frömming (ed.). 2013. Pp. 233-245. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag.



Humboldt Lab Dahlem Probebühne (Rehearsal Stage) projects, Ethnological Museum & Asian Art Museum, Berlin.


Sounds of Painting  (20min.)

A portrait of Waseem Ahmed, a contemporary miniature painter engaged in a socially-critical art movement in Pakistan. Screened from November 9, 2014 through April 5, 2015 in the Asian Art Museum, Berlin.


Music Listening

Multi-media installation: 4-channel video (17min), documentary of inter-cultural music instrument making workshop; and 5 video segments for iPad content. November 2014 through June 2015 in the Ethnological Museum, Berlin.


Kathak  (28 min.)

Single channel video, multi-channel audio, an experimental representation of ethnographic research, collaboration with Nicole. Screened from December 2014 through June 2015 in the Ethnological Museum, Berlin.


Yuken Teruya  (9min.)

Installation & performance documentary: YUKEN TERUYA: on OKINAWA. Screened from September 23, 2014 through February 8, 2015 in the Asian Art Museum, Berlin.

Artistic Office

Constructing the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2012) 60min; screenings at: EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) Conference: Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution; 31 July - 3 August 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013).


Forget Fear

7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Project documentaries made for the exhibition: Artwiki and Jonas Staal; additional artists’ profiles for the biennale’s website.


Vision Einheit (13 min.)

Documentary about Viviana Ponce de León, a Columbian Artist and healer; in cooperation with Werkstatt Ethnologie Berlin and the Institute of Social and Cultural Antropology (Free University Berlin). Kino MOVIEMENTO & Schillerpalais, Heilmethoden mit Migrationshintergrund exhibition, Berlin-Neukölln.


Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin/Germany

Color Field Exhibit documentary & interview with Richard Armstrong (2010) 4:48min, and Wangechi Mutu at Prospect 1 (2008), 4:30min.


Documenta 12 artists’ interviews

2-day screening and lecture at The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria, supported by Goethe-Institut.


Performance artists’ interviews

Sofia Underground, Sofia, Bulgaria. Festival for performance and contemporary art, curator Yovo Panchev.


Documenta 12 and the 10th Istanbul biennial artists’ interviews

La Jolla ATHENAEUM Arts and Music Library, La Jolla, California, USA,  screening and lecture.


Artists Respond to a Changing Planet (2008), Nine exhibition documentaries: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, RIGO 23, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Dario Robleto, Mark Dion, Diana Thater, Ann Hamilton, Xu Bing, and a film about the curatorial concept. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film
Archive, Rare–conservation organization // 9 films were screened in both museums and were published in the January/February 2009 online issue of Orion magazine.