Barbara Schober is a German visual artist. Her work covers a broad range of various media in which the term "Internet Awareness" plays an important role. With ancient techniques and material experiments, she sets a counterpoint to the pervasive digital world. Schober uses photography and freeze-frames, creates digital and analog collages and (re-)digitizes, paints over, or applies material objects to them. She integrates intentionally or randomly created structures elsewhere in her work. A major topic in Schober's work is a dynamic play with perspective and dimensions which continuously destabilizes the position of the viewer. The spontaneous, the accidental and art-trouvé is as important as the artist's personal involvement with the object or the topic. The focus is on liminal areas, precarious balances and pivotal moments in photography, sculpture, film and painting.
Barbara Schober studied intermedial design at the State Academy of Visual Arts in Stuttgart in the class of Sotiros Michou and Moritz Baumgartl. Her work there focused on the topic of the "Imaginary Museum“. She also studied media practice at the Institute of Media Sciences at the University of Tübingen. Schober has been working as picture and online editor at ARD since 1999.
Exhibitions and projects
- "Boundaries", Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990): International invitation to tender "Oxford Photography", curated by Trevor Ashby
- "Menas Be Sienų. Art Without Borders", Urban galleries of Šiauliai und Panevėžys, Lithuania (1992): Together with Lithuanian and Danish artists, it was the first international exchange project planned by artists in Lithuania since the Soviet era when only exhibitions organised by the state were allowed.
-  Louisiana Museum of Modern Art In 1996 in Humlebaek, Denmark, as a visiting editor together with Bettina Lehmann of the Fanzine project Network Orange for the section of curator Ute Meta Bauer, she collaborated on "NowHere", a large-scale presentation of international contemporary art. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with four guest curators: Ute Meta Bauer, Iwona Blazwick, Laura Cottingham and Bruce Ferguson.
- "Durban meets Stuttgart. Stuttgart meets Durban", cultural exchange, Germany/South Africa, (1997): Project of the Association of Fine Artist, with Ingrid Hartlieb and Wolfgang Thiel
- SEA(S) International Conference (group exhibition), curated by Haytham Nawar, Ionian Center, Cephalonia, Greece, (2018)
- Society of Women Artists (SWA) 157th Annual Exhibition, selected for participation, Mall Galleries London, private view with HRH Princess Michael of Kent, curated by The Arts Society (2018)
- Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea, Terza Edizione, selected for participation in the Art Biennale Salerno, Italy (2018)
- "Herland - In Search of a Female Utopia", curated by Freya Black, group exhibition at the Women's Library, Sydney, Australia (2019)
- "Apropos Les Demoiselles d'Ameublement - for Eric Satie", stage project and performances (participation), State Academy of Visual Arts in Stuttgart (1987), under the direction of Sotirios Michou
- Gallery at Chamissoplatz, Berlin (1987), caricatures exhibition (participation)
- Curated annual exhibition of the members of the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (1987–92)
-  competition, member of the jury, Sat1
- "Die Hallen - Rottenburgs Bauhaus", exhibitions and art projects of the studio collective (1990), Rottenburg
- "Skulpturenprojekt Tübingen", art in public spaces (1991)
- "Media Save Art", UNESCO-competition (participation), award for Daimler Benz AG (arwardee), Rome/Troy
- "Auf mein Zeichen, schießen Sie auf den Dirigenten!" (1992), (solo exhibition) Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Foyer Druckwerkstätten
- "Ich kann eine Fledermaus mit einem Eierlöffel töten" (1993), Gallery Zehntscheuer (solo exhibition), Möglingen
- "Filmwinter Stuttgart", photo projects and internet café (1995/96), invitation from Ulrich Wegenast
- Ideas competition, festival site Dresden-Hellerau (1997), with architectural firm Bizer, series of interviews with Werner Schretzmeier and Dr. Helmut Volkmann (among others)
-  ideas competition (1997/98), acoustic barrier, Burgweinting, with architectural firm Bizer
- Multi-Media-Performance (1998), Bonn Women's Museum
- Exhibition at Forum (solo exhibition) und open studio (2015), Bodelshausen
- ARTe Sindelfingen (2018) E 22, Sindelfingen, art fair
- Kunstschimmer (2018), Ulm, art fair
- 68. Bayreuth Art Exhibition (participation), Kunstverein Bayreuth e.V., Eremitage, west wing Neues Schloss, Bayreuth (2018)
- Berlin Art Week, selected for participation, LDX Artodrome Gallery, Berlin (2018)
- "function_anomy" International Intermissive Collective Call for Proposals, juried by Karlheinz Lüdeking (UdK Berlin), Karsten Konrad (UdK Berlin), Cornelia Gerner (Museum Reinickendorf), connected with an Artist in Residence Project in Paduli/Naples, Italy, at the Townhall Reinickendorf, Berlin (2019)
- Social Sculptures and was inspired by the work of Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Rita Fecher and her art class at Washington Irving Highschool in New York City. A series of interviews documented the similarities of K.O.S., Fecher and "Shooting Back". More background information and academic references can be found in the book "Fotografie als GegenKulturgut". Cooperating partners of the project were (among others): "Shooting Back" Inc. Media Center, Washingtion D.C./Minneapolis, Celina Lunsford/Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Martin Kilgus of SDR foreign office (today: SWR International), Media Center of the German-speaking Community, Eupen/Belgium, Photographers Gallery, Education Office, London. The project was supported by Jugenstiftung Baden-Württemberg, the European Commission and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs.
- Tadeusz Kantor and John Cage, interviews and impressions from an exhibition at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, which also focused on the topic of the relation between art and chaos. Contributing artists were: Max Bill, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Alfonso Hüppi, Helge Leiberg, Carlfriedrich Claus, Georg Nees, Jack Ox and Franz Mon.
- Seminar "Video-Skulptur", University of Tübingen (1990-1992), media arts festival Tübingen: As part of a pilot project which allowed artists to teach at universities ("Künstler an Hochschulen"), Barbara Schober gave a seminar on video sculptures together with Andreas Zeger. It developed into the initiative "Medienkunstfest" (media art festival), where international film productions associated with experimental art were shown. Participants and contributions: "Step Across the Border", "Der Lauf der Dinge" by Fischli/Weiss, Laurie Anderson on Stage, Else Gabriel, Gerd Wiedmaier and Klaus Illi (among others).
Awards and honors
1990: "Model III vertikal", work of art acquired by the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Wuerttemberg
1995: Work of art acquired by the city of Chemnitz as part of sculpturing competition
2002: Prix Europa, Internet Exploration Award, project: "Macchina X - Fabrik der Zukunft", SWR3, ARD-online (nominee)
2002: Prix Italia, category: digital communication (nominee)
2018: Donau-Kunstpreis (3rd place)
2018: Prize Art Biennale Salerno, Italy, category: painting (3rd place)
- Fotografie als GegenKULTURgut, Schober/Harten-Preiss, 1996, agenda zeitlupe, agenda Verlag Münster (ISBN 3-929440-75-X)
- Shooting Back, Schober/Harten-Preiss, 1996, in: Kunst und Unterricht, special issue on photography
- Schule des Sehens, Schober/Pehle, 1989, in: Video 06/89
- "Sotirios Michou". www.abk-stuttgart.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- "Photographic Exhibition by Trevor Ashby in Oxford". Oxford School of Photography. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- "About the Gallery" (in Lithuanian). Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- "Nowhere". frieze.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- Jakob, Susanne (1996). Stuttgart meets Durban/Durban meets Stuttgart. Baden-Württemberg meets KwaZulu Natal. Art between "Verortung" and Network. Stuttgart: Region Stuttgart im VBKW.
- Auf Sendung. Video 7/1988. p. 84.
- Rottenburgs Bauhaus. Schwäbisches Tagblatt. 1990-05-26.
- Von toten Fledermäusen und Eierlöffeln. Barbara Schober zeigt in der Zehntscheuer Foto-Installationen und Objekte. Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung. 1993.
- Kunst Regensburg. Regensburg: Stadt Regensburg, Planungs- und Baureferat. 1998. p. 179.
- Mutschler, Susanne (2015-10-06). Aus dem Kunstlazarett, Barbara Schober aus Bodelshausen malt Bilder zur Medizingeschichte. Schwäbisches Tagblatt.
- Wallberg. Ideenwettbewerb. Dokumentation. Pforzheim: Stadtverwaltung Pforzheim. 1987. pp. 32f.
- Skulpturenprojekt Tübingen Sommer '91. Tübingen Kulturamt.