Florian Schneider (1967, Munich) is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. His work is investigating the border crossings between mainstream and independent media, art theory and open source technology, documentary practices and unconventional forms of curating.
Educated as a documentary filmmaker and working for the TV station "arte", he has been engaged in ongoing processes of rethinking documentary practices across disciplines. Since 1993 he has pioneered a range of internet projects, most prominently Dictionary of War (2006-2010). In the context of Hybrid Workspace at documenta X in 1997 he has initiated the campaign kein mensch ist illegal (no one is illegal) and contributes since then to its various follow-up projects while constantly reflecting critically on the relationships between art and activism, aesthetics and politics.
In 2006 he launched the artistic research project Imaginary Property which operates at the intersections of a propertization of images and the seemingly imaginary character of property in the age of digital production and networked distribution. In 2014 he initiated the artistic research project Divisions funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.
Florian Schneider has exhibited and lectured worldwide. In August 2014 he has been appointed as Head of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He submitted his PhD dissertation on Imaginary Property at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London.