S†ëfan Schäfer is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. His research deals with the conversion of images from representative objects to participative subjects. This includes modes of image production and distribution as well as occuring consequences and shifts of meaning while traversing divers media. At this moment Schäfer is investigating the “compensation of physical absence with virtual presence“ and vice versa.

Together with Dr. Emily West Schäfer is co-foudner of digitalnecropolis.net, an ongoing research on the topic of digital death and digital afterlife. Their book „I am become digital death, the destroyer of worlds“ had been published in Oct 2016 and was exhibited at the Dutch Design Week 2016 in Eindhoven.


Schäfer graduated in 2009 from the ArtEZ Arnhem graphic design department (BA) and achieved his Master degree in design at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam in 2012. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam, NL. His practise includes self-initiated projects and collaborations as well as comissioned work.

He is currently teaching at the HKU Utrecht design department and was guest lecturer and guest teacher at KABK Den Haag, ArtEZ Arnhem, St. Lucas Antwerpen, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam and was designer in residency at the Otis College for Art and Design in Los Angeles.

With his project Twittercore he performed at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont – CIG, Cite du Design in St. Etienne, World Design Capital 2014 in Cape Town (South Africa), De Punt Amsterdam, Worm in Rotterdam. His audiovisual improvisation duo played e.g. at the Dokfest Filmfestival in Kassel, Germany; at the Bimhuis and the OT301 in Amsterdam; at the Shiny Toys festival in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. His work, namely interactive installations, has been shown amongst others at Mediamatic Amsterdam, De Punt Amsterdam, Trouw Amsterdam, Stadschouwburg Rotterdam, Worm Rotterdam, Virtueel Museum Amsterdam, The Bookstore Project Amsterdam, , Graphic Design Festival Breda, Cape Town (South Africa).