The ethnologist, filmmaker and curator Anja Dreschke lives in Cologne.
After completing her studies in ethnology, art history and theater, film and television studies in Cologne, she now works there as a research assistant in the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies of the University of Frankfurt. Prior to that she was a research assistant in the DFG research project Trance mediums and new media as well as with the Locating Media graduate studies project at the University of Siegen. In addition, she teaches at the University of Cologne, the Granada Center Manchester, and the HBK Braunschweig [Braunschweig University of Art] and work as a freelance author (among others for WDR radio) and as a curator in the areas media/film, art and ethnology.
Her research focuses on the areas of audio-visual anthropology, media ethnology, experimental ethnography, art research and trance mediums.
In addition to numerous articles, she is also collaborating on the publications Trance Mediums and New Media, Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction and Reenactments. Media Practices between Repetition and Creative Adoption. Her current publication Monograph on the Cologne Tribes. Media Ethnography of a Mimetic Culture is forthcoming. In 2012 her work The 'Isawa in Morocco 1992-2012 was part of the exhibition Animism at the Haus der Kulturen in Berlin. In 2015 she exhibited her joint work with Regina Barunke I See, So I See So. Messages from Harry Smith at the Temporary Gallery in Cologne.
In 2011 she produced her debut film, The Tribes of Cologne, a Realfiction mixed reality film. Currently she is working with Martin Zillinger on the film TranceMedia and with Michaela Schäuble on the film Tarantism Revisited. Medializing Trance in Southern Italy.
Anja Dreschke has been a lecturer in Media Anthropology at the Institute for Music and Media of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media Düsseldorf since 2017.