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2.2.2023, Thursday 10:00 Uhr
2nd day of the symposium: Controversy over documenta fifteen: Background, Interpretation, and Analysis

  • Venue:

  • Aula, HFBK Hamburg

In the summer of 2022, the global art exhibition documenta in Kassel ignited major controversies on several levels. With this symposium on documenta fifteen, the HFBK Hamburg aims to analyze the background and context, foster dialogue between different viewpoints, and enable a debate that explicitly addresses anti-Semitism in the field of art.

Which historical-political continuities can be discerned in the genesis of documenta? What was negotiated in the debate beyond artistic strategies and the curatorial concept? How can we argue with one another publicly in a narrow field of discourse? The symposium offers space for divergent positions and aims to open up perspectives for the present and future of exhibition making.

The symposium was conceived in consultation with Meron Mendel and Nora Sternfeld.

Thursday, 2.2.2023

  • 10 a.m.
    Talk documenta fifteen from Indonesian perspective, Reza Afisina (artist, member of ruangrupa and DAAD guest professor, HFBK Hamburg), Hestu A. Nugroho (artist, member of Taring Padi, Berlin), moderation: Kate Brown (curator, art journalist and Europe editor, Artnet News)
  • 12 noon
    Panel Antisemitism and postcolonial research: A (global) history debate, Michaela Melián (artist and professor of Time-based Media, HFBK Hamburg), Miriam Rürup (Direktorin Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Professorin für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam), Michael Wildt (Professor i.R. für Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert mit Schwerpunkt im Nationalsozialismus, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jürgen Zimmerer (professor of global history with a focus on Africa and colonial history at the University of Hamburg), moderation: René Aguigah (head of literature department at Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Berlin)
  • 3 p.m.
    Talk Cultural production between dialogue, criticism and boycott, Saba-Nur Cheema (political scientist and researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on anti-Semitism in educational contexts), Doron Rabinovici (writer and historian, Vienna), moderation: Nora Sternfeld (art educator and professor of Art Education, HFBK Hamburg)
  • 5 p.m.
    Panel Art as social practice – artistic paradigm shift through the documenta fifteen?, Iswanto Hartono (artist, member of ruangrupa and DAAD guest professor, HFBK Hamburg), Gilly Karjevsky (curator and guest professor of Social Design, HFBK Hamburg), Nora Sternfeld (art educator and professor of Art Education, HFBK Hamburg), Margarita Tsomou (curator at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and professor of contemporary theater practice at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences), Wolfgang Ullrich (art historian and cultural scientist, Leipzig), moderation: Ralf Schlüter (cultural journalist, Berlin)

Following each panel, an audience discussion will be offered, in German and English (with simultaneous translation).

Public event, free admission, registration not required, press please contact: presse@hfbk.hamburg.de

Invitation for download, qualified child care will be offered, for more information: baerbel.hartje@hfbk.hamburg.de

Recording will be published in the HFBK-Mediathek: https://mediathek.hfbk.net

Speaker

Reza Afisina

Prof. Reza Afisina, born in Indonesia, has held a one-year DAAD Visiting Professorship at the HFBK Hamburg together with Iswanto Hartono since October 2022. Both as an individual artist and collectively together with ruangrupa, they has been involved in various national and international exhibitions and workshops; with ruangrupa as an artists’ collective platform, they also have participated in Gwangju Biennale 2002 and 2018 South Korea, Istanbul Biennale 2005, Singapore Biennale 2011, Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane - Australia 2012, Sao Paulo Biennale 2014, Cosmopolis #1 Centre Pompidou in Paris – France 2017, and including co-curating TRANSaction: Sonsbeek International 2016 in Arnhem, the Netherlands as well as the artistic director from collective ruangrupa for Documenta 2022. ArtReview placed the ruangrupa collective #1 in its "Power 100" (Nov 2022), the annual ranking of the most influential people and movements in the contemporary art world.

René Aguigah

René Aguigah heads the literature department at Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, where he has worked since 2010. He was previously an editor and moderator at WDR 3, and then non-fiction editor for the magazine Literaturen. He studied history, philosophy, and journalism in Dortmund and Bochum. In 2023 he will begin a fellowship at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles. He lives and works in Berlin. 2021 "Weiterleben trotz allem" was published, the epilogue to the new German translation of James Baldwin's novel Ein anderes Land (Munich: dtv).

Kate Brown

Kate Brown, born in Canada, is a curator, arts journalist and editor based in Berlin. She is the Europe Editor for Artnet News, where she writes and commissions stories about contemporary art and culture with a focus on society and politics in Germany and Europe, and a co-host of the podcast The Art Angle. She is co-director of Ashley Berlin, a nonprofit gallery founded in 2013 in the German capital that focuses on young and emerging artistic positions. Her writing has also recently appeared in artist catalogs, and in publications including Elephant Magazine, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Spike Magazine, and Canadian Art Magazine.

Saba-Nur Cheema

Saba-Nur Cheema is a political scientist and researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on anti-Semitism in educational contexts. From 2015 to 2021 she was director of education at the Bildungsstätte Anne Frank. She works and writes on the topics of diversity, Muslim-Jewish dialogue, and the relationship between racism and anti-Semitism. In 2021 she conceived and co-edited the online dossier “Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart” for the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. In October 2022 the anthology Frenemies: Antisemitismus, Rassismus und ihre Kritiker*innen (2022), edited by her along with Meron Mendel and Sina Arnold, was published. Together with Meron Mendel she writes the monthly column “Muslimisch-jüdisches Abendbrot” for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Cheema is a member of the expert group on hostility toward Muslims which was convened by the German federal government after the attacks in Hanau in 2020.

Iswanto Hartono

Prof. Iswanto Hartono, born in Indonesia, has held a one-year DAAD Visiting Professorship at the HFBK Hamburg together with Reza Afisina since October 2022. Both as an individual artist and collectively together with ruangrupa, they has been involved in various national and international exhibitions and workshops; with ruangrupa as an artists’ collective platform, they also have participated in Gwangju Biennale 2002 and 2018 South Korea, Istanbul Biennale 2005, Singapore Biennale 2011, Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane - Australia 2012, Sao Paulo Biennale 2014, Cosmopolis #1 Centre Pompidou in Paris – France 2017, and including co-curating TRANSaction: Sonsbeek International 2016 in Arnhem, the Netherlands as well as the artistic director from collective ruangrupa for Documenta 2022. ArtReview placed the ruangrupa collective #1 in its "Power 100" (Nov 2022), the annual ranking of the most influential people and movements in the contemporary art world.

Gilly Karjevsky

Prof. Gilly Karjevsky is acurator of critical spatial practice (Rendell) teaching and curating programs at the intersection of ecology, ethics of care and radical collectivity. For the guest professorship year at HFBK she focuses on social technologies designed to negotiate the spaces between subjectivity and the common good. This concept is linked to her ongoing research into radically local urban curating currently funded by the Fonds Darstelle Künste. She is founding association member at Floating University Berlin where she curates Climate Care - a festival for theory and practice on a natureculture learning site, the Urban Practice residency program and a participatory lexicon process. She is founding member of Soft Agency - a diasporic group of feminist spatial practitioners. Gilly is co-director of 72 Hour Urban Action, with a recent monograph published by Archplus documenting a decade of real-time place-making. She has published in several platforms, most recently "Collective Auotheory” in New Alphabet School #21 - Practices of Knowledge Production in Art, Activism and Collective Research , “Care for Cities” in Expanding Academy Reader #3, and “Climate Care - A Curriculum for Urban Practice” in Radicalising Care - Feminist and Queer Activism in Curating.

Michaela Melián

Prof. Michaela Melián is a visual artist and musician who is known for her multimedia installations, audio dramas, and sound works. She is a member of the band F.S.K. (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle) and co-editor of the artists’ magazine Mode & Verzweiflung. Since 2010 she has been teaching as a professor of time-base media at the HFBK Hamburg, where she organized the multi-day international conference “Gegenmonumente und Para-Monumente” along with Nora Sternfeld in 2021. In 2010 she was commissioned by the city of Munich to create Memory Loops, an acoustic memorial for the victims of the Nazi regime. Her project Maria Luiko, Trauernde, 1938 is on view in a public space in Munich until the end of 2023 as part of the series past statements: Denkmäler in der Diskussion. She has received several awards for her work, including the 2006 Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden for Föhrenwald, in 2010 the Kunstpreis der Stadt München, in 2018 the Edwin Scharff Kunstpreis from the city of Hamburg, and the Preis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum from the city of Bremen. Her works were most recently exhibited at the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Gwangju Museum of Art in South Korea, the Lenbachhaus in Munich, the Lentos Museum Linz, the Fundació Jo an Miró in Barcelona, the Kunsthal Rotterdam, and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Melián lives in Munich and Hamburg.

Hestu A. Nugroho

Born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Hestu A. Nugroho graduated from the Department of Visual Arts and Design at the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. During his studies, he was the chair of the Environmental Arts Students Organisation (Sasenitala). In 1998, he co-founded the artists collective Taring Padi, which was formed by art students as response to the social upheavals during the fall of the Suharto regime. Taring Padi denounced the “Art for Art’s Sake” doctrine enforced by the military regime and revived the Indonesian concept of “People’s Art”. In workshops with local communities as well as in collaborative projects with other art groups and NGOs from various countries, they respond to current topics of social injustice, human rights and discrimination of gender, ethnic or religious minorities. In his individual career under the artist name “Setu Legi”, Hestu focuses on socio-political and environmental topics. Besides using graphic art techniques and design, he mostly presents his work as interactive mixed media installations combined with performance art. His work was exhibited in Indonesia, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and USA. Today, he is based in Berlin and Yogyakarta. With Taring Padi he was invited to documenta fifteen.

Doron Rabinovici

Doron Rabinovici was born in Tel Aviv and has lived in Vienna since 1964. He is a writer and historian. His work includes prose, essays, and scholarly works. In Austria he is a prominent opponent of racism, right-wing extremism, and anti-Semitism. Since 1986 he has been spokesman for the Republikanischer Club Neues Österreich, which was founded in the wake of the debate surrounding Kurt Waldheim’s presidential election campaign. His publications include Instanzen der Ohnmacht: Wien 1938–1945: Der Weg zum Judenrat (Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, 2000); Der neue Antisemitismus: Eine globale Debatte, edited along with Ulrich Speck and Natan Sznaider (suhrkamp edition, 2004); Der ewige Widerstand: Über einen strittigen Begriff (styria, 2008); Neuer Antisemitismus? Fortsetzung einer globalen Debatte, edited along with Christian Heilbronn and Natan Sznaider (suhrkamp edition, 2019); the novel Die Einstellung (Suhrkamp, 2022); and 2013 – 2015: Die letzten Zeugen, theater project at the Burgtheater in Vienna with Matthias Hartmann. Rabinovici is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. For his work he was awarded the Anton-Wildgans-Preis and the Ehrenpreis des österreichischen Buchhandels für Toleranz in Denken und Handeln.

Miriam Rürup

Prof. Dr. Miriam Rürup was born in Karlsruhe and has been director of the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien and professor at the University of Potsdam since December 2020. From 2012 to 2020 she was director of the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden in Hamburg. Before taking on this position in 2012, she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and from 2006 to 2010 as a research assistant at the Department of Medieval and Modern History at the University of Göttingen. She researches how the United Nations dealt with statelessness and ideas of universal belonging after the two world wars and the repercussions on national politics in West Germany. In 2007 she published her dissertation on the topic of German-Jewish student fraternities (Ehrensache: Jüdische Studentenverbindungen an deutschen Universitäten 1886–1937, Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen). She studied history, sociology, and European ethnology at the University of Göttingen, Tel Aviv University, and in Berlin, and has worked at the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center in Jerusalem, and the Dubnow Institute in Leipzig.

Ralf Schlüter

Ralf Schlüter studied modern German literature, philosophy, and history at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has written reviews, portraits, and reports for the Berliner Zeitung, the German edition of Rolling Stone, Wochenpost, and Die Woche. From 1999 to 2000 he was editor-in-chief at the design magazine form in Frankfurt am Main, before moving to the magazine Art in Hamburg. From 2006 to 2020 he was deputy editor-in-chief there. During this time he published portraits, reviews, essays, and reports; he also held teaching positions at the University of Hamburg and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Since 2013 he has worked with audio formats, and until 2020 he presented the program “Art Mixtape” on the internet radio broadcaster ByteFM. Since October 2020 he has been producing the podcast “Zeitgeister” together with the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, a cultural history based on individual songs and pieces of music. In 2021 he was involved in the podcast program “Die Erde spricht” for the 100th anniversary of Joseph Beuys’s birth. In 2022 the audio guide “Ulysses lesen” on James Joyce’s novel was released. In 2021 and 2022 he was executive editor of the handbook for documenta fifteen. In 2022 he founded the agency kultur{}botschaft along with his sister Karin Bjerregaard Schlüter. She develops formats, curates conferences, and assists cultural institutions with digital transformation (website: kulturbotschaft.berlin).

Nora Sternfeld

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld is an art educator and curator. She is a professor of art education at the HFBK Hamburg. From 2018 to 2020 she was a documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. From 2012 to 2018 she was professor of curating and mediating art at Aalto University in Helsinki. She is also co-director of the /ecm master’s degree on exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, part of the core team at schnittpunkt: ausstellungstheorie & praxis, co-founder of and partner at trafo.K, Büro für Bildung, Kunst und kritische Wissensproduktion in Vienna, and since 2011 part of freethought, a platform for research, education, and production in London. In this context, she was also one of the artistic directors of the Bergen Assembly in 2016 and has been a BAK fellow at basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht since 2020. She publishes on contemporary art, educational theory, exhibitions, the politics of history, and anti-racism.

Margarita Tsomou

Prof. Dr. Margarita Tsomou is a Greek cultural studies scholar and works in Berlin as a writer, dramaturge, moderator, curator, and professor. She co-founded the pop-feminist publication Missy Magazine in 2008, and is curator for theory and discourse at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin and professor of contemporary theater practice at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Two of her most recent curatorial works include the series “Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence” at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and the series of events by the Apatride Society in Paul B. Preciado’s discursive program at Documenta 14.

Wolfgang Ullrich

Wolfgang Ullrich studied philosophy, art history, logic/scientific theory, and German literature in Munich. From 2006 to 2015 he was a professor of art and media theory at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and has lived in Leipzig as an art historian and freelance writer ever since. He researches and publishes on the history and criticism of the concept of art, topics related to the sociology of images, and consumer theory. He has been a columnist at the magazine art since 2011, and since 2019 he edited the book series “Digitale Bildkulturen” along with Annekathrin Kohout, published by Verlag Klaus Wagenbach. His most recent book publications include Selfies: Die Rückkehr des öffentlichen Lebens, (Berlin, 2019), Feindbild werden: Ein Bericht (Berlin, 2020), and Die Kunst nach dem Ende ihrer Autonomie (Berlin, 2022). More information is available at ideenfreiheit.de.

Michael Wildt

Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt studied history, cultural studies, and Protestant theology at the University of Hamburg after completing an apprenticeship as a bookseller and working for the publisher Rowohlt. From 1992 to 1997 he was a research associate at the Forschungsstelle für die Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus in Hamburg and then from 1997 to 2009 at the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung with a focus on the theory and history of violence. In 2001 he completed his habilitation with a study on the leadership corps of the Reich Security Main Office. From 2009 to 2022 he was professor of 20th-century German history with a focus on National Socialism at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2022 he was awarded the Preis des Historischen Kollegs for his work. His most recent publications include Zerborstene Zeit: Deutsche Geschichte 1918–1945 (Munich, 2022), Die Ambivalenz des Volkes: Der Nationalsozialismus als Gesellschaftsgeschichte (Berlin, 2019), and Volk, Volksgemeinschaft, AfD (Hamburg, 2017). Along with Susan Neiman, in 2022 he edited Historiker straiten: Gewalt und Holocaust – Die Debatte.

Mi You

Prof. Dr. Mi You is a professor of Art and Economies at the University of Kassel / documenta Institut. Her academic interests are in the social value of art, new and historical materialism, as well as the history, political theory and philosophy of Eurasia. She works with the Silk Road as a figuration for re-imagining networks, and has curated exhibitions and programs at Asian Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea, Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Mongolia (2016), Zarya CCA, Vladivostok (2018), Mill6 Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile, Hong Kong (2023) and the research/curatorial platform “Unmapping Eurasia” (2018-) with Binna Choi. Her recent exhibitions focus on socializing technologies and “actionable speculations”, such as “Sci-(no)-Fi” at the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne (2019) and “Lonely Vectors” at Singapore Art Museum (2022). She was one of the curators of the 13th Shanghai Biennale (2020-2021). On the social front, she serves as chair of committee on Media Arts and Technology for the transnational NGO Common Action Forum.

Jürgen Zimmerer

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer is a professor of global history with a focus on Africa and colonial history at the University of Hamburg, where he has been director of the research center Hamburgs (post-)koloniales Erbe since 2014. From 2005 to 2017 he was founding president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS). In 2020 he was the first recipient of the organization’s Liftetime Achievement Award. His main research interests include the history of colonial globalization, the history of memory, and comparative genocide research. His most noteworthy publications include Deutsche Herrschaft über Afrikaner: Staatlicher Machtanspruch und Wirklichkeit im kolonialen Namibia (also in English), Von Windhuk nach Ausschwitz? Beiträge zum Verhältnis von Kolonialismus und Holocaust (also in English), Kein Platz an der Sonne: Erinnerungsorte der deutschen Kolonialgeschichte (editor), Hamburg, Tor zur kolonialen Welt: Erinnerungsorte der (post-)kolonialen Globalisierung (co-editor), and Climate Change and Genocide: Environmental Violence in the 21st Century (editor).

Annual Exhibition 2022, class of Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Annual Exhibition 2022, class of Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Annual Exhibition 2023 at HFBK Hamburg

From February 10-12, students from all departments will present their artistic works at Lerchenfeld 2, Wartenau 15 and AtelierHaus, Lerchenfeld 2a. At ICAT, Tobias Peper, Artistic Director of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, curates an exhibition with HFBK master students. Also 10 exchange students from Goldsmiths, University of London will show their work there.

Examination of the submitted portfolios

Examination of the submitted portfolios

How to apply: study at HFBK Hamburg

From February 1 to March 6, 2023, 4 p.m., you can apply to study at HFBK Hamburg. Please find all important info here.

Symposium: Controversy over documenta fifteen

With this symposium on documenta fifteen on the 1st and 2nd of February, the HFBK Hamburg aims to analyze the background and context, foster dialogue between different viewpoints, and enable a debate that explicitly addresses anti-Semitism in the field of art. The symposium offers space for divergent positions and aims to open up perspectives for the present and future of exhibition making.

ASA Open Studios winter semester 2021/22; photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

ASA Open Studios winter semester 2021/22; photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

The best is saved until last

At the end of the year, once again there will be numerous exhibitions and events with an HFBK context. We have compiled some of them here. You will also find a short preview of two lectures of the professionalization program in January.

Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image, Grafik: Leon Lothschütz

Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image, Grafik: Leon Lothschütz

Festival and Symposium: Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image

As the final part of the artistic research project, the festival and symposium invite you to screenings, performances, talks, and discussions that explore the potential of the moving images and the (human and non-human) body to overturn our habitual course and change the dominant order of things.

View of the packed auditorium at the start of the semester; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

View of the packed auditorium at the start of the semester; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Wishing you a happy welcome

We are pleased to welcome many new faces to the HFBK Hamburg for the winter semester 2022/23. We have compiled some background information on our new professors and visiting professors here.

Solo exhibition by Konstantin Grcic

From September 29 to October 23, 2022, Konstantin Grcic (Professor of Industrial Design) will be showing a room-sized installation at ICAT - Institute for Contemporary Art & Transfer at the HFBK Hamburg consisting of objects designed by him and existing, newly assembled objects. At the same time, the space he designed for workshops, seminars and office workstations in the AtelierHaus will be put into operation.

Amna Elhassan, Tea Lady, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Amna Elhassan, Tea Lady, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Art and war

"Every artist is a human being". This statement by Martin Kippenberger, which is as true as it is existentialist (in an ironic rephrasing of the well-known Beuys quote), gets to the heart of the matter in many ways. On the one hand, it reminds us not to look away, to be (artistically) active and to raise our voices. At the same time, it is an exhortation to help those who are in need. And that is a lot of people at the moment, among them many artists. That is why it is important for art institutions to discuss not only art, but also politics.

Merlin Reichert, Die Alltäglichkeit des Untergangs, Installation in der Galerie der HFBK; photo: Tim Albrecht

Merlin Reichert, Die Alltäglichkeit des Untergangs, Installation in der Galerie der HFBK; photo: Tim Albrecht

Graduate Show 2022: We’ve Only Just Begun

From July 8 to 10, 2022, more than 160 Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates of the class of 2021/22 will present their final projects from all majors. Under the title Final Cut, all graduation films will be shown on a big screen in the auditorium of the HFBK Hamburg. At the same time, the exhibition of the Sudanese guest lecturer Amna Elhassan can be seen in the HFBK gallery in the Atelierhaus.

Grafik: Nele Willert, Dennise Salinas

Grafik: Nele Willert, Dennise Salinas

June is full of art and theory

It has been a long time since there has been so much on offer: a three-day congress on the visuality of the Internet brings together international web designers; the research collective freethought discusses the role of infrastructures; and the symposium marking the farewell of professor Michaela Ott takes up central questions of her research work.

Renée Green. ED/HF, 2017. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, Bortolami Gallery, New York, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne/Munich.

Renée Green. ED/HF, 2017. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, Bortolami Gallery, New York, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne/Munich.

Finkenwerder Art Prize 2022

The Finkenwerder Art Prize, initiated in 1999 by the Kulturkreis Finkenwerder e.V., has undergone a realignment: As a new partner, the HFBK Hamburg is expanding the prize to include the aspect of promoting young artists and, starting in 2022, will host the exhibition of the award winners in the HFBK Gallery. This year's Finkenwerder Art Prize will be awarded to the US artist Renée Green. HFBK graduate Frieda Toranzo Jaeger receives the Finkenwerder Art Prize for recent graduates.

Amanda F. Koch-Nielsen, Motherslugger; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Amanda F. Koch-Nielsen, Motherslugger; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Nachhaltigkeit im Kontext von Kunst und Kunsthochschule

Im Bewusstsein einer ausstehenden fundamentalen gesellschaftlichen Transformation und der nicht unwesentlichen Schrittmacherfunktion, die einem Ort der künstlerischen Forschung und Produktion hierbei womöglich zukommt, hat sich die HFBK Hamburg auf den Weg gemacht, das Thema strategisch wie konkret pragmatisch für die Hochschule zu entwickeln. Denn wer, wenn nicht die Künstler*innen sind in ihrer täglichen Arbeit damit befasst, das Gegebene zu hinterfragen, genau hinzuschauen, neue Möglichkeiten, wie die Welt sein könnte, zu erkennen und durchzuspielen, einem anderen Wissen Gestalt zu geben

New studio in the row of houses at Lerchenfeld

New studio in the row of houses at Lerchenfeld, in the background the building of Fritz Schumacher; photo: Tim Albrecht

Raum für die Kunst

After more than 40 years of intensive effort, a long-cherished dream is becoming reality for the HFBK Hamburg. With the newly opened studio building, the main areas of study Painting/Drawing, Sculpture and Time-Related Media will finally have the urgently needed studio space for Master's students. It simply needs space for their own ideas, for thinking, for art production, exhibitions and as a depot.

Martha Szymkowiak / Emilia Bongilaj, Installation “Mmh”; photo: Tim Albrecht

Martha Szymkowiak / Emilia Bongilaj, Installation “Mmh”; photo: Tim Albrecht

Annual Exhibition 2022 at the HFBK

After last year's digital edition, the 2022 annual exhibition at the HFBK Hamburg will once again take place with an audience. From 11-13 February, students from all departments will present their artistic work in the building at Lerchenfeld, Wartenau 15 and the newly opened Atelierhaus.

Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V., VG-Bild Kunst Bonn

Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V., VG-Bild Kunst Bonn

Conference: Counter-Monuments and Para-Monuments.

The international conference at HFBK Hamburg on December 2-4, 2021 – jointly conceived by Nora Sternfeld and Michaela Melián –, is dedicated to the history of artistic counter-monuments and forms of protest, discusses aesthetics of memory and historical manifestations in public space, and asks about para-monuments for the present.

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld

Diversity

Who speaks? Who paints which motif? Who is shown, who is not? Questions of identity politics play an important role in art and thus also at the HFBK Hamburg. In the current issue, the university's own Lerchenfeld magazine highlights university structures as well as student initiatives that deal with diversity and identity.

photo: Klaus Frahm

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Katja Pilipenko

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?