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Department Committees

The department committees ensure the required teaching in their fields. At their meetings, there is an exchange about research and teaching, planning and organization of seminars, excursions and events. They also discuss the allocation of funds for the specializations, the selection of visiting professorships, and the texts for the departmental appointment procedures.


Laura Kowalewski

Department: Sculpture

Chairperson: Prof. Thomas Demand
Prof. Michael Beutler / Prof. Martin Boyce / Prof. Thomas Demand / Prof. Andreas Slominski / Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer
Students: Marie Siewierski
16.04.21, 11 am

Department: Stage Design

Chairperson: Prof. Raimund Bauer
Prof. Raimund Bauer
Students: Naomi Sam


Department: Design

Chairperson: Prof. Jesko Fezer
Prof. Jesko Fezer / Pro. Konstantin Grcic / Prof. Glen Oliver Löw / Prof. Valentina Karga / Prof. Ralph Sommer
Students: Lara Molenda / Svenja Bredehöft
Coopted, without the right to vote: workshop supervisors
Meeting: online, each first Thursday of the month (01.04.21 / 06.05.21 / 03.06.21 / 01.07.21) – 10 am

Department: Film

Chairperson: Prof. Udo Engel
Prof. Robert Bramkamp / Prof. Pepe Danquart / Prof. Udo Engel / Prof. Angela Schanelec / Prof. Bernd Schoch
Students: Max Lequeux, Sandra Makhlouf
Coopted, without the right to vote: workshop supervisors
Dates of the meetings: as required

Department: Graphic Art/Typography/Photography

Chairperson: Prof. Heike Mutter
Deputy: Prof. Ingo Offermanns
Prof. Wigger Bierma / Prof. Adam Broomberg / Prof. Oliver Chanarin / Prof. Christoph Knoth / Prof. Heike Mutter / Prof. Ingo Offermanns / Prof. Konrad Renner
Students: Gihong (Kiki) Park
Coopted, without the right to vote: workshop supervisors
Dates of the meetings: online, each forth Tuesday of the month (27.04.21/ 25.05.21 / 29.06.21) – 2 pm

Department: Painting/Drawing

Chairperson: Prof. Werner Büttner
Deputy: Prof. Anselm Reyle
Prof. Abel Auer / Prof. Werner Büttner / Prof. Andrew Gilbert / Prof. Jutta Koether / Prof. Anselm Reyle / Prof. Jorinde Voigt
Students: Despoina Pagiota

Department: Theory and History

Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania
Deputy: Prof. Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp
Prof. Dr. Armen Avanessian, Prof. Dr. Clémentine Deliss, Prof. Martin Köttering, Prof. Dr. Hanne Loreck, Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania, Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott, Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, Prof. Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp, Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries
Students: Anne Meerpohl
Dates of the meetings: online, each third wednesday of the month (28.04.21 / 19.05.21 / 16.06.21) – 6 pm

Department: Time-based Media

Chairperson: Prof. Michaela Melián
Prof. Angela Bulloch / Prof. Simon Denny / Prof. Jeanne Faust / Prof. Annika Larsson / Prof. Michaela Melián
Students: Emilia Keller
Coopted, without the right to vote: Ulf Freyhoff, Ute Janssen
Dates of the meetings: online, Thursday 01.04.21 – 4 pm

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.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

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

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

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?