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Dr. Armen Avanessian

Dr. Armen Avanessian, Professor of Philosophy

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris and literature in Bielefeld. After completing his dissertation, he worked for several years as a freelance journalist, editor and in publishing in Paris and London and from 2007-2014 at the FU-Berlin. In 2011 he was Visiting Fellow at the German Department of Columbia University, in 2012 Visiting Fellow at the German Department of Yale University. In recent years he has held several visiting professorships and lectureships at various art academies in Nuremberg, Vienna, Basel, Copenhagen, Paris and California (CalArts).

He is the founder of the research platform, editor-at-large at MERVE Verlag and organizes the weekly theory series "Armen Avanessian & Enemies" at the Volksbühne Berlin. His books have been translated into numerous languages.


Phänomenologie ironischen Geistes. Ethik, Poetik und Politik der Moderne. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2010.

Präsens. Poetik eines Tempus. (gemeinsam mit Anke Hennig) Berlin/Zürich: Diaphanes, 2012.

Metanoia. Ontologie der Sprache. (gemeinsam mit Anke Hennig) Berlin: Merve, 2014.

Speculative Drawing. (gemeinsam mit Andreas Töpfer) Berlin: SternbergPress, 2014.

Überschrift. Ethik des Wissens – Poetik der Existenz. Berlin: Merve 2015.

Miamification. Berlin: Merve 2017.

Metaphysik zur Zeit. Berlin: Merve 2018.

One plus One. Spekulative Poetik von Feminismus, Algorithmik, Politik und Kapital (gemeinsam mit Anke Hennig), Berlin: Merve 2019.

I - I. Spekulative Poetik von Feminismus, Algorithmik, Politik und Kapital (gemeinsam mit Anke Hennig), Berlin: Merve 2019.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

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.

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?