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Christoph Knoth

Christoph Knoth, Professor of Digital Graphic

Christoph Knoth (*1985), together with Konrad Renner, is professor of Digitale Grafik at the HFBK Hamburg in the department of Graphic Art / Typography / Photography starting 2017. Knoth studied graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. In 2011 he finished his studies in type design with an MA at the ECAL / L’École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. In 2012 he was a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht with his project Computed Type. This project explores the historical and future constrains and possibilities of parametric type. For the period 2015–2017 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

In 2011 he founded the studio Knoth & Renner together with Konrad Renner. Among others they worked on the websites for Casco Utrecht, Werkleitz Halle, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kunsthalle Zurich, the New Zealand and the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015, the artist group !Mediengruppe Bitnik, the artist Simon Denny, Spector Books and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine.

In the winter semester of 2015/16 Christoph Knoth was guest professor for information design at the Burg Halle. In the following year he was, together with Konrad Renner, a guest researcher at the Bauhaus University in Weimar as a substitute for the professor in typography where they started the project Digital Typography. Christoph Knoth has given workshops at the EKA in Tallinn, the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, the Burg Halle, the ECAL Lausanne, the SDN Junior Research Conference Basel and NTU Singapore.

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?