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Jesko Fezer

Jesko Fezer, Professor of Experimental Design

Jesko Fezer (*1970) has been a professor of Experimental Design at HFBK Hamburg since 2011. Fezer works as an architect, an author, a designer, an artist and an exhibition designer. In collaboration withifau (institut für angewandte urbanistik / institute for applied urban science), he has created architecture projects in Munich, Graz, Utrecht, Stuttgart, Berlin, New York and London.

After jointly running the Pro qm specialist book store – specialising in urban subjects, politics, pop, economic criticism, architecture, design, art and theory – he became co-editor of the political architecture magazineAn Architektur. Produktion und Gebrauch gebauter Umwelt and co-founder of theKooperative für Darstellungspolitik research and exhibition design studio. In 2009 and 2010, lectureships at a number of art and architecture institutions and a visiting professorship in architecture theory and urban research at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nuremberg were followed by a post as director of the research projectCivic City. Design for the Post-Neoliberal City at the Institut für Designforschung of the Zürich Hochschule der Künste. Jesko Fezer researches and publishes on the architecture and design history of the post-war era, on design methods, on processual orientation and participation and on the politics of design. He has been a member of the board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung (DGTF) since 2011. He is also a member of the Hamburger Kunstkommission.


ifau und Jesko Fezer: 12 Arbeitsthesen, Disko, Nr. 25, Nürnberg 2011
Jesko Fezer: Deprofessionalisierungstendenzen (damals, in der Entwurfsmethodik), Disko, Nr. 24, Nürnberg 2011
Jesko Fezer, Matthias Görlich, Design2context (Hg.): Civic City Cahier 1–5. (Margit Mayer, Gui Bonsiepe, Tom Holert, Neil Brenner, Nick Theodore, Jamie Peck, Erik Swyngedouw), London 2010–2011
Jesko Fezer: Design for a Post-Neoliberal City, in: E-Flux Journal, Nr. 17, New York 2010
Jesko Fezer, Axel John Wieder (Hg.):Bilder der Planung. Visuelle Diskurse zur Gestaltung der Wirklichkeit, in: Tom Holert, Marion von Osten (Hg.): Das Erziehungsbild. Zur visuellen Kultur des Pädagogischen, Wien 2010
Jesko Fezer: A Non Sentimental Argument. Die Krisen des Design Methods Movement 1962–1972, in: Daniel Gethmann, Susanne Hauser (Hg.): Kulturtechnik Entwerfen. Praktiken, Konzepte und Medien in Architektur und Design Science, Bielefeld 2009
Jesko Fezer: Planung und Demokratie. Ein Gespräch mit Tomás Maldonado, in: Texte zur Kunst, Nr. 72, Berlin 2008
An Architektur Nr. 1–23, Vice Versa, Berlin 2002–2010
Jesko Fezer: Polit-Kybernetik. ARCH+, die Studenten und die IG Bau Steine Erden, in: Arch+, Nr. 186, Berlin 2008
Jesko Fezer und Planungsmethodik gestern, Disko, Nr. 6, Nürnberg 2007
Nicole Birlenbach, Jesko Fezer, Mateo Kries, Ana Stüler (Hg.): DesignCity - Design for Urban Space and the Design City Discussion, Berlin 2006
Jesko Fezer, Mathias Heyden (Hg.): Hier Entsteht. Strategien partizipativer Architektur und räumlicher Aneignung, Berlin 2004
Jesko Fezer, Martin Schmitz (Hg.): Lucius Burckhardt: Wer plant die Planung? Architektur, Politik und Mensch, Berlin 2004

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?