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Johanna Dehio

Johanna Dehio, Guest professor Design

Johanna Dehio (*1984) is a german designer living and working in Berlin.

With a background as product designer, she works in different constellations on applied research and design projects in social and cultural context. Based on a study of different aspects of improvisation which are consistently serving as an impulse and inspiration, her work is concerned with the substance of relationships between people, objects and space.

All different forms and aspects of design can be lead back to the living environment and situation of people and are contextualized in it. „Arbeitstitel - vom Provisorium zum Produkt“ was a research and design project experimenting with the potentials of improvisation within the design process (2010).

Throughout different collaborative projects she developed a metaphor of the kitchen as a reference for cultural processes, approaching contextual questions through exemplary practical or sensual experiences: „Construisine I“ was a temporary open kitchen exploring potentials of communal production in public space during Stadtarbeit, Vienna Design Week (2013). „Construisine II“ proposed a tool for communication with the neighborhood during the reconstruction of the masters houses at Bauhaus Dessau (2013). „Firekitchen“ activated a temporary community through experiencing the whole production process of a clay kitchen, exploring and exchanging inherent and practical knowledge at Vila Itororó, Goethe Institut Sao Paulo / 11a bienal de arquitectura SP (2017). Since 2013 she has been involved in various projects with „Constructlab“ on collaborative and participative construction practice and since 2016 with „OH group“ on transdisciplinary and transparent process-design.

Johanna Dehio has been teaching at University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), Free University Bolzano (unibz) and HFBK Hamburg, and holding interdisciplinary workshops and lectures.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.