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Translating and Framing. Practices of Medial Transformations

Transmissions between different media constitute a central strategy of the arts, of popular culture, and the media industry as well as an important research topic in media studies. Making use of these various approaches, the interdisciplinary research group focusses on questions of medial transformations from a praxeological perspective that has so far been mostly overlooked, for instance, by taking into account processes of perception and appropriation, which will be described by the central theoretical concepts of ‘translating’ and ‘framing’. The aim is to gauge the scope of existing translation and framing theories for an expanded media studies, combining research on the arts, media and cultural studies, as well as the social sciences. In addition, these models will be made available for further research in the fields of media theory and media aesthetics.

The research group consists of seven research projects led by scholars of the University of Hamburg (UHH) and the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HFBK).

The research projects are directed by:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Benthien / UHH; Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger / UHH; Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries / HfbK; Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kein / UHH, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Markus Kuhn / UHH; Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott / HfbK; Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber / UHH.

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.

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.