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250 years of HFBK Hamburg

HFBK Hamburg celebrates its 250th anniversary
July 11–16, 2017
Founded by the Patriotische Gesellschaft (Patriotic Society) in 1767 as Germany’s first vocational training school for the improvement of artistic drawing, the Hochschule für bildende Künste will celebrate 250 years of existence this summer.

To mark the occasion, in a week of celebrations on July 11–16, 2017, we are going to look at two central aspects of the HFBK Hamburg: the international network, and artistic research. Aside from a variety of symposia discussing current themes in research, the central focus will be on the artistic projects by professors and students in an exchange with international partner universities within the Art School Alliance. Additionally, graduation work by around 130 up-and-coming artists will be presented at this year’s Graduate Show.

You are cordially invited to come and see, to be inspired and to celebrate!

Tuesday, July 11
11.00–16.30 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Aula
Individuality/Dividuation: An Epistemological Perspective
Symposium with Martin Burckhardt, Rey Chow, Thomas Keenan, Gordon Knox
Idea + concept: Michaela Ott

17.00–22.00 h, different venues
O Superman
Symposium (part 1) with Laurie Anderson, Michael Diers, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Wim Wenders
Idea + concept: Michael Diers, Luise Donschen, Wim Wenders

Wednesday, July 12
11.30–22.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Aula
O Superman
Symposium (part 2) with Barbara Albert, Laurie Anderson, Michael Baute, Monica Bonvicini, Adam Broomberg, Thomas Demand, Peter Geimer, Thomas Heise, Ulrike Pfeiffer, Philipp Ruch, Angela Schanelec, Beat Wyss u.a.
Idea + concept: Michael Diers, Luise Donschen, Wim Wenders

22.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Mensa-Vorraum
1 Night in Paname
Music and performance programme with Mikey Boy, Daniel Hopp, Utz Biesemann, Joey Bargeld, Tizian Baldinger, Marija Petrovic, Sophie Schweighart, Ronja Zschoche, Wassili Franco, Sprite Eyez, Cri$py C et al,
curated by Carina Lüschen

Thursday, July 13
11.00–13.00 h, venue: Hamburg city hall
Senate Reception
Official ceremonial act and reception by Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights of the City of Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank. Keynote speakers are Franz Erhard Walther and Jonathan Meese, artistic contribution by Annika Kahrs.
(by invitation only)

16.00–18.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, HFBK-Galerie
Library for Social Design
Lecture and discussion with Tim Parsons, Liora Rosin
Chair: Friedrich von Borries

19.00 h, venue: Finkenau 42
Art School Alliance @ work
Presentations of the HFBK and the ASA partners from Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hangzhou, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Osaka, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Wien
Cooking performance by Kitchen Guerilla

19.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Aula-Vorhalle
HFBK Graduate Show
Opening with awarding of the coveted Karl H. Ditze Prize for the best final work

Exhibition July 14–16, 2017
Venues: Lerchenfeld 2, Wartenau 15, Finkenau 42

Friday, July 14
14.00–20.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Aula
Survival rate 4% – Current reports from the art academy
Symposium with Diedrich Diederichsen, Walter Grasskamp, Annette Tietenberg, Wolfgang Ullrich, Bettina Uppenkamp
Idea + concept: Werner Büttner

Saturday, July 15
11.00–17.00 h, venue: Lerchenfeld 2, Aula
Mapping (with) Plants
Symposium with Marie-Luise Angerer, Jimmie Durham, Petra Lange-Berndt, Sara Lindeborg, Pia Rönicke
Idea + concept: Hanne Loreck

Sunday, July 16
18.00 h, venue: Fabrique im Gängeviertel, Valentinskamp 34a, 1st floor
ACO Final Cooking
Talk with students of the Artistic and Cultural Orientation program
Participants: Sultan Alawar, Remi Alkhiami, Rabea Alsayed, Frieder Bohaumilitzky, Nurguel Dursun, Valid Ehrar, Paula Erstmann, Filomeno Fusco, Hasan Hamsho, Konstanze Eßmann, Arman Marzak, Ina Römling, Firas Sabbagh, Roshan Shikh Saleh, Summer Sormani und Tilman Walther

All events – except for the senate reception – can be attended free of charge and without previous registration. Most are held in English; all German lectures will be interpreted simultaneously into English.

Kindly supported by:
Hamburger Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung
Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.
Hubertus Wald Stiftung
Karl H. Ditze Stiftung
Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst
Rudolf Augstein Stiftung

Grafik: Tim Ballaschke

Start of semester

After three semesters of hybrid teaching under pandemic conditions, we are finally about to start another semester of presence. We welcome all new students and teachers at the HFBK Hamburg and cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21, which this year will be accompanied by a guest lecture by ruangrupa.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We would like to thank all visitors and participants.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

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.

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?