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Annual exhibition 2021: Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger

Porträt einer Frage

The group Klasse_Grund_Schule has recorded portraits of people with the question "Are you happy?". This question moved filmmakers Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin as early as 1961 to capture society's state of mind on film.

To the question "Are you happy?" all the interviewees find very different and very personal answers, despite the current pandemic. At the same time, a sensitive web of relationships emerges between the people involved and the concept of happiness.

Johanna Amelsberg, Carina Brausendorf, Saranja Hahn, Sandra Makhlouf, Raché (LUNA) von Malottki, Lotta Schlüter, Ronja Sharon Schwarz, Anja Steidinger, Jannik Stiller, Bahareh Talaie Kamalabadi

Was animiert uns?

Based on the question in the title, we explored the Wartenau 15 building and auditorium where our meetings were held at the beginning of the semester before moving to digital space. Four archive boxes from the Hamburg School Museum relating to the private girls' school at Wartenau 15 will be interrogated and discussed by the group. Who collected what, how, and why in these boxes? What do the boxes not show? Which voices do we want to give space to?

Lisa Damm, Kathrin Dohndorf, Esther Harning, Christine Lippoldt, Jonas Schaul, Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu,
Nele Sock, Anja Steidinger


As performers in digital space, we follow the self-defined stage directions for the role as teacher and artist. The polyphonic performance plays humorously with the means of representation, which presents us with stereotypes and deconstructs them at the same time.

Johanna Amelsberg, Lisa Damm, Saranja Hahn, Lotta Schlüter, Bahareh Talaie Kamalabadi, Cara Petrovic,
Ariana Sampaio, Anja Steidinger, Janne Rasmus Wagner, Badrieh Wanli

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?