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Annual exhibition 2021: Klasse Prof. Simon Denny

Launch date: 12. Februar 2021, 18:00Uhr

Today communications infrastructure and logistics are often provided by private companies. We are forced to live our lives using these systems – but our efforts benefit the owners of these systems.

Denny class at HFBK has worked on a digital platform that distils this dynamic into a platform for artistic communication. We combine a copy of the popular social chat network Discord with a virtual copy of a Mercedes-Benz OM502LA truck engine – providing a flexible space where we can install digital artworks. The exhibition is structured through the thematic chat channels of the Discord user interface, and represent interrelated topics that the artists address in their work. The Discord chat structure allows visitors to interact with the works e.g. via emoji reactions or direct responses.

This exhibition space is both the digital presentation of the Denny class for 2021’s HFBK Annual exhibition, and commissioned as a part of the project »Conditions of a Necessity« initiated by Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

Mathias Riis Andersen, Belia Brückner & Merle Dammhayn, Kim Dall'Armi mit Deva Schubert, Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzales, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Kirsche von Bubach, Ina Ritter, Maximilian Wigger, Christiany Erler, Shen Fan, Talya Feldman, Marthe Fock, Taissa Fromme, Sam Gora, Rahel grote Lambers, Conrad Hübbe, Gustav Holst Kurtzweil, Heiko Lietz, Yi Li, Ruxin Liu, Laura Mahnke, Anne Meerpohl, Farina Mietchen, Merlin Reichart, Leon Roth, Nastassja Aurelia Schmidt, Lena-Marie Schütte, Jakob Sitter, Prateek Vijan, Amadeus Vogelsang, Insa Wagner, Julia Wolkenhauer, Leyla Yenirce, Zhi-chao Zhu, Karla Zipfel

Instagram: @klassedenny.hfbk

Single projects:

Marthe Fock, The safety of a contraceptive method is defined by the Pearl Index which is based on 100 woman-years, so 100 women using the method for one year and the percentage of resulting pregnancies. This is one woman-year, so pill up!
Sam Gora, Blind Spots (1-4)
Yi Li, Sent with perpetual love

Laura Mahnke, Anne Meerpohl, Farina Mietchen, Ectogenesis

Nastassja Aurelia Schmidt, Casa Born, A Take On Attractive Repellents & Pigeon Map Hamburg

Patreek Vijan, Das Fenster

Julia Wolkenhauer, Aroma Core

Kim Dall'Armi mit Deva Schubert, Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzales, Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Kirsche von Bubach, Ina Ritter, Maximilian Wigger, instant distance (negotiating proximities in times of the pandemic), collaborative performance, 45 min., @ Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, October 2020

Belia Brückner & Merle Dammhayn, LUCK-UP

Sam Gora, Blind Spots (1-4)

Conrad Hübbe, Klasse

Aidan Jakfar, هـولاگه جایی که حالا زنده گی میکنیم

Heiko Lietz, Deckmantel

Ruxin Liu, Part-time Jobs (Plants)

Merlin Reichart, Wallfacer

Leon Roth, 2 in 1

Jakob Sitter, Horizon

Insa Wagner, Chronology Of My Body

Karla Zipfel,Second Nature

Saskia Ackermann (MFA), how – Feministische Formen kollektiver Praxis, Recorded talks available on

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 look forward to an audience and stimulating conversations about art.

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?