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Mentoring Program

Upcoming dates

Application deadline for HFBK graduates of the year 2023 or earlier:

11 February 2024

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No sooner have you mastered your degree and turned your back on art school than you are confronted with a multitude of questions and hurdles: How do I find a studio? How do I get into the KSK? How do I get in touch with exhibition makers? What prices are appropriate for my art? Many people are also left to their own devices when it comes to technical and content-related questions.

This is where the mentoring programme of the HFBK Hamburg offers support:

The mentoring programme is aimed at exmatriculated HFBK graduates who graduated last year or earlier and are now at the beginning of their work as freelance artists.

Within the framework of a nine-month tandem, they meet selected mentors - also HFBK alumni/alumnae - who are already successfully working in the art field and who use their experience and knowledge specifically to support the mentees. Together they work to expand the mentees' artistic positions as well as their professional field-related knowledge and skills, reflect on career planning strategies and expand existing networks with new contacts. On the other hand, the mentors deepen their advisory skills and expand their contacts to the current art, culture and science scene.

We are offering 5 mentoring places in 2024. If you are interested in the mentoring programme, please apply till 18 February 2024. Please request the application from Swaantje Benson.

Mentor*innen 2023:

Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (Bildhauerei, MA, 2015)
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (*1990) studied at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. In his works, which encompass a variety of media such as installation, sculpture, photography and performance, he seeks the intersection between early cultural forms and current popular performance formats in the field of entertainment. He is particularly interested in the fringes of the natural and cultural sciences. From a fictionalised historical distance, he describes the present and our relationship to it and allows seemingly self-evident certainties to become fragile.
Mentoring is available in the following languages: German, English.
www.frohne-brinkmann.com

Ting-Jung Chen (Sculpture, BA 2015 HFBK/MA 2018 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna).

Ting-Jung Chen (b. 1985 in Taipei, Taiwan) lives and works in Vienna and Taipei.

Drawing on historiography and cultural and political semiotics, her artistic practice focuses on collective memories, appropriation and processes of empowerment. By reproducing artefacts of the culture industry, the representation of ideology and its relation to people, the artist explores transformations of identity and draws the intersecting cultural mix into a spatial atlas.
Mentoring is available in the following languages: German, English and Mandarin.
https://www.info-tingjungchen.com/

Rosanna Graf (Timebased Media, MA 2017)

Rosanna Graf (*1988) studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and as an Art School Alliance scholarship holder at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her artistic practice includes videos, performances, installations and working with text. In lengthy research, diverse material - historical, mythological, ethnological or pop-cultural - is examined for impulses and cross-connections and mutually intertwined. Collective fantasies as well as old and new myths are combined in her works to create speculative fictions in which feminist, non-human and grotesque characters are placed at the centre as projection figures. The social fears and desires inscribed in the figures create a field of tension between humour and discomfort. In this way, she creates surreal intermediate worlds, detached from the space-time continuum, in which these marginalised figures fight against their stereotyping.
Mentoring is available in the following languages: German, English.
https://rosannagraf.com/

Simon Hehemann (Painting/Drawing, Diploma 2012)

Simon Hehemann (*1982) studied at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel and at the HFBK Hamburg.

In his spatial installations and sculptural-like paintings, Hehemann often works with surprising material inserts and combinations, creating novel connections and contrasts. He builds experiential spaces that give the viewer the feeling of diving into another world, with the moment of the transitory running through his entire oeuvre. Associations of scientific models are evoked when basic geometric forms, such as point, line, square, and circle, repeatedly become protagonists. At the same time, Hehemann counteracts the reliable truth of geometry in his works with fragile mechanics made of delicate pulleys, wobbly frames, and fragile fastenings that destabilize and thus call into question from the outset the turning, circling, and trajectory of the elements attached to them.
Mentoring is available in the following languages: German, English.
www.simonhehemann.de

Lisa Alice Klosterkötter (Sculpture, MA 2017)

Lisa Klosterkötter (she/her, *1990) studied Fine Arts at the HFBK Hamburg and the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, as well as German Studies and Educational Science at the University of Hamburg. She lives in Cologne and is an artist and curator, supporter and co-designer of socio-cultural spaces. Interventions in public space, in various city districts as well as in peripheral locations, are the focus of her work. In collaboration with artists, curators, collectives, experts from various fields of work such as urban practice and socioculture and with people from local communities, she works on exhibitions, performance programmes and participatory formats that often focus on the immediate, present experience and embed artistic works in an overarching narrative or thematic bracket. The site-specific work is always based on sensitive research and social rapprochement processes with the aim of local anchoring, contemporary participation and historical reference and categorisation. She sees exhibition spaces and art events as a living, social space that can create a strong community and networks.
Mentoring is available in the following languages: German, English
Art Initiatives Cologne | AIC ON 2023; www.temporarygallery.org; Gegenwart: Doing Youth; Über Brücken – Bridging; Gegenwartskunst – Kunstmuseum Bochum; PUBLIC FICTIONS; Strizzi

Testimonials of the programme 2022:

  • Despoina Pagiota: „Ich war sehr froh, am Mentoring-Programm teilgenommen zu haben, weil es mir sehr geholfen hat, die Situation, in der man sich nach dem Ende des Studiums befindet, zu bewältigen und zu analysieren.
  • Jasmin Hantl: „Die Betreuung als Alumni über das HFBK-Professionalisierungsprogramm empfinde ich als etwas total bereicherndes unterstützendes und absolut sinnvolles Format auf dem künstlerischen Weg. Dafür bin ich sehr dankbar.“
  • Siri Wirtensohn: „Themen unserer Treffen waren vor allem die Organisation des Alltags als Künstler*in, wie man sich eine Struktur schafft, inwiefern eine Online-Präsenz notwendig oder hilfreich ist und wie man die Balance zwischen künstlerischem Schaffen und Organisation hält. Auch ging es um Bewerbungen für Artist-Residencies, Stipendien und Förderungen. Dabei hat mich meine Mentorin immer ermutigt und mir wertvolle Ratschläge gegeben.“
  • Chloe-Rose Purcell: „What helped me the most was just having a direct contact with someone I could trust. This year was the first year I had worked together with a gallery and there was therefore things I felt I should know but didn’t or felt unsure about how to navigate, so it was a great advantage to be able to contact my mentor to ask his perspective.
    It is a programme that I defiantly recommend it to recent graduates that are looking for some support.”
  • Yi-Jou Chuang: „Meine Mentorin hat meine aktuellen Sorgen und Fragen sofort verstanden, weil sie sich nach ihrem Abschluss in einer ähnlichen Situation befand. Das war für mich eine sehr große Erleichterung. Sie hat mir sehr dabei geholfen, meine berufliche Situation zu analysieren und eine langfristige Planung meiner Laufbahn anzustellen.“

Testimonials of the programme 2021:

  • Elisa Goldammer: „In einer Phase nach dem Studium, in der ich mich langsam von der Hochschule löse und die schneller vorbei geht als gedacht, ist das Mentoring-Programm wie ein Abschiedsgeschenk, das mir das Gefühl vermittelt, dass ich zwar jetzt selbst klarkommen muss, ich aber nicht allein vor dieser Herausforderung stehe. (…) Ich befinde mich nach wie vor in einer Findungsphase, aber jetzt mit dem guten Gefühl, dass es sich lohnt, sich mit anderen Kunstschaffenden zu verbinden und in einen guten Austausch zu treten.“
  • Kyle Egret: „Ich hatte die Hoffnung, dass das Mentoring mich auf meinem Weg nach vorne bringt und stärkt, und dabei wurden meine Erwartungen in allen Bereichen erfüllt und sogar übertroffen. Ich kann nur jedem und jeder empfehlen, die Chance zu nutzen, an so einem Mentoring teilzunehmen.“
  • Elina Saalfeld: „Generell habe ich das Gefühl, viel aus der Erfahrung mitgenommen zu haben; vor allem das Gefühl, mich getraut zu haben vieles zu denken, zu diskutieren und auszuprobieren.“
  • Thea Amalie Käszner: „Meine Mentorin hat mir Vertrauen in meine künstlerische Praxis und Ambitionen gegeben.“
  • Elena Greta Falcini: „Die zu Beginn des Mentorings erstellte Liste mit Fragen und Unklarheiten, die ich gerne mit meiner Mentorin besprechen wollte, konnten wir im Zeitraum des Mentorings komplett durcharbeiten. […] Abschließend kann ich sagen, dass ich wirklich dankbar bin am Mentoring-Programm teilgenommen zu haben und ich vom empowernden und produktiven Austausch mit meiner Mentorin sehr profitiert habe.“
  • Korab Visoka: „Der Austausch mit meinem Mentor hat mir neuen Anreiz und Input gegeben, wie ich Projekte effizienter angehen und verwirklichen kann. Gemeinsam haben wir meine Ideen, Alben und mein Portfolio analysiert und dadurch neue Akzente ermöglicht.“


Testimonials of the programme 2020:

  • Linda Lebeck: "Die vordergründigste Erfahrung im Mentoring-Programm war für mich die Konfrontation mit den eigenen Überzeugungen und Unsicherheiten."
  • Jil Lahr: "Die Hilfestellung des Mentors jederzeit in Anspruch nehmen zu können, sei es für Arbeitsgespräche, Portfoliosichtung oder Projektbesprechungen, war für mich eine große Hilfe nach dem Studium, auch um die anfänglichen Zweifel angesichts der künstlerischen Selbstständigkeit zu überwinden."
  • Amanda Trygg: "We talked about different artists that we liked, about our process in the studio while making art, periods of self doubt and how to work through them, we talked about the art industry. (…) Talking with Stefan also changed the way I work. I need bigger reasons or motivations to make a painting, I have higher demands of it. I sketch more and read more before I start working. (…) I also visited him in Bremen at an opening for a group show he was in at Bremen Kunsthalle. There was a dinner organized by the Kunsthalle for all the participants and other people from the art world. This was a really nice experience to be a part of. Then we drove to Hamburg and visited one of his friend’s exhibition. (…) I think this experience gave me more confidence as an artist and I see more clearly what I want with my art, my identity as an artist."
  • Sarah Hablützel: "Ich bin sehr dankbar, dass ich Teil des Programms sein durfte, für mich kam dieses zum perfekten Zeitpunkt - es hat mich nach dem Studium in der ersten Phase der Verunsicherung aufgegriffen und hindurch getragen und mir am Beispiel der vielen tollen Mentor*Innen gezeigt, dass es Wege gibt und dass man diese gehen kann, dass es auch Widerstände gibt und diese auch dazu gehören. Das Tandem mit Annika hat mich also auf mentaler und praktischer Ebene gestärkt."
  • Clara Palmberger-Süße: "Ich beende das Programm mit der Annahme, einen längerfristigen Kontakt zu haben für professionelle Fragen und Probleme."

Mentoring Tandems 2022:

Lawrence Power – Despoina Pagiota
Alberta Niemann – Jasmin Hantl
Ting-Jung Chen – Siri Wirtensohn
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann – Chloe-Rose Purcell
Katrin Connan – Yi-Jou Chuang

Mentoring-Tandems 2021:

Katja Aufleger - Elena Greta Falcini
Philip Gaißer - Korab Visoka
Anna Grath - Tim Ehrich
Annika Kahrs - Thea Käszner
Alberta Niemann - Jano Möckel
Lawrence Power – Kyle Egret
Sung Tieu – Elina Saalfeld
Frieda Torranzo Jaeger - Marvin Almaraz
Stefan Vogel - Elisa Goldammer

Mentoring-Tandems 2020:

Katja Aufleger – Clara Palmberger-Süße

Anna Grath – Jil Lahr

Philip Gaißer – Linda Lebeck

Annika Kahrs – Sarah Hablützel

Stefan Vogel – Amanda Trygg

Examination of the submitted portfolios

How to apply: study at HFBK Hamburg

From February 1 to March 6, 2023, 4 p.m., you can apply to study at HFBK Hamburg. Please find all important info here.

Visitors of the annual exhibition 2024; photo: Lukes Engelhardt

Annual Exhibition 2024 at the HFBK Hamburg

From February 9 -11, 2024 (daily 2-8 pm) the students of HFBK Hamburg present their artistic productions from the past year. In addition, the exhibition »Think & Feel! Speak & Act!« curated by Nadine Droste, as well as the presentation of exchange students from Goldsmiths, University of London, can be seen at ICAT.

photo: Tim Albrecht

(Ex)Changes of / in Art

There's a lot going on at the HFBK Hamburg at the end of the year: exhibitions at ICAT, the ASA students' Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, performances in the Extended Library and lectures in the Aula Wartenau.

Extended Libraries

Knowledge is now accessible from anywhere, at any time. In such a scenario, what role(s) can libraries still play? How can they support not only as knowledge archives but also as facilitators of artistic knowledge production? As an example, we present library projects by students and alumni, as well as our new knowledge space: the Extended Library.

Semester Opening 2023/24

We welcome the many new students to the HFBK Hamburg for the academic year 2023/24. A warm welcome also goes to the new professors, whom we would like to introduce to you here.

And Still I Rise

For over 20 years, US artist Rajkamal Kahlon has been interested in the connections between aesthetics and power, which are organized across historical and geographical boundaries, primarily through violence. With this solo exhibition, the HFBK Hamburg presents the versatile work of the professor of painting and drawing to the Hamburg art public for the first time.

photo: Lukes Engelhardt

photo: Lukes Engelhardt

No Tracking. No Paywall.

Just Premium Content! The (missing) summer offers the ideal opportunity to catch up on what has been missed. In our media library, faculty, students and alumni share knowledge and discussions with us - both emotional moments and controversial discourses. Through podcasts and videos, they contribute to current debates and address important topics that are currently in focus.

Let's talk about language

There are currently around 350 international students studying at the HFBK Hamburg, who speak 55 different languages - at least these are the official languages of their countries of origin. A quarter of the teaching staff have an international background. And the trend is rising. But how do we deal productively with the multilingualism of university members in everyday life? What ways of communication can be found? The current Lerchenfeld issue looks at creative solutions for dealing with multilingualism and lets numerous former international students have their say.

photo: Miriam Schmidt / HFBK

Graduate Show 2023: Unfinished Business

From July 13 to 16, 2023, 165 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2022/23 will present their final projects from all areas of study. Under the title Final Cut, all graduation films will be shown on a big screen in the auditorium of the HFBK Hamburg.

photo: Ronja Lotz

photo: Ronja Lotz

Everything for Everyone

In May and June, the HFBK Hamburg offers a varied program with exhibitions, lectures, artist talks and performances. Lots of good reasons to shake off spring tiredness and jump into the programme...

A disguised man with sunglasses holds a star-shaped sign for the camera. It says "Suckle". The picture is taken in black and white.

photo: Honey-Suckle Company

Let`s work together

Collectives are booming in the art world. And they have been for several decades. For the start of the summer semester 2023, the new issue of the Lerchenfeld Magazine is dedicated to the topic of collective practice in art, presents selected collectives, and also explores the dangers and problems of collective working.

Jahresausstellung 2023, Arbeit von Toni Mosebach / Nora Strömer; photo: Lukes Engelhardt

Annual Exhibition 2023 at HFBK Hamburg

From February 10-12, students from all departments will present their artistic works at Lerchenfeld 2, Wartenau 15 and AtelierHaus, Lerchenfeld 2a. At ICAT, Tobias Peper, Artistic Director of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, curates an exhibition with HFBK master students. Also 10 exchange students from Goldsmiths, University of London will show their work there.

Symposium: Controversy over documenta fifteen

With this symposium on documenta fifteen on the 1st and 2nd of February, the HFBK Hamburg aims to analyze the background and context, foster dialogue between different viewpoints, and enable a debate that explicitly addresses anti-Semitism in the field of art. The symposium offers space for divergent positions and aims to open up perspectives for the present and future of exhibition making.

ASA Open Studios winter semester 2021/22; photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

ASA Open Studios winter semester 2021/22; photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

The best is saved until last

At the end of the year, once again there will be numerous exhibitions and events with an HFBK context. We have compiled some of them here. You will also find a short preview of two lectures of the professionalization program in January.

Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image, Grafik: Leon Lothschütz

Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image, Grafik: Leon Lothschütz

Festival and Symposium: Non-Knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image

As the final part of the artistic research project, the festival and symposium invite you to screenings, performances, talks, and discussions that explore the potential of the moving images and the (human and non-human) body to overturn our habitual course and change the dominant order of things.

View of the packed auditorium at the start of the semester; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

View of the packed auditorium at the start of the semester; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Wishing you a happy welcome

We are pleased to welcome many new faces to the HFBK Hamburg for the winter semester 2022/23. We have compiled some background information on our new professors and visiting professors here.

Solo exhibition by Konstantin Grcic

From September 29 to October 23, 2022, Konstantin Grcic (Professor of Industrial Design) will be showing a room-sized installation at ICAT - Institute for Contemporary Art & Transfer at the HFBK Hamburg consisting of objects designed by him and existing, newly assembled objects. At the same time, the space he designed for workshops, seminars and office workstations in the AtelierHaus will be put into operation.

Amna Elhassan, Tea Lady, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Amna Elhassan, Tea Lady, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Art and war

"Every artist is a human being". This statement by Martin Kippenberger, which is as true as it is existentialist (in an ironic rephrasing of the well-known Beuys quote), gets to the heart of the matter in many ways. On the one hand, it reminds us not to look away, to be (artistically) active and to raise our voices. At the same time, it is an exhortation to help those who are in need. And that is a lot of people at the moment, among them many artists. That is why it is important for art institutions to discuss not only art, but also politics.

Merlin Reichert, Die Alltäglichkeit des Untergangs, Installation in der Galerie der HFBK; photo: Tim Albrecht

Graduate Show 2022: We’ve Only Just Begun

From July 8 to 10, 2022, more than 160 Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates of the class of 2021/22 will present their final projects from all majors. Under the title Final Cut, all graduation films will be shown on a big screen in the auditorium of the HFBK Hamburg. At the same time, the exhibition of the Sudanese guest lecturer Amna Elhassan can be seen in the HFBK gallery in the Atelierhaus.

Grafik: Nele Willert, Dennise Salinas

Grafik: Nele Willert, Dennise Salinas

June is full of art and theory

It has been a long time since there has been so much on offer: a three-day congress on the visuality of the Internet brings together international web designers; the research collective freethought discusses the role of infrastructures; and the symposium marking the farewell of professor Michaela Ott takes up central questions of her research work.

Renée Green. ED/HF, 2017. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, Bortolami Gallery, New York, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne/Munich.

Renée Green. ED/HF, 2017. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, Bortolami Gallery, New York, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne/Munich.

Finkenwerder Art Prize 2022

The Finkenwerder Art Prize, initiated in 1999 by the Kulturkreis Finkenwerder e.V., has undergone a realignment: As a new partner, the HFBK Hamburg is expanding the prize to include the aspect of promoting young artists and, starting in 2022, will host the exhibition of the award winners in the HFBK Gallery. This year's Finkenwerder Art Prize will be awarded to the US artist Renée Green. HFBK graduate Frieda Toranzo Jaeger receives the Finkenwerder Art Prize for recent graduates.

Amanda F. Koch-Nielsen, Motherslugger; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Amanda F. Koch-Nielsen, Motherslugger; photo: Lukas Engelhardt

Nachhaltigkeit im Kontext von Kunst und Kunsthochschule

Im Bewusstsein einer ausstehenden fundamentalen gesellschaftlichen Transformation und der nicht unwesentlichen Schrittmacherfunktion, die einem Ort der künstlerischen Forschung und Produktion hierbei womöglich zukommt, hat sich die HFBK Hamburg auf den Weg gemacht, das Thema strategisch wie konkret pragmatisch für die Hochschule zu entwickeln. Denn wer, wenn nicht die Künstler*innen sind in ihrer täglichen Arbeit damit befasst, das Gegebene zu hinterfragen, genau hinzuschauen, neue Möglichkeiten, wie die Welt sein könnte, zu erkennen und durchzuspielen, einem anderen Wissen Gestalt zu geben

New studio in the row of houses at Lerchenfeld

New studio in the row of houses at Lerchenfeld, in the background the building of Fritz Schumacher; photo: Tim Albrecht

Raum für die Kunst

After more than 40 years of intensive effort, a long-cherished dream is becoming reality for the HFBK Hamburg. With the newly opened studio building, the main areas of study Painting/Drawing, Sculpture and Time-Related Media will finally have the urgently needed studio space for Master's students. It simply needs space for their own ideas, for thinking, for art production, exhibitions and as a depot.

Martha Szymkowiak / Emilia Bongilaj, Installation “Mmh”; photo: Tim Albrecht

Martha Szymkowiak / Emilia Bongilaj, Installation “Mmh”; photo: Tim Albrecht

Annual Exhibition 2022 at the HFBK

After last year's digital edition, the 2022 annual exhibition at the HFBK Hamburg will once again take place with an audience. From 11-13 February, students from all departments will present their artistic work in the building at Lerchenfeld, Wartenau 15 and the newly opened Atelierhaus.

Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V., VG-Bild Kunst Bonn

Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V., VG-Bild Kunst Bonn

Conference: Counter-Monuments and Para-Monuments.

The international conference at HFBK Hamburg on December 2-4, 2021 – jointly conceived by Nora Sternfeld and Michaela Melián –, is dedicated to the history of artistic counter-monuments and forms of protest, discusses aesthetics of memory and historical manifestations in public space, and asks about para-monuments for the present.

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld

Diversity

Who speaks? Who paints which motif? Who is shown, who is not? Questions of identity politics play an important role in art and thus also at the HFBK Hamburg. In the current issue, the university's own Lerchenfeld magazine highlights university structures as well as student initiatives that deal with diversity and identity.

photo: Klaus Frahm

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

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

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

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.

Katja Pilipenko

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

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

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

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?