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Promotion Erich Pick

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanne Loreck, Second Referee: Prof. Dr. em. Susanne von Falkenhausen

Disputation on 17 October 2018

Biotopia. Architecture, Biopolitics und Technology at Frederick Kiesler, Greg Lynn and Lars Spuybroek

Artistic-architectural design of space and the social formation of subjects are in close interrelation. Current variants of the organicism play an important role in this by aiming with their holistic claim to an ecological holistic social life.

»Biotopia« undertakes the partly speculative attempt to combine artistic artifacts with the power and governmental dispositions, which are interwoven in the life sciences. Biopolitics serves as a conceptual theorem, with which the bundle of power and government techniques can be analyzed, which aims at the survival and the regulation of social life as a whole and tries to gain control over individual social individuals. The addition of an affect theory enables the study of how works of art have an effect on subjects. After all, the affective forces emanating from the artifacts have power to define what is perceived as a life value and thus also as a non-life value. Beyond an aesthetic-formal and monographic view at the artistic works, the dissertation undertakes a (political) reflection of the theoretic self-positioning of the artists.

Personal background

Erich Pick is a visual artist, author and curator with works on the aesthetics of spaces, topology, architecture and urbanism. He studied Fine Arts at the HFBK Hamburg (Diploma 2007), Mechanical Engineering Energy Engineering (Diploma 1998), and Philosophy at the University of Essen. His artistic work comprises and combines plastic-installational approaches as well as the medias video and audio. He regularly published in the field of technology impact assessment.

From 1998 to 2002 he was research assistant at University of Essen, from 2011 to 2013 Erich was 2010 research assistant at HFBK Hamburg, Department Theory and History of Art. From 2011 to 2013 he was a lecturer in the film section of the Hamburg Media School. Since 1998 he is member of Doktoranden-Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften e.V. (Phd Network for Sustainable Economic Management). He did research stays in València (Spain), New Delhi, and Istanbul.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

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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

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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.