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Angela Schanelec

Angela Schanelec, Professor of Narrative Film

The actor, scriptwriter and director Angela Schanelec became professor of narrative film at the HFBK Hamburg in 2012.
Schanelec studied drama at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 1982 to 1984. She concentrated on stage set work subsequent to her graduation (aside from playing a leading role in a film). From 1984 to 1991, she had engagements at the Schauspielhaus Köln, Cologne, at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, at the Schaubühne Berlin and at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

From 1990 to 1995, Schanelec studied film directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Her graduation thesis film Das Glück meiner Schwester, in which she played a lead role, won the 1996 Preis der deutschen Filmkritik Best Film award. Schanelec’s second film Plätze in Städten received its premiere at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in the section entitled Un Certain Regard. In the following year, she was awarded the Kunstpreis Berlin (the Förderungspreis Film- und Medienkunst, a promotion prize for film and media art).

Her subsequent films - Mein langsames Leben (2001), Marseille (2004; the Preis der Filmkritik für das Beste Drehbuch or Film critics prize for the best script) and Nachmittag (2007) - made Schanelec a prominent member of the so-called Berliner Schule. Schanelec also wrote the scripts for all of her films.

With the founding of the Nachmittagfilm production company (2005) she is also a producer.

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

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?