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Christoph Knoth

Christoph Knoth, Professor of Digital Graphic

Christoph Knoth (*1985), together with Konrad Renner, is professor of Digitale Grafik at the HFBK Hamburg in the department of Graphic Art / Typography / Photography starting 2017. Knoth studied graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. In 2011 he finished his studies in type design with an MA at the ECAL / L’École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. In 2012 he was a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht with his project Computed Type. This project explores the historical and future constrains and possibilities of parametric type. For the period 2015–2017 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

In 2011 he founded the studio Knoth & Renner together with Konrad Renner. Among others they worked on the websites for Casco Utrecht, Werkleitz Halle, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kunsthalle Zurich, the New Zealand and the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015, the artist group !Mediengruppe Bitnik, the artist Simon Denny, Spector Books and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine.

In the winter semester of 2015/16 Christoph Knoth was guest professor for information design at the Burg Halle. In the following year he was, together with Konrad Renner, a guest researcher at the Bauhaus University in Weimar as a substitute for the professor in typography where they started the project Digital Typography. Christoph Knoth has given workshops at the EKA in Tallinn, the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, the Burg Halle, the ECAL Lausanne, the SDN Junior Research Conference Basel and NTU Singapore.

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.

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

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?

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.