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Konrad Renner

Konrad Renner, Professor of Digitale Grafik

Konrad Renner (*1982), together with Christoph Knoth, is professor of Digitale Grafik at the HFBK Hamburg in the department of Graphic Art / Typography / Photography starting 2017. Renner studied at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle where he received his diploma in 2011.

After working at Project Projects in New York he founded the studio Knoth & Renner together with Christoph Knoth in 2011. 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.

Konrad Renner taught as artistic associate for three years in the MA programme for Editorial Design at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle and was a visiting lecturer in the class of Fons Hickmann at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK). In 2016 he was, together with Christoph Knoth, a guest researcher as a substitute for the professor in typography at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar where they started the project Digital Typography.

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.