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Pepe Danquart

Pepe Danquart, Professor of documentary film

Pepe Danquart is best known as a maker of documentary films. He has been a professor at the HFBK Hamburg in the department of Film since 2008. While studying Communication Science in Freiburg (between 1975 and 1981), Danquart founded the Medienwerkstatt Freiburg (MWF). Between 1978 and 1991, this filmmaking collective produced more than 30 documentary films in which Pepe Danquart was involved as writer, director and producer. These films won a number of awards.

Danquart came to international notice with Schwarzfahrer (1994), which won him an Oscar for Best Short Film, and with another multi-awardwinning film, Nach Saison (1995–97), whose accolades included the Friedensfilmpreis or Peace Film Prize at the Berlinale, the Grand Prize of the San Francisco Film Festival and the Pare Lorenzt Award, Los Angeles.
He gained further recognition in recent years with a trilogy of sport documentary films – Heimspiel (1999), Höllentour (2004) and Am Limit (2007) – which rewrote the rulebook on filming sport. All three films were successful at the box office and received a number of awards (including the Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Direction).

Pepe Danquart is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, L. A. and the Europäische Filmakademie, and a founding member of the Deutsche Filmakademie. He is also a jury member for the Filmförderung des Bundes (BKM) and the Gerd Ruge Stiftung für Dokumentarfilm.

Consultations on Projects on appointment by Olga Kondyli-Roussou:

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?