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Valentina Karga

Valentina Karga, Professor for introduction to artistic work in Design

Valentina Karga, born in Chalkidiki, Greece, is an artist and architect based in Berlin.

Valentina’s projects encourage engagement and participation, facilitate practices of commoning and are concerned with sustainability. Working across different media and often inviting the public or community groups to complete the work, one can say that Valentina’s work lays somewhere between conceptual art, design/architecture and socially engaged practice. Sometimes, through dialogue and building prototypes in a DIY manner, they end up imagining alternatives for societal infrastructures, such as economic and pedagogic institutions. This is what she calls ‘Art as Simulation’.

She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary group that works in the interstices of architecture and the social realm. She has been a fellow at the Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin, a Saari Fellow in Finland and she has been awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. Among others, her work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, the transmediale festival, the Athens Biennial, the Moscow Biennial for Young Arts, the Thailand Biennial, the Kiasma museum in Helsinki and a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery.

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 rhizome.hfbk.net

rhizome.hfbk.net 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.

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.

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?