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Podcast series: An artwork a day

An artwork a day is a project conceived by Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania that – as the title suggests – comes with a daily talk about an artwork that, for various, also personal reasons resonates with our current situation.

The podcast is also an attempt to reach out and stay in touch, in a time that is certainly very difficult for many.

An artwork a day is meant to be operating during the summer semester 2020. Ideally, this becomes a multivocal project, hence all students and colleagues are invited to participate to the podcast and thus expand the scope of works discussed.

If you are interested, please write a short email to:

An artwork a day #1 - Claude Cahun

An artwork a day #2 - Pierre & Gilles

An artwork a day #3 - Felix Gonzalez-Torres

An artwork a day #4 - Rosta Windows

An artwork a day #5 - Chris Reinecke

An artwork a day #6 - Ming Wong

An artwork a day #7 - Tantra drawings

An artwork a day #8 - Beau Dick

An artwork a day #9 - Andrea Bowers

An artwork a day #10 - Anna Atkins / Bertha Günther

An artwork a day #11 - Matthias Klos

An artwork a day #12 - Cady Noland (by Franziska König)

An artwork a day #13 - Joelle de La Casinière

An artwork a day #14 - Daniel Buren/Robert Barry

An artwork a day #15 – Candice Breitz (by Anne Meerpohl)

An artwork a day #16 - Julius von Bismarck (by Rea Alp)

An artwork a day #17 - Barbara Hammer / Susan Sontag

An artwork a day #18 - Adrian Piper

An artwork a day #19 - Wang Shui

An artwork a day #20 - John Cage (sound I)

An artwork a day #21 - Sonification of the coronavirus (sound II, by special guest: Holger Schulze)

An artwork a day #22 - Harry Partch (sound III, by Abel Auer)

An artwork a day #23 - Michael Benson: Otherworlds

An artwork a day #24 - Hashtag New Norm: Michael Craig-Martin helps us understand what's next. (by Matthew Muir)

An artwork a day #25 - Stefano di Giovanni and some peptalk

An artwork a day #26 - Işıl Eğrikavuk

An artwork a day #27 - Gardens (by Camilla Reisser)

An artwork a day #28 - New World Order // NSK (by Bastian Mayer)

An artwork a day #29 - Cornelia Parker (by Anne-Sophie Gröger)

An artwork a day #30 - Georgina Houghton

An artwork a day #31 - Erkan Özgen (by Sevda Güler)

An artwork a day #32 - Gerry Schum: TV Gallery

An artwork a day #33 - 8th of May: Gustav Metzger

An artwork a day #34 - On Kawara

An artwork a day #35 - Save the Last Dance for Me, by Mary Heilmann (by Domingo Martínez)

An artwork a day #36 - Jeff Wall, "The Destroyed Room" (by Noi Fuhrer)

An artwork a day #37 - Hito Steyerl "This is the Future" (by Jana Pfort)

An artwork a day #38 - Morten Traavik: "Pimp My Aid Worker" (by Bastian Mayer)

An artwork a day #39 - Constant’s New Babylon (by Qai Jiang Hew)

An artwork a day #40 - Wangechi Mutu

An artwork a day #41 - Barbara Kruger: Forever (by Ran Altamirano)

An artwork a day #42 - Edvard Munch, Evening on Karl Johan Street (by Hannah Senoner)

An artwork a day #43 - Stan Douglas, Der Sandmann (by Svenja Björg Wassill)

An artwork a day #44 - Interview: Emily Barker, "Built to Scale" (by Francis Kussatz)

An artwork a day #45 - Pattern & Decoration / Joyce Kozloff

An artwork a day #46 - Pollination, Postcommodity (by Jade Mar)

An artwork a day #47 - Todd Haynes: Safe (by Avi Bolotinsky)

An artwork a day #48 - Craig Kauffman & James Turrell (by Luca Considine)

An artwork a day #49 - Alejandro Jodorowsky (by Uki Ki)

An artwork a day #50 - Józef Robakowski

An artwork a day #51 - Absalon

An artwork a day #52 - Julia Scher: Security by Julia

An artwork a day #53 - Daisies, Věra Chytilová (by Keren Shemesh)

An artwork a day #54 - Feminist Healthcare Research Group (by Charlotte Perka and Anna Unterstab, supported by gender scientist Nina Timmermann)

An artwork a day #55 - "After ALife Ahead", Pierre Huyghe (by Caspar Wülfing)

An artwork a day #56 - Brian O'Doherty

An artwork a day #57 - Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni (by Églantine Laprie-Sentenac)

An artwork a day #58 - Niki de Saint Phalle (by Eliane Kölbener)

An artwork a day #59 - Martha Rosler (by Finja Delz, Barbara Niklas, Lisa Marie Zander)

An artwork a day #60 - "Aesthetics of Hunger and Aesthetics of Dreaming", Glauber Rocha (by Filipe Lippe)

An artwork a day #61 - CARE. Liebe im Kapitalismus. Ein paar Gedanken jetzt gerade (by Verena Issel)

An artwork a day #62 - Henry Fraser (by Louis Fraser)

An artwork a day #the last episode: Zhang Huan. Time to let go ...

Grafik: Tim Ballaschke

Start of semester

After three semesters of hybrid teaching under pandemic conditions, we are finally about to start another semester of presence. We welcome all new students and teachers at the HFBK Hamburg and cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21, which this year will be accompanied by a guest lecture by ruangrupa.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We would like to thank all visitors and participants.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

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.

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?