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School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life

What would a life look like that – in the ecological, but also in the virological sense – remains as inconsequential as possible? Could a lack of consequences become a new regulative ideal, such as freedom, justice and equality, unattainable but still desirable? What would be the effects of such a striving on the material and immaterial organization of our everyday life, on the economic and social order, on our faith and the way we treat each other? And what models can be found for such a life in the present and in history?

These are the questions posed by the School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life, an artistic-discursive project by Friedrich von Borries. At the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G), artefacts from the depot, interventions in the existing collection and a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition are linked in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" is created and supposedly universally valid ideas of "real life" are questioned.

The School of No Consequences thereby enters an open associative space that is constituted by practices, models of thought, and constructions of meaning from different times, spaces, and cultures. The image of inconsequence draws - sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally - on various sources of inspiration, ranging from religious (e.g. the Christian ascetics or Buddhist nirvana) to philosophical (e.g. the ancient Stoics, but also contemporaries such as Henning Ottmann ) contexts and, of course, touching on art (e.g. Bazon Brock).

An app developed by the Berlin artists*in refrakt (Alexander Govoni and Carla Streckwall) tests new ways of teaching and mediation. It leads playfully through the exhibition and provides in-depth content such as interviews with experts. Furthermore, it invites visitors to intervene artistically in social and urban space and to share the results with the hashtag in social media.

The project is funded by Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke Hamburg (BWFGB), Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), Friede Springer Stiftung, Kursbuch Kulturstiftung and Hamburg Innovation GmbH. The Scholarship for Doing Nothing is fundey by Leinemann Kunststiftung Nikolassee. Further partners are Katholische Akademie Hamburg and Evangelische Akademie der Nordkirche.

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.

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?