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2021/03/18: Scholarship for Doing Nothing awarded


Hilistina Banze, Mia Hofner
and Kimberley Vehoff will receive the Scholarships for Doing Nothing, each endowed with 1,600 euros, which the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and Friedrich von Borries (Professor of Design Theory) announced in August 2020. Their projects and all other submissions will be on display until July 18, 2021 at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) in the exhibition School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life


The Scholarship for Doing Nothing questions the common mechanisms of achievement thinking and invites to think about the connection of one's own life reality with climate change and social and political structures. From a total of 2864 applicants from 70 countries, the jury initially selected 14 finalists and chose the winners in a second step.

HILISTINA BANZE

"I will not wear my headscarf for a week," is the Muslim feminist's plan. The social pedagogue and integration counselor from Hamburg wants to show her hair shaved short to 3 mm and thus counteract several role clichés at once. In doing so, Hilistina Banze (31) - like many other applicants - confronts the expectations and role models that are placed on women in particular. The jury was impressed by the radicality and complexity of the experiment and is looking forward to Hilistina Banze's experiences as a woman, a Muslim and a feminist.

MIA HOFNER

"I don't want to generate any usable, personal data about myself for two weeks." This means extensive restrictions for the 26-year-old conceptual designer and student from Cologne: no smartphone use, no checking e-mails, no online shopping - all activities that many other applicants* would also like to do without because they consume too much energy, strain social relationships, entice consumption and leave uncontrollable data traces of themselves and others. The jury found Mia Hofner's clarity, with which she reflects on the consequences of her daily actions and at the same time is aware that she cannot escape digital data transfer forever, remarkable.

KIMBERLEY VEHOFF

"I don't want to do my job" writes the 22-year-old food technology specialist from Bad Fallingbostel. Representative of a great many applications, Kimberley Vehoff expresses a fundamental dissatisfaction with the economic constraints and the pressure to perform in contemporary society. The jury found it particularly convincing that Kimberley Vehoff's social relationships suffer due to alternating early, late and night shifts as well as a 6-day week, and that she wants to use the scholarship to strengthen these emotional ties again.

THE NOMINEES

There were 14 nominees*, including, in addition to the winners, among others:

  • A 9-year-old student who no longer wants to be driven to school by his mother out of a sense of ecological responsibility.
  • A Brazilian activist who collects plastic waste in her village
  • A doctor who no longer wants to prescribe addictive painkillers when there are other ways to treat the disease.
  • A television reporter who wants to stop spreading negative news for four weeks.
  • A man who does not want to speak for ten days, but wants to listen to others more attentively.
  • A woman who wants to stay the way she is, thus pointing out the pressure for self-optimization in society (and in the call for entries).

The jury members - MK&G director Tulga Beyerle, philosopher and HFBK guest professor Armen Avanessian, and lawyer Eva-Dorothee Leinemann - decided to reflect the range of content of the submissions and to leave room for the subjectivity of the applicants. The Scholarship for Doing Nothing was financed by the Leinemann Kunststiftung Nikolassee.

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?