Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte (EDS.) – Taking Offense

Taking Offense

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural Configurations

With contributions by:

Nika Spalinger | Norbert M. Schmitz | Simon O’Meara | Monica Juneja | Maruška Svašek | Tania Becker |
Jürgen Wasim Frembgen | Asif Jehangir | Jojada Verrips | Christoph Baumgartner | Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte

2018.383 pages, 64 b/w & 9 col. fig., french paperback € 49,90
ISBN 978-3-7705-6345-6
series: dynamis

What makes a picture offensive to some people and not to others? In diverse, pluralistic societies around the world, images are triggering heated controversy as never before. Their study offers a perfect entry point into the clashes between different values, (...)

19. April 2018 ·

Just arrived: Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science

“Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science.”

Tom Duscher, Stephan Sachs, Manfred Schulz (Editors)

“Sensing the Ocean” is based on the collaboration between the Kiel Marine Research Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. The book shows how artists, designers and scientists can complement each other creatively, what differentiates artistic and scientific research, and illustrates how the interplay of competence gives rise to new insights.


20. April 2017 ·

Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, at the Leipzig Book Fair!

For many years, the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design has been presenting its book and print art to the international audience at the Leipzig Book Fair. This year it will again be represented in the book & art segment (hall 3, booth G 301). Here, the Art Academy Kiel presents outstandingly designed printed works and special typographic book designs from the field of study »typography and book design« (Prof. Annette le Fort and Prof. André Heers). Every year the University’s booth is designed by students for the Book Fair.


20. April 2017 ·

Laundry Narratives: Reflections on Design, Laundry Practices and Sustainability

28. Juni 2016, 19:00-20:30 Uhr
Emma Dulcie Rigby, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

In this presentation I will discuss the key insights from my practice-led PhD.  Through re-examining laundry as a social practice the research develops a series of design provocations to challenge the organisation of laundry practices, and by extension the frequencies and processes in which laundry is carried out. It highlights that understanding laundry as a social practice opens a space to reconceptualise design, laundry behaviour and sustainability. This provides an alternative lens from which to view and develop design theories and practice for sustainability in fashion.


26. May 2016 ·

Designing the Social-Material: Idea, Process and Challenge

Seravalli Lecture

Design for Social Innovation, Transformation Design or Transition Design are emerging design practice, research and study. In spite of the differences in the name, philosophy and mode of operation, they share the same ambition of applying design competence to co-create a more sustainable way of living. Thereby they expand the subject matter of design beyond the material to include the social. If traditional design creates new artefacts for particular social context, be it at work, at home, or in school; then these emerging practices are aimed to create alternative ways or conditions of working, living and learning with the support of new material and digital artefacts.

In Wintersemester 2015/16, we intend to look more closely at designing that reconfigures the social as well as the material in transdisciplinary codesign research and practice. (...)

26. October 2015 ·

“Research Practice Dialogue” – Guest Lecture Series

“Research” and “Practice” were arguably the most important words in academic design discourse in the last 20 years. These were spoken often in
the context of developing design research at the University. Currently there are a number of models established: Research Through Design,
Practice-Led/Based Research, Project-Grounded Research, and Constructive Research. They all share the ideas that designing is a form of inquiry
which has its own particular methods that should be capitalized. Secondly, they see that designing should form a (major) part of design research and
should generate trustworthy knowledge to serve and renew practice.

In SS 2015, we intend to look more closely at designing that engages with specialised scientific knowledge or emerging technology in the context of
interdisciplinary research and development. (...)

5. May 2015 ·

What If There Were No Centre of Gravity? – Reflections on Decentralisation and Nonconformism

Of course I can’t write about flowers and beads and birds and trees. And lovers in the park and all of that stuff n dem. But what the use to write about them something dem, when you sit late in the park at night and a man comes and shoots you and take your woman and rape her. What the use to write about flowers, when the pollution will wither it up! You have to write about the reality or the different. You have to write about South Africa and the youths in the ghetto. You have to write about the England. You have to write about all these things.    Mutabaruka, Intro to Check It

Mutabaruka’s statement could stand as an epitome of the work we do at SAVVY Contemporary and my curatorial practice in general. (...)

21. April 2015 ·

In Focus

The main goal of the Muthesius University in Kiel is to promote art, design and spatial strategies via research and development projects as a focal point for work and intellectual debates. As the only art university in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Muthesius is not only a place to develop culturally relevant biographies but with its project studies also a place of particular experimentation and realisation.
 To a certain extent, the profile of the Master’s programme represents study courses and development possibilities for students unique in the Federal Republic of Germany.

“At the centre of the Muthesius University’s focus is art and design, the creative and productive. Around this centre there revolves the fundamental relationship between theory and practice. (...)

23. February 2015 ·

Artistic Research

Infinite Record: Archive, Memory and Performance

International Research Project 2012-2014, initiated by the Norwegian Theatre Academy (NTA) / Østfold University College (Karmenlara Ely) in cooperation with York St John University, GB (Claire Hind / Gary Winters), MIT Boston, USA (Anna Kohler / Jay Scheib) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (Arnold Dreyblatt / Petra Maria Meyer). Prof. Arnold Dreyblatt and students of NTA hosted a performative, public memory event during a residence in Fredrikstad in August and September 2013. During his residency in Fredrikstad, Dreyblatt proposed the use of public display spaces in Fredrikstad as a public interactive platform in which student meetings, performances, installations, and presentations by invited guests took place: through research and discussion, the project questions social, academic and artistic forms of representation for local and individual memory.  Symposium and International Conference at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design February 13th to 15th 2014


Prof. Arnold Dreyblatt Tel. 0431-5198-437, Dr. Petra Maria Meyer Tel.  0431-5198-503,

Art in the Public Domain

BLOW UP Art-Design Discourse

The arts and the public domain in focus – The series of lectures on the arts which play a part in the public domain wanted to present the medial, spatial, cultural and social compexity of that which is understood under the term »Art in Public Spaces«. Previously, so-called »Art in Public Spaces« has become artistic intervention and performance which dissolve as space, language and object. It has opened up new possibilities of effect and realisation for public spaces and comprises interventions and design of location, places and spaces, theatrical stagings, language spaces, choreographiy with urban and rural communities, social and ecological projects as well as sensual anthropology. In 2010, the Muthesius Academy and the Kiel City Gallery together started a discussion with the series which is linked to current experiences mostly in Europe and demonstrates new paths which concern all those interested in bringing the significance of public spaces up-to-date.

Blow up – A sereis on the potential contribution of art to public spaces 2010 – 2014. Documentary by Ursula Schmitz-Bünder and Ronja Tolksdorf, Press Office of the Muthesius Academy. 32 pages. Status: 28.05.2014.


Ursula Schmitz-Bünder Tel. 0431 – 5198-463

Schleswig-Holstein’s Monuments

A cooperation project of the Muthesius University and the project office of »radius of art«, an initiative of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein, and the Bürgerstiftung Schleswig-Holsteinischer Gedenkstätten [Foundation for the Upkeep of Schleswig-Holstein Monuments].


Anke Müffelmann (Project Leader) Tel .0431 – 9066130/36, Prof. Arnold Dreyblatt Tel. 0431 – 5198-437,

Remembrance Culture in Schleswig-Holstein after 1945

A cooperation project between the Muthesius University, Study Courses in Spatial Strategies, the History Department of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. It concerns an historical, functional, atmospheric, acoustic and photographic inventory by students of the Schleswig-Holstein’s locations Ladelund, Schleswig, Ahrensbök and Kaltenkirchen. In the second phase, concepts were created for the contemporary renovation of the presentation forums at the locations.

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Fromm and Prof. Dr. Karl Heinrich Pohl (ed.): »Das Lager verschwand aus dem kommunalen Gedächtnis – Erinnerungskulturen in Schleswig-Holstein nach 1945«. A publication in cooperation between the Muthesius Academy and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. With text and photographs by Anna Katharina Baake, Hauke Burghart, Marike Fentsahm, Ludwig Fromm, Tobias Hahn, Nina Heidemann, Daniela Kneiding, Ingo Kolar, Claudia Kuhn, Heinrich Pohl, Malte Prochnow, Fabian Rook, Ayse Sayar, Kathrin Sehrbrock, Hagen Stolp, Lars Thode. Design: Johannes Markus Frerichs. Wachholz Verlag, Neumünster: September 2011. 154 pages. ISBN 978-3-529-02442-9. 

Questions ?

Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Ludwig Fromm Tel. 0431 – 5198-469, Prof. Dr. Karl Heinrich Pohl Tel. 0431 – 880-1483,