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 ·

EU Projects

art-based research/research-based art

Together with the Muthesius University, in 2008, radius of art started the project art-based research / research-based art. Additional partners were the University of Ulster in Belfast, the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah, the Maumaus Escola de Artes Visuais in Lisbon, 98 Weeks from Beirut in the Lebanon and 5533 from Istanbul. The curator was none other than Adrienne Goehler. Together a discourse of professional artists with artistic, academic and political instututions was set in motion. The results can be read in the publication “Thinking the City – Acting the City. Art in urban public space.” The project office radius of art in the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein conceives, develops and implements diverse cultural programmes in the fields of art and society. Additionally, there are events and lectures as well as a courses and projects in the areas of Fine Arts, Music, Literature, Film and Acting.


Anke Müffelmann / radius of art Tel. 0431 – 9066-130 und -136

Idea Garden

Together with media teaching at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität, the Technischen Hochschule Zürich, Aalborg University and the toymaker LEGO from Denmark, the two Austrian companies FH OÖ Forschungs- & Entwicklungs GmbH (MIL) and EOOS Design GmbH, and the Foundation for Research and Technology from Greece communication designers at the Muthesius University are currently working in the project team “Idea Garden” established in November 2012 for a period of three years.The aim of the project is the development of interactive teaching environments for the promotion of creativity. Initially, the creative processes were investigated in the development departments of the participating companies and the creation of creative solutions observed in the seminars of the Muthesius University.


Prof. Tom Duscher Tel. 0431 – 5198-478, 

Prof. Frank Jacob Tel. 0431 – 5198-475, 

Christoph Eichhorn Tel. 0431 – 240 34 80,

HANC – Healthy Ageing Network of Competence

Under the leadership of the SDU – Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, this project brought together the Muthesius University, the Univeristies of Applied Sciences in Kiel and Flensburg, the State Association for Health Research in SH e.V. and the WelfareTechRegion, the Odense University Hospital and the SDU – Forskerservice. The start of HANC was in January 2013 and the end in December 2014. The mission of HANC was firstly in the collation and use of new knowledge in the field of “Healthy Ageing”. This knowledge was to be transformed into tangible products and services for the active ageing of citizens in the region.

redefining safety – Designing for Age

The superordinate question of motivation served as the starting point for the project work of the Muthesius University in the HANC project: how can one motivate older people to lead an active and healthy life? The type of question required the explanation of basic ideas, e.g. “being old”, “getting old” and “motivation”. The work was based on the one hand on the understanding of age in its diversity and complexity and on the other on the investigation of possible approaches to motivation.


Prof. Detlef Rhein Tel. 0431 – 5198-430 

Prof. Frank Jacob Tel. 0431 – 5198-475 

Elliot Silva M.A. Medical Design Tel. 0431 – 5198-458, 

Jutta Hansen M.A. Sociology Tel. 0431 – 5198-458, 

Benjamin Overhoff B.A. Industrial Design