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.

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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.

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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

Abstract
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.

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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 ·

Next Generation Scientific Poster

Idea & Creative Direction: Konrad Rappaport
Technical Direction: Chris Engler
Software: Jonas Häutle & Hermann Hartung

Scientific Content: Dr. David Völker
Voice: Louise Dölger
Audio: Fabian Heinitz

Client: Future Ocean Cluster Kiel
a Muthesius Academy of Arts Project // Prof. Tom Duscher
bits and pieces by wirmachenbunt (...)

12. February 2015 ·

Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media

Experience of universities for art and design shows that an increased range of theory or the extension of the relevant mandatory courses present merely practical design and theoretical reflection side by side but disconnected. The basic idea of the Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media is the concept of a “double track”: on the one hand concerning the systematic teaching of the theoretical content of aesthetics, art and graphics history as well as media and cultural theory, on the other necessitating a theoretical work and reflection which is understood from the practice of the “issue” of design and its problems. This demands direct cooperation between the study programmes and the Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media. The general range of theory goes beyond the teaching of subject-specific knowledge, it lays academic foundations, shows contemporary developments and debates and investigates their historical conditions. The “practice-reflective” theory work corresponds also to work on special projects with special theory courses, moreover the “Interdisciplinary Weeks” regularly organised by the Forum and the “Experimental Office” with its lectures, seminars and projects on current themes as well as trying out new forms of teaching such as the “studio tour” format with its opportunity to participate in theme-centred discussion, work discussion or short theoretical seminars at the workplace itself. The Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media has been assigned the programme of courses in Aesthetics. Cultural and Media Sciences as well as Art History and Visual Cultures. It is also associated wit the Forum. In accordance with the corresponding study and examination regulations, the content is taught by means of lectures, seminars and practical courses as mandatory courses in all B.A. and M.A. programmes. Parts of the theory teaching can be offered in cooperation with the  Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. Moreover, the increase in the teaching of theory corresponds to the general tendency of an academisation of all components. The way a “knowledge society” defines itself to a great extent via science and technology is also increasingly valid for design and art work. The offer of theory at the Muthesius seeks to take account of this with the expansion of its courses in Graphic and Cultural and Media Sciences.

Teaching Staff

PROF. DR. PHIL. HABIL. CHRISTIANE KRUSE Art History and Visual Cultures PROF. DR. PHIL. HABIL. PETRA MARIA MEYER Cultural and Media Sciences with focus on Philosophy PROF. DR. NORBERT M. SCHMITZ Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media: Aesthetics DR. ARNE ZERBST President

Other teaching staff

DR. PHIL. LARS CHRISTIAN GRABBE Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media DR.CHRISTINE KORTE-BEUCKERS Institute for the Science of Art, Design and Media STEFANIE POLEK Assistant Lecturer