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 ·

Medical Design

Health is one of society’s great topics of the future, particularly when health is understood as a central part of sustainable practices. We are convinced that design plays an important role in the discussion regarding the challenges faced in this endeavour. For this discussion, wide-ranging competences are necessary. The Master’s programme in Medical Design focuses on learning the key competences of design: making alternatives to existing design practices an experience in creativity (innovation) and holding a discourse on something which is desirable (reflection).

We show paths to professional design handling and complexity. In doing so, we are concerned with sensitising different human needs and the design of process interfaces. This contains at the same time interdisciplinary knowledge networks, questions of application of new technologies and dealing with organisational, regulative and socio-cultural factors. Knowledge of the work methods of human-centred design and its application are obvious. In project work particular value is given to the development of networking skills and process-oriented work.

We include new, holistic models of value creation and qualitative relations which can be experiences scenically, i.e. multidimensionally. In the first three terms we offer the following seminars: Medicina Fundamentals, User Research, Service Design, Product Planning, Sustainability, Design Management and CAD Professional. Associated seminars of the Centre for Media for the design of animated content can also be used as well as interdisciplinary exercises in 24-hour format with Spatial Strategies. The accompanying theoretical discourse on “desirable futures” and normative challenges of design is given a particular significance, it is designed as a  decelerated space for reflection. All teaching content and targets in Medical Design are seen as synergies with Interface Design, between the two focal points project work can be designed openly. Due to its  particular relevance for the future and its complexity, but also the ambivalence of medicine and health, designers are challenged with taking on practical problems and new potential spaces responsibly and with great commitment.

The attractiveness of the demands of the Master’s courses at the Muthesius University is also confirmed by being a member of the Excellence Cluster Inflammation at Interfaces, the latest research co-operation with the Miele, Hill-Rom and Siemens concerns as well as the two-year Interreg EU Research Project Healthy Ageing which has been running since 2013.

In addition to research focus in the fields of “Environment and Health”, “global health”, “The Future of Hospitals”, “Body Technologies” and “Life in Old Age” we consciously encourage the access of different disciplines and individual project work on relevant future questions. Under the heading “Designing Perspectives” the course critically questions a wide range of human relations in the field of health and rethinks socio-cultural change. At the centre of this is the ability to develop future-oriented scenarios in which integrative solution to products, processes and services are equally represented. Such a multi-dimensional communicative competence of alternative forms of life and action manifests itself in “scenic design”, which shows new qualitities in an intelligent context. High-precision products are formulated in addition to the products appearing in these scenarios; these studies demand detailed accuracy and additional expansive, structural (product) comprehension.


Prof. Detlef Rhein Tel. 04 31 – 51 98-430,