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 ·



More than half of the graduates of the Muthesius are sooner or later active as freelancers. Having an artistic or design career requires a high degree of professionalism and places high demands on a personality. Individual work- and lifestyle and different career paths and diversions are important components of continuing professional and artistic development. The rather unclear employment market requires from artist and designers a clear profile and a recognisable position.

Dear students, dear graduates! If you want to become a freelancer in the region and are in need of supoort and advice, we are your contact. You can e.g. access our network, make contact via the MU with other insitutions, together we can explore funding possibilites. Please get in contact with us under We look forward to seeing you and your plans. Best wishes.
Dipl. Des. Claudia Haßfurther & Dipl. Des. Hartmut Klotz

The project “Strengthening the Potential of the Regional Creativity Economy” is supported by funding for the cultural-economic development of cultural resources: “Networks beteeen Culture and Economics” within the framework of the Future Programme for Economics. Within the framework of the project the study planning and the artistic and design career development is to be supported and if necessary improved and professionalised. The strategically important decisions regarding career entry and start-ups are to be demystified and made easier. Current business models and valuation strategies for a successful artistic and design company foundation are to be anaysed, demonstrated and made applicable. Beyond this, new perspectives and future-oriented fields of activity should be defined. By imparting business abilities, on the one hand the specific market oreintation and assessment should be improved, and on the other the management qualitites of the indivdual should be better trained. In this way, the students and graduates should be in a better starting position and can advance their individual artistic development and control it successfully. The better the initial support – the better the connection to the region. It concerns targeted interdisciplinary network activites, well-founded advice on compatible further and higher education training, the organisation and implementation of branch-relevant events, support in obtaining funding, knowledge transfer and the production of the corresponding publicatons. With these measures, it will be possible to above all achieve better competitiveness of the creative people in order to promote the success of the fundementals of creativity. Our offer contains three areas:

Advice & Backing

– individual orientation and advice process – biography development and accompaniment – development of individual economic models – thinking through of suitable valuation strategies – tailored mediation of experts and partners – reflection of professional profile, evaluation of business idea, clarification of position and support in the processes of modification, realisation and implementation

Qualification & Information

– branch-specific information events – seminars, workshops – mediation of external branch-relevant information, seminare and workshops – mediation of transdisciplinary wrk environements and partners – support in interdisciplinary cooperation – team formation – funding possibilities, stipends, grants, competitions

Networks & Infrastructure

– incentivise connections and competence networks between graduates – gain alumni as mentors and integrate them into advice and accompaniment – integrate regional institutes as transdisciplinary qualification clusters into the network – make businesses from the region sensitive to good design and gain them as partner for new formats for the promotion of young talent – make possibilites of economic support for creative people more transparent and available – make regional networks and their insfrastructure more accessible for creative people

Advice and Backing

Our core offer within the Muthesius is the advice and backing of artistic, professional biographies. We offer a low-threshold range and are open to all questions. The trust of the students and graduates is very important for our work. We develop professional and business perspectives and together consider what conditions are present or how these can be created for a successful implementation. We provide concrete help and give tips on the realisation of chosen paths. We build up long-term contact with the students and graduates. This benefits the quality of the advice and we can continue to expand our powerful promoter and competence network. Due to great demand we regularly carry out orientation consultations. The potential founders are accepted into our network, advised on the sector-specifics and if necessary transfered to special expert consultants. As a pre-condition for successful fundamental consultation and monitoring, the range of the local start-up funding landscape was first tested for the specifics of the creative economy and adapted as far as possible. In the orientation consultations, custom individual solutions are created which are then further monitored. In addition to the economic modification of the business concepts focus is given particularly to the personal artistic development which palys a central role in the creative sector. Additionally, the Academy offers the founders temporary use of the workshops since when starting up a business infrastructure (a workshop) is often needed for the implementation and e.g. construction of prototypes. In many cases, the alumni can be found as mentors. A creative meeting was introduced by two alumni, which has proved as a format for different network events. Since creative minds are often loners, they look for opportunities for reflection and exchange. Successful networking is of great significance.


Dipl. Des. Claudia Haßfurther
T 0431 / 5198 – 505, E