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 ·

Presidium, Senate and Advisory Board

The Presidium, Senate and Academy Board are the central organs of the university according to HSG S-H (Higher Education Act of Schleswig-Holstein) of 30.03.2007.

The Presidium

The Presidium runs the institute in the sense of jurisdiction. It is responsible among other things for development planning, the study programmes, target agreements, quality assurance, the examination regulations, the budget and the number of student enrolments. It does this via the administration of the Muthesius University. All committees, institute and bodies of the university must provide information to the Presidium and invite members to their meetings. The members of the Presidium are elected by the senate.

The members of the Presidium of the Muthesius University are:

President Dr. Arne Zerbst

Vice-president  Prof. Dipl.Ing. Michael Breda

Vice-president Dr. Bettina Möllring

Chancellor Dirk Mirow

The full-time president of the university represents the institution and is responsible for all operations and business. Vice-president Prof. Michael Breda is responsible for studies and teaching as well as international issues. Vice-president Prof. Dr. Bettina Möllring  is responsible for all artistic and technical workshops, international issues and post-graduate studies and projects. Chancellor Dirk Mirow is head of the administration of the university. He is responsible for the budget.

The Senate

The senate advises in issues of research, teaching and studies which are of central importance and which concern the whole university. It oversees the administration of the Presidium, takes decisions regarding the constitution, the regulations, it elects the Presidium, decides on e.g. research focus, produces statements on the budget and structural development plans. All information for these purposes are given to the Senate by the Presidium and other bodies. The Senate of the University consists of: 13 representatives from the professorial/teaching staff (7), artistic staff (2), students (2) and non-academic staff (2). The Presidium and the equality officer are also members of the senate with the right to submit resolutions, and as advisors.

Chairperson:President Dr. Arne Zerbst

Minutes Secretary: Gisela Rosenthal

Members (substitute) Prof. Annette Stahmer (Prof. Silke Juchter)

Prof. Stephan Sachs (Prof. Tom Duscher)

Prof. Dr. Petra Maria Meyer (Prof. Dr. Christiane Kruse)

Prof. Manfred Schulz (Prof. Dagmar Schork)

Prof. Dr Ludwig Fromm (Prof. Christian Teckert)

Prof. Frank Jacob (Prof. Detlef Rhein)

Prof. Elisabeth Wagner (Prof. BKH Gutmann)

Christian Engler (Jens Ewald)

N.N. (Goffredo Winkler)

Monique Krüger (Eva Kühn)

Claus-Christian Gronau (Oliver Hahn)

Roy Weissenberger (Maike Brzakala)

Hartwig Greve (Roland Spreth)

COMMITTEES The University is autonomous in its self-adminsitration via committees and boards. The boards are formed by the Senate and according to the Higher Education Act of Schleswig-Holstein comprise the central study committee (Chariperson: Prof. Dipl.- Ing. Michael Breda), the central boards for research and knowledge transfer, and the central budget and planning committee (Chair: Dirk Mirow). An overview of all committees and boards is given in a PDF (status: October 2014).

The Advisory Board

Five external part-time/honourary persons. In conjunction with the Senate and the Presidium it is one of the central bodies of the University. It accompanies university development, gives recommendations and prepares resolutions and statements on e.g. budget plans, development planning and quality assurance. The President is a member in an advisory capacity and has the right to submit resolutions. The Equality Officer and a representative of the Student Council can also take part in the meetings in an advisory capacity and have the right to submit resolutions. Minutes Secretary: Gisela Rosenthal The members of the Advisory Board are: Prof. Dr. Hinderk Emrich (Chairperson), psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and philosopher. Claudia Fischer-Appelt, designer, creative head of FischerAppelt-Gruppe, founder of mamamoto and the design agency Karl Anders. Brigitte Gerisch, art historian, Gerisch-Stiftung Neumünster. Dr. Inge Schröder. CEO, Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel GmbH Dr. Luise Wagner, author, director and producer.

Maike Brzakala
T 0431 / 5198 – 463, E

Senate Dates Winter Semester 2019/2020

Weekday: Wednesday
Begin: 15.00 hrs
Location: Exhibition Room