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 ·

Spatial Strategies (M.A.)

The Master’s Study Programme in Spatial Strategies deals with the theme of space overall, including its production, appropriation, and design in terms of an extended, dynamic definition of space. In the face of the increasing medialisation of the public (and private) sphere and the increasing dissolution of distinct boundaries between individual disciplines such as interior design, architecture, design, urbanism, art, and media, the Master’s Study Programme was developed to address the increasing demand for qualified university graduates within these interdisciplinary professions.
The main focus will be on (temporary) Spatial Design, Scenography, and Spatial Intervention as an act of communication. The main emphasis on project work which integrates both analysis and research processes will be the foundation for the study of new (transversal) forms of knowledge and expertise, in which the threshold between artistic and scientific modes of practice will be a key factor.

The curriculum is interface-oriented, i.e. courses are integrated from the Muthesius Academy’s Fine Arts and Design curriculum, as well as from its external network. After the first basic semester, students can choose between two major subjects and will focus on an individual area of expertise:

Space and Scenography

Research based Spatial Intervention

Applicants for the Master’s Study Programme in Spatial Strategies can be graduates of Bachelor or Diploma programmes in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Stage Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Design, or any other design-oriented study programmes.

Space and  Scenography

The focus of the content is geared towards scenic design and the spatial settings using new media. The aim is a theoretical deisgn of communication and interaction spaces.
Developing and professionally implementing concepts for such spaces and their utilisation as “locations of emotional learning” is the central design skill taught in these courses. This comprises both the interdisciplinary cultural discourse on different spatial phenomena and academic project development as a form of intervention in pre-defined spatial structures, which generates new spatial and utlisation concepts. By the use of “reactive media” this enables and provokes overlaps and interferences of imaginary and real environments.

The increasing entanglement of image-construction procedures of architectural space in constructed interiors and in the process-like development of urban space represent the starting point of a discourse on the relation between real and virtual spaces. An important element here is the increasingly significant virtual communication spaces and their relation to real spaces. In scene-oriented design, newly experienceable communication and interaction spaces based on specific themes can be developed artistically and academically.


Prof. Manfred Schulz

Research-Based Spatial Intervention

The focal point is geared towards spatial research, spatial interventions and projects in public spaces. Urban exteriors or interiors of public character are at the centre of strategies of spatial analysis and intervention whereby space is understood as the social production process of perception, utilisation and adaptation. The interplay between research-analytical and artistic-intervention strategies is put at the centre of the discourse on concrete spatial situations and social contexts. Discourse-analytical abilites are linked with design skills, medial strategies with spatial scenographies. Located between Urban Design, Art in Public Spaces and situative Urbanismus, in this Master’s focal point we strive for a transdisciplinary professionalism which contains urban curator skills in addition to design individuality. What is decisive is the cultivation of abilities to analyse, visualise and chart complex social contexts, and to develop scenographic spatial concepts based on process-oriented knowledge schooled in narrative which justify the multifaceted demands of today’s public spaces. Public spaces are always to be conceived as an amalgam of the material and immaterial, of concrete and virtual elements.
The major focus of Research-Based Spatial Intervention correspondingly offers transdisciplinary methods on this theme which would like to develop forward-looking design approaches on the basis of the analysis of current problematic situations.


Prof. Christian Teckert