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

At the interface between art, design, architecture and digital media, Spatial Strategies forms a platform for space-related studies and research. In contrast to design, which sees itself more oriented towards objects and series, this field of study concerns itself with the difference of spaces in all forms and dimensions and with the interpretation of spatial situations and relations. Phenomena in real and virtual space are analysed and defined under the aspect of atmosphere, order and sensuality (human-space relation). The positions to be taken in this cover approaches which give spaces reality and which are merely scenic. The boundaries between real and virtual space can be fluid. Design-based strategies are developed and taught for design interventions in the sense of singular spatial identity and/or staging  – such as complex space-related concepts and spatial systems. With its new field of Spatial Strategies, the Muthesius University is reacting to current developments which re-evaluate the question of space. The design and scenic setting of space arise today in the context of digital networking and the dynamic of globalisation. The electronic mass communication media appear to dissolve spatial boundaries as general globalisation tendencies flatten the diversity of cultural spaces. However, in doing so, significances occur more clearly as social and cultural parameters. Their growing significance shows itself particularly in the academic discourse in such a way that one can talk of a ‘spatial turn’: spaces create realities, form hierarchies, open and hinder social relations, demonstrate or hide functions, create atmosphere or make a feeling of belonging impossible. The determining power of spaces for society and culture, its identity-creating function is gaining in relevance. With the design of locations, the reflection and permeation of the atmospheric, the creation of a specific local ambience, the thematic formation of experienceable environments and the making of sensual experience of urban semantics is not only a new field of tasks for universities but they create a completely new reponsibility for design. This is valid not only for the design of interiors but also the structuring and readability of public spaces from the exposed specimen to the ensemble, from the equiping of a museum and library to the design of stages up to theme-centric exhibition design and the creation of explorable and discoverable scenarios for science and technology parks or leisure parks. Sportive, political, cultural or commercial events today take place in public spaces which are formed by the use of medial, scenic, filmic or architectural means. Their design requires professional, aesthetic skills.

Teaching Staff

PROF. MICHAEL BREDA Scenography / Vice-president MARTINA LÖWENSTROM Material, Concept and Constrution PROF. DAGMAR SCHORK Fundamentals of Design/ Scenography PROF. DR. SANDRA SCHRAMKE Scenography/ Curatorial Practice/ Substance of Knowledge PROF. MANFRED SCHULZ Scenography/ Spatial Stategies PROF. MAG. ARCH CHRISTIAN TECKERT Research and Spatial Interventions / MA Spatial Strategies


Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
Master of Arts (M. A.)
in the major subjects Spatial Design Scenography PhD