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The HfG Karlsruhe is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a series of events. The anniversary year is marked by a stocktaking and from here looks into possible futures of the university and its contribution to society.

The HfG Karlsruhe was founded as a reform university together with the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe during the years 1989 to 1992. Its combination of teaching, research and exhibition institutions is intended to serve the self-imposed artistic and pedagogical task of relating the traditional arts to media technology and electronic manufacturing processes. By bringing together media art, art theory and design, an "electronic Bauhaus" was to be created, according to founding director Heinrich Klotz. By linking artistic, design and theoretical courses of study, interdisciplinary work was also to be promoted, with an alert eye for contemporary issues.

The interdisciplinarity of the university and the theoretical and practical examination of new media is more topical than ever. New issues, such as the sustainable use of resources or diversity, have been added. At the HfG, political and social developments are not only understood as technical challenges, but also as cultural challenges that must be accompanied and shaped academically and artistically. In order to be able to do this, they must first be grasped and formulated.

In the anniversary year of the HfG, the aim will be to reflect on its own roots, to question and rethink today's artistic and design practice, and to design scenarios of collaboration and coexistence in events and exhibitions with different focuses.


The following events are planned for the anniversary
  • Diploma exhibition: June 02-June 19, Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Ammunition Factory Exhibition: June 02-Sept. 11, Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tour: July 21-24.
  • Zeitbild-Lab Film Festival: 12-16.07. each from 7 p.m. preliminary program, from 9 p.m. film program
  • Summerschool Bio Design Lab: workshop 26-30.07., 10-21 h, registration required, probably with public evening events
  • Open Air Cinema: 29-31.07, 04, 05 + 07.08
  • Issuance of student ID cards: 17.-30.10.
  • Book fair: 28-30.10.

More detailed information, date changes, times and venues for each event can be found on our website.

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