How do we iron, break, yield, learn, show, walk, bubble, collect and broadcast during a period of social distancing?
Join various HfG alumni and schedule your day with renewed routines of making, working and caring in domestic environments. A growing accumulation of activities by artists and designers, live streamed on Fridays, echo a different pace and concentration for our home made behaviours.
Join the Instagram live stream every Friday May 8, 15, 22, 29 (CET) via @hfg_karlsruhe and IGTV.
Join Jan Boelen, Rector of the HfG, as he starts the day by ironing his clothes and humming German songs.
Join Michail Rybakov, alumnus of HfG’s media art department, in breaking habits. Rybakov remembers “watching fish in a fish tank way too small. They would always do the same movements, the same repetitive routines, for hours. I feel like I‘m one of these fishes now, in an aquarium way too small".
Watch Michail Rybakov trying to move differently, to stop trying to be himself.
Our perception of agency shifts as our daily practices and our habitual movements have to adapt. Join movement artist Mira Hirtz, alumna of HfG’s art theory department, to practice yielding with her – an active allowance, an agent giving in into that which is present – by using our bodies: resting in various positions, dancing wildly, being weird. There is more time and less time, depending on our personal situation, but in any case there is a confusion of rhythms, a loss of control and flow. ...
Join artist, designer and HfG alumna Lotte Meret Effinger in her home/studio/workshop in Berlin. She is often engaged in collaborations and projects which range from video, installation, text, performance to publications. She analyzes the effects of digital media and new technology on our identity and emotions. Currently we are facing an uncertain future: affecting our bodies and economic structures. In dealing with this condition Lotte focuses on continuous learning methods and extensive research. She will introduce research methods and workshops she built up in the last weeks, work on old self-taught procedures, try out new ones, improvise, fail and learn from it again.
Tired of living at home with Mom and Dad? Sick of self-isolation, staring at blank walls and hand-me-down furniture in your rundown apartment? Well, we’ve got just the solution for you – HFG CRIBS is back! Join alumnus of HfG’s communication design department Mathias Lempart in his London mansion. You can get a live tour of your favourite celeb’s pad and be impressed by everything they own! Yes, get ready for another sizzling season of boom-boom bedrooms, tricked out rides and refrigerator raids. Plasma TV screens? Check. Over-the-top bathrooms? Check. Huge hot tubs? Check. This season of CRIBS has it all, so you can spend your time daydreaming about how the other half lives.
Take a walk with Karolina Sobel, photographer and graduate of media arts, through the wilderness in the centre of Warsaw. During lockdown in Poland she decided to give a temporary home to a dog in need. He requires consistent walks and a stable lifestyle. Walking is important for mental health, especially now. Some say that it can sharpen sensibility and has a long history as an art practice. During walks, Sobel will read out loud the authors that await in her library: Rebecca Solnit (Wanderlust) and Olga Tokarczuk (Flights).
Join FAN, a Karlsruhe based collective formed by 11 artists and designers. The unifying theme for this format is a reflection on their collaborative based work. By challenging authorship and the notion of mimesis FAN is pushing collectivity to the limit. Each of the four sessions is dedicated to one material and a matching handicraft technique. In a meditative mass production FAN will silently synchronize its movements.
Join designer and singer Anne Tönsmann juggling free associative ideas, developed while working with a variety of sources (severed Barbie doll heads, lamps, audiosignals). While working on one project, ideas for the next project are bubbling up. During each show Anne will talk to the audience about what is going on in her head. Towards the end of one episode she will decide which idea to work on in the following episode.
Join graphic designer Yannick Nuss on a journey into his passion for collecting action figures. The careful selection of special objects for personal enjoyment is an expression of a time consuming passion and the thrill of hunting for desirable rarities. His collection currently consists of 8 figures, all of which were sought, observed, hunted and bought for different reasons. Each new figure is taken out of its original packaging exactly once, repackaged in a carefully inspected manner and then added to the collection as an additional member.
Every night at 11.57 pm, the german national anthem is transmitted at DLF, the most important german public broadcasting station. Join Judith Milz, alumna of the HfG media art department, in her kitchen at midnight, while the anthem is played. She gets up on a chair and sings it out loud accompanied by the radio melody. By turning the occasional into a midnight routine for four weeks Judith hopes to find out what drives her to sing along. She will prepare the setting for this performance live: Build an unstable pile of found objects, assembled materials, on which she will perform.
Homemade Routines is compiled and edited by Katharina Wahl and the HFG Press Department, thanks to the various alumni of the Hochschule für Gestaltung. Homemade Routines is a project initiated by PS (Public Sandberg) curated by Jules van den Langenberg at Sandberg Instituut, Masters of Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Join the activities with their alumni on Wednesdays via live streams at @sandberginstituut and whttps://sandberg.nl/ps-routine.