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HfG publication platform 2G 12b, Photo: Hannah Cooke (© Hannah Cooke, HfG Karlsruhe)

This section provides an insight into the university’s various publication activities: annual reports, the university magazine Munitionsfabrik, Edition 76135 in cooperation with Spector Books, the book series Folge and HfG Forschung in cooperation with Wilhelm Fink Verlag, or the departments’ and professors’ individual publications projects.

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Schwarm journal

Writing texts – theoretical texts in particular – is different from other kinds of work happening in an art school. While artworks and design objects can be exhibited easily at exhibitions like Rundgang, the journal Schwarm confronts the difficulty to give members of the university an insight into the textual works of the students at HfG.

Working on texts is often considered to be something that happens in solitude and seclusion in the library or in one's own home.To counter this impression, Schwarm highlights the collective aspects of writing – conversations and research that precede a text and fruitful discussions that follow its completion.

The publication is released every semester. It opens up a space for a collaborative writing experience at HfG and presents itself as a platform for writing, discussing and disseminating student texts.

All students of HfG are invited to take part in this collective project in the editorial board or by contributing their own texts

Editorial board of the first edition:.Charlot Schümann, Christian Egerer, Christian Platz, Darius Philipp Kühner, Emma Benker, Eva Scholl, Ilayda Elsa Kohl, Livia Emma Lazzarini, Moritz Konrad, Yannick Fritz.

Graphic design of the first edition: Anna Katalin Szilágyi, Róza Velkei.


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Online-Journal UMBAU

Artistic research, design, art studies and media philosophy are created at the HfG Karlsruhe in changing constellations of participating actors.

The online journal UMBAU now makes this polyphonic dialog between teachers, students and guests, which extends far beyond the walls of the building, accessible to an international audience.

With biweekly contributions, UMBAU presents contemporary projects from the fields of art, design and theory, which are framed in annually changing editorial themes.

After the first two issues with the overarching themes "Political Bodies" and "Fragile Futures", **the current and third issue Chaining will examine the chains with which our world is interwoven and forge new connections. It will abandon the hierarchy of the vertically hanging chain and explore its flexibility, its ability to form new networks, and question an overtly linear narrative and mode of research. We will explore the intricate connections between desire, power structures and the metaphorical material of chains and unravel their historical and contemporary realities.

In regular open calls, completed contributions or suggestions for potential contributions can also be sent to us via email umbau-journal(at)

Exclusive contributions from scientists, artists, philosophers, designers and choreographers from the HfG Karlsruhe network can now be found at

Sign up for the journal's newsletter to make sure you don't miss any articles: umbau-journal(at) And feel free to follow the Umbau Instagram channel: umbau_hfgkarlsruhe

Current editors:
Charlotte Eifler, Paolo Caffoni, Livia Emma Lazzarini, Yannick Fritz, Jule Köpke.

Former editorial team:
Ariana Dongus, Isabelle Konrad, George MacBeth, Friederike Schäfer, Johanna Schäfer, Katharina Weinstock, Ebba Fransén Waldhör.

Annual Reports

The annual report offers the wide specialist community an insight into the activities and development of the university. The review of the extensive volumes that boasts the dynamism as well as the successes of the school is condensed into a spectacular list of events, exhibitions, awards and scholarships. Annual reports

Information brochures

Information brochures of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Information brochures

Munitionsfabrik – The university’s magazine

From university newspaper to art magazine to scientific publication: looking back at the history of Munitionsfabrik (“ammunition factory”) the university’s magazine has taken on a large variety of different publication types and formats. It was founded during winter semester 1997/98 by Adam Seide as a transdisciplinary platform for experimental design and publishing. Since 2004 Munitionsfabrik is edited and published by changing student groups. Munitionsfabrik – Die Hochschulzeitschrift

Book Boy

Book Boy is a student’s initiative from HfG Karlsruhe. Book Boy publishes (and sells) student’s work. Book Boy is therefore a publishing platform.


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Edition 76135

The HfG book series Edition 76135 is a collaboration with publisher Spector Books. Edition 76135

Neue Folge

Neue Folge is a book series by HfG Karlsruhe with scientific, artistic, and analytical positions from with the university and its context. The book series has been published since 2008 in cooperation with Wilhelm Fink Verlag. The book design was developed by former HfG students Martin Borst, Sebastian Cremers, and Piero Glina. Neue Folge

HfG book series at cantz

Between 1994 and 2000 twelve volumes were published as part of a cooperation between HfG Karlsruhe and cantz-Verlag. The series includes contributions by former HfG faculty members, such as Heinrich Klotz, Peter Sloterdijk, Hans Belting, Dietmar Kamper, and many others. HfG book series at cantz

Reihe HfG Forschung

The publication series HfG Forschung focusses on essays and research papers from philosophy, media studies, cultural, and social sciences at HfG and the university’s context. Beyond purely academic contexts, the series treats contemporary questions and problems. The series is a forum for authors dedicated to a transdisciplinary, theoretically multilingual, and radically open concept of research. The series has been published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag since 2011. Reihe HfG Forschung


The CD/DVD edition Maßnahme was curated by Thomas Heise, film maker and former HfG professor for film. Maßnahme

Various publications

Various publications from HfG Karlsruhe. Various publications