Art Education

Seminars of the HCU Hamburg

Intercultural Practice 1 / Territory
Kunstverein
Summer Semester 2014

Lecturers: Dr. Anna Richter (HCU), Bettina Steinbrügge
Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. at the Kunstverein in Hamburg

The seminar explores the Kunstverein in Hamburg's representative and functional setting within and outside the institution or its integration into the urban space. We will examine not only the association of natural and/or legal persons for a specific purpose, but also its current significance in the relational structures and connections of its protagonists to neighbouring institutions, the crossings, entrances and accesses, the flows of traffic surrounding it, the rhythms, speeds and flows resulting from these movements. The central point is to point out and develop existing qualities. The seminar tests methodological and theoretical perspectives and approaches of qualitative social research in the practical confrontation on site.

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Curatorial Activism/ Toward an ethics of curating

Summer semester 2021
Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge
Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 to 4 pm

The verb ‘curate’ derives from the Latin curare and means to attend to something and thus also to take responsibility – for an exhibition, for the participating artists, for the works etc. In the business world the code of ethics, which defines what is legitimate and what is not, is becoming ever more important. In the curatorial field too, important parameters have been shifting in recent years. We have seen subtle but lasting changes in the relationship between public and private collections, together with the handling of the latter, in the relationship between the institutional art establishment and the art market, and finally in the relationship between curators and artists.
So the time is ripe to talk about a curatorial code of ethics: where are the boundaries, what are the grey areas? The point of departure for this seminar is not so much to discuss deficiencies and problems, but instead to fundamentally acknowledge that these exist.

Close Reading/Writing – Text Forms in Contemporary Art

Summer Semester 2020

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg
Tuesdays, fortnightly, 2 - 4 p.m.

Based on the different text forms that are published and read in the field of art, the seminar aims to examine what constitutes the different text forms and how quality criteria for a text can be applied.
The focus of the Close Reading/Writing seminar is the joint reading and discussion of different theoretical forms. It is a reading seminar in which the focus is on dealing with text. In addition to the topics covered, the seminar also introduces the methodology of precise and efficient reading of texts ("close reading") as well as the creation of one's own short texts about one's own artistic work.

How Institutions Think

Winter semester 2019 / 2020

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg

Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 - 4 p.m.

In the 21st century, museums, exhibition houses as well as artists and curators are confronted with new tasks and new challenges. The conditions of globalisation, the art market, changing visitor behaviour but also new developments in contemporary art itself make the presentation and mediation of art a socio-political challenge that demands that art history as well as cultural, social, political and philosophical aspects be taken into account. In 2017, as part of the LUMA Foundation and MIT Press, Paul O'Neill, Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson published How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse. Contemporary art and curatorial work, and the institutions that house them, have often been centres of power, hierarchy, control, appreciation and discipline. Even the most progressive of them face the dilemma of existing as institutionalised anti-institutions. This anthology, which takes its title from Mary Douglas' 1986 book How Institutions Think, reviews the practices, habits, models and rhetorics of the institution and the anti-institution in contemporary art and curatorial practice. In the seminar we read texts and talk about how institutions influence art practices and how they shape the artistic field.

In addition to the question of what institutional approaches mean for artists, in the seminar I also want to discuss questions of whether institution-building is still possible, feasible or desirable, whether there are emerging institutional models for progressive art and how we can establish ethical principles and change institutions accordingly.

Exercise in front of originals

Winter semester 2018/2019
Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg
Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 - 4 p.m.

The seminar takes place in front of originals in Hamburg museums and exhibition halls (Hamburger Kunsthalle, Bucerius Kunstforum, Deichtorhallen, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe).

In the seminar, students practise describing and analysing paintings, sculptures/objects, photographs and videos. The focus is on the analysis of works translated into language: formal and iconographic analyses, descriptions of materials and techniques, and forms of presentation. The exercise should make it possible to work out approaches to interpretation from the examination of the work and to independently relate the contents of the research literature to it.
In doing so, central problems of modern art will be worked out and the mechanisms of its production of meaning will be discussed.

CLASS RELATIONS

Summer semester 2017

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg
Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 - 4 p.m.

For decades, artists and activists have used their own artistic practice to actively intervene in social and political events. In this seminar we will look at 20th and 21st century artistic activism with a focus on contemporary artistic practices:. Building on the history of activist movements in art, the seminar seeks to focus more closely on the dimensions of contemporary activisms. Dialogical, participatory and collective settings of art production will be discussed and examined for their forms and relevance. At the end of the seminar, possible own forms of artistic empowerment will be put up for discussion.

Close Reading – POST-INTERNET

Summer semester 2016

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg
Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 - 4 p.m.

On the basis of texts, theories and artists' positions on the currently hotly debated term "Post-Internet", the seminar will examine how theories are formed around this term and what exactly is actually being discussed. At the same time, it is a question of which concept of visuality, which procedures and linguistic strategies underlie the description of this new phenomenon.

The focus of the Close Reading seminar is the joint reading and discussion of relevant and programmatic theoretical texts from the field of the not yet clearly defined Post-Internet movement. It is a reading seminar in which central basic texts are analytically developed. In addition to the topics covered, the seminar also introduces the methodology of precise and efficient reading of theoretical texts ("close reading").

The 1990s/Art in Times of Transition

Winter semester 2015/16

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg

Tuesdays, every two weeks, 2 - 4 p.m.

We are at the end of many narratives, rather melancholic narratives of the 1980s: of the end of history, of AIDS, of the decline of cinema, of ideologies - and at the same time we are at the beginning of globalisation, of the internet age, of a new millennium. In this short transitional phase, a new kind of art production is emerging. The keywords and lines of development of these years are the focus of this seminar and are to be classified and discussed by means of joint reading of relevant and programmatic texts.

The seminar participants are also asked to present individual artists' positions in short lectures.

The Exhibitionist - Reflections on an Kunstverein

Winter semester 2014/15

Lecturer: Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg

Tuesdays, fortnightly, 2 - 4 p.m.

In the 21st century, museums, exhibition houses but also artists and curators are confronted with new tasks and new challenges. The conditions of globalisation, the art market, changing visitor behaviour but also new developments in contemporary art itself make the presentation and mediation of art a socio-political challenge that demands that art history as well as cultural, social, political and philosophical aspects be taken into account. Part of this seminar is an interrogation of the changing conditions, frameworks and contexts. How can a meaning-generating public discussion be developed on this basis in the context of an art association?

In the course of the seminar we will include the current - as well as planned exhibitions - in the discussion and talk about the specific discourses of the individual projects as well as their perspective for an overall programme. The protagonists of the individual projects will have their say, and we will also weave texts from the magazine "The Exhibitionist" into the seminar as a basis for discussion.

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