The new HfG Karlsruhe annual report assembles a multitude of excellent works, final projects, and PhDs from the fields of art, design, and theory, which were created at the university during the winter semester 2015/16 and the summer semester 2016. The 700 pages publication focuses on the dialog between the different art, design, and theory disciplines: throughout a range of interviews, professors and academic assistants from all departments talk about professional identity and specialization, the interplay of theory and practice, different approaches to objects, and the role of an art and design university in the 21st century. Peter Weibel, director of ZKM Karlsruhe, and Siegfried Zielinski, rector of the HfG since 2016, discuss the common history and common future of the two neighboring institutions.
Also the design concept of the publication invites to interact and to enter into a dialog, no only with the book itself, but also with other owners: Instead of a cover, each book comes shrink-wrapped with a sticker sheet in one of eight different colors, which contains all the important book information: title, ISBN, year of publishing, etc. Using the stickers, everyone can design their own individual book cover. Stickers with different colors can be recombined and traded with others.
The annual report was designed by Anna Cairns, Sascia Reibel, and Lino Santo, communication design students at HfG Karlsruhe. Clemens Jahn edited the publication and conducted interviews with Volker Albus, Jonathan Bepler, Michael Bielicky, BLESS, Anja Dorn, Daniel Hornuff, Andreas Müller, Matteo Pasquinelli, Sereina Rothenberger, Heike Schuppelius, Rebecca Stephany, João Tabarra, Peter Weibel, and Siegfried Zielinski.
The Karlsruhe University of Art and Design Annual Report 2015–16 is available at the HfG press office via: ed.ehurslrak-gfh(ta)esserp
Editor: Clemens Jahn
Design: Anna Cairns, Sascia Reibel, Lino Santo