Artistic Design

This interdisciplinary course of studies under the direction of Prof. Jörg Obergfell is aimed at students of all six disciplines and can be taken additionally. Cooperation with students from other design disciplines is a valuable enrichment of the course. New themes, new materials and new ways of thinking have an inspiring effect on their own work. This subject can be regarded as an artistic experiment between the study courses. Supposed boundaries are extended, broadened, blown up.

Interdisciplinary Fine Art Bilingual courses (B.A. and M.A.) – summer term 2022


First meeting on Thursday 22.4. at 10 am Aula at Paulusplatz (S212).
The following weekly dates will be set at this meeting.

Bricolage - Making do with whatever is at hand

3 - 6 ECTS, 4 contact hours, workload 90-180 h

At first glance, the activity of bricolage (tinkering) seems to be exactly the opposite of what professional designers strive for. Immediately images of wobbly, unaesthetic, kitschy creations circulating in the hobby sphere spring to mind.
Recently, however, the term has emerged as a serious form of problem solving not only in visual art and design but in fields as diverse as economics, biology, programming, and welfare with  themes ranging from observation, improvisation, the skillful re-combination of scarce resources, transformation, effectiveness of means to self-empowerment.
It is in this spirit that tinkering will take place during the seminar. Both practically and theoretically, we want to explore what this kind of problem solving is all about and how it can lead to unexpected, high-quality results.
By means of sculpture and installation projects in teams and individual, we will collect, analyze, dissect and recombine found material particularly cardboard and wood. Craft techniques to work with these materials will be introduced and sculptural skills practiced. These efforts will be accompanied by reading and discussion of Claude Lévi Strauss’ seminal text The savage mind in which he describes the act of tinkering as a mode of production and knowledge between art, science and sensual experiences.

- Oral Presentation of an artistic position related to Bricolage
- Individual art project

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Crooked Timber – Basics of wood sculpture

3 - 6 ECTS, 4 contact hours, workload 90-180 h

The course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to wood carving.
On the one hand, the material wood and its creative, sculptural possibilities are examined by studying the properties of this lively material and an overview of artistic positions utilizing wood from the middle ages to this day. On the other hand sculpting techniques – which also can be transferred to other materials – especially with chisels and knifes are practiced. The module expands the possibilities of model making, the understanding of sculptural basics, the sensitive handling of material and a material based approach to each students individual artistic personality.

- Oral Presentation of an artistic position working with wood
- 3 small practice tasks: relief spoon, miniature
- Individual wood sculpture

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Real Nature is not Green – Art and Ecology

3 - 6 ECTS, 4 contact hours, workload 90-180 h

In this course we will theoretically and practically examine the supposed opposition between nature and culture. Texts from philosophy and art theory will be read and discussed in order to reflect upon the concept of nature and its relation to art. These texts will be supplemented and illustrated by presentations on design positions that explicitly incorporate various concepts of nature into their work.
Practically we will start with a variety of quick tasks including photography, drawing, sculpture and Photoshop. The basic knowledge required will be taught and practiced according to the tasks. The results of these tasks serve on the one hand as a basis for discussion in order to find and examine one's own artistic personality and design attitude. On the other hand, they are preparations for a free assignment on the topic of nature and art.

- Oral Presentation of an artistic position related to nature
-  5 small practice tasks
- Individual art project

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Prof. Jörg Obergfell
Professor FB Gestaltung


+49 651 8103-128


Paulusplatz | Building S | Room 306


Dienstag 10:00 - 12:00
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