Tuesday | 27. June 2023

Meeting the challenges of the times with art, design and music

Hochschultage of the University of the Arts (HfK) Bremen: July 8th–9th, 2023

A press release from Melisa Lemcke

© Hochschule für Künste Bremen – Ana Rodríguezle

Exhibitions, concerts, performances, installations – the HfK Bremen open house days highlight current trends in art, design and music. On July 8th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on July 9th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the tour of the HfK will take place in Speicher XI and Speicher XI A. Admission is free.

The intersection of art, politics, philosophy, design and science shows the potential of the HfK. The students of the University of the Arts Bremen are creative, future-oriented and critical actors. They meet the challenges, opportunities and crises of our time through artistic developments, interventions and design projects. What they do has a radiating effect on the city and society – they stimulate critical thinking, start dialogues and give impulses for change.

This is particularly visible during the open house days: with an interdisciplinary approach and by experimenting with different materials, media, technologies and working methods, exhibition concepts, installations, performances, lectures, fashion, films and video artworks as well as concert programmes have been created that address topics such as sustainability, mobility, solidarity, digitisation, health or even the energy transition. Re-thinking and re-designing topics is part of artistic training and artistic reflection. The students' perspectives invite the visitors to question their own point of view.

Every year, between three and six thousand visitors take part in the discoveries in Speicher XI and now also in the new building complex Speicher XI A in Bremen’s Überseestadt, meeting budding artists, designers and musicians and exploring the studios, workshops and ateliers.

The open house days take place indoors and outdoors. They bundle the perspectives of the entire university community and showcase the artistic practices, musical diversity, discourses and projects of the HfK Bremen in all their facets. For prospective students, the Hochschultage also offer detailed information and advice about the courses on offer and the application and admission process.

Prof. Dr. Mirjam Boggasch will take office as the new President of the University of the Arts Bremen on July 1st 2023, succeeding Prof. Roland Lambrette who was six years in office.

As part of the official opening event of the Hochschultage, the handover of the office will take place on July 8th 2023, starting at 2 p.m., and will be attended by Tim Cordßen-Ryglewski, Deputy Minister at the Senator for Science and Ports Bremen. In addition, the awarding of the university prizes (Hochschulpreise) for outstanding achievements in the degree programmes will take place.

  • Saturday, July 8th, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. followed by performances, music and dance.
  • Saturday, July 8th, 2:00 p.m.: Opening of the Hochschultage 2023 with artistic contributions, the presentation of the university prizes and the handing over of office.
  • Sunday,  July 9th, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Subject to change

8.7., 2:00–3:45 p.m., Chaos Bühne
Opening event
Opening of Hochschultage 2023 with artistic contributions, the presentation of university awards and the handing over of the president’s office.

8.7.–9.7., 11:00–6:00 p.m. each day, 1.16.040
The ceramics workshop is open
Ceramics workshop. Turning vessels on the potter's wheel or modelling objects by hand.

8.7.–9.7. July, 1:09–1:46 p.m. each day
The Übersee Tour, or, The Oversee Tour 
A guided walk around HfK Bremen from a foreigner's point of view
Performance; Wendy Lin; Integrated Design

8.7.–9.7, at 6:00 p.m. each day, 2.11.080
Babel and Maria
Lust, Virtual, Poetry
Performance; Peng Liu; Digital Media

8.7., between 9:00–10:00 p.m.
A listening walk on the sunset across the plants in the HfK Garden Warten/Garten.
As part of the seminar by Christian Andres Rosales Fonseca and Prof. Dr. Mona Schieren

8.7., 4:00–10 p.m.; 9.7., 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Chaos Bühne
A colourful music programme with a mix of jazz, electronic beats, bands and more by HfK students.
Concerts, DJ sets; Jorin Rahfoth; Digital Media

 8.7, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., 9.7, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Radio Angrezi broadcasting at the Hochschultage
Concerts, talk shows, music. Stay tuned: radioangrezi.de

8.7., 7:00–9:00 p.m.; 9.7, 7:00–9:30 p.m., 2.11.080
Synesthesia Festival
Performances during the audiovisual arts festival organised by Digital Media students

9.7., 3:00–4:30 p.m., 4.15.070
A tarot card reading performance 
Kaja Poestges; Digital Media 

Saturday, 8.7.

1:00 a.m., Auditorium
Concerto Grosso - Early Wind Consorts
Lilli Pätzold, Patrice Boileau, Catherine Dörücü (cornett)
Maria Kruse (recorder) 
Miguel Callejas Garcia (vocals)
Paula Pinn, Hans Fröhlich (baroque bassoon)
Pooyan Farzin (transverse flute)
Alexandra Mikheeva (baroque trombone)
Yuka Mitani (baroque trombone)
Josue Meléndez Peláez (organ) 

12:30 p.m., Foundry
Solo: Violin
Maren Diederichsen

1:30 p.m., Foundry
Solo: Accordion
Xinyi Fang
Yue Liu
Jingran Yin

4:00 p.m., Auditorium
Hochschulpreise Winners Concert # 1
Kristofer Gjoni (piano)
Kalliopi Rizou (violin)
Wenwen Zhao (piano)

5:30 p.m., Foundry
Ensemble Fulcrum
Nae Matakas (soprano)
Alexander Schuhmann (baritone)
Jingwen Lin (transverse flute)
David Agaiarov (baroque violin)
Adrienn Illes (harpsichord)

Sunday, 9.7.

11:00 a.m., Auditorium
Quintet: trombones, trumpets and a horn
Milan Klesse, Alexander Lehmbecker (trombone)
Francesco Barbara, Louisa Bessling (trumpet)
Lennart Heuser (horn)

11:30 a.m., Foundry
Solo: Cello
Aleksandr Bukin

12:00 p.m., Chaos Bühne
Hochschulpreise Winners Concert # 2
Magnus Bodzin (electric piano)
Moritz Schöwing (double bass)

12:30 p.m., Foundry
Recorder Consort
Leah Meier, Chaeeun Lee & Grigorii Titov (recorder)

1:00 p.m., Auditorium
Julia Stocker (soprano)
Olek Gerber (piano)

2:00 p.m., Auditorium
Yujing Zhu (violin)
Klaus Heidemann (piano)

3:00 p.m., Auditorium
Solo: Piano
Felipe Cerón

4:00 p.m., Auditorium
Solo: Piano
Francesca Di Pierro

7:00 p.m., Auditorium
Behind the Doors
Ulrich Rahn (guitar/vocals)
Suzan Balcioglu (bass/vocals)
Dominik Pahmeyer (drums)
Moritz Riedel (piano/saxophone)