Winter term 2019_20


304/313 Conceptual Design

You have five minutes

Course video testimonials

»Brothers and sisters, I want to see a sea of hands out there

Let me see a sea of hands

I want everyone to kick up some noise

I want to hear some revolution out there brothers

I want to hear a little revolution

Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you to decide whether you are going to be the problem or whether you are going to be the solution

(That's right)

You must choose brothers, you must choose

It takes five seconds, five seconds of decision, five seconds to realize your purpose here on the planet

It takes five seconds to realize that it's time to move, it's time to get down with it

Brothers, it's time to testify and I want to know, are you ready to testify?

Are you ready?

I give you a testimonial«

(The MC5)

Our problem is not a lack of knowledge, on the contrary. In fact, we have known for quite some time that we have to change our lifestyles decisively and change the world just as decisively. What we lack is the transition from knowledge to action: it is as if we do not believe ourselves and our knowledge. How do you give people the courage to follow themselves, how do you challenge them to make a decision? How do you get them to bear witness here and now to what they know and actually want? How does that happen in five minutes: now or never?

Lecturers: Prof. Klaus Hesse, Felix Kosok

Course dates: Fridays, from 10am to 2pm, West wing D301

Introductory event: Friday, 18th of October 2019, West wing D301, 10am

Consultation hours: Prof. Klaus Hesse on appointment




304/313 Conceptual Design

Having Rights

Poster course

Every human being has inalienable rights. This is the core idea of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948 contains 30 articles, the first of which reads: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". Human rights are understood as an ideal from which political action should result and which must be translated into law. But the supposedly universal human rights inevitably reach their limits time and time again according to this interpretation. Why are they violated every day? Why do sweatshops exist and why can water be privatized? Who determines how human rights are to be interpreted? And what is a 'human' detached from the environment? The problem of human rights shows that they cannot simply be determined and established. Rather, in their continuous interpretation and in the dispute over participation, a different political understanding of human rights is revealed: that of the possibility of a fundamental transformation of the political order – The Human Rights Revolution. The interpretation of human rights will be the challenge we face together in this course. Posters are to be created that can address the central problems of human rights, illustrate individual articles of human rights or question and expand human rights. The course will be accompanied by short lectures by Dr. Thomas Seibert from Medico International.

Lecturers: Prof. Klaus Hesse, Felix Kosok

Course date: Tuesday, 10am to 2pm, Westwing, Room D301 

Introductory session: Tuesday, 15th of October 2019, 10am, Westwing, Room D301 


301/304/308/313 Conceptual Design

Making Crisis Visible Now! 

Further elaboration and realisation of the works for the exhibition in February 2020 in the Senckenberg Museum.

Lectures: Prof. Klaus Hesse, Felix Kosok, Nikolas Brückmann, Marc Ulm. Meetings by arrangement: Fridays, 10am to 4pm, West wing D301.

Appointment requests to kosok@hfg-offenbach.de