Senckenberg Preis Prof. Klaus Hesse

JURY MEMBER: Julia Krohmer, Simone Loewen, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, Heike Spiller, Merja Herzog-Hellstén, Prof. Klaus Hesse. COURSE DIRECTORS: Merja Herzog-Hellstén und Prof. Klaus Hesse. TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Volker Steinbacher, Sven Dorn, Dieter Fritzsche und Prof. Werner Lorke

March
Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research


Feeling Earth

Since its foundation in Frankfurt in 1817, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung has pursued two goals: Research and mediation. Today, in a globalised world of crises, this is more necessary than ever to find answers to climate change, species extinction, food and resource shortages. The society conducts interdisciplinary earth system research in order to understand our planet integratively and to communicate it to the public. Since 2014, Senckenberg has also been awarding prizes for commitment to nature and for natural research. The award is given to personalities who have distinguished themselves either through a special commitment to the conservation of biodiversity or through outstanding research. In the winter semester 2018/19, the Senckenberg Society launched a design competition for students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach with the aim of giving this prize a face. The aim was to develop a prize sculpture that expresses the goals of the Senckenberg Society.


With a few exceptions, the students worked with ceramic materials. Clay and porcelain were imposed because they are easily malleable when not fired and are subject to the laws of gravity when liquid. In addition, these substances are extracted naturally from the earth. In the fired state, these materials manifest unchangeable artistic interpretations or densifications as long-lived sculptures. Although the students worked closely together, the considerations and strategies as well as the results are hardly comparable. Despite all their differences, each of these contributions radiates a high sensuality, significance and an ambiguous context of biodiversity.


Winners: Petra Metzner (1st prize), Diane Häfner (2nd prize), Felicithas Arndt (3rd prize)

Senckenberg Preis Prof. Klaus Hesse

»The kids want communism!«, 200 years Karl Marx, Posters of the HfG Offenbach and School of Fine Art/NNU Nanjing, Publisher: Klaus Hesse und Felix Kosok, HfG Verlag Offenbach, ISBN 978-3-945365-20-5, english, Format 210 x 285 mm, 168 pages, 4C

March
The Kids want communism!


Feeling Earth

Since its foundation in Frankfurt in 1817, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung has pursued two goals: Research and mediation. Today, in a globalised world of crises, this is more necessary than ever to find answers to climate change, species extinction, food and resource shortages. The society conducts interdisciplinary earth system research in order to understand our planet integratively and to communicate it to the public. Since 2014, Senckenberg has also been awarding prizes for commitment to nature and for natural research. The award is given to personalities who have distinguished themselves either through a special commitment to the conservation of biodiversity or through outstanding research. In the winter semester 2018/19, the Senckenberg Society launched a design competition for students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach with the aim of giving this prize a face. The aim was to develop a prize sculpture that expresses the goals of the Senckenberg Society.


With a few exceptions, the students worked with ceramic materials. Clay and porcelain were imposed because they are easily malleable when not fired and are subject to the laws of gravity when liquid. In addition, these substances are extracted naturally from the earth. In the fired state, these materials manifest unchangeable artistic interpretations or densifications as long-lived sculptures. Although the students worked closely together, the considerations and strategies as well as the results are hardly comparable. Despite all their differences, each of these contributions radiates a high sensuality, significance and an ambiguous context of biodiversity.


Winners: Petra Metzner (1st prize), Diane Häfner (2nd prize), Felicithas Arndt (3rd prize)