Konzeption und Gestaltung des Klingspor Type Archive im Klingspor Museum Offenbach von Leonie Martin und Laura Brunner
The new Klingspor Type Archive makes one of the most important collections of 20th century Latin typefaces visible to all.

19th of November, 2020
Presentation of the Klingspor Type Archive by Laura Brunner and Leonie Martin in the Klingspor Museum Offenbach

In the archives of the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, incredible treasures of the international art of writing of the 20th century are stored. In 2019, the museum founded the Klingspor Institute for Type Design together with the University of Art and Design Offenbach. This paved the way for members of the university to become involved in the use and public presentation of the archive


The HfG students Laura Brunner and Leonie Martin together with Prof. Marc Schütz (HfG Offenbach) built up the institute and have now presented the first results. Laura Brunner and Leonie Martin have developed a website which makes the extensive archive of the former Klingspor type foundry visible to the expert audience and the interested public. In addition, they have also developed a new four-part type font interpretation of Rudolf Koch Antiqua to give the archive a corresponding contemporary face. A very important part of this public digital archive is also the inclusion of current developments of these typefaces by 21st century designers.

Disputation of Felix Kosok by Prof. Dr. Juliane Rebentisch and Prof. Klaus Hesse, University of Art and Design Offenbach
Felix Kosok

7th of July, 2020
Disputation by Felix Kosok

"Form, Function and Freedom – On the Aesthetic-Political Dimension of Design" is the title of Felix Kosok's doctoral thesis, which he defended today in front of the HfG Offenbach's doctoral committee. Felix Kosok is a very successful designer who has already won numerous international awards of the renowned design biennials and competitions. All the more noteworthy is his intensive theoretical discussion about the social significance of design. His dissertation includes a theoretical and practical part. The following chapters have been edited by Felix Kosok in his scientific examination: From the shapeability of the world / The mystery of function / The freedom of form / The difference of design / Design and post-democracy / Design and democracy. For his practical part Felix Kosok has submitted three publications: Weekly Political Poster / The Kids want Communism!, ISBN 978-3-945365-20-5 / Protest 1968-2018, ISBN 978-3-945365-30-4. Felix Kosok proves with this contribution that design always forms an inseparable intersection of politics, ethics and aesthetics. Design defines from a certain perspective a framework that is inherently political. With his new theses, he broadens the debate on the importance of design for society, which ultimately remained largely in the 1970s.

Making Crisis Visible Klasse Hesse
Poster by Nikolas Brückmann

February
Poster exhibition »Making Crisis Political«

Dass man an der Ordnung der Dinge nichts Wesentliches ändern kann, ist die Basis-Banalität, die den Fortgang der Geschäfte sichert. Kunst und Gestaltung widersprechen dem schon durch ihre bloße Existenz: selbst da, wo sie auch nur ein Geschäft sind. In Zeiten des Umbruchs spitzt sich dieser Widerspruch zu und stellt Kunst und Gestaltung vor ihre äußersten Möglichkeiten: „Die Welt verändern, hat Marx gesagt. Das Leben ändern, hat Rimbaud gesagt. Diese beiden Losungen sind für uns ein und dieselbe.“ (André Breton, 1936) Gehen wir diese Geschichte noch einmal durch: ein letztes Mal? (Thomas Seibert)


20. Februar bis 1. März 2020

Eröffnung: 19. Februar 2020, 19.00 Uhr

Offenes Haus der Kulturen, Mertonstraße 26, Frankfurt/M


In Kooperation mit der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main und Medico International sowie mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Offenen Hauses der Kulturen.


Künstlerinnen und Künstler: Milena Bassen, Tessa Bode, Marie Döhn, Maria Egorova, Felizitas M. Fleischer Torres, Michael Franzen, Fabian Goth, Amélie Ikas, Victor König, Fabienne Laube, Timon Osche, Philipp Schäfer, Flora Schuller, Franca Tasch, Isabelle Zimmermann


www.makingcrisesvisible.com

www.medico.de

Making Crisis Visible Klasse Hesse
Speeches: Angela Dorn, Schirmherrin und Hessische Ministerin für Wissenschaft und Kunst / Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung / Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Senckenberg Museum / Felix Kosok, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main

February
"Making Crises Visible" is an experiment that has never existed in this form before.

On February 11, 2020, Angela Dorn, Hessian Minister for Science and Art, opened the exhibition in the ballroom of the Senckenberg Research Institute. Researchers from the Leibniz Research Association and art students as well as lecturers from the Art Department of the HfG Offenbach have been engaged in an intensive dialogue on "Crises in a globalised world" for more than a year. The results can be seen from 12 February to 2 June 2020 at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt. This interdisciplinary discussion is a new model for teaching at an art academy and for the presentation of science. The aim of this exhibition is to exemplify a constructive awareness in dealing with crises. To understand the nature of crises and, above all, to make them directly tangible. www.makingcrisesvisible.com


Partner:

Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, Leibniz Forschungsverbund, Medico International, Senckenberg Naturmuseum


Participating universities and institutes:

Bildungsstätte Anne Frank, HfG Offenbach, HAW Hamburg, Hochschule Darmstadt, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Nanjing University of the Arts, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts


Sponsors:

Evangelische Kirche Hessen und Nassau, Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung, Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main


Artistic realisation and organisation:

Nikolas Brückmann, Klaus Hesse, Felix Kosok, Marc Ulm, Ellen Maria Wagner