Approaching the 2018 Universität der Künste Berlin Rundgang one was obliged to navigate the weekly antique and flea market that overwhelms the Straße des 17. Juni, and thereby walk, hurry, past untold objects whose ill consideration, self-celebration, kitschiness or plain ugliness confuse, insult, anger and otherwise offend the senses and sensibilities.

An inconvenience, or an omen for that which awaited us……….?

Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany

Whereas Frankfurt can, and very loudly does, claim to the birthplace of the German poet, playwright, scientist, statesman, etc, etc, etc Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, nearby Offenbach was not only the birthplace of his almost wife and long, long time love Lili Schönemann, but it was in the, then, relative, calm of Offenbach that Goethe’s affections for Lili evolved and grew; “Lili was the first person I deeply and truly loved, and maybe she was the last”, an octogenarian Goethe is reported as having confided to a friend.

Would however we return from the 2018 Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach Rundgang with such a deep, enduring love….? With our own Lili……?

Rundgang 2018, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach

In October 2017 the Design Department of the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen moved into its new home, the so-called Quartier Nord designed by Stuttgart based MGF Architekten.

The 2018 Folkwang Summer Rundgang therefore not only offered an opportunity to explore the work undertaken by institute’s students in the semester past, but also to explore their new home…….

Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen Quartier Nord Rundgang 2018

Owing to the unique nature of Berlin’s history and geopolitical relevance, the (hi)stories of all the city’s cultural institutions are invariably complex. And the number of such institutions greater than in most comparable metropoli*. Few other cities can boast, for example, two public zoos, three public operas or four public universities. And while three of Berlin’s universities offer individual courses in subjects such as architecture, theatre studies or music, there is only one which offers an education in all such genres. And in design: The Universität der Künste Berlin.

Universität der Künste Berlin Design Department

Jokes about revolting students are as old as the noble art of the student protest itself.

And neither has lost any of their charm.

The 2017 Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig Rundgang was held against the backdrop of a student protest over new regulations concerning, amongst other aspects, how and when the school buildings and workshops could be used.

But would there also be protest from our side over the way the students had used the buildings and workshops……..?

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig

Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe - Rundgang durch die Lichthöfe 2016

If a central component of the Bauhaus philosophy was, in essence, to make art useful for industrial production and thus

Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd - Ich will Designer werden

On the steps leading to the entrance of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd is embossed “Ich will Designer werden”

Köln International School of Design, KISD

An important commercial, financial and administrative centre since the middle ages Cologne has contributed greatly to the development of European

Presentation of Sitzen - Von der Idee zum Objeckt as seen at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart Rundgang 2016

With its postal address of “Am Weissenhof 1” it should come as no surprise that the Akademie der Bildenden Künste,

Stuhlprobe by Jan Emde as seen at the Kunsthochschule Kassel Rundgang 2016

For reasons which we believe are in some form or other closely related to Ley Lines, or similar, all long

Universität der künste Berlin Rundgang 2014 Dock by Florian Schreiner

One of the highlights for us of the student summer semester showcase season is always the annual Rundgang at the