Continua Installation at Reiff Foyer Copyright: Friedrich

Touch Screen

From 10 - 28 May, the Chair of Artistic Design will be showing the exhibition Touch Screen in the foyer of the Reiff Museum. The exhibition is designed in such a way that it can be easily viewed from the glass frontage/Schinkelstraße, as it can be assumed that the foyer will have to remain closed.
The exhibition shows works by the first-year students in sculpture from the winter semester 2020/21 in two exhibition installations.
CONTINUA - across the floor of the foyer, a string of 270 sculptures made of corrugated cardboard develops in different directions. Each cardboard object occupies a virtual space of 20x20x60 cm, is not firmly connected to its neighbours, but touches the adjacent objects at geometrically determined points: This creates a modular continuum of singular forms, each designed according to one of the six predetermined sculptural themes: Figure/Ground, Form/Counterform, Modularity/Seriality, Threshold Form, Morphing, Linear Space-Construct. In this way, the individual cell can be seen as a microcosm within the large structure of the continuum, in which various completed movements, material arrangements, formations, transformations, breakthroughs, etc. develop. It seems as if a continuous flow of energy in each sub-unit takes on new forms according to its own lawful condition and constantly transforms itself anew as it passes through the continuum. *

PAPER MODEL - The models made of white drawing cardboard are modelled on selected spatial constellations that the students find in their everyday surroundings. Often they are not designed room details - a socket next to a beam, a cable duct leading off from it... - such detailed places can often contain exciting, space-sculptural situations and are sometimes not even noticed by us in everyday life. Drawing attention to these details by creating white-abstract models of them is both visualisation and re-evaluation. Describing the alternation of space-occupying and space-forming forms in a purposeless way also serves as an exercise in understanding the formation of spaces through forms and in forming one's own criteria for assessing them.

* (With the kind support of Brohl Wellpappe)

  Paper Models Copyright: Friedrich
  Logo Copyright: Christina Klug

Reiff Hack: Online platform of action knowledge

By students for students: Reiff Hack is online!


Designing serves as an integrative cultural technique for the generation of knowledge and is at the same time one of the central practices of action in the study of architecture. Here, it is practiced in order to acquire and test experiences and methodological skills for the professional everyday life of future architects. The resulting high proportion of project-oriented learning (POL) and research-based learning in the study training room requires intensive personal support and interaction between students and lecturers.

The blended learning format "Reiff Hack" addresses this point and promotes the self-referential connection of practice and action in the mutual exchange between lecturers and students. Short practical films convey material-specific processes, the use of various tools and a range of flexible action knowledge of architecture and urban planning in design and execution. Moving images show what is otherwise difficult to put into words and provide an overview of methods, practices, and techniques. An awareness of safety aspects in handling machines and tools is communicated in a sustainable manner and complements the annual events held by the respective workshops on occupational safety. The films deliberately address interfaces with digital techniques in the context of design. In addition to conveying methodological repertoire and the conscious use of practices, however, the aim is also to promote individual creative potential, the ability to think divergently and to deal critically and reflexively with one's abilities.

In the area of blended learning, the films offer students the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of others, to contact them and to provide knowledge themselves for "learning by doing".

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Petrichor - Exhibition at CIAP Kunstverein Genk

with Félicia Atkinson, Ismaïl Bahri, Sina Hensel, Bárbara Prada und Luca Vanello, curated by Lucie Ménard

Named after the heady scent emanating from the dry soil during the summer rain, Petrichor echoes the evanescent character of the artistic practices included in the exhibition. It is a celebration of micro-phenomena, inviting us to slow down and focus on the almost imperceptible processes that surround us at every given moment. A gesture that might seem simple but holds deep political implications, especially today, in the face of the global slowdown caused by the pandemic. As the world stands still, our relationship to labour and productivity is disrupted. What if this forced stop would become an occasion to unlearn and to become aware anew of what surrounds us?

  Handsketch Copyright: Schmitz
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Project Funding: Hybrid Thinking Tools

CURRICULUM 4.0.NRW »Designing university curricula for the digital world« Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the Stifterverband and the Digital University of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the project Hybrid Thinking Tools - Research Learning at the Interface of Material Experience and Digital Abstraction (HYDE).

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First year of study: drawing excursion to Liège, Antwerp and Brussels

The focus is set on the development of a 'culture of travel'. The excursion not only encourages to get to know cultural diversity (in particular the Euregio area), but also to get familiar with significant as well as less known architecture and architectural ideas. These new experiences are processed visually in a personal sketchbook.


  drawing gasoline station Copyright: Titze

Drawing Excursion to Armenia: 29.05.2020 - 07.06.2020. Lecturers: Univ.-Prof. Thomas Schmitz, Anja Neuefeind, Sina Hensel

The event format 'On The Road' thematizes a places through travel. Excursions lead us away from the familiar to new experiences. The unambiguity of the situation of a 'drawing excursion' creates an atmosphere, for those involved in such an undertaking, that 'inspires' everyone.


  digital sketch: power drill, digital pen and tablet. L.Ostgathe 2018 Copyright: Newenemy

Lecture: Bugs, glitches and other unpredictabilities. Anja Neuefeind.

Anja Neuefeind: 'Bugs, glitches and other unpredictabilities. Resistance of digital drawing tools and their aesthetic potential'. Conference: "Hacking the Computable. On the aesthetic critique of digital rationality" 16.01.2020 - 18.01.2020

  Scribbels Copyright: Mohs

Lecture: Modeling movements, noting space. Dominik Mohs.

In January 2020 Dominik Mohs gave a lecture on "Modeling movements, noting space". In addition to his theoretical approach and anthropologically based spatial concept, he will provide insight into his analysis of artistic practices. With the help of motion capture processes and collaboration with dancers, he conducts movement studies in architectural spaces. All students are cordially invited.

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Lecture: Designing as memories. Univ.-Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz

The online magazine archimaera celebrates its relaunch and its new issue “atmospheres” at the UAA with a lecture by Thomas H. Schmitz on the subject of “designing as memories”.
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. at the UAA Ungers Archive for Architectural Studies. Cologne.


Freshmens week Project: Body Drawing

A large piece of fabric served as the starting point for an action that looked at the dimensions of body, history, memory and language. In groups, the students developed an action whose goal was the perception of the surrounding space, of fellow human beings and, not least, of oneself. The actions carried out were captured in photographs, which can now be seen in an exhibition in the corridor of the Chair of visual Arts.

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