Practice Space for Criticism DIY

The exhibition Practice Space for Criticism is an experiment which actively tests out the concept of criticism. It addresses the following questions: how can we master the practice of criticism, which tools do we need to do so and how can we also prepare ourselves for situations in which we wish to express and receive criticism, whether positive or negative?
The ability to accept criticism is a key social skill when it comes to coexisting democratically with others, given the importance of entering into exchanges with others and negotiating different viewpoints. In order to strengthen this social skill, you need to have the courage to listen and understand your own viewpoint. The art to practising criticism is to tell another person how you see them or where you stand on a topic without offending them in the process – and, conversely, to be able to accept the opinions and insights of others without taking offense. 
In the form of a circuit training exercise, the practice space encourages participants to hone their critical abilities. Each station focuses on an area of critical practice, allowing participants to develop specific skills which can be applied to everyday situations. 

The Practice Room for Criticism DIY is a cooperation of the HFBK Hamburg with the Kursbuch Kulturstiftung and the Goethe Institut. Fot the cooperation a DIY kit of the Exercise Room for Criticism was developed, interested parties are provided with a construction manual, the necessary texts as well as a mediation program. 
Curator: Friedrich von Borries 
Exhibition design: Frieder Bohaumilitzky 
Mediation program: Anne Wilhelm 
Exhibition graphic design: Anne Stiefel 

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Schule der Folgenlosigkeit

What would a life look like that – in the ecological, but also in the virological sense – remains as inconsequential as possible? Could a lack of consequences become a new regulative ideal, such as freedom, justice and equality, unattainable but still desirable? What would be the effects of such a striving on the material and immaterial organization of our everyday life, on the economic and social order, on our faith and the way we treat each other? And what models can be found for such a life in the present and in history? These are the questions posed by the Schule der Folgenlosigkeit, an artistic-discursive project by Friedrich von Borries.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G)

Idea and concept: Friedrich von Borries 
Curatorial assistance: Frieder Bohaumilitzky · Jens-Uwe Fischer 
Exhibition design: Friedrich von Borries · Frieder Bohaumilitzky 
Exhibition graphic design: Ingo Offermanns 
Photos: Max Schwarzmann

Drei Thesen zu Design und Rechtspopulismus

“Identitäten sind gestaltet. Zu den klassischen Aufgaben von Design gehören nicht nur Strategien des Sichtbarmachens, sondern damit verbunden auch die Herstellung von Differenz. [...] Souveränität ist unsichtbar. Gelang etwas Unsichtbares zu einer visuellen Darstellung, transformiert die Darstellung das individuell und gesellschaftlich Imaginäre. [...] Design ist Teil des Problems. Design ist auf allen Ebenen Teil des Problems. [...]”
In: Michelle Christensen · Jesko Fezer · Bianca Herlo · Daniel Hornuff · Gesche Joost (Hg.): Lechts und Rinks. Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Design der Neuen Rechten. Tagungsdokumente. Studienhefte Problemorientiertes Design, 11. Hamburg: adocs Verlag. S. 114-118. 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung e.V. 

My last Thonet

On the occasion of the company’s bicentenary, the architect and design theorist Friedrich von Borries and the designer Frieder Bohaumilitzky designed the first Thonet rollator. What at first glance looks like a humorous commentary on the venerable age of Thonet, at closer inspection reveals itself as an intensive examination of both the history and future of Thonet from the perspective of ecological sustainability. This is because the rollator consists of different original parts from Thonet 214 and Thonet 219 chairs. It thus suggests that an ecologically sustainable future does not constantly need new products, but novelties that are developed based on existing ones. In much the same way, the rollator exemplifies a new use of preexisting parts. 
MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien

Design: Friedrich von Borries · Frieder Bohaumilitzky 
Photos: Friedrich von Borries 

With the friendly support of Thonet GmbH.

Übungsraum für Kritik

Criticism can be practiced - according to the thesis of the exhibition Übungsraum für Kritik. The training course consists of 9 stations, where one can practise – among other things – critical self-reflection, discursive strife or utopian thinking. The exhibition has been accompanied by an exercise book in which critical trainers such as Harald Welzer, Kevin Kühnert or Armin Nassehi assist the experienced critics and those, who still want to become critics, with tips and tricks. The initiative ideas are the result of a seminar of the AG Gesellschaftsdesign at the HFBK Hamburg in cooperation with the Kursbuch.
Kampnagel Hamburg · Great Transformation Festival, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena · Globart Academy, Essl-Museum Klosterneuburg 

Curator: Friedrich von Borries · Jakob Schrenk 
Exhibition design: Frieder Bohaumilitzky 
Exhibition graphic design: Anne Stiefel 
Photos: Edward Greiner