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The connection between architecture and art: lecture series BAU/KUNST at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Garage mit Betonwand und Bagger mit Meißelaufsatz
UNTITLED, reinforced concrete 2013, RaebervonStenglin, Zürich (CH) © Karsten Födinger

In the different positions of the artists who are guests at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in June, architectural phenomena are reflected by means of artistic forms of expression such as sculpture, photography and spatial installation, and placed in new contexts. The lectures are public, interested parties are welcome.

The kick-off event starts this Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm with a thematic introduction by Prof. Bernd Bess (Fundamentals of Design), who organized the series. Afterwards, sculptor Karsten Födinger will give the lecture "Toward a Radical Sculpture." 

"Toward a radical sculpture"

Karsten Födinger's works, mostly made of simple building materials, move in the field of tension between architecture and sculpture. Through the artistic transformation of architectural themes such as context, form, construction and material, the architectural is exposed, made visible and placed in new contexts. 
In addition to large sculptures for and in the interior, his work is characterized in particular by sculptural interventions in public spaces, in which the concrete place is his source material and the historical and cultural context is always included. 


The lectures will take place at 6 p.m. in the main building of the FH Potsdam/Lecture Hall 67, Kiepenheuerallee 5, 14469 Potsdam.

June 2, 2022 
Karsten Födinger, sculptor and visiting professor, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
"Toward a Radical Sculpture"

June 16, 2022 
Heidi Specker, artist and professor of photography, Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts
"Concrete my love, Marble and Travertine"

June 23, 2022 
Nikolai von Rosen and Jonathan Banz, artist and architect
"Working at the intersection of art and architecture"


Prof. Bernd Bess
Professor for Fundamentals of Design
Head of the Architecture and Urban DesignProgramme