12 June 2020
9–18 h

Opening: Archive of Encounter


Studio Experimentelles Design

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On Friday 12 June the Archive of Encounter will open in the Hohenlockstedt community library, where it will be publicly accessible until 23 October.

For one year now, four students of the HFBK Hamburg have been accompanying the curatorial programme on the subject of care at M.1 under the direction of Sascia Bailer. The archive consists of eight suitcases, each of which documents and artistically interprets one of the past events. Interested parties can borrow individual suitcases from the archive, as well as all other media in the library, and deal with socially important topics such as trust, isolation and motherhood at home – and thus become part of the Archive of Encounter.


What remains of an encounter, of a conversation? Personal memories, sensations, emotions and maybe some notes? How can these fleeting moments be captured -- and how can the experience be made accessible to people who were not there?

A group of students from the Studio Experimentelles Design of the HFBK Hamburg dealt with these questions in order to develop an Archive of Encounter: For one year, four students have been accompanying the curatorial program at M.1 on the topic of Care by Sascia Bailer (Artistic Director 2019/20 of M.1).


Each of these events was documented by a student and afterwards artistically interpreted. This resulted in eight interpretations of the events in the form of cases that allow outsiders to access what happened.

The Archive of Encounter is mobile and participatory: Through the cooperation with the public library in Hohenlockstedt, it can be rent like any other media. In this way, these topics can be made accessible to people who could not participate in the programme but who want to deal with these issues.

In this sense, the archive invites people to search for traces and to engage with the topics, impressions and experiences in peace and quiet, and in turn to create their own encounters with the contents.


Lending of the archive is possible from Friday, June 12, 2020 to Friday, October 23, 2020 in the Hohenlockstedt public library during regular opening hours (Monday to Friday from 3-6pm and Tuesday and Friday from 9-11:30 am). Borrowing is free of charge for members of the library; those who are not yet members can take out a trial membership for three months for 3 euros.

The project is carried out by students of the Studio Experimental Design at the HFBK Hamburg (Klasse Prof. Jesko Fezer), Veronica Andres, Pablo Lapettina, Laura Mahnke & Skadi Sturm.

Community library Hohenlockstedt
The community library Hohenlockstedt was founded in 1950 as a public library for all citizens of Hohenlockstedt. In 1996 the municipal library was given its own building in the Helgolandstraße, where it is still housed today. The construction and furnishing of the municipal library was made possible by the generous donation of the Pohl-Boskamp family.


Studio Experimental Design at HFBK Hamburg
The Studio Experimental Design at HFBK Hamburg under the direction of Prof. Jesko Fezer represents a problem-oriented design approach. In collaborations and projects oriented towards a concrete critical practice, socially and politically committed design is carried out. The studio's superordinate project format is the Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung, a public design consultancy. This offers free support for the creative solving of everyday problems. It works with and for people who cannot otherwise afford professional design. Since 2011 students of the Studio Experimental Design of the HFBK Hamburg have been running a weekly design consultation in Hamburg St. Pauli. Here, as well as in other places, other people, problems and spaces than usual become clients, actors and objects of design processes. The public design consultation is a partisan design practice.