May You Live In Interesting Times

First joint study trip of the new SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences to Venice for the Biennale Arte 2019.

The Biennale is by nature a place of encounter and experimentation. In October 2019, the Biennale will be the setting for students and faculty of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences to hold their first joint workshop as a new university.
Through artistic inspiration and the reflection of contemporary art, the participants* want to build bridges between their different university cultures and disciplines. To this end, 45 students from all five schools under the direction of Prof. Bert Eichhorn, Prof. Brigitte Biel, Vanessa Borckmann and Prof. Dörte Schultze-Seehof will travel to the Academic Sessions of the Biennale.

The title of the 58th International Art Exhibition could not be more appropriate for this project: "May You Live In Interesting Times". The very political theme goes back to a Chinese curse that refers to times of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil - "interesting times" like those in which we live today.

Curator Ralph Rugoff himself commented on his concept:
"The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated President Paolo Baratta - where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes."

Moved by the critical motto and the provocative installations of the art show, the students and teachers of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences want to search for connections for their own coexistence.

The trip served the academic exchange with the universities, which were also present at the Biennale Berlin during the Academic Sessions.

Who we are

The Berlin School of Design and Communication (formerly design akademie berlin berlin, SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design) is part of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, a private, state-recognized and accredited university in the heart of Berlin. The five schools of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences combine modern management and entrepreneurship, media and creative industries, technology and IT, music and sound design in modern study programmes.

All schools focus on practice-oriented project work in small teams, freedom for individual learning, and personal supervision by lecturers from the field. In short: learning according to the CORE principle.

Profile. History. Numbers.

With six Bachelor's and three Master's programmes in marketing, advertising, web development, design and communication, the Berlin School of Design and Communication is a strong academic partner for the Berlin media and agency landscape.

In the spacious studios, open and creative spaces of the Berlin School of Design and Communication, everything revolves around encounters, communication and collaboration.
Located in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg, the rooms offer the perfect setting for real projects with agencies, publishers, media companies and advertising clients.

It was founded in 2007 as a private university and is state-approved by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Science and Research. Since 2013 it has been part of SRH Holding, a non-profit foundation based in Heidelberg.  Together with its predecessor institutions - design akademie berlin and Kommunikationsmanagement GmbH - the Berlin School of Design and Communication Design has a 25-year history with extensive educational and teaching experience in the fields of communication, marketing, advertising and design.
At present approx. 300 studying at the Berlin School of Design and Communication are registered, more than 4,000 graduates were trained at the university since its establishment 1995 or further.