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Projects of the Departments

Here we report on some of the department's projects at the interface of academic teaching, research and artistic practice.

Art, City, Resilience

 »Stadtluft macht frei, kriminell und krank?« (equiv. Urban air makes free, criminal and sick?) was the title of the Cultural Policy Forum at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, held from 2nd to 4th March, 2018, with the involvement of the Department of Art, Society and Health. In the context of a workshop and a performative lecture, Professors Sandra. Freygarten and Peter Sinapius, examined the connection between artistic strategies and the factors that contribute to a resilient city.

The workshop theme was:

Sichten und Zeigen: Ein urbanes Spiel zwischen Monopoly, Mülldeponie und Monotoni (equiv. Look and show: An urban game between monopoly, landfill and monotony) In several rounds, the game explores the question: »Can artistic strategies change our perspective of the city and enable us to shape it?« Faced with an ever deeper division of urban society between rich and poor, successful and detached, educated and uneducated, healthy and ill, the players examine the perspectives of urban society developed by artists and whether and how artistic works or projects can contribute to a new view of the city. Participants are required to relate the results of their studies to the cultural-political challenges they encounter in their own communities. The game is not intended to provide answers, but to provide room to maneuver. More about the project kunst & gesund:

Art Pharmacy: First temporary university in Norderstedt!

Since spring 2017, a research project is being undertaken in the former pharmacy (Ulzburger Strasse 310). The temporary university concept was developed in cooperation with the Department of Art, Society and Health at the MSH Hamburg, the Initiativkreis Die Ulzburger Straße (IKUS), the City of Norderstedt and the 'Amt für Nachhaltigkeit' (Office for Sustainability) of the City of Norderstedt.

Students create forms of participation to promote sustainable development by applying, artistic and scientific methods in urban spaces.


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Art-analog Coaching in Enterprises: Corporate Culture

Sandra Freygarten, Professor of Art in Change Processes at the Department of Art, Society and Health, and Angela Kühn, Organizational Developer, accompany the cultural change at Vestas Blades Germany, with an art-based and process-oriented workshop design. In various workshops held at the Lauchhammer site, the management team engages with matters of corporate culture. Plant manager Hanne Dinkel purposely uses a workshop format focusing on artistic methods as a form of »manual thinking«.

Evaluation project "art and health" in cooperation with STADTKULTUR Netzwerk Bayerischer Städte e.V. (STADTKULTUR Network of Bavarian Cities)

In 2018, the state-wide network STADTKULTUR (CITY CULTURE), together with 20 member municipalities in Bavaria, are organizing an arts festival on the theme of "art and health", to use and test the potential of artistic projects and cultural work for health-promoting living environments. As the connection between art and health promotion in the context of municipal cultural work has, thus far, been only marginally researched and established, the art project "art and health" is to be accompanied by a scientific study to examine and develop formats in cultural work operating at the interface of art and health promotion.

To this end, STADTKULTUR Netzwerk Bayerischer Städte e.V. is cooperating with the Department of Art, Society and Health at the MSH Medical School Hamburg, which has the know-how to scientifically monitor and support such a project. The research team is mapping the interdisciplinary skills required to support the processes of development and change, which are at the margins of both art/health promotion and art/system development.

The aim of the project is:

  • to identify the quality characteristics of cultural work at the boundary of art and health promotion
  • to develop concepts and content-related ideas to establish such cultural work
  • to use existing resources for their realisation
  • to evaluate ongoing projects
  • to develop new formats
  • Experts for the cultural work are the representatives from the municipalities. The scientific support and supervision of the project serves to develop the resources resulting from this expertise, make them usable and explicit for the overall project.

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Promoting awareness in the rescue service: a project with the Bjorn Steiger Foundation

Our "Institute for Subjective Experience and Research (ISER)" provides a module for the promotion of perception and health (WaGe) for the medical and nursing staff of neonatological and pediatric intensive care within the framework of the Bjorn Steiger Foundation's initiative "Baby emergency ambulance".

The module is aimed at improving contact between caregivers and newborns, caregivers and the immediate environment, e.g. parents of the newborn within the scope of emergency care. It also supports doctors and nursing staff in dealing with extreme stress situations in a health-promoting manner.

Core contents of the module are:

Individual treatments of doctors and nurses with Ergosoma, in order to stimulate the physical self-regulation mechanisms of the caregivers and their self-awareness, as well as workshops to promote empathetic perception and action skills through contemplative coordination and focus exercises, as well as dialogical and interactive design with various aesthetic media.

The introduction of the module will be supported by a research study to ensure the benefits and sustainability of the measures.

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Susann Ricks
»Studium & Lehre«

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