This winter semester 2022/23, after two “Corona years”, we are finally back in the USA. Twelve HAW Hamburg professors and academic staff from five departments visited our strategic partner universities in Long Beach, Baltimore and Rhode Island to conduct workshops, research days and excursions, to network with colleagues and to recruit students for an exchange semester in Hamburg.

Design cooperations with MICA

In October and November, four professors from the Department of Design visited the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore with travel funds from the International Office “HAW goes USA” budget. Prof. Renata Brink and Prof. Patrick Kugler from the Department of Textile Design, together with other colleagues from the Department of Design, were invited by the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in New York to present their research at the Future Forum “Fabricating the Future”. They took advantage of their stay to make a side trip to Baltimore to learn about fibre at MICA. ‘It was very gratifying that the on-site visit enabled us to secure a MICA lecturer, Rosa Chang, as a speaker for the HAW Hamburg “Green Cycles Online Symposium” on 18 November 2022,’ Prof. Brink tells us. ‘Ms Chang spoke about her project seminar “Mindful Colours – Sustainable Balance” and the link between MICA and the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative.’ Learn more: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/detail/news/news/show/mindful-colours-from-korea-and-beyond/

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Prof Bernd Mölck-Tassel and Prof Mareike Ottrand with academic staff member, Aileen Hagen, from Illustration used their visit to MICA to network with colleagues and recruit students. ‘After two years of the Corona pandemic, it was very important to be back on site and introduce Hamburg to the new MICA cohorts,’ says Prof. Mölck-Tassel. ‘In the past there was a lively exchange with MICA and this should take place again as soon as possible.’ Prof. Ottrand introduced an HAW Hamburg department that is new to MICA, “Interactive Illustration”. ‘The welcome was incredibly friendly. The visit was very inspiring and a lot of fun. We networked with Sam Sheffield from the Game Lab and Jason Sloan from the Interactive Arts Department and now have a lot of plans to move forward with an exchange.’