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A look inside: The "Podest" exhibition was so diverse


Stick your head in a cloud? It worked in the "Podest" exhibition.

Once a year, the students take over the entire design building on Max-Ophuels-Platz with the "Podest" show. This was also the case on April 15 and 16: they exhibited their work from the past two semesters on all floors. Students from all study programs showed well over 100 works.

If you wanted to have a look around, you had to be on time: After two days, the exhibition was already over. Here are some examples of the students' ingenuity and the diversity of the exhibition.

Honest changing room

How thoughtlessly do we store? Vanessa Bukowski (1st photo left) and Hannah Münstermann are asking themselves - and everyone else.
In the "For Sell - Happy Shopping" course with Prof. Ulrike Brückner, they focused on the phenomenon of "fast fashion", i.e. fashion that is produced under inhumane conditions, sold cheaply and thrown away again after a short time. "We built the mixture of changing room and confessional because we are interested in questioning our own purchasing behavior. The confessional seemed appropriate. There is a receipt as a letter of indulgence. It's meant as food for thought."

Abundantly beautiful flowers

Invisible and inaudible to humans, plants play "a key role" in the large communication network of life, writes Mats Flottmann about his photo series "linkages".
With the help of UV light, he makes cellular communication dynamics such as the "cytoplasmic streaming" of meadow plants visible.

Angry lyrics

"Express yourself, don't repress yourself" sang Madonna and the title of this poster exhibition sings the same: on 25 posters, students have typographically translated iconic lines of text on gender injustice.

Advertising with commitment

Ricardo Dumsch (1st photo right) shot the film "Create An Impact" together with Till KIttler and Alex Böcker on the Dutch coast: in soft, pastel-colored light, a woman runs into the sea, grabs a floating plastic bag, runs back to the beach and presses the plastic to herself with relief. The words "Create An Impact" appear.

Instead of a screen, the film is projected onto a film in the exhibition; the walls and floor of the room are also covered with film. Plastic everywhere. The fact that the film does not push its actual purpose as a commercial for a backpack manufacturer to the fore is an elegant aspect.

"It was supposed to be a cinematically appealing short story," explains Ricardo Dumsch, "just as it is popular in the industry these days: it's touching and gets the message across at the same time."

Killer with dementia

How does a retired Korean serial killer live? What does his apartment look like, what pictures does he have on the walls, what ingredients does he have in the kitchen, what knick-knacks does he like? Based on the book "Records of a Serial Killer" by Young-Ha Kim, Nele Hero (1st photo right) and Pascal Ulrich, together with many other students, designed and built the apartment of the novel character as a film set.
With a budget of just 1000 euros, they procured furniture and everything else. What was particularly interesting, they say, was the proximity to working on a real film set and training their organizational and technical skills. "It was also fascinating to imagine the everyday life of an old Korean man in 2013."

With the help of the lovingly detailed set, students also developed a short script and made a short film based on the story of the book.

Beautiful from bad

The photos show Egyptian craftswomen in front of their handicrafts. The women live on the Nile island of Qursaya. The raw material for their work is plastic waste, which the organization VeryNile fishes out of the river.

Photo series by Zeina Khaled and Celia Joy Homann.


Photographer Nura Vormann writes: "A long-term project about my grandma's life since my grandpa died two years ago. And about how new strength can be drawn from loss."

Notes and references

Photo credits

  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Tilman Abegg

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