Mirko Tschauner
Nachricht von Ortega
2008



Felix Hassenfratz
Der Verdacht
2007
Spielfilm
25 Min.

The art academies

For the first time selected graduates of five outstanding artistic and creative academies located in the Rhineland region present themselves and their work at the junge biennale new talents.

Due to its academies good reputation in germany and abroad, the Rhineland has become a centre of artistic and creative education. In a biennial cycle new talents presents the young promising artists of these first-class academies of Cologne and Düsseldorf.

Kunsthochschule für Medien
The Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln was founded in 1990 and offers a special and unique concept of study: instead of separating the fields of film, television, art, design and theory, they are integrated into a single academic carrier leading to a diploma in Audiovisual Media.

Hochschule für Musik Köln
The Hochschule für Musik Köln is one of the well-known and well-established conservatoires in Europe, offering a wide range of excellent educational subjects, including all artistic and musicological disciplines as well as those of musical education. This involves a wide depth and breadth of available courses.
The chance of consequent interdisciplinarity, a potential for innovative developments and impulses, as well as the international network, currently with 39 high-ranking partner universities in 22 countries in Europe and abroad, characterises the Hochschule für Musik Köln.

ifs internationale filmschule köln
An educational concept, professionally qualifying top executives for the film and TV industry, has been developed by the government of the Land North Rhine-Westphalia and the Filmstiftung North Rhine-Westphalia. At the beginning of 2000 the ifs was founded based on the successful models of the Schreibschule Köln e.V. and the Filmschule NRW e.V. – having already in mind a future expansion of offers.

Köln International School of Design
At the KISD, students work problem-oriented and with a interdisciplinary approach in different projects and seminars within twelve areas of expertise. These overlapping areas focalise on certain areas, that form the basis for a problem-oriented and multi-dimensional design discourse. This consolidation creates a clear profile and simplifies the interaction with the existing know-how of other universities. Key aspects of the areas of expertise are e.g. health-care, mobility, work environment, knowledge and educational organisations, as well as questions and problems of empiricism and systemization of signs or horizons for coping with the possibilities of design.

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
The academy and its artists (professors and graduates) have an excellent reputation in Germany and abroad. Already in the 19th century („Düsseldorfer Malerschule”) many of the most famous German artists were graduated in Düsseldorf. Since the beginning of the 1950th the academy of arts has asserted a similarly prominent position for contemporary art. This is expressed by a decisive presence at international exhibitions (e.g. the Venice Biennial). The artists of the academy represent the international art scene; many of them rank among the most famous protagonists.


A total of more than 50 graduates of the last four years in the areas of media, art, film, music and design have been selected. In this frame the Biennale new talents represents the upcoming trend towards the crossover of artistic and creatice areas, where clear classifications disappear. The presented graduates often completed a second interdisciplinary degree.