Since 1979, animated films have been produced at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. The focus of the teaching is on the individual artistic development of the students. The students work independently on their own and collaborative animation projects.
Kathrin Albers has been a professor of animation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel since March 2021. While still studying “Illustration and Communication Design” at HAW Hamburg, she specialized in the field of stop frame animation, in which she has been active as an independent animator ever since. During these almost 20 years, she was the second half of the studio Stoptrick, with which she realized her own short films, trailers, and commissioned works. She also held a professorship in digital animation at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore from 2012 to 2018.
Her research areas at NTU were on the digital extension of analogue animation techniques and engaged with the work of artist Ronald Searle. These themes continue to be part of her work alongside her own narrative film projects. She lives and works as a freelance animator in Hamburg.
Martina Bramkamp studied visual communication design with emphasis on illustration and animation in Germany before graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Master of Arts in animation. She lives in London and works in commercial filmmaking as a freelance director, producer, animator, storyboard artist and lomographer. Her illustration work, moving image installations, photography and sculptures have been exhibited internationally and her award winning animations have been presented successfully worldwide at international festivals.
Martina teaches since 2002 as a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration Animation course at Kingston University in London. In 2008 she was awarded a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching from the University of the Arts London and achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2010 she was appointed Professor of Animation in the Visual Communication Design department at Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. 2016 she was awarded the Award of Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning by the Student Union at Kingston University. Based on her interest in animation in relation to fine art, new media and photography she widened her field of research and teaching with an emphasis on developments in experimental filmmaking, particularly »expanded animation«.
Films as director:
Crude Oil, Other Truths, Attempt no. 5, Heavity, Kissed, The Bridge in Mind, Weiss steht fuer Schwarz, Xeroxed, Wirrwarr
Films as producer:
Kissed, The King
Born on Oct. 06, 1983 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), studied media design with a focus on animation at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, graduated in 2010 with a “Master of Fine Arts,” afterwards European Animation Masterclass and Animation Studio MotionWorks in Halle, since 2011 teaching staff at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.
Filmography: Ofen aus, Nur Fliegen ist schöner, Auf Wolke 7, Liebe Sonne, Quiet!, Das Ende der Welt, Schifffahrten, Mourning
Petra Stipetić is an independent animation artist and a teacher. During her Bachelor of Education studies at the University of Mainz in the fields of philosophy and liberal arts with a focus on sculpture, she discovered her interest in and talent for creating characters and their worlds. This led her to a love for telling stories, which she professionalized during her second degree in Visual Communication with a focus on animation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. She is particularly dedicated to a playful approach to examining and treating complex topics.
Petra Stipetić’s short films have been in a variety of national and international film festivals and have been awarded numerous prizes. She owes their realization in part to funding from HessenFilm und Medien and the Hessischen Kulturstiftung. In 2022 she received a scholarship for artistic final projects from Otto Braun Fund.
Since 2022 she has been teaching animation and visual storytelling in the Digital Media and Experiment program at the Hochschule Bielefeld. Since 2023 she has been an artistic associate in the class for animation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.