Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Nordeuropa-Institut

Creativity and Collaboration


Creativity and Collaboration

Three three-day block seminars with public lectures


The block seminars are public, for BA and MA students at HU and  open to external participants (students from other universities). The language spoken in the seminars will be Scandinavian and English. Travel costs are 300.- Euro is available for 10 external students per workshop. Students need separate registration for each block. Follow the link to the registration for each block seminar announcement below.

The lectures and workshop will take place at Nordeuropa-Institut.

Haus 3, 1. OG. in Raum 3.134
Dorotheenstrasse 24
10117 Berlin


Next seminar:

Donnerstag, 6. Juni 17:00 – 18:30 Uhr: 

Dr. Elisabeth Brun, Honorary professor, Westerdals institutt for film og medier, School of Arts, Design and Media, and Katja Pratschke,

Re-activating a 1980s utopia  through collaborative media art. Introduction to the Nyksund Reloaded Project and its Nyksund Berlin Artistic Archive. 


Freitag, 7. Juni: 17:00 – 18:30 Uhr:

Prof. Dr. Shintaro Miyazaki, Department of Musicology and Media Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Minor Archives or Counter-Dance the Capture


Samstag, 8. Juni: 13:00 – 14:30 Uhr:

Dr. Elisabeth Brun, Honorary professor, Westerdals institutt for film og medier, School of Arts, Design and Media, and Katja Pratschke;

Fryseriet - from processing fish to processing history for a sustainable future. The creation of a virtual artistic arena through distributed authorship. 


Block 1: 18. – 20. April 2024
Media Practice research group – OsloMet University

The Media Practice research group explores the impact of media on everyday life, culture, and society through interdisciplinary approaches utilizing perspectives from anthropology, ethnology, geography, visual communication, and practical media production studies, among others. In this seminar, the lectures and the workshops will approach creativity and collaboration by focusing on dialogue and visuals as elements. In lectures and workshops, we will work on the topic from different perspectives; theoretical, collaborative research, media-based methods, and embodied practices.

  • Gudrun Rudningen and Aina Landsverk Hagen: On Collaborative Creativity: An Introduction
  • Becky Beamer: Documentary as Witness, Bricoleur, and Sustainable Research Practice
  • Aina Landsverk Hagen and Gudrun Rudningen: Creativity & Exploration: Matter out of Place
  • Frode Nordås: How can TikTok's duet feature create an interactive dialogue between two users.
  • Patrick Kollman: Kino-eye(s) - Collaborative documentation of the world with the film camera in your pockets
  • James Lowley: Creativity & Experimentation: Matter in Place
Block 2: 25. – 27. April 2024
Collaborative future-making research platform – University of Malmö

Collaborative Future Making is based on humanity's inability to imagine how the world could be different. A key concept is 'critical imagination'. It involves questioning fundamental assumptions, norms, and structures to broaden our perspectives on what could constitute socially, culturally, ecologically, and economically sustainable futures. It explores how we can imagine these alternative futures and collectively design, test, and debate them. We do this through prototypes and discussions involving people from all societal sectors. The interdisciplinary research platform includes perspectives from humanities, design, and social sciences. The block-seminar will among others introduce the research project “Grief and Hope in transition”, who worked with citizens in a village in Skåne to explore transitions in everyday practices, values, imaginations and world views. In some cases, this transition also involves loss, in terms of resources, things and mobilities.


  • Dr. Per-Anders Hillgren is a professor in interaction design at the School of Arts and
    Communication and coordinates the research platform Collaborative Future-Making
    at Malmö University.
  • Kristina Lindström is a Senior lecturer at the School of Arts and Communication and works within the intersection between participatory design, speculative design, and feminist technoscience. tutaj
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Popplow is professor in participatory design and transformation design at Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Cologne International School of Design, where she has built the interdisciplinary bachelor of science Code & Content.
▼ Block 3: 6. – 8. June 2024
Nyksund Reloaded international artistic research project             


  • Dr. Elisabeth Brun, PhD. is a filmmaker, media artist, and theorist, working in the intersection of philosophy, experimental film practice, and visual art.
  • Katja Pratschke: as a media artist and artistic researcher, Katja Pratschke (Berlin) has been collaborating with Gusztáv Hámos (Budapest/Berlin) on the theory and practice of intermedia arts for over 20 years.
  • Prof. Dr. Shintaro Miyazaki is media studies and STS scholar working in the field of Digital Media and Computation, with a special interest in the intersection between music and critical media research.

Nyksund Reloaded is an international artistic research project re-activating “The International Nyksund Project” (1984-92), an innovative but largely unknown youth and environmental programme in the former fisher village of Nyksund, Northern Norway in the 1980-90´s. The project was initiated and led by pedagogues, engineers, and architects from 1980s West Berlin.

3000 youths from all over Europe participated in its time. They aimed to create a
Utopia for young people, an eco-youth-city of the north. What are the relevance
of their ideas and practices today? What can be learned from the exchange
between the participants and the local community? How can an archive of their
legacy be material for re-thinking sustainability and place development in
rural areas?

Asking such questions Nyksund Reloaded explores how materials of the past may help us address future challenges.

Nyksund Reloaded consists of Hai Ku / artist and researcher Elisabeth Brun, with the Berlin-based media artists Katja Pratschke and Gusztáv Hámos

In this block seminar, we will explore how we can interact with the Nyksund space by using the archive. The students will test the prototype, and through discussions and collaboration explore further developments of the interface and usage of the Nyksund archive.


▼ About

Creativity in Western cultural tradition has been dominated by individual acts, the solitaire thinker and creator, which has made Rodin`s sculpture “The Thinker” an icon that imprints our imagination about creativity. Reality meanwhile shows that in scientific and artistic processes creativity emerges from joint thinking, emotional connections, and shared struggles in meaningful relationships (John-Steiner 2000). Cultural psychology has for a longer time argued that human development and creativity are based on social construction and collaboration (e.g. Vygotsky 1978, Bruner 1996, Cole 1996). We are depending on collaboration to be creative. But how do we transfer this gift to science and research?

This Henrik-Steffens seminar series comprises 3 block seminars, each over three days that offer insights into how creativity and collaboration are practiced in different research areas: Three interdisciplinary research groups and projects within media research, social design and activism, and art-based research will present practices of creative and collaborative methods, of studying creativity and collaboration as a research topic and to experiment with future collaborative and creative format.

The block seminars take place on Thursday 16:00-20:00, Friday 14:00-20:00 and Saturday 10:00-18:00. Course languages are German, Norwegian, Swedish and English.

The block seminars are for BA and MA students and are open to external participants (students from other universities). The language spoken in the seminars will be Scandinavian and English.
Travel costs funding of 300.- Euro is available for 10 external students per block seminar.

▼ Registration – Separate registration is required for each block

Students of the HU Berlin register via AGNES.

Students from Oslo University register here before March 15th:

German participants from outside the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin register here before March 15th:


▼ Moodle

A more detailed description of the individual dates can be found on HU-Moodle. The password for the Moodle course is: Masterclass

[Participants from outside Humboldt-Universität have the option of creating a guest account on Moodle: see Moodle-Registration for external participants without an HU account].


▼ Reisekostenzuschuss

Pro Block wird jeweils 10 externen Studierenden ein Reisekostenzuschuss in Höhe von bis zu 300 Euro pro Person gewährt, und zwar in der Reihenfolge der Anmeldung.

Die Anmeldung zu den Blockseminaren ist bis zum 11. Oktober möglich.



Students choose two freely combinable block seminars to complete a course with 5 ECTS (Master‘s students) or an in-depth course with 6 ECTS (Bachelor‘s students). External participants receive the same number of ECTS credits. The participants are responsible for acceptance of the seminars at their respective universities. For some external students, an essay will be required by their university.