From Bauhaus to a School of Schools?
bauhaus now #3
What are the big design tasks and problems in the 21st century? What are architects working on today? What are their dreams? What challenges do they face? And does the holistic approach of the Bauhaus still offer solutions for the future?
With the key areas performance and education, the third issue covers both the intangible as well as the tangible core of the Bauhaus – in the latter case, the iconic Bauhaus building in Dessau. Its revolutionary new teaching structure – including the Bauhaus stage as a place for exploring space and the human being – has shaped design and art education worldwide since one hundred years.
In this year’s Design Biennial in Istanbul, Jan Boelen and his curator team explore how the Bauhaus became a school of schools and what fresh stimuli the Bauhaus could offer today instead of blind veneration for its historic achievements.
On 100 pages, numerous prominent figures such as the founder of performa and Bauhaus expert RoseLee Goldberg, the choreographer Sasha Waltz, the digital performance artist Signe Pierce and the art lecturer Susan Orr engage with the questions which media, which forms of presentation and which content today still follow the Bauhaus idea, often without being aware of it or even claiming to do so.
The issue also covers: the 100 year bauhaus gallery with artistic answers from Stefano Pilati, Richard Siegal, Wolfgang Tillmans and the icon of Dionysian theatre, Richard Schechner. Moreover, the issue covers an intervention by the director Ersan Mondtag as well as a background discussion with the curator of the opening festival 100 years of bauhaus, Bettina Wagner-Bergelt.
Publisher: 100 years of bauhaus, Weimar
Design and editing: Stan Hema, Berlin
Distribution: DPV Deutscher Pressevertrieb GmbH, Hamburg
ISSN 2510-5841 (German)
ISBN 2510-585X (English)
€ 6,90 € (Germany)
€ 7.70 (Austria)
SFr. 10.90 (Switzerland)
€ 7.90 (Luxembourg)
Articles from the third edition of bauhaus now:
From Bauhaus to a School of Schools?
Almost one hundred years after its founding, the Bauhaus, which began to revolutionize learning, has itself solidified into the sacred cow of design education. In order to expose the magical moment of disruption, curator Jan Boelen and his team were transforming the Istanbul Design Biennale 2018 into a huge field of experimentation for a necessarily restless and puzzled educational offensive.
History Is About Radical Moments
artnet magazine recently voted her the “world’s most active performance curator.” One of her accomplishments is most definitely the founding of the New York Performa Institute, an exceptional undertaking. Her expertise in contemporary art is based on a profound exploration of the modernist stage. We talked to her about 100 years of bauhaus and the upcoming Performa Biennial.
“Art Is Never a Good Sedative”
100 years of bauhaus is making the centenary of a historical institution’s founding the subject of contemporary efforts in cultural policy. Around 17 million euros are being invested in global exhibition projects and events throughout Germany. Hortensia Völckers, director of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, talks about the necessity of experimentation for new laboratories for the future.
15 Million Minutes of Fame
In the midst of an era of hypermedial networking, art is also undergoing a fundamental change. Classical drama and analog performances will not simply disappear in the future—but social networks are already revolutionizing the definition of the stage. A look at the workshop of “reality art” and its efforts to act in the spirit of the Bauhaus.
Education Between Artificial and Artistic Intelligence
The Bauhauslers’ vision of mechanization and machines for living in seems within our grasp in the age of artificial intelligence and smart cities. The growing influence exercised on politics and education by “transhumanists”—who speak out in favor of overcoming what it has previously meant to be human by means of a convergence of technology and humanity—confronts us with the other face of technological optimism.
From Workshops to Hackerspaces
Replacing classrooms with workshops is one of the Bauhaus’s best-known innovations. A hundred years later, the “workshop” is an indispensable component of all design education. But where are the limits and opportunities of this format, and what role does the realization of collective structures play in the further development of new technologies?
“Bauhaus Is Still Putting Us on the Right Track”
The grand Bauhaus Year 2019 will be inaugurated with a large-scale opening festival in Berlin. For one week, international artists from the fields of dance, theater and music will be devoting their attention to contemporary topics within the context of the Bauhaus’s performative inquiries. Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, the festival’s curator, discusses this multifaceted celebration of a bauhaus now.
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