Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better
Since April, the Essen Folkwang University of the Arts has been hosting the festival “Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better — Impuls Bauhaus”. Perhaps you have already attended one of the events in the Ruhr region. If not, you still have the chance until December to experience the internationally famous artist collective Rimini Protokoll. Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel are renowned for their exceptional new concepts in the field of theatre. On the grounds of the Zollverein, a UNESCO World Heritage site, they present the theme of SPACE in a historical context. Their theatrical installation “win > < win” is a dramatic narrative on how different species compete with each other to survive. The SPACE we live in is endangered. Developed in collaboration with marine biologists and animal care staff, the unsettling installation “win > < win” asks which species are best prepared for the threat of global warming and makes an apocalyptic forecast: “Jellyfish will be the last species to survive when everything else collapses.”
KunstGenuss – Mittagspause
Your experience will be less authentic and more virtual at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle. On December 5, you can spend a lunch break there that will not only fill your stomach, but also provide food for thought: with a virtual reality presentation of the design of a modern art museum for Halle that Walter Gropius produced in 1927.
On December 7, you can then dance the “Bauhaus-Pfiff” or the “Dada-Foxtrott” at the “Bauhaus.Ball” to the music of the new Bauhaus band. The 20th Weimar Winter Gala Ball by the Thuringia Academy is dedicated to the tradition of the legendary parties of the avant-garde. And the highlights? Historical and modern dance performances, the Kurt Schwitters Ursonate, the Bauhaus-Artistik-Ballett Gaudimus, excerpts from the Bauhaus pieces "Willkommen und Abschied" and "Ottos Mops hopst …", as well as a dance performance by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, a loose interpretation of the mechanical ballet by Kurt Schmidt.
Linie ohne Punkt und Komma
If you’re no couch potato and fancy some action between Christmas and New Year, it’s worth visiting the Neue Museum Weimar. On December 28, it presents a guided tour as part of the exhibition “Linie ohne Punkt und Komma”. It investigates the role of the line in the work of artists and designers, and how it makes our lives more beautiful and simpler. After the tour, you can try to design a modern line yourselves and put your creative instincts to the test.
Weight of Light
The contemporary artist Jan Tichy participated in the opening Bauhaus centenary celebrations with an installation in Berlin. Now we have come full circle: at the Museum Bensheim, he presents his night installation “Weight of Light” until the end of 2019 and also for a few days in January 2020. Tichy, who studied in Israel, is now Professor at the Department of Photography and Department of Art & Technology Studies in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Hungarian artist, Bauhaus teacher and visionary László Moholy-Nagy is one of his inspirations. Tichy uses the Bauhaus master’s methods and transposes them to contemporary times. In Bensheim, he presents a video projection, a light installation and a series of photograms.
[TF 2019; Translation: TBR]
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