2017, Sat, Dec 02

projekt bauhaus. Preliminary Course: From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley

With Morehshin Allahyari, Shaina Anand, Armen Avanessian, Brave New Alps, Reinier de Graaf, Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Claudia Mareis, Jussi Parikka, Paloma Strelitz (Assemble), Fred Turner and many more.

2019 will mark the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Across the world there has been a shared desire to bring it up to date, but every attempt to revive it is doomed to failure. The Bauhaus was both a forward-looking project and a child of its time. projekt bauhaus critically examines the ideas of the Bauhaus by using its methods: in a preliminary course (2017) and a workshop (2018), it will seek to expose the internal contradictions of the Western idea of progress and discuss alternative approaches.

The Bauhaus sought a synthesis of knowledge in which the various forms of knowledge – technical, scientific, emotional, creative – would be interconnected. This concept of knowledge was combined with a new pedagogy to emancipate the people, release their potential, and ultimately lead to the creation of a “new man.” Which spaces encourage creativity and innovation? Which sites of knowledge does society need today? Do advanced laboratories of computer, internet and media companies represent the Bauhaus of the twenty-first century?

projekt bauhaus is funded by the Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and the Schering Foundation. It is a project by ARCH+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses e. V. in cooperation with the Volksbühne Berlin.