Daniel Rourke & Morehshin Allahyari: The 3D Additivist Cookbook
Photo: Daniel Rourke & Morehshin Allahyari
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In 2019, Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. The “projekt bauhaus – Vorkurs, Werkstatt, Begräbnis” (Project Bauhaus – Preliminary Course, Workshop, Funeral) of the ARCH+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses (Association for the Promotion of the Discourse on Architecture and Urbanism) critically examines the ideas of the Bauhaus and assesses their utopian potential for the present and the future. On October 10, 2017, at 7 p.m., the curators present the planned program as part of the ARCH+ features event series at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, discuss the program’s themes and topics, and introduce the participating artists.
The Bauhaus was both a forward-looking project and a child of its time. Against the background of industrialization and modernization, it defined an anthropocentric philosophy of design which was permeated by a positivist belief in progress, a better future, the emancipatory potential of science and technology, and improvement through renewal. Given the obvious contradictions between ideal, practice, and impact, “projekt bauhaus” critically examines the ideas of the Bauhaus by using its methods: In a preliminary course (2017) and a workshop (2019), it exposes the internal contradictions of the Western idea of progress and discusses alternative approaches. How can we decolonize our understanding of technology? How can we develop and disseminate other ideas of progress and renewal? And how can design change society and everyday life?
The transdisciplinary, international expert team – Jesko Fezer, Christian Hiller, Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Joanne Pouzenc, and Jan Wenzel – conceived “projekt bauhaus” as a five-year working process, from 2015 until 2019, the year of the Bauhaus centenary. Together with the co-curators Armen Avanessian, Chris Dercon, Karin Harrasser, and Claudia Mareis, they invite the audience to join in the experimental search for a renewal of art, design, and architecture in relation to contemporary society. As part of the project, the artists Morehshin Allahyari, Bianca Elzenbaumer & Fabio Franz (Brave New Alps), and Olaf Nicolai will create commissioned works that are made possible with support from the Schering Stiftung.
Following a critical inventory of the Bauhaus ideas, the "projekt bauhaus" celebrates its conclusion in the anniversary year with an aggressive farewell party in the form of a large, concertante funeral.Learn more
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“Projekt Bauhaus” holds a four-day workshop during which teams will develop positions on what progress means today.Learn more
By combining design research methods with radical pedagogy, conflict mediation, and do-it-yourself approaches, the Italian artist collective produces, among other things, pedagogical rooms, publications, websites, photographs, videos, hiking tours, and urban interventions. It intensively deals with the social, political, economic, and ecological conditions. Ideally, this results in an answer in the form of designed objects or situations that actively propose an alternative way of thinking and acting. “COMUNfARE” in the Vallagarina district in the Italian Alps is a long-term, practice-based and theoretically reflective project by Brave New Alps that aims to develop a globally adaptable model for the collective use of the commons – hence a contribution to social and economic change.Close
*1985, Iran/USA, is an artist, activist, and curator. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions of the present day and uses technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives struggles of our time. She is co-author of the “3D Additivist Cookbook” featuring speculative projects of over one hundred artists, activists, and theorists. Her 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of artefacts destroyed by ISIS, “Material Speculation: ISIS,” have been shown and discussed worldwide. In 2016-2017, she was Research Resident of the Eyebeam Residency in New York, working on “Digital Colonialism and ‘re-Figuring’” as a feminist and decolonialist practice.Close
*1962, Germany, develops interdisciplinary projects in the tradition of conceptual art, which challenge fundamental experiences of space, time, and corporeality. He makes theories and insights from the natural sciences and humanities tangible in aesthetic-artistic ways, works with mathematical models and universal algorithms, and combines art with observations on markets and materialism. His wall work “Le pigment de la lumière” for the interiors of the new Gropius and Moholy-Nagy Masters’ Houses in Dessau, which re-opened in 2014, refers to light studies by the Bauhaus teacher Moholy-Nagy. Nicolai is Professor for Sculpture and Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Design at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been shown internationally in numerous solo shows and garnered numerous awards.Close
projekt bauhaus is supported through the “Bauhaus Today Fund” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) as well as by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Schering Stiftung. A project of the ARCH+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses e. V., it is held in cooperation with the Volksbühne Berlin.
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