December 02, 2017, 12–9:30 p.m.
Further information: http://projekt-bauhaus.de/
As part of 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) the Haus der Kulturen der Welt will host the Symposium “Preliminary Course: From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley.” Conceived on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the project critically examines the Bauhaus ideas and assesses their utopian potential for the present and the future.
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.
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?
Speakers include Morehshin Allahyari, Shaina Anand, Armen Avanessian, Brave New Alps, Jesko Fezer, Reinier de Graaf, Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Joachim Krausse, Thomas Krüger, Claudia Mareis, Heike Catherina Mertens, Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Jussi Parikka, Joanne Pouzenc, Henrike Rabe, Bernd Scherer, Paloma Strelitz, Fred Turner, and Georg Vrachliotis.
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