As “Public Art and New Artistic Strategies” students (master’s degree program at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), each semester we travel to a different city in order to realize our works within new contents and spaces, and with new people. Last semester we were invited by Maxim Gorki Theatre to be a part of the third edition of Berliner Herbstsalon. I have written an article about the trip which you can find here. And this semester, we were in Bochum which is a city in western Germany—containing one of the most exciting brutalist architecture examples of the country: Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Our team containing 15 students, one professor and two assistants were commissioned to create public artworks within the university campus and we had 10 days for all.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Dessau has been the host of the second phase of Bauhaus—after Weimar and before Berlin. The city contains various architectural examples of the movement from the Masters’s Houses to the Bauhaus Building designed by Walter Gropius in 1926. Here is the update of the continuously growing event list of Dessau (the previous one can be found here) — celebrating the 100th birthday of the world-famous Bauhaus.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Berlin, as one of the cities that have taken a leading part in the history of the Bauhaus, continues doing so by various events increasing with each passing day. My list about the celebrations of the 100th anniversary has started with this article, and continues with the first extension written below!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Bauhaus, a movement taking only 14 years from its finding in 1919, till its closing in 1923, could squeeze in a great number of highlights that affected both the present and future. Even though, especially in the earlier stages, the school was male dominant; female artists, architects, and designers made their way around by reaching life-long achievements. The Department of Weaving was the only option offered. What they did in time was to develop weaving while working in other fields as well. Such that, emphasizing the gender roles within the school, eventually became synonymous with the weaving workshop thanks to strong and independent women of the Bauhaus.
Discriminations blocked many female student’s ways, put them off in the process of getting educated, and wasted their talent. However, these conditions created their own advantages. The focus of some of the students in the weaving and pottery -the fields considered more feminine at the time- had a big success while helping the Bauhaus reach to a wider audience all around the world. Lack of money and lack of support from the directors directed them in the way of finding new technics, developing the atelier spaces, expanding the limits of weaving and turning it into a modern industrial process.
Around 1926 and 1927, Bauhaus moved to Dessau due to political reasons, and only after those years female students started to get accepted in the departments they wished for. Here is a list of five inspiring women that had a huge role in the history of the Bauhaus.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The celebrations of the 100th birthday of Bauhaus continue at full speed—it’s even getting busier and busier as 2019 approaches. I have started a list of various events that will be held in Weimar—earlier in one of the articles (check here). The centennial is such a big and special occasion that day by day a new activity is added to the schedule. Therefore, I will be updating the list from time to time, and here are the most recent ones.