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"Living and Learning at the Bauhaus in Dessau: Applications being accepted for Bauhaus Kolleg II Event City"
2001-03-09 until 2001-04-29
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Dessau, , DE Germany

The Topic for the 3rd Trimester (June 19. - September 14. 2001) is Artscapes - Art in Practice. Culture plays a special role in the competition between cities. Cultural events and an architecture rich in symbols produce metropolitan signs communicated through the media with the intent of the global positioning of a city. Heterogeneous cultural materials, scripts, and images merge to form urban spatial nodes in the urban event spaces. Artscapes take up the short-circuit between global flow and local images and the way they are changed and exchanged. They characterize the movement between images and the mass-cultural context of their production and provide an indication of the changeability of meaning.

The Bauhaus Kolleg will make use of artistic interventions in the form of artscapes to document the relations of visibility in the artificial environment of the urban entertainment center. They will thus be operating at the interface between what images in the city reveal and what remains hidden behind the surface of the images.

The functional dominance of popular images and patterns of reception conveyed through the media raises the question prospects for artist practice in connection with urban development. What can be art's contribution to a critique of visual culture, of the totality of mass media images and messages? How can different spatial practices of users of those spaces that express conflicts between the dominant enactment of the metropolitan and their own expectations be visualized and linked to the architectural and urban design process?

The 3. Trimester consists of an exercise phase followed by the design phase. The exercises refer to diverse aspects of the relationship between contemporary visual production and the production of space (H. Lefebvre). Special emphasis is given to the image as a social and communicative means of high importance. Identities are forming through images and are contributing to the formation of imaginary community. Daily reality is experienced through the accompanying images and at the same time there is a certain tension with respect to the ideal image of a life of happiness.

The exercises will first explore the changing uses of space. Different socio-spatial patterns of activity create subjective territories in the form of sequences of perception that link spaces of work, living, and leisure like a net. Thus they build a new cityscape that is based on a mobilized perspective of perception. At the same time these diverse spatial practices deliver clues to the life styles” that form their base and that are themselves influenced by the representations of space and the patterns of identification connected to them, formed by different media such as cinema and TV movie or advertisement.

The following explorations will deal with
- the construction of images of the urban in terms of its exclusions and functions,
- with the possibility of a production of images and conceptions that do not represent a holistic image of urban life,
- and finally with concepts for the connection of artistic research to the methods of urban planning and the architectural design process.

In the design phase the results of the explorations will be linked to the results of the analytical investigations of the 1. Trimester and the architectural/urbanistic design of the 2. Trimester and will be interpreted with artist approaches. Goal is the combination of artistic research with the urban design process and thus intends its further evolvement.

Participation in the Kolleg is based on the readiness to work in interdisciplinary teams with artists, architects, planners and scientists to develop solutions for a new form of urban Event spaces. The Kolleg will be accompanied by lectures, workshops and a colloquium.  


19. June - Arrival at the Bauhaus
20. June - Welcome
21. June - Presentations of the Kolleg participants (30 min. each)
22. June - Results of the 1 and 2 trimester

Introduction to the  Program

Exercise 1
25.06. - 30.06. - Design of sequences of perception and socio-spatial patterns of acitivity on the basis of hybrid identies

Lecture: Urbanity and Medialization

Excursion 1
02.07. - 06.07. - Frankfurt/Main    On site research

Exercise 2
09.07. - 13.07. - How is urbanity represented?
 Creation of an archive of images (from found and selfmade material), development of categories for archival filing (what is visible, what is excluded, what remains invisible). How can images and image production techniques of the technically advanced mass culture be marked, alienated, increased, changed?

Lecture: Construction of images/representations of space in different media (e.g. film, print media, architectural animation)

Exercise 3
16.07. - 20.07. - Development of marketing campaigns and images on the basis of artistic research. How does the fragmented reality of daily life become IMAGEinable and communicable

Lecture/Workshop: Image Production (Marketing, Ad campaigns)

          21.07. - Colloquium: The Visibility of Images

Part 1: Images of the Everyday
Part 2: Image politics

The colloquium will address the socio cultural change in functions of production and reception of popular images and their influence on the perception of daily reality

Exercise 4
23.07. - 27.07. - Concepts for a connection between artistic intervention and planning processes and urban and architectural design

Lecture/Workshop: The Art of Planning (Art + Planning)

30.07. - 03.08. - Midterm presentation

Excursion 2
06.08. - 10.08. - Frankfurt/Main and Rhein/Main Region in depth research and collection of material

Design Phase

13.08. - 07.09. (4 weeks)

Final Presentation

10.09. - 14.09.    

      Applications are accepted until April 29. 2001

How to apply, general information:

Target group:
The program is geared towards professionals from the following disciplines; architecture, art, urban and/or landscape planning, design, the social sciences or humanities. Working language is English.

Successful participants receive the Bauhauszertifikat

Participation Requirements:
Academic degree and/or several years' practical experience
basic skills in information technology
basic skills in using new media
Fluency in English

Application materials should include: curriculum vitae
statement of interest (2 pages in English)
proof of proficiency in English

A selection committee chooses a maximum of 25 international participants. Preference is given to those who apply for the entire year. Depending on course capacities, applicants may also be considered for an individual trimester.

Tuition fees are 3000 DM per trimester. Not included are housing costs, living expenses, travel costs or study materials.

Housing arrangements:
Both the studio wing of the historic Bauhaus building and the dormitory located ca. 4 km away offer accommodation at very reasonable rates. For further information and reservation please contact the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Study facilities:
The participants will have access to all facilities at the Bauhaus, including the library, archive, and media lab. Studio room equipped with work space and computer access will be provided.

Ute Lenssen
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Project Manager

Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau

Tel: ++49 (0)340-6508-402
Fax: ++49 (0)340-6508-404
E-mail: lenssen@bauhaus-dessau.de

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