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The online journal bauhaus-imaginista.org is home to details of the research processes and results of bauhaus imaginista. It reflects on issues before and after the events and exhibitions of bauhaus imaginista and deepens insights gained through a network of collaborators and international researchers. The online journal relates to the artists commissioned for and around the events and exhibitions, as well as publishing reports by local correspondents.

The platform bauhaus-imaginista.org is a continuously growing resource, a “work in progress”, divided into four conceptual editions (Corresponding With, Learning From, Moving Away and Still Undead), which are filled with research texts and materials, videos, photos and artists’ pages and documentation about exhibitions, workshops and symposia held in the cities of Rabat, Hangzhou, New York, Kyoto and Tokyo, Moscow, São Paulo, Lagos, New Delhi and Gandhinagar in 2018, Berlin, Berne and Nottingham in 2019, and Istanbul in 2020. → more

bauhaus-imaginista.org ist das Online-Journal des Projekts bauhaus imaginista, seines Forschungsprozesses und seiner Ergebnisse. Es spiegelt Fragen und Aspekte, die in den Veranstaltungen und Ausstellungen aufgeworfen werden, und vertieft neue Erkenntnisse, gewonnen durch ein Netzwerk von Wissenschaftler*innen und Kooperationspartner*innen. Das Online-Journal berichtet darüber hinaus über die Arbeiten, die von den für bauhaus imaginista beauftragten Künstler*innen während der Veranstaltungen und für die Ausstellungen entwickelt wurden, und veröffentlicht Reportagen der Korrespondent*innen vor Ort.

bauhaus-imaginista.org ist eine kontinuierlich wachsende Website, ein „work in progress“. Vier Editionen (Corresponding With, Learning From, Moving Away, Still Undead) sind mit aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Beiträgen, Videos, Fotos und Künstlerseiten sowie Dokumentationen der Ausstellungen, Workshops und Symposien in Rabat, Hangzhou, New York City, Kyoto und Tokio, Moskau, São Paulo, Lagos, Neu-Delhi und Gandhinagar im Jahr 2018 und in Berlin, Bern und Nottingham 2019 sowie in Istanbul 2020 bestückt. Im Verlauf dieses Prozesses ist die Website zum Materialfundus und Wissenspool des Projektes herangewachsen. → more

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The film collected recordings presents an overview of the exhibition and event project bauhaus imaginista. It includes footage from Rabat, Hangzhou, New York, Kyoto, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Lagos, New Delhi and Berlin in 2018 and 2019.

Collected Recordings
A film by Silke Briel
●Journal Articles
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Festive and Theatrical — The Mask Photos of Gertrud Arndt and Josef Albers as an Expression of Festival Culture

Costuming played a central role at the Bauhaus. Gertrud Arndt's mask photographs (a series of 43 self-portraits) derive directly from these Bauhaus festivals. As well as a series of nine color photographs taken in direct succession at Black Mountain College in 1940 by Josef Albers. → more

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The Bauhaus Journey in Britain

The Bauhaus's teaching approach emphasised the idea of working as a community of creatives and producers rather than merely focusing on the traditional pupil-teacher relationship. In this essay the focus will be on the Bauhaus’s impetus to bring art and design into everyday life highlighting in Great Britain’s visual culture in the 1930s and between 1960s and 70s and how it influenced youth and popular culture during the swinging sixties in London. → more

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Vision in Motion —> Information Landscapes — From Stage Props and Camouflage Techniques to Democratic Apparatus and Cybernetic Networks

The examination of approaches, models and strategies for a redefinition of visual culture, the control of images and the shaping of perception made former Bauhäuslers interesting to the American establishment. Their knowledge was incorporated in the development of democratization tools that aid in the fight against fascism and, later, were strategically used against Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War. → more

●Artist Work
The O Horizon — A Film Produced for bauhaus imaginista

The Otolith Group have been commissioned to produce The O Horizon for bauhaus imaginista, a new film containing studies of Kala Bhavana as well as the wider environments of Santiniketan and Sriniketan. Through rare footage of art, craft, music and dance, it explores the material production of the school and its community as well as the metaphysical inclinations that guided Tagore’s approach to institution building. → more

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The Legacies of the Bauhaus — For the Present and the Future

“My method of bringing new life to archival images is to look at what happens at the margins rather than the center of a picture. I am also obsessed with making links, based on the belief that everything is connected. And also with what I call ‘narrative environments,’ mediating spaces facilitating new forms of engagement.” Luca Frei is a commissioned artist for bauhaus imaginista: Corresponding With. He talks about his approach to his installation for the exhibition at MoMAK in Kyoto. → more

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Shifting, Rotating, Mirroring 
 — Lena Bergner’s Minutes of Paul Klee’s Classes

Lena Bergner developed carpet patterns applying specific methods learned from Paul Klee discernible in her finished work. The results, however, are quite unique. This is precisely what Klee sought to achieve with his classes at the Bauhaus: to point to paths of design so that the formal language is not arbitrary, without, however, prescribing predetermined outcomes. → more

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The “Hungarian Bauhaus” — Sándor Bortnyik’s Bauhaus-Inspired Budapest School Műhely 1928–1938

One of the many Hungarians associated with the Bauhaus, painter and graphic designer Sándor Bortnyik (1893-1976) opened his art and design school, Műhely, in Budapest in 1928 to bring the Bauhaus’s sprit and some of its teaching methods into Hungary. Even if Bortnyik’s school did not have the scope of the Bauhaus, it was an efficient experiment in an independent form of institutionalized education in the field of modern graphic design and typography. → more

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Architects’ Congress

The passenger ship Patris II transported the participants of the 4th International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM) from Marseilles to Athens and back. Bauhaus teacher Moholy-Nagy, travelling as a “friend of the new building movement” produced this half-hour soundless film as a travel journal. → more

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The Bauhaus and Morocco

In the years when Western nations were committed in new projects of partnership, with what was then called the “Third World”, young artists and students from the Maghreb had grown up in the passionate climate of the struggle for independence, were talented, open to modernity, and eager to connect with twentieth-century international art movements, which were different in production and spirit from colonial ideology and culture. → more

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Modern Vernacular — Walter Gropius and Chinese Architecture

This essay explores the connection between Walter Gropius and I. M. Pei, as well as the influence of the one on the other. After completing his studies, I. M. Pei worked with Gropius on plans for a university in Shanghai, which he subsequently realized in Taiwan, than in association with Chang Chao-Kang and Chen Chi-Kuan. → more

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Research Project by Kader Attia

Looking into the history of objects, into their original practical and social function as well as into the circumstances of their transition to European and other countries of Western civilization, the artist Kader Attia aims at conveying the full identity of the objects and to follow the traces of their disappearance that still can be discovered today and call for repair. → more

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Memories

I was sixteen years old when I undertook my first journey into finding a professional vocation, first in Asilah, then in Fez followed by Tétouan. 1952. Tangiers was, to me, an open book, a window on the world. The freedom of seeing, of discovering and of feeling, of weaving the narratives of my dreams. → more

●Research Archive
Im Schatten großer Mangobäume. Kunsterziehung und Transkulturelle Moderne im Kontext der Indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung
Christian Kravagna

in: Tom Holert & Marion von Osten (Hg.): Das Erziehungsbild. Zur visuellen Kultur des Pädagogischen, Schlebrügge.Editor, Wien 2010, S. 106–130.

DE Size: 21 MB
Nationalism in India
Rabindranath Tagore

Essay by Tagore denouncing nationalism

EN Size: 108 KB
Rabindranath Tagore in Visva Bharati News
Rabindranath Tagore

from: Visva Bharati News, 1932–33.

EN Size: 6 MB
Tapestry Rugs in an Ancient Peruvian Design
Mary Meigs Atwater

from: Shuttle-Craft Bulletin, March 1941.

EN Size: 782 KB
Work with Material
Anni Albers

from: Black Mountain College Bulletin, No. 5, 1938.

EN Size: 2 MB
Source:Reproduced with permission of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Essai d'Inventaire des Styles dans les Arts Populaires du Maroc
Bert Flint

Publié dans: Maghreb Art, 1966.
Courtesy of Mohammed Melehi and Toni Maraini.

FR Size: 38 MB
Témoignage sur un Artiste Occidental. Herbert Bayer
Toni Maraini

Publié dans: Integral, No. 12–13, 1978.
Courtesy of Toni Maraini.

FR Size: 2 MB
Fiches et questionnaire avec Farid Belkahia, Mohamed Chabaa, Mohamed Melehi
Abdellatif Laâbi

Publié dans: Souffles, No. 7–8, 1967.

Courtesy of Abdellatif Laâbi.

FR Size: 26 MB
Oral History Interview with Sheila Hicks
Monique Lévi-Strauss, Sheila Hicks

Oral history interview, 2004 February 3 and March 11.

EN Size: 82 KB
University of Ile-Ife Nigeria. Master Plan
Arieh Sharon

Courtesy of Ariel and Yael Aloni.

EN Size: 8 MB
From an 'Alien, Hostile Phenomenon' to the 'Poetry of the Future'. On the Bauhaus Reception in East Germany, 1945–70
Wolfgang Thöner

from: GHI Bulletin Supplement 2.

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Lotte Stam-Beese. From 'Entwurfsarchitektin' to Urban-Planning Architect
Hanneke Oosterhof

from: Architektúra & Urbanizmus, Vol. LI, No. 1–2, 2017, p. 94–105.

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Architekt und Propagandist: Zu den Vortragsreisen Hannes Meyers nach Westeuropa 1931–36
Klaus-Jürgen Winkler

in: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen Weimar, 32. Jg., 1986, Reihe: A, No. 4.

DE Size: 5 MB
Dashrath Patel’s Non-Aligned Alignments
Nancy Adajania

Courtesy of Nancy Adajania.

EN Size: 271 KB
Zwischen Formreihen und Phasenfilmen. Die Filmexperimente von Kurt Kranz
Christian Hiller

in: Maske & Kothurn. bauhaus & film (Thomas Tode), Band 57, Heft 1-2, 2013, S. 141–156.

DE Size: 1 MB
Capturing Modernity, Jazz, Film, and Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage
Edit Tóth

from: Modernism/modernity, Vol. 22, No. 1, January 2015, pp. 23–55.

EN Size: 2 MB
Source:See a more detailed discussion of the Light Prop and other Bauhaus works' relationship to phenomenology in: Edit Tóth: Design and Visual Culture from the Bauhaus to Contemporary Art: Optical Deconstructions, Routledge, London 2018.
A “Schooling of the Senses”: Post-Dada Visual Experiments in the Bauhaus Photomontages of László Moholy-Nagy and Marianne Brandt
Elizabeth Otto

from: New German Critique, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2009, pp. 89-131.

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Stroboscopic: Andy Warhol and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable
Homay King

from: Criticism, Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall 2014, pp. 457–479.

EN Size: 1 MB
Bauhaus
Kasper de Graaf, Malcolm Garrett

from: New Sounds New Styles, Oct. 1981.

EN Size: 2 MB
Case Studies of Modernist Refugees and Émigrés to Australia, 1930–1950. Light, Colour and Educational Studies under the Shadow of Fascism and War
Andrew McNamara, Ann Stephen, Isabel Wünsche

from: Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro, (Ed.) Migrations. Migration Processes and Artistic Practices in a Time of War: From the 20th Century to the Present. Belas-artes, Lisbon, pp. 271–289.

EN Size: 1 MB
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