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The online scientific publishing platform 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 will be a continuously growing resource, a “work in progress”, divided into four conceptual editions (Corresponding With, Learning From, Moving Away and Still Undead), which will be 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 and New Delhi in 2018, and in Berlin in 2019. → more

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

 

bauhaus-imaginista.org ist eine kontinuierlich wachsende Website, ein „work in progress“. Vier Editionen (Corresponding With, Learning From, Moving Away, Still Undead) werden 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 und Neu-Delhi im Jahr 2018 und in Berlin 2019 bestückt. Im Verlauf dieses Prozesses wird die Website zum Materialfundus und Wissenspool des Projektes heranwachsen. → more

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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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kNOT a QUIPU — An Interview with Cecilia Vicuña

In this recorded interview, Vicuña describes how after she first learned about quipu, she immediately integrated the system into her life. Quipu, the Spanish transliteration of the word for “knot” in Cusco Quechua, is a system of colored, spun and plied or waxed threads or strings made from cotton or camelid fiber. They were used by the Inca people for a variety of administrative purposes, mainly record-keeping, and also for other ends that have now been lost to history.  → more

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The “School in the Woods” as a Socio-pedagogical Ideal — Functional Analyses and Photographs by Peterhans

The building theory classes at the Bauhaus focused on imparting a functional understanding of architecture. Building had become a science. As a result, the ADGB Trade Union School was designed logically from the inside out, with the requirements of the residents and dictates of the natural environment determining the form arising from the environmental and materials studies. Walter Peterhans’ photographs of the school images illustrate both the architect’s intentions for the building and the environmental studies conducted by Bauhaus students. → 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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Bauhausmoderne und chinesische Tradition — Franz Ehrlichs Entwurf für ein Haus des Handels in Peking (1954–1956)

In den frühen 1950er-Jahren bestanden gute diplomatische, politische und ökonomische Beziehungen zwischen der Volksrepublik China und der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Beide, sich als sozialistisch verstehende Staaten, waren 1949 gegründet worden. In diesem Aufsatz geht es um die besondere Beziehung zur chinesischen Architektur, Kunst und Gestaltung, die Franz Ehrlich entwickelte. → more

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Common Threads — Approaches to Paul Klee’s Carpet of 1927

Paul Klee’s Carpet, 1927, creates a conundrum for scholars as it does not neatly fit the existing theoretical models concerning how European artists engage with non-Western art and culture, while at the same time opening up exciting new avenues for inquiry. → more

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Andean Weaving and the Appropriation of the Ancient Past in Modern Fiber Art

Ancient and indigenous textile cultures of the Americas played a critical role in the development of the work of fiber artists who came of age in the U.S. in the late 1950s and 1960s. Anyone who has studied fiber art of this period, myself included, knows this well. They openly professed an admiration for traditions ranging from Navaho weaving, to the use of the backstrap loom in Mexico and Central America, to the ancient weaving techniques of Peru. → more

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Teko Porã — On Art and Life

Cristine Takuá is an indigenous philosopher, educator, and artisan who lives in the village of Rio Silveira, state of São Paulo, Brazil. She was invited to present a contemporary perspective on questions and tensions raised by interactions between the indigenous communities and the mainstream art system, as well as to address Brazil’s specific social and political context. → more

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Anni Albers and Ancient American Textiles

At the time Anni Albers wrote On Weaving in 1965, few discussions of Andean textiles “as art” had appeared in weaving textbooks, but there were numerous publications, many of which were German books published between 1880 and 1929, that documented and described their visual and technical properties. Albers almost single-handedly introduced weaving students to this ancient textile art through her writing and her artistic work.  → more

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The Spread of the Bauhaus in China

As early as the end of the 19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, which is to say before the founding of the Bauhaus and after China’s forced opening through war to the outside world, China had already been witness to various experiments in modernization. Such experiments contributed to the laying down of a foundational mindset necessary for the acceptance of the Bauhaus in China’s traditional culture. → more

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Jawaja Project — A Case study

The NID was involved in a joint venture with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the adoption for development of a group of villages in Rajasthan. Could local self-reliance emerge from a process of mutual learning between communities and other groups of people? The film shows how leather work and weaving emerged as the opportunity and basis for sustained group effort. → 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
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
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.
Oral history interview with Sheila Hicks
Monique Lévi-Strauss, Sheila Hicks

Oral history interview, 2004 February 3 and March 11.

EN Size: 82 KB
Dashrath Patel’s non-aligned alignments
Nancy Adajania

Courtesy of Nancy Adajania.

EN Size: 271 KB
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