This international and interdisciplinary symposium is designed to explore the leads suggested in the exhibition Corresponding With (bauhaus100/bauhaus imaginista), held in the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto. The experimental format will present a curated composition of short presentations, discussions and artistic interventions – screenings and performances.
The aim of the exhibition Corresponding With is to start a conversation about two parallel yet different interpretations of the Bauhaus pedagogy in India and Japan, namely the Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts), Shantiniketan, India between 1919 and 1939, and in the experimental pedagogical atelier Seikatsu Kōsei Kenkyūsho (Research Institute of Life Construction, later known as Shin Kenchiku Kōgei Gakuin (School of New Architecture and Design)), lead by architect Renshichiro Kawakita in Tokyo, Japan from 1931 to 1939.
The participants will explore the impact of the Bauhaus in Japan and India in the transwar era (1930s–50s) and beyond, to the present. Depending on their practice, they will present theoretical and historical statements, reflections on their experiences and work, and further they present their own practice in the form of an artistic intervention or performance.
Three contemporary artists Luca Frei (visual art), Kyoka (sound art) and Tsuyoshi Shirai (dance) will create original art works for the event based on their Bauhaus inspirations. Helena Čapková, art historian, and architect Taku Sakaushi will moderate the event.