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Re-wilding the Bauhaus: what its foundation course should be like today

To mark its centenary year, the Bauhaus published Design Rehearsals: Conversations About Bauhaus Lessons. My contribution was a response to images from Oskar Schlemmer’s class on ‘The Human’. I’m re-posting it now on the occasion of the @BauhausSeas launch event on 20 May.

No textbook for the new foundation course exists – which is probably just as well. The course is better thought of as a journey, than as a body of knowledge.

The journey is neither short, nor easy. Its destination cannot be known in advance. No pathway has been laid to ease our way. And the autonomous individual is no longer the focus of the story.

“Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks” writes Gloria E. Anzaldúa for whom life-centered design could as well be thought of as weaving, as walking. “We humans need to be nepantleras – bridge builders and reweavers of relationality”.

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  • By Everything gardens | James Piers Taylor on June 18, 2021 at 08:50

    […] Current touchstones for this are the Bauhaus curriculum and subsequent developments in fine art education like Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse. I’m interested in how the Bauhaus part of this, at least, is informing some contemporary takes on the global problematique: Bauhaus do mar, New European Bauhaus, John Thackara’s ‘Re-wilding the Bauhaus; what it’s foundation course should be like today‘. […]

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