Bauhaus turns 100 years old. Following this year’s theme, #influenced100, BERLIN DESIGN WEEK aims to show the influences of the Bauhaus era on current design approaches. state of DESIGN stands for aspects of next-generation designs. The exhibition #RESOULUTION! presents innovative works and fields of experimentation by young designers today, whose works reflect the same ethos as it was practiced and lived during the Bauhaus era. What are the modes of operation for today’s pioneers? Which topics matter to them? Which materials and processes are employed?
Among the exhibits are works by the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, as well as dissertation pieces from the class Stefan Diez of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
This is where the seemingly casual was under scrutiny. And it is not least those fittings and connections – Fittings & Joints – that determine the user-friendly functionality of our everyday objects. The open-ended process in which the class of Stefan Diez of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna immersed themselves – investigating, questioning and rethinking the existing and the proven – is a laborious one that asks for precise powers of observation and play with possibilities.
The results clearly show how important it is to take this step back and to have space for experiments. In this way, new approaches and ideas have been created that redefine what is customary and familiar and broaden it to include functions that can enrich our everyday lives just with an effortless self-understanding. Fittings & Joints is the subject of a cooperation between the market-leading hardware manufacturer BLUM and the Industrial Design Department of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, which was initiated by Stefan Diez as a prelude to his work as head of design.
The Bauhaus stood for the hunger of a shaken generation for new ideas - not only for the study of the arts and for new crafts, but for new social forms. It triggered an international wave of modern design that still hasn't lost its appeal and left its mark on generations. 100 years after the founding of the legendary Bauhaus University, students of the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau illuminated this myth from a contemporary perspective in an international workshop.
In a creative dialogue, technological, aesthetic and social perspectives are merged. The result is up-to-date interpretations of Bauhaus values that invite a new design discourse on the significance of the Bauhaus approach and its relevance for our society today.
Design cannot save the world, but design can help shaping the future. Designers think the world of tomorrow, they think it more than ever globally and ecologically.
Marine sediments could be a defining moment for sustainable construction. Gwilen uses existing materials instead of skimming off finite resources: sediments that inevitably accumulate as mud in harbours, locks or dams and have to be transported away to maintain the infrastructure.
This raw material is available everywhere, all over the world, wherever people settle. Developing this resource means enabling the local use of an easily available resource. The aim of Gwilen is not to remove the harbour sludge as waste, rather to use local mobile factories to create new building materials suitable for mass production. The process used by Gwilen leverages the intrinsic properties of marine sediments. This process is inspired by diagenesis, which is the natural process by which sediments turn into stone.
Rethink your food. Lack of resources, climate change, growing world population. How do we manage to build a modern relationship with our food that is healthy, sustainable and feasible? Mikrouprawa is a design initiative, which points out here an idea, a way, which is practicable and meaningful.
An easy-care, vertical garden, which fits into small, shady areas, even without access to topsoil, enables the cultivation of super food: sprouts, herbs and algae, true titans of proteins, minerals and vitamins. The aim is to make these facilities public and accessible to everyone - in living areas, common areas, work spaces and public areas.
The interactive VR installation "Das Totale Tanztheater" merges the past and the present into one. Inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s stage experiments, visitors are transported into a virtual 10-minute world of man and machine with music by legendary Berlin band Einstürzende Neubauten.
The 360° Video Das Totale Tanz Theater 360 is a project of the Interactive Media Foundation & Filmtank, co-created with Artificial Rome, in cooperation with ZDF/ARTE.