Bauhaus 101, Designed Object, Lecture Performance, in collaboration with Lea Wittich

From Chile to Hong Kong young people are on the streets for democratic, social and environmental rights. The protesters are using methods of cultural production to protest the authorities. They invented symbolic languages to share their concerns with the world or to communicate amongst each other. These can be seen in the usage of hand signs in Hong Kong protest or how Chilean protestors appropriated the indigenous ‘Mapuche’ flag to demonstrate against neoliberalism. The protestors from Hong Kong stood their ground against heavily armed police by using chairs as barricades. These actions use everything that is human as a method to become voices of the people in political conflicts.

 

Bauhaus is a classic example for ideological endurance in oppressive times. The name fortitudes until this day for one century but can it become a symbol of resistance with contemporary methods for the future? What can Bauhaus contribute to the global protest movements in its year 101? Bauhaus 101 redesigns the Bauhaus classics. How can the iconic designs of Bauhaus empower to fight for democracy?

 

The collaborative project with Lea Wittich reflects on these questions in a performative lecture with an ashtray, two chairs and two tables. the designs can be provided to the global protesting community via postcards that can be send for free as a 'student-to-student' consignment.