Design Rehearsals – Conversations about Bauhaus Lessons

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Ed.)
by Katja Klaus and Regina Bittner
With texta by Ludowig Balland, Stefani Bardin, Jan Boelen, Anna Bokov, Otto von Bush, Clare Butcher, Alison Clarke, Laura Forlano, Corinne Gisel, Susanne Hauser, Carolin Höfler, Tom Holert, Tim Ingold, Joachim Krausse, Marion von Osten, Nina Paim, Judith Raum, Tai Smith, Gabrielle Schleijpen, Wolfgang Schäffner, Sam Thorne, John Thackara, Franciska Zólyom

The student projects from the preliminary course at the Bauhaus Dessau School of Design are a unique document of the learning process. They are evidence of the independent and multifarious approaches applied to the work of “translating” the particular assignments set by the Bauhaus teachers. They not only counter the idea of the preliminary course that has now become canonized in historical accounts of the Bauhaus but also offer insights, in their variety and open-endedness, into the dual process of acquiring knowledge and making new discoveries. The book picks up on the tradition of the public guest critic and translates this into the present-day context. International educators and designers look at a selection of works originating from the different courses taught by the Bauhaus masters. In the display panels in the reader, the historical student works are critically examined by authors and festival participants, who apply a modern perspective to explore their pedagogic and contemporary relevance. The book is published in 2019, the Bauhaus centenary year, in conjunction with the Schule FUNDAMENTAL festival at the Bauhaus Dessau, from 20 to 24 March 2019.

Edition Bauhaus 57
2019, Spector Books, Leipzig
180 Seiten, 230 colour illustrations, thread-sewn softcover
Englisch, German
ISBN: 9783959052702

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Amelie Prusseit
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Katja Klaus, Regina Bittner: Design Rehearsals – Conversations about Bauhaus Lessons, Bauhaus Edition 57, 2019.