bauhaus imaginaries

exploring transcultural archives of systemic design

we can afford to look back. the breathlessness of “disruption” often means that we fail to explore the consequences of the - cultural, epistemological, historical - decontextualization that comes with an emphasis on disruption. we need to cut ties with the past to reach for new futures - we disagree with this powerful yet misleading narrative. instead: the archive is full of futures - if we make an effort to explore this archive, we will end up with a wider range of futures.

historical - a research collaboration to contribute to the ongoing (re)contextualization of the bauhaus - as institution, as network, as educational vision, as assemblage of actors across a wide terrain of design processes - that link the historical bauhaus to the current renaissance of systemic design, acknowledging and expanding the international resonances already traced and documented in bauhaus imaginista

technological - a foray into data space design, working with canvases as systemic design and eco-data literacy platforms to re-situate such tools as part of a broader political heritage of education and systemic design movements at least partially inspired by the bauhaus and framed by the current EU data space / green deal agenda

cultural - an attempt to reimagine anticipation as ethico-aesthetic practice, building on research in anticipation and collective intelligence design as well as the performing arts

educational - an effort to draw on these archives to build systemic design modules for, with a particular focus on regional development and public sector innovation as well as cross-sectoral organizational development. anticipation makes imaginaries tangible - as pragmatic imaginations that support design for emergence, contextualise reasoning, reflexion, and decision; and allow us to engage with concerns as complex (rather than chaotic / complicated)



sónia alves, david crombie, henrik elburn, julia hartnik, hannes käfer, david maulen de los reyes, michael schmitz, jan tretschok, soenke zehle



25/05/21 - hackathon / strategic narratives for regenerative economies / context: social economy canvaseuropean social economy summit

28-30/10/21 - hbk conference / welt der gestaltung als wille und vorstellung / context: eser / neb