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Talk "On Construction"

An evening of conversation and drinks, between Alumna Judith Raum and Susanne Weiß, will take place within the context of the event “food for thought” at CIAT in Berlin. The focus of the evening will range from the construction of fabrics as exemplification of teaching principles to the collective production at the historic Bauhaus art school.

Anni Albers, Otti Berger and Gunta Stölzl implemented the innovative ideas of the Bauhaus art school very clearly and provocatively into the textile medium. However, the textile workshop was also quite ambivalent as gender conflicts culminated there. There was apparently a disregard for weaving as an allegedly feminine discipline, yet economically the weaving workshop was the most successful of the school. What do we read into the fabrics and texts of these artists? The artists stood for principles like collective acquisition of knowledge, and discussed the possibility of experimentation and imagination in design processes, intended to be implemented in mass production. What relevance do these principles have today?

Judith Raum is currently working at Bauhaus University in Weimar. She is also involved in the travelling exhibition “The Event of a Thread”, which is curated by Susanne Weiß and will have its first opening on 1 September 2017 at Kunsthaus Dresden.

Saturday, 25 March, 8 pm 

Sign, CIAT - Contemporary Institute for Art & Thought
Zossener Str. 34, HH
10961 Berlin

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