smart materials satellites
material as experiment

13 July– 22 October 2017
Wed – Sun, 12 – 6 p.m. 
free admission
Steel House, Housing estate Dessau-Törten
(depending on day time wait times can occur)

What makes a material smart? How do materials influence our lives? How do we work with them in order to shape our present and future? Questions pertaining to the significance and processing of materials were already being addressed at the historic Bauhaus. Now, almost 100 years later, the exhibition smart materials satellites. Material as Experiment in the Stahlhaus on the Dessau-Törten housing estate, built as a material experiment by the Bauhauslers in 1926/27, focuses on the latest research into materials.

Laborgefertigter Stapelaktor / Fraunhofer IAP in Kooperation mit Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Foto: André Wunstorf
Formgedächtnislegierung Draht / Fraunhofer IWU, Foto: André Wunstorf
PZT-Fasern, Rohmaterial / Fraunhofer IKTS, Foto: André Wunstorf
Lapatsch/Unger, „Forgotten Collection“, Prozess, 2016 / Foto: Lapatsch/Unger
Paula van Brummelen, „Responsive Surface“, 2016 / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Textil- und Flächendesign, Paula van Brummelen
Paula van Brummelen, „Responsive Surface“, 2016 / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, Textil- und Flächendesign, Paula van Brummelen
„ShapeShift“, Chair for CAAD, 2010 / ETH Zürich, M. Kretzer, E. Augustynowicz, S. Georgakopoulou, D. Rossi, S. Sixt
Bauhaussiedlung Dessau-Törten, Stahlhaus (Georg Muche und Richard Paulick, 1926/27), Südstraße 5, 2012 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Sebastian Gündel

Together with the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation presents a three-month interactive exhibition that aims to transfer knowledge between the disciplines of science, art and design and to communicate with the general public. The latest innovations of engineers will be combined with the material experiments of designers and investigated together with the exhibition’s visitors.

Based on the idea that research is for everyone, the exhibition invites the visitor to learn about smart materials in an experimental research laboratory set-up. The exhibition and a diverse supporting programme will enable both specialists and the general public to immerse themselves in the latest research into materials and, in a collaborative process, develop possible applications for material experiments.

Steel House
Südstraße 5
06849 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany