Bauhaus Data
On the Chances, Limits and Future of Digital Publishing around the Bauhaus

Presentation of the data-based digital publications of the research center and the project Bauhaus Everywhere as well as the publication Dust & Data, with Ines Weizman, Anke Blümm, Magdalena Droste, Sylvia Ziegner and Patrick Rössler

Wed, 7 Oct 2020, 4 pm (VR exhibition) + 6 pm (project presentation, admission from 5:30 pm)
Bauhaus Building, canteen (VR exhibition) + auditorium (project presentation)
Free admission
>> registration required, time slot for VR exhibition required

They are everywhere: Every day we generate, collect and use data. In the last few years, a number of publications have appeared around Bauhaus data.

As part of the bewegte netze project, the Research Centre for Biographies of Former Bauhaus Members of the University of Erfurt has developed a database of all Bauhaus members. Since September 2019, parts of this worldwide unique resource have been accessible on an online platform for people searches. The project also developed relationship networks and presented them in exhibitions and publications. The digital replica of an exhibition from 1931 – the original was originally set up by former Bauhaus members around Herbert Bayer and László Moholy-Nagy – can be experienced this afternoon using virtual reality technology (time slot required).

The book publication Dust & Data (Spector Books, Leipzig, 2019) approaches Bauhaus history from a new perspective: the aim of the publication is to read Bauhaus objects, documents and buildings as molecular units of politics and history. In connection with these objects, the publication also aims to trace their complex ways of circulation, migration, and their forms of connection, which otherwise remain invisible to architectural history.

Bauhaus Everywhere – Traces of a design school in our everyday lives went online on November 27, 2019 as a joint project of Google Arts & Culture and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The online exhibition shows how the Bauhaus still influences architecture, design and our everyday lives today – and at the same time makes important material accessible for international Bauhaus research. 10,000 digitized objects can be explored here, the Bauhaus Building in Dessau can be virtually explored, and three Bauhaus buildings that were never realized can be discovered from the inside and outside using augmented reality.

On this evening, scientists from the three projects will talk about their approach to digital publishing and their experiences with data visualization and communication to different target groups and present the results of their work and their view of the future of digital forms of publication.