Engaging with Dirt.
Thinking Design beyond Cleanliness

Public Conference of the Bauhaus Alumni
in Cooperation with the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
16 + 17 June 2022
Bauhaus Dessau

The Bauhaus Lab, the Bauhaus Open Studios, the Coop Design Research master’s programme: Every year, more than one hundred people from all over the world are involved in the various programme areas of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s Academy. Building on these three programmes, the Study Rooms offer an opportunity to intensively explore contemporary questions and positions on design research and design thinking as they relate to the annual theme Hygiene. Structured as a mini-festival with round tables, performative exercises, tours and experimental workshops, the Bauhaus Study Rooms 2022 discuss under the title "Engaging with Dirt" the changing design attitudes that distance themselves from the notion of a "clean design" as a designed form for a structuring order.

In doing so, they aim to critically question a unifying idea of inherent in the modern concept of design and give plurality a platform. The two-day mini-festival approaches the topic from different disciplines and perspectives. In preparatory workshops, international students from the two participating master's programmes Coop Design Research and Open Design will take their different cultural and subject-specific approaches as a starting point for cross-disciplinary explorations of current forms of knowledge, practices and discourses of cleaning and filtering. The results will be presented on June 17 in the Bauhaus Building. In Dessau, the focus will be on research perspectives that address the materialization of hygiene and evoking a paradigm shift in the perception of design. The materiality of the Bauhaus Building as an embodiment of the modernist design paradigm of cleaning provides the framework for a critical examination.


The event will be held on-site at the Bauhaus Dessau Building and as a Zoom webinar.

Information on participation and registration will follow shortly.



With contributions by Mya Berger, Michaela Büsse, Lili Carr, Laya Chirravuru, Charlie-Anne Côté, Adam Drazin, Maya Errázuriz, Nastasia Fomina, Aída Herrera Peña, Lucia Pietrouisti, Elisabetta Rattalino, Ottonie von Roeder, Nancy Dayanne Valladares, students of the Master Open Design and COOP Design Research programs, and many others.