Tissue Games

as an exhibition course in the Workshop Building

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Textile territories. Otti Berger
// An installation by Judith Raum

Otti Berger is at the centre of two linked exhibitions. After Otti Berger's murder in the Auschwitz concentration camp, her textile work is scattered incoherently across archives worldwide. The Berlin artist Judith Raum developed two installations for the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation from fragments of this work. In the interlude at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, she juxtaposes four original designs by Berger from the 1930s with designs that were still created at the Bauhaus Dessau. In this way, she traces the question of whether fragments of a once continuous design practice can be brought back into a coherent narrative.

For the expansive installation in the former textile workshop in the Bauhaus building, the artist in turn had a curtain fabric by Berger from the last Bauhaus collection of woven curtain fabrics elaborately rewoven and stages the fabric panels together with new video works that reflect conflicts and distortions during the work on the fabric collection. Further information on the exhibition and Judith Raum

Cat's cradle

// Performance by Paola Anziché (Italy)

Paola Anziché is concerned with interactive exercises such as weaving without a loom. For her, creative weaving is a simple and involving activity that is created through the interactive participation of people. It involves weaving threads in a repetitive mechanism coordinated by the group. This playful, hands-on exercise increases visual-manual coordination as well as tactile-sensory skills, so that, among other things, the imagination of the participants is strengthened.

In contrast, she chose the full-body exercise Cat's cradle as an interactive performance for the Bauhaus Festival 2021. Here, the participants decide on a particular drawing and combine it with two or three contributions from other participants in order to (re)present them with their own bodies. The performative action consists of transferring and dissolving the drawings into a practical, manual and physical exercise. Part of the performance is the challenge of one's own expectations, as the realisation always turns out to be different than anticipated.

Embedded Movement
// Installation with moving surfaces by Paula van Brummelen (Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee)

In the experimental series "embedded movement", the 3D printing process was used to seamlessly integrate shape memory alloys and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) into movable surfaces. Flexible membrane structures are created that have the ability to deform. Further developed and scaled, these surfaces can be used, for example, to regulate air, acoustics or light in an architectural context.

Thread Games and Mushroom Fantasies

With Thread Games and Mushroom Fantasies, i.e. design installations, a special selection of literature and products as well as culinary offers that reinterpret the preparation of meals with mushrooms, the design shop also thematises the biosphere as an existential infrastructure in, with and from which we live.