“Schools of Departure”

// Hybride editorial meeting
16 Nov 2022
Bauhaus Building, Workshop Wing

With Schools of Departure – Design and Art Education beyond the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation has been developing a digital atlas that aggregates research on the global interconnections of Bauhaus pedagogy with reform projects in art and design education in the 20th century. Instead of assuming the “influence” of the Bauhaus as a “centre” on a non-European “periphery”, Schools of Departure proposes a constantly changing constellation of pedagogical approaches.

The beta version of the website, designed by Offshore Studio (Zurich) and launched in April 2022, allowed users to browse through an initial selection of these educational projects, presented in brief school portraits, picture essays, case studies and film sequences. On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation will publish the full version of the digital atlas at atlas.bauhaus-dessau.de. This version will feature two additional sections: Travelling Concepts, dedicated to a new e-journal, and an interactive section called Notes.

The two inaugural issues of the e-journal, published in cooperation with the Indonesian education collective Gudskul and curator Catherine Nichols, focus on the worldwide network of movements that sought a radical reform of the education of artists and designers and, in critique of and dissociation from classical modernism, turned schools back into nuclei of social change. Thus, the first issue revolves around the ongoing practices of decolonisation and their historical predecessors in the field of design education. The second, titled The new Designer – Design as a Profession, focuses on the diverse pedagogical approaches that schooled the emergence of the new profession of artist and designer after the First World War and the further development of this profession in close proximity to capitalist industrial production. A third issue will be forthcoming in 2023.

The launch will be accompanied by a public editorial meeting. The event will be conducted on-site in Dessau at the Bauhaus Building and as a Zoom webinar.

R e g i s t r a t i o n 

Register here for the online event via Zoom.

P r o g r a m m e 

10.00 am (CET)
Welcome and Introduction
Regina Bittner (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)

10.15 am 
Presentation Website (Part 1) Light Table and E-Journal section
Offshore Studio

10.30 am 
Concluding editorial meeting E-Journal “Decolonizing Design Education – Decolonizing Education Design”
farid rakun & JJ Adibrata (Gudskul)
Katja Klaus & Philipp Sack (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)

11.30 am 
B r e a k

1 pm 
Concluding editorial meeting E-Journal “The new Designer – Design as a Profession”
Catherine Nichols (Curator) & Regina Bittner (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)

2 pm 
Presentation Website (Part 2) “Notes” section
Offshore Studio

2.15 pm
C o f f e e   B r e a k

2.30 pm 
“Notes” – Selected objects, case studies, regions
Digital editorial meeting 

The following authors are involved in the e-journals:

E-Journal – Edition 1
Decolonizing Design Education – Decolonizing Education Design

Asia Art Archive, Another Roadmap Africa Cluster, Maseru Working Group, Babau AIR, BISCA, Load Na Dito, Salikhain Kolektib, Pangrok Sulap, Omni Collective, Serrum, Unconditionaldesign, Ola Uduku, Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan, Pedro Oliveira, Nina Paim

E-Journal – Edition 2
The new Designer – Design as a Profession

Yaa Addae, Claudia Banz, Shannan Clark, Alison J. Clarke, Lesley-Ann Noel, Klára Prešnajderová, Martin Mäntele, Ilana Tschiptschin, Marina Otero Verzier

In the Notes section, users are invited to edit content, contribute their own research, and curate data with the help of an interactive visualisation tool. The digital atlas is aimed at students, teachers, scholars, curators and Bauhaus researchers. Within the framework of existing and future project and university collaborations of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the platform is to be further expanded in this area.

The project started in 2021 has been further developed as part of the “dive in. Programme for digital Interactions” of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.