Digitisation project:
"Schools of Departure"

Schools of Departure.
A digital atlas of Bauhaus pedagogy post-1933

With the project Schools of Departure, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is working on a digital atlas of Bauhaus pedagogy post-1933. This creates a digital locus that combines research into the global interrelationships of Bauhaus pedagogy with twentieth century plans to reform design education. Modern mapping techniques create a dynamic spatial visualisation of datasets on art and design schools in the post-Bauhaus era. This renders visible to the viewer how the Bauhaus pedagogy was reinterpreted and in which specific institutional forms and local or geopolitical contexts this occurred, evolving further as a result. 

Consequently, the project Schools of Departure. A digital atlas of Bauhaus pedagogy post-1933 enables the evolution of fresh narratives concerning the cultural impact of the Bauhaus as a pedagogical model. Instead of starting from the “influence” of the Bauhaus and the Bauhaus as a “centre” with movement to the non-European “periphery”, the digital atlas renders visible the many and diverse interconnections. In doing so, it proposes an interpretation of Bauhaus pedagogy as a heterogeneous, constantly changing combination of approaches to education, which contrasts with the idea of a self-contained Bauhaus teaching concept which was applied as a model in various schools. 

In a series of essays, interviews with contemporary witnesses, photographic and film documentations of archive materials, international school experiments are presented and mapped in the network. The first case studies on universities in Brazil, Albania, Sweden, Great Britain and the former Yugoslavia have already been compiled.

The design and programming of the platform was the responsibility of the office "Offshore" from Zurich. A graphic user interface was developed, which is characterised by an experimental, at the same time memorable and intuitive design. The digital atlas will be available from spring 2022 at: atlas.bauhaus-dessau.de

The project is funded in part by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitalisation of the state of Saxony-Anhalt in the framework of the digital agenda of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. More information here.

Project Manager
Katja Klaus

Research Associate
Philipp Sack