Kapitel Zwei* from my 2019 creative research trip to Berlin.
This year Germany celebrates 100 years of the BAUHAUS with a nationwide programme of events celebrating the radical art school that transformed design, architecture, photography and art-school practice. Back in January, my arrival chimed with the opening of 100 jahre bauhaus; the light, sound and motion exhibition at the Akademie der Künste seemed a befitting start to my research into transmedia programmes in the city. The Licht.Schatten.Spuren show featured kinetic, sculptural and sonic works by Lázsló Moholy-Nagy and contemporary artist-scientists exploring the interplay of light and shadow. An ensemble of original artworks, remodelled pieces (including my favourite ‘Light space modulator’) and new commissions from contemporary artists including Christian Boltanski and Tim Otto Roth. The exhibition traced the lineage and influence of the Bauhaus upon today’s interdisciplinary artworks, and how even in the era of technological advances in AR, VR and AI, this spirit of making work at the borders maintains the potential to produce the most visceral art that depicts the culture of our times, the true meaning of zeitgeist.
*Chapter Two! You can read part one of my Berlin adventures with the Artists’ International Development Fund here.