Innovate – Co-create – Share your skills at the International Summer School at the Bauhaus Denkmal Bundesschule Bernau

In August of 2016 we have successfully ran our first International Summer School in Bernau bei Berlin. The setting of our Summer school is in the Bauhaus Trade Union School Landmark surrounded by endless forests, nearly “dried up” pond and a swimming pool.

The Summer School is conceived as an annual series of courses on campus, taught each year by a new selection of visual artists, filmmakers, composers, musicians, designers, architects, curators, and thinkers from around the globe. The location of the Summer School is a bit isolated, but that give us a perfect stage for a concentrated atmosphere inspired by a rich historical background, and provides an ideal context for resetting the mind in a weeklong course of one’s choosing.

With our 2016 edition of the International Summer School we thought about, how can we explore the politics of the universal, in order to unravel what happened to our common ground, and if it is potentially still there, what does it truly requires of us? How can we combine common interests to innovate how we live, work and educate others? – The key question was for the present moment: What kind of tools, materials, and perspectives are essential to more actively engage in the current socio-ecological and political climate?
With these questions in mind, we have selected five professionals and renowned international designers, artists and curators and greeted 36 international participants from three continents and twelve countries, working in the fields of design, architecture, art history, photography and art students, to explore the realm of the arts and humanities in the context of trying to develop new prospects, solutions and potential answers to these vital questions.

The Summer School Program consisted of two parts: the COURSES and EVENING LECTURES. In the evening lecture program we were visited by internationally known thinkers, artists and professionals from the cultural sector, where we have learned about each individual lecturer how they contribute daily and professionally to the fields of architecture, philosophy, art history and design through their research, artworks or any other means of expression.