Bauhaus Denkmal Bundesschule Bernau
August 7 – 21, 2016
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 oneâ€™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.
What our students say?
â€śAfter seven days of workshop in the Bauhaus campus (a place, that until this moment I have only saw and study it through pictures), it was an experience deserving to remember for various aspects.
First, a specific reference to the course â€śOpen Structuresâ€ť, in which I have participated, I have learned to see the design from a new point of view; applying extreme universality and following the theoretical bases proposed by our mentor Thomas LommĂ©e. We were able to produce the infinity of good results; from concepts, we have multiplied ways how to materialise ideas and finally produce commercially viable products. This wide range of possibilities is also the result of the two fundamental factors: the dual role of the teacher – as a project guide and a colleague, and the interactions that were generated between the participating students, who with their different formations and their creativity, affected me personally as well as professionally.
Lastly, as for the International Summer School Bernau and its team, I want to say thank you, I felt at home. It is without the doubt an experience to live and relive once again.â€ť
â€śWhat I liked most was the different disciplines you mixed there, Design + Architecture + Arts. Also the food service was really good and the people working there very kind and clean with the installations.
Related to my course (Marjan Van Aubel), in my opinion there were some points to improve. Firstly, a more formal analysis of the nature, for example, the fabrics and materials instead of just painting nature and doing some ‘home made’ experiments. Secondly, all my fellows and I were a little bit disappointed because we didn’t make any rendering or concept project, we just tried to build prototypes but without any guide by the teacher. It would be good if we would make some sketch concepts on paper or with our computers with 2D/3D software, infographic and things like that.
Last, but not least, I really liked all the curators that went to give conferences, they were amazing and I learned a lot!â€ť