Over a two-week period, from August 7-21, 2016, the International Summer School 2016 presented a series of courses conceived and taught by different handpicked specialists. Both the legacy of the Bauhaus and the dynamic nature of what makes our artistic efforts â€śuniversalâ€ť did serve as points of departure.
In the first week, designer Marjan van Aubel delved into the subject of sustainable aesthetics in an animating way, where the participants of the course were experimenting with different materials, rethought new possible designs for the alternative energy resources that didnâ€™t need to work, but that they demonstrated a new future vision; art historian and curator Renske Janssen introduced the Hannes Meyer-designed building as a site of visual and textual innovation.
In the second week, designer Thomas LommĂ©e offered individuals a way to combine modular parts from his â€śopen structuresâ€ť project and directed the participants to use their skills in 3D modelling and craftsmanship, to produce new objects made of modular parts with certain “rules” that applied. After a week, twelve participants designed one or two new objects, ranging from kid bikes, lamps, desk lamps, hangers, etc.; and visual artist Barbara Visser presented a course on the role of glass architecture, light, and color in the photographic and cinematographic narrative. The participants explored the parts of the building and its surroundings and used their experiences and connections to the space to communicate and present their findings in a form of a short film, installation, photography and a performance; director and curator Simon LamuniĂ¨re took participants on various walks around the campus, forest, and cultural landscape in the search for unexpected locations for artistic interventions. The participants of the course, worked as a collective and created artworks/interventions hidden from a â€śdirect viewâ€ť of the observer around the campus area and in the “infamous” nearly dried up pond.