August 21 – 26, 2017

Hannes Meyer: finishing unfinished business

Malte Roloff & Santiago da Silva

For our workshop at the Summer School Bernau, we will look at the legacy of Swiss architect, urbanist, socialist thinker, and former Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer. Meyer’s body of work as an architect consists largely of projects that, for one reason or the other, were never realized. His career was a polemic one, his vision of architecture and design charged with political motivations, often perceived by his colleagues and contemporaries as threatening and problematic. From the Bauhaus in Dessau to Moscow to Mexico City and back to Switzerland, Meyer’s life of migration somehow seems to always have put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. His years in Mexico are exemplary for this dilemma. Invited by the Mexican government to develop a school for architecture and city planning at the University of Mexico City, Meyer quickly fell prey to the complicated political situation in Mexico in the 1940s. This prevented him from building anything in Mexico or elsewhere in Latin America and the ideas he put forward in lectures and talks gained him more enemies than followers.

Nevertheless, once installed in Mexico, Meyer joined the TGP—Taller de Gráfica Popular—a printing workshop and artist’s collective, where he found profound sympathy for his ideals. He became the TGP’s director, edited a monograph and organized exhibitions. It seemed for once that Meyer found space to put his ideas into practice, something that was impossible for him to achieve through architecture.

During this workshop participants will work collaboratively on carrying out what once seemed impossible to achieve: realizing one of Hannes Meyers unrealized projects. We will critically analyze Meyer’s construction plans, architectural sketches, and theoretical notes, and then piece his ideas and convictions back together in different media and forms. Just like Hannes Meyer himself with the TGP, we will find alternative ways of shaping concepts into concrete forms. The goal here is to finish, no matter what!

Hannes Meyer: finishing unfinished business – August 21 – 26, 2017

Price plus Shipping

Sum: 590,00 EUR

The 160.00 EUR enrollment fee is due with the registration. Restpayment until July 15, 2017. The total amount includes german VAT if you book accommodations.

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Malte Roloff lives and works as an exhibition maker, production manager, and writer in Berlin. His latest projects include the exhibitions Chinese Whispers and Julian Röder—Recht und Raum at Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2016–17). He was production manager for Simon Denny—Secret Power, the New Zealand pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial for contemporary art 2015, and Simon Denny—Products for Organizing at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015–16). Malte Roloff teaches at the Burg Giebichenstein School for Art and Design in Halle/Saale, where he also curated the public art project A Question of Time—Statements for the Archive of the Undead (2014) and contributed to the Werkleitz Festival project Utopien vermeiden (2013). He writes exhibition reviews and articles for magazines and catalogues on contemporary art.

Santiago da Silva is a Mexican designer. He works mainly on developing books, publications, printed matter, and communication systems in collaboration with artistic, curatorial, or institutional positions. Between 2011 and 2015 he worked at Studio Manuel Raeder, developing projects in collaboration with artists like Mariana Castillo Deball, Danh Vo, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Matt Mullican; and for cultural institutions like Kunstverein MĂĽnchen and Artists Space, New York.
Since 2015 Santiago da Silva runs his studio in Berlin.

Malte Roloff and Santiago da Silva are the editors of the website Object Notes, a research platform about craft and contemporary art: