Traces and Feeds

The International Summer School is organized by the Berlin Chamber of Crafts and held on its premises located in the former School of the Federation of German Trade Unions (ADGB) in Bernau bei Berlin. An outstanding monument to Bauhaus architecture, the building serves as the site for the one-week courses and related events while also providing a cohesive context. The Bauhaus’s approach to transcending the boundaries between craft, art, and scholarly research is our guiding principle. Following the resounding success of last year’s program attended by participants from eighteen countries and three continents, we would be happy to welcome you this summer to our community in a world heritage monument.

Eleven renowned international artists, designers, architects, and curators will work together with you in one-week courses to explore the intersections between creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic freedom.

This year too, in addition to nine one-week courses, the Summer School is offering a daily preliminary course open to all participants, instructors, and the general public. Paper artist Eric Gjerde and visual artist Mona Jas will develop a daily one-hour class for us based on the educational concepts of the famous Bauhaus teacher Josef Albers.

Taking the principle of cooperation to heart, the Course Program aspires to expand on the functionality-based approach of the Bauhaus, translating and updating it for today’s digital era. The program allows you to share and exchange perspectives, potentials, and ideas as well as to learn from and with each other. The aim is to discover novel applications and new design possibilities in the arts, crafts, and society and to put these to use in your own work. The focus this year is on the multi-faceted relationship between the analog and the digital sphere.