—ART CENTER TESTLAB BERLINSPONSORED AND HOSTED BY MGX, GX, H.M.C.T(HOFFMITZ MILKEN CENTER FOR TYPOGRAPHY)BERLIN, LOS ANGELES, SUMMER 2019—
—STUDIO LED BY CARO TRIGO AND SIMON JOHNSTONHUMANITIES: MICHAEL SANSPlan B sets out to revive the forgotten or overridden aspects of the Bauhaus by re-imagining them in a contemporary setting, conspiring to recapture their daring spirit also as to rediscover its heritage, and imagine its future significance.—
—PLAN B, SPIRIT OF THE BAUHAUS,IN COLOR, Installation by Johnathan Huang, H.M.C.T Gallery view
The Bauhaus School
The Bauhaus was an art school known for aesthetic and political transgressions and a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, it was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany by architect Walter Gropius, whose vision was to unify the arts through craft and industry. The school suffered two forced relocations during its time, the first from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, and the second from Dessau to Berlin in 1932, where it operated for ten months under the direction of Mies van der Rohe before being shut down by the Gestapo in 1933. Further relocations occurred during and following World War II, when some key Bauhaus figures emigrated to the United States to continue their work, notably László Moholy-Nagy and his New Bauhaus in Chicago, as well as Josef and Anni Albers’ foundational roles at The Black Mountain College in North Carolina. The vision of Bauhaus artists, designers and thinkers is what we celebrate today, 100 years later.
Plan B: Spirit of the Bauhaus
When the Bauhaus was originally conceived, one of its primary intents was to address and capture the “eternal human spirit” in art, design and architecture. It sought and cultivated wonder, the utopian, the radical. It promoted “looking” as an intellectual pursuit and considered every action in life as a medium for creativity. The Bauhaus was revolutionary in its re-linking of the arts, crafts, life and manufacturing. Driven by socialist ideals, it created a curriculum of new forms that helped craft the “modern.” It did so by forging an art, design and industry education bound by community, risk, and the sharing of ideas and skills. Yet over time, much of the initial spirit has been forgotten or reduced to cold and functional readings of what the Bauhaus was about. Plan B resists such narrow interpretations and, informed by Bauhaus’ thinking and influence, sets out to revive its forgotten or overridden aspects by re-imagining them in a contemporary setting. Plan B conspires to recapture the “daring” spirit of the Bauhaus so as to rediscover its heritage, and imagine its future significance.—Text by Carolina Trigo2019
—PLAN B, SPIRIT OF THE BAUHAUSExhibition view from H.M.C.T Storefront Gallery
—YOT TOY KITby Chen Hu
—IN HER VEIN (still)Short film by Scarlett Wang
—LIST of WORKSIN HER VEINby Scarlett WangA film inspired by the life and loves of Alma Mahler.
LENGUAGE CORPORALby Ximena AmayaPerformances on prosthetics and immigration, inspired by Oskar Schlemmer.IN COLORby Johnathan Huang Portraying color as undefinable transformability, inspired by Johannes Itten.YOT TOY KITby Chen HuA modular, zero-waste toy kit inspired by Alma Siedhoff.
—ERASUREby Maxwell FongPhoto essay on the importance of arts education then and now. LIGHT MASKSby Casey KnappLight masks inspired by Oskar Schlemmer and Merleau-Ponty.SEWING DIALOGUESby Susanna SuhPerformative dialogues inspired by the accidental and Anni Albers.LÄDDERby Zixi ShenSculpture. On female students, gender, Ikea and power dynamics.
—PERFORMATIVE TRANSLATIONSby Yuedi LyuStreet interventions inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet.DOT FOR A WALKby March ValenzuelaPublic interventions in Berlin and L.A. inspired by Paul Klee. MUSEUM OF USELESS OBJECTSby Xiaodan Liu Objects exploring function as relation and memory.NATURE IS FINITEby Levina LasmanaA guide to rethinking waste and everyday materials inspired by circular economies.
—HAUS & HEIMATby Tianqing LiInstallation on architecture and the home inspired by the Hansaviertel district in Berlin.UNIVERSAL TECHNOLOGYby Heena ChungA study on Bauhaus’ and Google’s notion of the “universal.”NEW RULES FOR LIVINGby Andrew BernardMessaging between commerce and art, inspired by László Moholy-Nagy, Ehrlich and Loew.