With the project ‘Schools of Departure’, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is working on a digital atlas of Bauhaus pedagogy after 1933. This atlas combines research into the global interrelationships of Bauhaus with other twentieth century plans to reform design education. Instead of starting from the notion of “influence” of the Bauhaus based on the premise of the Bauhaus as a “centre” with movement to the non-European “periphery”, the atlas renders visible the diverse interconnections. In doing so, it proposes an interpretation of Bauhaus pedagogy as a constantly changing combination of approaches to education, thus challenging the idea of a self-contained Bauhaus teaching concept which was applied as a model in various schools.
Travelling concepts in the context of this project are understood as figures of discourse, each with changing connotations of meaning, that keep the explorations of the different schools and learning collectives in constant exchange through their oscillation between disciplines and cultures.
The digital atlas is aimed at students, teachers, academics, curators and Bauhaus researchers. Within the framework of future project collaborations of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, researchers can also be invited to edit content, supplement their own research and curate data material using the visualisation tool in order to generate thematic online presentations for the online presence of the atlas. Become part of the Network!
“Schools of Departure” is a digital research project of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation was established in 1994 as a non-profit foundation under public law. It is funded by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the city of Dessau-Roßlau. The organs of the Foundation are the Board of Directors, the Foundation Council and the Scientific Advisory Board.
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Barbara Steiner (responsible in the sense of the German press law)
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Katja Klaus (Project Manager, Digital Curator)
Philipp Sack (Research Associate)
Anne-Zora Westphal (Image Editor, until 2022)
Offshore Studio (Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler)
Print version published by
Spector Books, Leipzig
Christine Schranz, Programme Manager Research, Institute Contemporary Design Practice, Basel University of Art and Design.
The project was partly funded in 2021 in the context of the Digital Agenda for the State of Saxony-Anhalt with funds from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Digital Affairs of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. In 2022, the project has been further developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.
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