The influence of the Bauhaus in Europe and beyond is obvious. The project Bauhaus Impact wants to highlight the less obvious traces of the cultural impacts bequeathed by the Bauhaus and its protagonists. After being banned from Nazi-Germany, the Bauhaus masters and their students emigrated globally.
Most history books highlight the continuation of the Bauhaus in the U.S., where most of its outstanding protagonists found a new life.
Less present is, but of high interest for us, are the biographies of architects, artists and teacher, who had to leave Nazi-Germany, but instead of heading towards the New World, they went to Turkey, the Middle East or former communist countries.
The fact is that from 1923 on about 1000 architects and artists immigrated to Turkey and helped with their artistic, technical and educational expertise to shape the modern Turkey.
“Bauhaus Impact “wants to revisit these modern roots of today’s Turkey. Young video artists, musicians, photographers, graphical designers, architects, ceramic artists and theorists from Germany and Turkey will conduct an interdisciplinary research on this historic time and its devises. The results will be presented in a group exhibition. Point of departure will be a common workshop at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara to plan the group exhibition, which is situated in the frame of the festivities of the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the Bauhaus in Germany.
The working focus is laid in particular on the impacts, those emigrants had in the area of architecture, pedagogy and philosophy in Turkey. E.g. the Gazi University of Ankara, as we know it today, was the first Turkish school, which refers clearly in its founding vision to the work and teaching of the Bauhaus. In those days the influence of the Bauhaus even reached out to the education centers at the far off villages. In 1940, two years after the death of Atatürk, a political turn-around took place out of fear of the communist tendencies in Turkey, a fear that is particularly seen from the perspective of the foreign policy of the U.S.A.
Today the art faculty of the Marmara University in Istanbul is still organizing its teaching in a Bauhaus-like way and it was by the way the first Turkish art academy founded by former Bauhaus students. In the frame of our project, we will revisit these incidents and if they still hold true today.
The working results will be documented and presented in a group exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in Ankara and Weimar in frame of the Bauhaus Year 2009. In Weimar it will be presented in the context of the Bauhaus lab Weimar, a project funded by the EU Commission. The working media will be video, photography, interactive installations, prints, light sculptures, performances in the public space and literature.
Nine students and graduates from Bauhaus-University Weimar will travel to Ankara in order to participate in various workshops with Turkish students of Middle East Technical University.
* Music – Makam and Solfej
* Video – Shadow cinema and Karagöz
* Fine Arts – Carpets and Abstract Paintings
* Design – Traditional Pottery in Turkey and Bauhaus Pottery
* Architecture – METU Buildings and Weimar/ Bauhaus University buildings.
Thomas Balkenhol (GİSAM) Music and Video
Mehmet Ali Uysal and Ödül Işitman (FAM) Fine Arts, Design, Architecture
* Christian Hellman
* Zoe Kreye
* Jeanette Gosslau
* Nora Stroebel
* Constantin Popp
* Michael Geisse
* Henryk Pawel
* Johannes Heinke
* Susi Pietsch
* Alper Özbek
* Kıvanç Tatar
* Ceyda Sungur
* Canay Doğulu
* Petek Kizilelma
* Selen Usanmaz
* Güneş Şahin
* Zoe Baraton
* Fisun Güven
* Işıl Tanriverdi
* Yelda Bakar
As result of the project, one performance in Ankara, performed twice on successive days, one performance in Weimar has done. The video, produced using the first performance in Ankara, is included.
THE TEXT GIVEN TO THE AUDIENCES BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE “POINT, LINE, SPACE AND SOUND “
POINT, LINE, SPACE AND SOUND
Sound Installation and Performance
Constantin Popp electronics
Güneş Şahin accordion
Kıvanç Tatar trumpet
There is a dialogue between space and sound.
Every space reacts differently to any sound. Space can be
played like an instrument, redefined and colored through sound.
FOR THE AUDIENCE,
Please be quiet and try to locate the sound source and its reflections,
change your listening position from time to time.
PLEASE BE ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Definition of the space
Examining the space with instruments (trumpet and accordion)
AFTER THE ACCORDION PLAYER LEAVES,
PLEASE MOVE TO THE BASEMENT
Definition of the space
Improvising and coloring the space with the accordion and electronics
Improvising and coloring the space with the trumpet and electronics
July 30, 2009 Thursday 18:00 – 19:00 U-3, METU
July 31, 2009 Friday 20:30 – 21:30 U-3, METU