Nearby Alexanderplatz, Berlin classic 🙂
Visiting Deutsches Technik Museum
Although currently the exhibit at the Bauhaus Archive is really limited due to reconstruction, I had really good time exploring the philosophy of that school. The exhibit still gives a good overview of the main works and thoughts of Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Oswald, Brandt, Moholy-Nagy, Itten, Brener and others.
The overall approach was to combine art and technology. The new designed objects had to be defined by their nature. There were two main questions posed to students: What do you want to express? And What would be the best material to do so? A lot of attention was paid to the attributes of the material, finding the balance and saving the material – using what’s at hand to facilitate the inventiveness of students.
What struck me the most was the wholesome approach of the education. For example, Johannes Itten in his preliminary course was working with relaxation, breathing exercises and rythmic exercises – he believed that rythm through the breathing is the basis for all artistic creations. And he worked to develop a whole person to release the creative energy. “Art has to be sensed”.
With my two architect friends we then joined the workshop and created some Bauhaus-inspired hats and other art work.
If you’re interested to learn more – join one of the Creative Rendezvous workshops in Copenhagen during March and April 2017.
A very interesting find for me – the works of a German photographer Frank Machalowski.
Since my talk on chronotope, the notion of time-space and its application in the city scape, I’ve been paying more attention to how time and space are intertwined in the urban setting. Working with the geometrical figures inspired by Chillida’s work has also made an impact on how I perceive the geometry in everyday setting. I particularly like the image below, where you can see the geometrical forms ‘floating’ in the air.
These interesting series by Frank Machalowski tapped into something I wonder about these days – the interconnections of places in time and the geometry of it. Am not sure how to phrase it even.. I guess it will come later on..
I really enjoyed Frank’s approach to a place – to take multiple exposures of it, to capture the surrounding context, but make it subtle, to keep only the essence and mute down a bit the everyday buzz that surrounds it. It’s like taking a perspective of that building or place on what’s happening around it. To see what emanates from the building. It especially caught my attention, since I just came back from Berlin and just being in those spaces myself made me more attuned to these series.
Should load some film into my old Zenit and try this out..