Germany, Weimar

Mapping Self, Mapping Site

when 21 August 2016 - 2 September 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Over the course of two weeks we will conceptualize and launch multi-sited projects in response to environmental, architectural, social, cultural, and historical elements of Weimar, producing a mapped trail of student designed multimedia, temporary installations. This course connects to the theories and practices of psychogeography, and the playful and poetic methods of Guy Debord and the Situationists International. Employing video, sound, performance, fixed media and installation techniques, students will design a "derive”, or "drift", as a technique to interpret place for participants and themselves.

Design projects will feature collaborative strategies as well as opportunities for individualized efforts. Participants will be matched in advanced by instructors, depending on interests and skill sets. Students are expected to come to the workshop with a media of interest. Sound art, performance, temporary sculptural and architectural installation, video projection, expanded drawing and writing will be supported by faculty and tech.

Week one is dedicated to project design and techniques of navigating and occupying space. We will explore ways in which place is constructed, organized, scripted, narrated and experienced through readings, lectures, and fieldwork. Fieldwork will involve a variety of methods of gathering ethnographic information. We will talk with local inhabitants, international artists, archivists, historians and architects. Workshops will incorporate listening meditations, sound walks, drawing, and writing. We will take part in installations at the Weimar Kunstfest to observe and discuss how other artists are creating temporary public work in the city.

Week two will launch production. Temporary projects will be of primary focus. By the end of the two weeks, we will produce a mapped series of designed installations for Weimar locals and Bauhaus participants to engage in.

Educational objectives:
Students will learn research skills for site-specific design, including fieldwork and processing techniques. Participants will gain knowledge of collaborative practices, both with each other and the environment they are working within. Theories of alternative cartographic and ethnographic methodologies will be explored, and creative expression through temporary media will be developed.

Course leader

Suzanne Thorpe & Kate Clark

Target group

Suitable for Masters and PhD level of any design focused course. Bachelor’s students with a developed practice will be considered.

bring established creative/design practice
bring working tools/equipment - for video, drawing, sound, etc. Woodshop tools will be available
bring a good attitude for collaborative work

Fee info

EUR 600: 2 weeks | 90 hrs

The course fee is 600 EUR

The course fee includes:
programme according to description
teaching materials
Bauhaus Summer School ID card
Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
free use of library
accompanying programme (except excursions)
free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 450: The course fee for students and alumni is 450 EUR.