Impact! From Bauhaus to IKEA
International Conference presented by the School of Design, UTS, IKEA x UTS Future Living Lab & the Goethe Institute.
One hundred years after its founding in Weimar, this conference traces the transnational impact and the inspiration of the Bauhaus and the Bauhaus movement on the history of the future of Design. Impact! From Bauhaus to IKEA examines historical and contemporary design theories, philosophies and practices of making into the future.
In collaboration with the Goethe Institut, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the IKEA x UTS Future Living Lab, the conference will be a three days forum for internationally renowned Art, Design and Architecture theorists and practitioners to discuss the impact of the Bauhaus on the way we live together today and in the future.
Dr Claudia Perren, CEO and Director Bauhaus Foundation Dessau opens with a keynote that will speak to the contemporary relevance of the Bauhaus and introduce the brand new Bauhaus museum in Dessau. Product designer Professor Axel Kufus from Berlin Unversity of the Arts (UdK) will discuss the challenges and promises of 'Global Thinking and Hyperlocal Practices' in his keynote address. Professor Christof Mayer, a member of the Berlin architecture collective RaumlaborBerlin will present their action research project Making Futures Bauhaus+ that is connected to the past and future imagination of the Bauhaus, and Professor Andrew McNamara from QUT Brisbane will ask what the Bauhaus Idea is and why the Bauhaus is still famous one hundred years later.
Keynote speakers will be joined by a wide range of international presentations and interdisciplinary roundtables and discussions.
In its short existence between 1919 and 1933, the historic Bauhaus operated as a pathbreaking laboratory of the future through its studio-based, 'workshops of modernity' in all areas of Art, Design, and Architecture. It was the aim of the Bauhaus to transform every aspect of daily life towards the creation of 'a new man, a new city, a new world' and within its fourteen years of existence, the Bauhaus set into motion a democratisation of Design that is reflected today in all aspects of the objects we use and the spaces we live in.
The Bauhaus was both political and visionary in its aspiration to change everyday life through Design for many. In this ambition, articulated in objects and buildings, as much as in performances, choreographies, textiles, and paintings, texts and manifestoes we can find distinct links to today's concerns in regards to Design, Design education and the role and responsibility of the designer in society.
The Impact of the Bauhaus
Today we are challenged to critically reflect on the role of Art, Design and Architecture in a rapidly changing urban environment and amidst dramatic environmental concerns. A critical engagement with Bauhaus principles can serve to underline the potentiality of Design to be an active agent towards responsible and sustainable design, fabrication and distribution processes.
The conference will discuss the impact of the Bauhaus on the Future of Living Together and on processes of Making. It will look at Co-Design practices and the specific challenges of Design for manufacture. Speakers will address the Bauhaus' impact on pedagogy and the expansion of knowledge beyond institutions. The Bauhaus' impact on society will be a focus of the conference with the key terms' social design' and 'democratic design'.
About the Conference …
Co-Convened by Thea Brejzek, Professor for Spatial Theory at UTS and a member of the Scientific Advisory of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau together with the Directors of the IKEA x UTS Future Living Lab, this exciting conference will be followed up with a book publication in 2020.