Feature, 01.12.2013

HUMAN-SPACE-MACHINE. STAGE EXPERIMENTS
AT THE BAUHAUS
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
06.12.2013 – 21.04.2014

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Oskar Schlemmer, 1927, Foto: Erich Consemüller © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

The exhibition Human-Space-Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus presents for the first time concepts and experiments of the legendary Bauhaus stage, where the relationship between man and technology in particular was investigated and explored. In 1921, Walter Gropius founded a theater workshop at the Bauhaus. It conducted new research and experiments on the relationship between humans and technology.

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Credits: Xanti Schawinsky, 1926 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate | Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, 1925, Privatarchiv © Kaj Delugan

The aim was to find a new place for the human being in a technological everyday living environment, to explore his new possibilities of movement and perception, and not least to find new symbols and images for that ambivalent ‘essence’ of the ‘new human being’, defined equally by nature and technology. Accompanying the exhibition, a festival spotlights stage experiments at the Bauhaus. It addresses the influences they exercised on dance, theatre, performance and visual arts, and discusses their current relevance and applicability. For concepts and symbols of a question that is still acute today took shape on the Bauhaus Stage: How much machine can man internalise, and how human can machines become?

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

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