The focus of the residency programme is on the Masters’ Houses, which are not just a reminder of the past but continue to serve as a starting point for contemporary debates and positions. New ideas, experiments and work developed during the residency are all accessible to the public through presentations, studio visits, discussions, concerts and more – even during their initial development.
The programme is aimed at international artists whose work relates to the historical disciplines represented at the Bauhaus and the subsequent developments of these core disciplines – among them painting, product design, textile design, music, theatre, performance, architecture and photography.
The Open Call is aimed at artists working on their own or collectively (up to a maximum of 5 people). Of particular interest are works that engage and reflect on social contexts in novel ways as well as other approaches to modernity. In the spirit of the programme’s emphasis on the fictional (that is, the shaped, formed and invented), the main focus will be on a critical examination of the working process itself. Therefore, we are looking for innovative ways of presenting the processes of art making and development.
A connection to the 2021 theme of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: “Infrastructure” is desirable. Infrastructure is the underlying prerequisite for much of modernity, especially in architecture and city planning. The Masters’ Houses stand for such a model of modern comfort, based on the outsourcing of resources and the exploitation of nature. Today, after revealing the multifaceted agencies of infrastructures in the last couple of decades and in the face of climate change on a planetary scale, infrastructural projects are radically questioned in their problematic alliance with epistemologies of development and western universalism.
Offered by the residency:
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation will provide the selected artists with the following for three months:
- Living and work space in the Muche / Schlemmer House
- An expense allowance for three months of 4,800 euros in total
- Opportunities for giving presentations and performances and engaging in discussions during their stay
- Support in their research work, in organising events along with technical assistance and public relations activities
- Public presentations of their work in the Gropius House for a period of up to 6 months
How to Apply: Email (pdf file, max. 5 MB) to email@example.com
Application (German or English)
- Curriculum vitae (of all members of the collective, if more than 2 applicants)
- A portfolio (with examples representing each member’s work or group work)
- A proposal of a concrete project that can be completed during the residential period and which has a relation to Bauhaus (maximum of two pages). Preferable is also a reference to the foundation’s topic for 2021 “Infrastructure” and a concept for how to include the production process in the presentation
- Preferred time of residency (15 April – 15 July or 1 September – 31 November).
Where: Leipzig, Germany
Period: 3 months, Preferred time of residency (15 April – 15 July or 1 September – 31 November).
Website: The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation