Digital Bauhaus Statement

The Bauhaus school was  an artist’s project, initiated by radicals who were inspired by the paradigm shift occurring as the 19th transitioned into the 20th century, and as the era of artisanal production evolved into the era of the machine and the industrial. Contemporary artists are currently experiencing a similar shift, entering into the post-industrial era of the digital.  Conscious of their Bauhaus forbears, these artists also work in the shadow of a social and political upheaval engendered by the changes wrought by ubiquitous computing and post-internet communications. This website will feature artists who, like their Bauhaus forebears, create decorative and domestic objects employing new strategies and concepts born of the  possibilities of digital production while profoundly reflecting upon the impact of this on the consciousness of its denizens.

This site is initiated to celebrate the centennial of the Bauhaus school, which came to be  Weimar, Germany in 1919.  At the Bauhaus, weaving and pottery were taught alongside drawing, furniture design, painting, architecture, theater and metal works. Such a mix had never been practiced in an art school before, where student’s typical course of study was copying plaster casts of Classical sculptures and old masterpiece paintings. The visual style of the Bauhaus was one of abstract forms, and its ideology was to embrace the language of technology and industrialization.

In 1919, the canonical modern architect Walter Gropius, needed to make the Bauhaus independent of state support, minimal because of the radical, utopian direction of the school.  Gropius’s response was to develop contemporary design for industrial production.  His motto for the Bauhaus was: “Art and Technology: A New Unity.”  Gropius’s concept for Bauhaus workshop students and teachers was to develop prototypes for manufacture. The Bauhaus would hold their copyrights, to create new contemporary objects of “design,” a term first brought into use during this époque, esthetically and practically oriented towards mass production and newly available technologies. He wanted to sustain the visionary and utopian goals of the Bauhaus school through their sales.