“Spinning Triangles” wants to capture the founding spirit of the Bauhaus, but with a twist of renewal. The aim is to establish a new “school of design” which is capable of meeting the challenges of its times. The project is not being developed exclusively in the geopolitical West, but rather in three separate locations around the globe: in China, the Congo (D.R.C) and Germany. The customary roles assigned to each of these nations – the supplier of raw materials, champion of production and centre of ideas – will be exchanged multiple times during the project. The school will be founded in Kinshasa, the capital city of a ruthlessly exploited country, without which our modern world of smartphones, our creative industry and data collection mania would not be possible.
The project begins in Dessau where the artist collective TinyHouse University will present a miniature version of the iconic workshop wing of the Dessau Bauhaus building in a 12-m2 living machine and exhibition space. The artists will stage various interventions that highlight the miniature architecture and address questions regarding urbanity, ownership and visibility. The results will be sent – like a message in a bottle – on a journey and eventually arrive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Kinshasa, the thinking and development process will be expanded further by additional symposiums and workshops. Participants from former colonies will discuss how we can still conceive viable living environments in a world in which so many master plans have failed in the past. The participants plan to develop a prototype for a new “school”. Five “masters” will subsequently export this “school” for 40 students to the Global North, specifically Berlin. The school will offer regular courses and a continuing programme with guest lecturers, all of which will be open to the public. Following its presentation in Berlin, the school will relocate to Hong Kong.
Artistic Director: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Curation/Concept: Elsa Westreicher
Curatorial Assistence: Antonío Mendes, Jorinde Splettstößer
Management: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Lema Sikod