“Spinning Triangles” not only celebrates the founding moment of the Bauhaus, but also offers a gesture of change. The aim is to establish a new “School of Design” which is capable of addressing the challenges of our time. The new school will not be the product of the geopolitical West but will rather develop in collaboration with three countries: China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Germany. Each country will exchange their conventional roles, i.e. manufacturing champion, supplier of raw materials and centre of innovation, several times over the course of the project. Kinshasa will serve as the founding location of this school, the capital of a ruthlessly exploited country without which our smartphone age, creative industry and data collection craze would not be possible. An over-dimensional message-in-a-bottle will be sent to Kinshasa from Dessau via China. Contained inside will be a model of the Dessau Bauhaus in the form of a 12 m2 living machine which can be taken apart and reinterpreted at every new location. Contributions by more than 50 participants will address the question of how we might design viable environments of daily life in a world which has seen all too many master plans fail. These will serve as the basis for a prototype of a school comprised of practices and narratives of the Global South which will eventually be exported to the Global North to Berlin.
Artistic director: Van Bo Le-Mentzel
Participating artist: TinyHouse University