Visiting Lecture and Book Launch | Ines Weizman: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Image Credits: Nanoscopic material investigation, copyright Centre for Documentary Architecture, 2019. 

Image Credits: Nanoscopic material investigation, copyright Centre for Documentary Architecture, 2019. 

In this talk, architect and theorist Ines Weizman will look at the history of the Bauhaus framed by two material concepts: dust & data. While dust foregrounds new approaches to the material analysis of objects and ruins, data designates new approaches to managing the enormous amount of information accumulated about the subject over the years. It will present a reading of the history of the Bauhaus as an entangled problem — the multiple historiographies of the Bauhaus and the story of a global architectural history of modernism within which it is located. The complex trajectories of Bauhaus migration — its architects, artists, documents, objects, and of course its ideas — have splintered across a fragmented world. In this talk Ines Weizman will present her latest edited book which collects essays that unearth new details about the history of the school and reveal the perspectives of marginalized, dislocated, silenced, and dispersed voices that have gone unheard – until now. These include the voices of queer architects, of the (too) few women practitioners, of those in the global South who studied at the Bauhaus or were influenced by its ideas, and the perception of the school beyond the Iron Curtain of the Cold War.

Ines Weizman is director of the Bauhaus Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning and a professor of architectural theory at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She is founding director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA). In 2014, her edited book Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence was published by Routledge. The book Before and After: Documenting the Architecture of Disaster, co-written with Eyal Weizman, was published in the same year by Strelka Press. The installation “‘Repeat Yourself’: Loos, Law, and the Culture of the Copy” was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, and in 2013 as solo shows at the Architecture Centre in Vienna and at the Buell Architecture Gallery at Columbia University, New York. Earlier research and exhibition projects include “Celltexts: Books and Other Works Produced in Prison” (together with Eyal Weizman), first exhibited in 2008 at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin before traveling elsewhere. In 2019, she curated the CDA exhibition “The Matter of Data: Tracing the Materiality of ‘Bauhaus Modernism,’” which was shown at the Bauhaus-Museum in Weimar and at the Liebling Haus in Tel Aviv.

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. Room 315F.

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