summaery2017: Projects

Exile and the trajectory of objects. Searching the traces of modern architecture in migration.

Project information

submitted by

Centre for Documentary Architecture


Britta Dübbelde, Di Yang, Miriam Hiltner, Christoph Hanisch, Nadia Raviola, Klaudia Karwowska, Lucas Spranger, Ji Luo, Anna Luise Schubert, Amelie Wegner, Loránd Mittay, Katharina Benjamin, Alen Linnemann


Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman, Wolfram Höhne, Sonja Kettel, Markus Schlaffke, Volkmar Umlauft, Ortrun Bargholz, Dr. Ines Sonder (Gastkritikerin)

Faculty / Section:
Architecture and Urbanism

Degree programme:
Architecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Media Art and Design - Study programme Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies (IIMDS) (Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.))

Type of project presentation



Winter semester 2016/17

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8 - Hauptgebäude / main building
    (Korridor neben Raum 108)

attractive to children

Participation in the Bauhaus Essentials and the GRAFE Kreativpreis 2024

Participation in the Science Night of the Faculty Civil Engineering


White City Centre Tel Aviv

Project description online

As new archives, databases and digital research platforms are becoming available historians and theorists of architecture must face the challenge of tracing the trajectories of objects and ideas in motion. In this research we tried to address the threads and traces of modernisms in movement and understand something of the complex experience of modernity through exile.
The research presented in this exhibition depicts buildings as documentary resources, and acknowledges the entanglement of the architectural object with a complex geo-political and cultural history.
Through a series of “object-biographies” of buildings by émigré architects who were forced to leave Europe during the national socialist regime before World War Two, these documentary films aim to explore and reconnect the loose threats of a history that had crushed so many.
These object-biographies – each a film around a building, its architect, its original commissioners and its current inhabitants – describe a world in which all its constitutive parts are in movement and flux. The films screened individually, together or in sequence, aim to constitute a dispersed archive made of documents, drawings, photographs, writings and artefacts. Building upon and extending the extensive archive of the architect and historian Myra Warhaftig (1930-2008) – this filmic archive captures the entangled biography of a building with the biography of the architect, both set on an itinerant journey.

Email: ines.weizman[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location