summaery2018: Projects

Bauhaus Orbits

Project information

submitted by

Sabine Zierold


Kaman Lam (MediaArchitecture, Buffalo & Weimar), Marta Manzuoli (Media Architecture), Phil Hagen Jungschlaeger (Computer Science), Lucas Hübner (Computer Science), Victor Vilceau (PhD candidate, Civil Engineering), Liselot Ramirez (Human Computer Interaction), Michael Ohaya (Computer Science), Alfredo Adria (Sounddesign)


Prof. Dipl.-Designer Bernd Rudolf, Prof. Dr. Henning Schmidgen, Prof. Dr. Benno Stein, Dr.-Ing. Sabine Zierold

Faculty / Section:
Architecture and Urbanism,

Degree programme:
MediaArchitecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation



Summer semester 2018

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8 - Hauptgebäude / main building

Genius Loci Weimar, Herr Hendrik Wendler, Renolit Vinyl Worms, Klöpferholz GmbH & Co.KG Erfurt, Systeme 20|40 Weimar,
Experimentelle Werkstätten Architektur (Dr. Chistian Hanke), SeaM Studio für Elektroakustische Musik Weimar,

Project description online

BAUHAUS ORBITS visualises the discursive practices established at the Weimar Bauhaus.Drawing on crucial publications from the school which stood for its very existence, the project applies algorithmic techniques which analyse concepts put forth by thinkers such as Gropius, Moholy-Nagy and Klee. Elements of discourse formation (than that of artistic creation, as laid out by Moholy-Nagy in "Von Material zu Architektur") are bought into processes of algorithmic systematization; and are connected in the form of orbiting trajectories. It intends to direct the eyes of spectators into the world of a cautiously defined ‘Bauhaus discourse’, in which an inside-outside, senses and intellect, digitalization and arts form an experiential unity. How we define a historical as well as contemporary “Bauhaus Discourse” is considered a central question to be answered. We see that despite numerous efforts to reanimate contemporary discourse around the historical pedagogy, methodology or masters’ oeuvre, we most often find ourselves caught between contradictory wishes to preserve an intact past and to make sense of a resolutely Avant-Garde spirit. In the face of countless endeavours set around the jubilee, bringing Discourse Analysis and the Bauhaus together could teach us: what counts as a “Bauhaus” topic today? What needs to be demystified? Which aspects of the Bauhaus allow us to rethink it in continuum? In which episteme are such topics and statements situated?

Email: sabine.zierold[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location