02 August 2017

Smart Materials Satellites

Stahlhaus, Siedlung Dessau-Törten

– 22 October 2017



The importance and processing of materials played a significant role at the historical Bauhaus. Today, the current exhibition project “Smart Materials Satellites” is dedicated to the latest research in materials and their interaction with design. Until 22 October 2017, visitors can become researchers themselves and explore ways of using the exhibited materials.


A collection of different projects on materials was created in collaboration with the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. All the works have in common the fact that they can react to or interact with their environments. The exhibition focuses on the transfer of knowledge between science, art and design and visitors can see and get involved in the experimental research labs that make up the exhibition. The exhibition venue is a monument in its own right, created from research into materials: the Stahlhaus (Steel house) was commissioned by the city of Dessau and built in 1927, and exemplifies the possibilities of using steel for house construction.

The “Satellites” exhibition is complemented by two research residencies, which give two artists the opportunity to live at the Bauhaus for three months and work on new research projects. They will accompany the exhibition project artistically and experimentally. Wagehe Raufi and Marit Wolters are the winners of the competition for these residencies.
Wagehe Raufi lives and works in Offenbach and has been studying at the Hochschule für Gestaltung since 2011. In her projects she works with the mutability and shaping processes of materials. The focus here is on the cycle between different aggregate states of a material, such as melting and solidification. Marit Wolters lives and works in Vienna. Her works explore the interfaces between architecture and the fine arts. In experimental arrangements the material itself becomes the actor of the work.


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