Ever since DMY Berlin inaugurated their “Three from Ten” Awards in 2009 the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin has honoured the nominees and prize winners with an autumn exhibition.
2012 is no different and the exhibition “DMY Awards and Jury Selection 2012″ can be viewed in Berlin until mid-October.
It is of course only logical that the Bauhaus Archiv should take an interest in largely experimental and conceptual design projects.
For although today heavily stained with cliché and tainted by the passing of time, the Bauhaus was largely an experimental and conceptual institution that challenged students to think in new ways and so discover new answers.
And so in hosting the DMY Awards exhibition the Bauhaus Archiv is simply remaining true to the tradition they aim to maintain through the more “regular” historical, muséal, exhibitions.
As an exhibition “DMY Awards and Jury Selection 2012″ is pretty self-explanatory. It doesn’t tell a story. It doesn’t explore anything. It doesn’t challenge.
It presents 10 projects that do all those things.
Back in June Andrea Brena promised us a new “Knitted Army” piece for the Bauhaus Archiv exhibition. And he hasn’t disappointed. Taking the results of a little arm knitting and combining it with a metal frame he has turned an otherwise abstract piece into a chair.
And so taken the project up a level.
The other projects are pretty much as you were. Which is fine. Not least because most of them were largely “complete”
But also because in the more relaxed and unhurried surroundings of the Bauhaus Archiv one has time to reflect a little longer and question a little deeper than one did in Tempelhof.
We, for example, still don’t really see the long term aim of Jólan van der Wiel’s Gravity Stool project. In the Bauhaus Archiv exhibition we have the space to consider it.
And indeed at a workshop on October 11th to discuss it with Jólan.
Elsewhere Mobile Gastfreundschaft by chmara.rosinke and Future Travels by Hanemaai are still challenging our sedentary nature, Agri-Expo Yunlin are still promoting bamboo and Rockwell Group are still getting kids to do the work and build their own play parks with their Imagination Playground.
But then all ten projects have something to say and a reason to explore them.
“DMY Awards and Jury Selection 2012″ can be viewed at the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin until October 15th.
If your in the German capital we’d recommend you do.
Full details, including information on the extensive accompanying programme can be found at www.bauhaus.de