Microreview: Dialectic Diatribes on the New European Bauhaus / I Don’t Understand What ‘It’ Is? (1/3)

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2021 June
(Statler & Waldorf for) Anke Gruendel and Jamie Allen review the New European Bauhaus project in 3 parts
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Anke Gruendel and Jamie Allen for NewsLibrary
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Anke Gruendel holds a PhD in Politics from the New School for Social
Research and currently is a research associate at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her current research investigates new forms of political rationality in public sector design that inform how theories of democracy and the political continue to be enacted and transformed in modern technical democracies.

Jamie Allen is occupied with the ways that technologies teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. His work has been exhibited internationally, from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin to the American Museum of Natural History in New York to the Nam June Paik Art Center in Korea. He teaches, lectures and leads workshops widely, engaging with and working to create collaborative contexts that acknowledge how care, attachment and love are central to knowledge practices like art and research. http://jamieallen.com/



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New European Bauhaus

Part I: I Don’t Understand What ‘It’ Is?

W: Waldorf, have you heard about this New European Bauhaus?

S: Heard about it? Seen it, can’t avoid it. They’re all over Instagram (@neweuropeanbauhaus) and Twitter (#NewEuropeanBauhaus). And their website keeps inviting me to ‘Share my views’.

W: What happens when you click it?

S: They want me to co-designing the New European Bauhaus with them.

W: Does it also tell you what you are co-designing?

S: Maybe there is something in the fine print. Hang on a moment while I get my glasses… Ah, yes. Looks to me like the typical design trick for inspiring active participation from the hoi polloi. Allowing you to see yourself in the project, in an unthreatening way.

W: Can you see yourself in this: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPQ8iYClPce/?

S: No, can you?

W: No, but maybe they’re trying to “appeal to the youth.” So definitely not you! Looks like they want to create a new Europe, setting out a new deal, a “European Green Deal.” Cultures of sustainability for a green future and all that. I guess the climate crisis is their problem, not ours.

S: It’s art and design as politics, or art and politics as design. I can’t quite tell which or if they're doing either one very well.

W: I still don’t understand what ‘it’ is. Maybe that’s the point... It’s to be “co-designed”!

S: “Co” as in ‘corporate’, or “co” as in cost-effective?

W: [maniacal laughter] Waaaahahahahahah!

S: [maniacal laughter] AAhhhh Hahahah Ha!