The Bauhaus was never straight — despite its obsessive rhetoric of rationality, clarity, efficiency, smooth hygienic surfaces and clear-cut lines. In fact, Bauhäusler were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, esoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extra-terrestrial life, artificial intelligence, chance, the primitive, the fetish, the animal and plants. The Bauhaus was a veritable cauldron of perversions.
This lecture by Beatriz Colomina is a celebration of the perversions of the Bauhaus, which have been repressed by most of the discourse around it, but were the source of its remarkable force.
Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture, art, technology, sexuality and media. She is Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program at Princeton University and Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture.
Colomina has lectured extensively at universities and art museums throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Architectural Institute of Japan, Guggenheim in New York, the Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture in Stockholm, the DIA Art Foundation in New York, Tate Britain in London, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, ETH in Zurich, Delft University, Bauhaus University in Weimar, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Lebanese American University, University of Beirut and Seoul University.
This event is part of the exhibition Beyond Bauhaus - Modernism in Britain 1933-66. View the full season of events.