BAUHAUS DESSAU

Household Trade Fair
Dessau
June 2015

On Friday 12 June, we launched a UCL installation on the Anthropology of Cleaning, as a part of the 'Haushaultsmesse 2015: Zur Kunst des Haushaltens im 21 Jahrhundert' - 'the art of the Household in the 21st Century'.

This art exhibition, drawing on international artists and academic collaborations, runs until August inside the Bauhaus Mesiterhauser, the UNESCO World Heritage houses which launched the 1920s vision of a modern lifestyle, and shaped how we live today. The work explores cultures of cleanliness and dirt around Bauhaus sites, using four audio, video, and physical installations of material gathered from social and ethnographic research. The 'Cleaning Up After Gropius' video installation in the Meisterhaus basement. Genuine Bauhaus dirt for sale. An artistic interrogation of materials. Prime concerns of the Bauhaus Archive are constant decisions about what to keep, what to dispose of; and whether to clean, or leave to decay because cleaning would destroy it. This dirt is made by skilled cleaning work which creates and preserves Bauhaus materials. Ethnographic observation of and participation in cleaning in progress.

The installation will be on display in the Meisterhauser Dessau until August, as a part of the 'Haushaultsmesse 2015: Zur Kunst des Haushaltens im 21 Jahrhundert' - 'the art of the Household in the 21st Century'

http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de/haushaltsmesse-2015-orte-beitraege-1.html