2017 Summer Semester

STUDIO | Political Tandem: On the other side…

The Wall
Professor: Prof. Alejandro Lecuna

Design against limits, obstacles and overall foolishness.

It seems as there is is no river or storm, illness or discapacity, rock or mountain, natural or artificial law, frontier or wall which can stop humans from moving around. When necessity (curiosity) is strong enough, people react by envisioning methods, tools and artifacts that enable them to get to “the other side”.

This semester we will challenge all kinds of limits, visible or invisible, and those natural or artificial. We will be researching the many adversities that are imposed upon humans all over the world, understanding how they work, discovering the internal logic, re-framing problems, detecting opportunities, and using design as a powerful tool to overcome all walls.

All manifestations, interpretations and combinations of design will be allowed in.

Empathy: Escaping the Echo Chamber
Professor: Prof. Hermann Klöckner

We are more connected than ever – yet we feel alone.
We are empowered to be informed through a multitude of sources and channels – yet algorithms keep us warm and cozy in our comfort zones.
We are, by far, the wealthiest generation ever to roam the planet – yet we feel threatened.
We cut the skies with flying machines – yet we fail to change our perspectives.
We measure every single heartbeat, but we can not touch our toes anymore.
We start to outsource our thinking to AI and our emotions to awkward yellow little smileys.
We would be able to transverse our ‘Mentale Mauern’ at ease, yet we plug our ears, we stare down into our not very smart phones – we even block our sight with these tacky VR-bricks we stick into our faces.

How can we possibly overcome mental borders, poke through our social membranes, get our minds and hearts to talk back to our beautiful, fragile home planet?
How can we possibly shift our perception back to our most existential connections? How can we feel back to thrive forward but on new, mind blowing levels.

Let’s start a Renaissance.
Acts of Empathy! From mental models to concrete, liberating interventions.

ELECTIVE MODULE 2D | Bauhaus Today
Professor: Prof. Severin Wucher

International design communities on today’s relevance of the Bauhaus and its ideas

Preparing the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019, we want to find out if ideas and ideals of the Bauhaus still are alive, known and appreciated.

Therefore we will get in touch with people from the international design communities. You will research for leading journalists and designers from all over the world and ask them about their favourite contemporary ­objects, places, and projects which still follow the ‘Bauhaus spirit’—and why.

Later in the project, you will edit the content for a new jubilee website http://­bauhauspeopleandplaces.com

ELECTIVE MODULE 3D | Rivers and Bikes – staging the four landmarks of the Mulde
Professor: Prof. Uwe Gellert

A staging of the four prominent landmarks of the Mulde river: The two springs, their confluence and the estuary (mouth) into the Elbe. The focus of the project will be to connect these geographical distant points by creation of a fresh approach of a narrating and a setting for these places. The individual scenery at these landmarks will connect the parts of the Mulderadweg, a beautiful biking trail along the river.

In cooperation with the Leipzig Tourism and Marketing GmbH.

Professor: Prof. Rochus Hartmann

Professor: Dipl. Ing. Klaus Pollmeier

The annual sales numbers for smartphones, used for most of today’s photo production, have reached their peak, the market flatlines. After ten years with the iPhone, the world is anxiously waiting for the next groundbreaking expansion of image-based communication. What could that be? And how could the photographic industry, suffering from losses in revenue since many years, position itself to participate in the market again?

COMPACT WEEK 1 | Editorial and Type Design
Professor: Jakob Wolf

COMPACT WEEK 1 | Architectural Photography – Atmosphere first, architecture second.
Professor: Jan Bitter

This class is not about traditional, standard architectural photography. Instead, we want to try to discover aspects of architecture that are not so easily visible. We will hunt for atmosphere and strange perspectives. Therefore, you will need a lot of patience and curiosity. We are going to learn those skills together so that you will be a good “motif-hunter“ afterwards.

Dessau offers a wide variety of fascinating Bauhaus architecture: of course there is the Bauhaus itself, but also the Meisterhäuser, the residential area in Törten, the
Kornhaus, or the refreshment Kiosk built by Mies van der Rohe, which might open opportunities for new visual perspectives. We are going to explore those Bauhausian spatial situations in a very peculiar way.

This class is going to result in a joint collection of images that picture the specific atmosphere of the captured moment and will hopefully create a new perspective on the Bauhaus and open the entrance to a new universe. We will present he photos in a relaxed and fun way with a beer and nice music.

This class does not require prior knowledge in photography techniques. However, if you have a camera and/or a tripod, please bring those to the class.

COMPACT WEEK 1 | Advanced Modeling
Professor: Prof. Uwe Gellert

To create and experience forms by visualizing them in three dimensions is the main access to evaluate the quality and suitability of design concepts. The manual model making process – especially during the development in the first phases of the design process – is a valuable and rewarding step to explore dimensions, usability features and basic esthetic appearance. Even in the age of digital making and visualization the human hand and eye are an immediate and excellent tool to obtain a deep and fine grasp of the later design.

The course is eligible for students with focus 3D, and as well for all other students with a keen interest in quick and significant model making.

(requirement: you passed a wood / metal workshop introduction)

COMPACT WEEK 2 | Social Design
Professor: Prof. Mark Kwami

COMPACT WEEK 2 | Anthropocene Kitchen
Professor: Karl Große

COMPACT WEEK 2 | Film Production
Professor: Prof. Angela Zumpe

Filmproduction is a process, which has to be planned very well, because it includes other people, time, money and some technical effort, preparation and knowledge. First you have to convince others with a good idea/story, so you have to write a good concept and you need to comunicate it .

We go briefly through it step by step:

  • written concept: exposé, treatment, storyboard
  • what is a good pitch?
  • how to tell a good story? – dramaturgy
  • research, productionplanning and scheduling
  • visualization & timing through animatic
  • realization

Additional technical instruction can be organized in a WORKSHOP, after detecting the needs in the group, in the beginning of the term (!), in either/or:

  • camera
  • interviewtechnics with camera
  • digital editing
  • digital postproduction

COMPACT WEEK 2 | Empowering disability towards extra-ability
Professor: Kristof Vaes

In this workshop I want to challenge you to design a stigma-free tool, environment, or campaign that supports physically or mentally challenged people. Instead of social stigma and disability your design solution should empower its users with extra-ability! These types of challenges are not only clinically and technically demanding, they are also very intimate and emotionally sensitive. In this workshop we will focus on the emotional issues and try to overthrow them with a variety of design skills and talents 😉 For those that aren’t convinced yet! Disability can be a massive source of inspiration for designers from all backgrounds. It can challenge us to think beyond better accessibility, pure functionality, and legal and technical restrictions. It challenges our empathy and our skills as true human-centered designers! After all, it has been proven in the past that inspiring ideas that were targeted at a particular disabled group turned out to be relevant for the rest of us!

Professor: Sandra Giegler, MA

What interests the Design community? What interests you?

We will organize a design conference that addresses what the international design community is currently discussing about.

DESIGN THEORY | Researching Design and Designing Research
Professor: Prof. Dr. Michael Hohl

Learning to design is not achieved through reading books. Traditionally students learn in a very practical and applied manner, engaging projects with empathy, skill and ingenuity. The design studio model consists of the learners collaboratively working in small groups, organized around projects of simulated practice. It is not about applying theoretical knowledge to practical problems. Instead students are asked to act before they know what they need to be doing or learning. It is a hands-on and bottom-up learning approach in which feedback is provided by an experienced designer. Thus, the design process is one of making, reflecting and learning. The design process is a research process, a learning journey.

In this seminar we will examine how designing is a research based activity and how designers might create new knowledge. For this we will be critically looking at different texts about design and designing. These texts explore themes such as practice-based research, “wicked” problems, models of the design process, design methods, design semiotics & semantics, gender design, transition design, critical design, and others.

The goal of this course is to help attendees to develop an understanding of what constitutes research in design, and get an overview of the more advanced themes in design theory, but also to inform and frame their own design projects.

Professors: Prof. Alejandro Lecuna, Prof. Hermann Klöckner

Professor: Alexander Davidson

Professor: Steffi Tauber