Summer Semester 2017 Welcome

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The MAID family welcomed its new members on 5 April 2017 at Building 4, Room 208. Second and third semester MAIDs, lecturers for this semester’s courses, and the MAID office staff were present for the occasion. The orientation commenced at 10:00 AM, with Prof. Uwe Gellert leading the event.

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He had to start, however, on a somber note. Just after the previous semester thesis presentations and graduation, one of the MAIDs of that graduating batch, Liana Lessa, suddenly passed away weeks after returning home to Brazil. For many in the MAID family and throughout the Design Department, this was a sudden and unexpected loss. As a memorial tribute for her, Prof. Gellert and Liana’s thesis adviser, Prof. Hermann Klöckner, gave short but meaningful eulogies. Prof. Gellert gave a description of her life as a MAID in Dessau and presented some of her projects, including her project with Ghazal Tabandeh entitled “Inner Shadow” and several of her Bauhaus Fest works. Prof. Klöckner reminded those present to keep Liana’s academic spirit alive, especially her master thesis project, her collaborations with Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Dessau Department of Design for the Bauhaus Fest, and her eagerness to always keep moving forward.

After the eulogies, Prof. Gellert shifted tone and warmly welcomed the new and returning students and introduced them to each of their lecturers for this semester.

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There are several changes for this summer semester. First was a change of schedule, as the expertise courses, previously given as a biweekly course throughout the duration of the lecture months, will now be held only during the duration of the two Compact Weeks. That meant that the students will only have three lecture days, giving them more time to concentrate on their long-term and semester projects.

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The two Compact Weeks will be held on 18-21 April and on 29 May – 3 June. Courses offered on the first week include product modeling, architectural photography, and editorial design, while the later week will offer courses in product design for physically-challenged people, a kitchen laboratory, social impact design, and filmmaking.

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Another change was the number of elective courses offered: there will be now four courses, with Klaus Pollmeier’s Expertise: Photography class turned into an elective. His class, entitled “What’s next?,” discusses about the future of photography in the post-smartphone era.

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Finally, this semester will see a tandem Studio course, jointly held by Profs. Klöckner and Alejandro Lecuna. Called “On the other side,” each lecturer will discuss a particular aspect of division in the context of today’s global sociopolitical climate: Prof. Klöckner’s class will go into “Escaping the Echo Chamber” while Prof. Lecuna’s part (aptly named “The Wall”) will be about physical barriers and divisions.

A complete list of all courses offered in Summer Semester 2017 can be viewed here.

After the academic introduction, Sandra Giegler and Nadine Tamler of the MAID office gave the new students an intro in the administrative side of being a MAID student. Afterwards, Laura Castiblanco and several of the second semester MAIDs gave a walking tour of the whole Dessau campus – from the MAID building (Bill-Haus) to the Lyceum (Building 01), the workshops at Building 03, and of course the Bauhaus.

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Finally, everyone got together in Room 206, the Studio or “Living Room” as it is known, for lunch and acquaintance. There, they introduced themselves and taught each other some useful or catchy words and phrases from their home country. On the menu were delicacies made by the second semester students.

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Photos by Sam Sanchez.

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Dessau Design Schau 2017: Impressions and photos

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Dessau Design Schau is the annual open day and public exhibitions of the Dessau Department of Design, of which the MAID program is a part of. Hundreds of guests from the city of Dessau-Roßlau and beyond came into Seminarplatz near the Bauhaus to take a look into the latest student-made projects and works from the bachelor to the international master programs, ranging from graphic design to interactive design projects.

The exhibitions were made at Buildings 01, 03, 04, and the department’s rooms and labs at the Bauhaus buildings. An open tour to all workshops of the department was also available for the attendees to join, and prospective applicants came as well to have their works reviewed by our professors, in preparation for their formal application within the semester break.

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Dessau Design Schau 2017

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28 January 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On Saturday, 28.01.2017, the Dessau Department of Design of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences will be hosting its annual “Dessau Design Schau” open day exhibition, featuring the semester and thesis projects of the BA, MA, and MA Integrated Design students, ranging from graphic design work such as posters, illustrations, photographs, and as well as products and interactive design media. This yearly event showcases the Dessau model of design education, which covers all design disciplines from visual communication, product design, and time-based media.

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Winter Semester 2016-17 Final Studio Presentation

Three months, countless days and nights, and a day to present: nine teams presented their semester projects on the 26th of January at the foyer of Building 04 for the Studio class “air wind breath” by Profs. Uwe Gellert and Carmen Luippold. Their projects looked into the different aspects of the topic and its aesthetic, social, environmental, philosophical, political and/or economic dimensions, and explored the possibilities of solving current and future issues regarding our use of the air that we breathe and the space that we share.

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Expertise Compact Week, Winter 2016

20161111-172505On the first week of November (7-11 November 2016), the MAIDs and their German master counterparts participated in one of five Compact Week courses that brought them into the world of language labyrinths, visual storytelling, bookbinding, workshop design, and what it takes for a product to be “Made in Germany.”

Throughout the week students worked on their specific and general topics with the help of their lecturers, with the goal of experimenting the possibilities of design research, whether it’s about bridging cultures, playing with languages, or traveling throughout the country in search of German design.

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MAID goes to the Netherlands!

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Group photo by Juan Angel Cardenas.

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Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem. Three Dutch cities where the MAIDs enjoyed the first part of their summer break, and enjoy they did!

The MAIDs, together with Prof. Uwe Gellert, Prof. Dr. Joachim Krausse, and Ms. Nadine Tamler (the MAID program assistant coordinator), travelled from Dessau-Roßlau to Amsterdam on 18 July 2016, and enjoyed some gezeiligheid throughout the week: going through the hustle and bustle of the Dutch capital, famous for its contemporary lifestyle, its canals, and its liberal culture; mesmerizing the sight of the Utrechtse Domtoren; learning a lot about science and history inside Teylers Museum in Haarlem; and of course getting wet at the beach in Zandvoort.

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