Cracks in the Curtain Wall – Beyond an Architecture of Cleanliness


From 4th May till 9th August 2015 – Interdisciplinary Lab at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Under the title “Cracks in the Curtain Wall – Beyond an Architecture of Cleanliness“ the Bauhaus Lab 2015 focuses on the new material culture of modern architecture from a hitherto little noticed perspective, that is, cleaning. Modernism clothed products and buildings in smooth, clean and hard surfaces out of artificial, industrially produced materials. Principles of cleanliness, efficiency, and hygiene were highly valued – which operating infrastructures were required to maintain a glass curtain wall though remains largely ignored.

The Bauhaus Lab 2015 follows up on traces of cleaning on selected architectures of Bauhaus modernism – particularly in relation to their material character. This archaeology of building cleaning is the starting point for critical reflection concerning the current approaches to an architecture of cleanliness, in search for scenarios of the hybrid conditions of the metabolism between man, object and environment, which overcome the modern aseptic of transparency, control, and order. The program will end with a jointly curated exhibition, which will be presented as a contribution to the theme of cleaning at the Housekeeping Fair 2015, held at the complex of Masters’ Houses.

Young professionals in architecture, design, fine arts and curatorial practice may apply. Participation is free of costs. Workspaces will be provided at the former metal workshop at the Bauhaus building – at the historical original site. The program will be held in English. Interested persons are required to submit a statement of interest by 31st March 2015 to the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. An international jury will choose eight participants by 4th April 2015. 

Further information at

application deadline: 31st March 2015

applications via email:

4th May till 9th August 2015 – Bauhaus Lab term

Project management: Dr. Regina Bittner, phone: +49-(0)340-6508-337, email

The Bauhaus Lab is part of the Housekeeping Fair 2015 at the complex of Masters’ Houses, founded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Further sponsors: Dessauer Verkehrs GmbH and the Bauhaus Dessau e.V.

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