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Conferences Unique (2018). Artisans in the 21st century. Seminar.

20.11.2018

Display of several models made by the students of the School of Art and Design from Burgos, which took part in an experimental workshop on model making to perform accessories. The seminar was conducted by JÉSICA TENA, within the framework of the conferences Unique.

Duration: 1h. 30min.

 

The proposed working methodology was the one described by HANNES BECKHAM, a student of the “Bauhaus” since 1928 until 1931 who describes his first impressions about the introductory course by Albers as follows -the text is taken from the book “Teaching at the Bauhaus”, BY Rainer K. Wick-.

Josef Albers entered the room with a bundle of newspapers under one arm, which he gave out to the students. He then turned to use with roughly the following words: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are poor, not rich. We cannot afford to waste either time or materials. We must make the best out of the worst. Every work of art starts from a specific material, and we must therefore first study how that material is constituted. To this end, we shall first simply experiment –without trying to produce anything. For the present we shall focus on skill, not beauty. The complexity of the form is dependent upon the material with which we are working. Bear in mind that you often achieve more by doing less. Our studies should inspire constructive thinking. Have I made myself clear? I would now like you to take the newspaper you have just been given and make something out of it which is more than it is now. I would also like you to respect the material, to employ it in a meaningful way and thereby consider its characteristic qualities. If you can do so without the aid of knives, scissors or glue, so much the better. Good luck!”. Hours later he returned and had us lay out the results of our efforts on the floor. There were masks, boats, castles, airplanes, animals and numerous cleverly devised little figures. He dismissed it all as childish rubbish and said that a lot of it would have been better made using other materials. He then picked out one, very simple-looking piece of work by a young Hungarian architect. He had done nothing more than fold the material from top to bottom so that it stood up like a pair of wings. Josef Albers now explained how well the material had been understood, how well it had been used and how folding was a particularly appropriate process to apply to paper since it made what was such a soft material rigid, indeed so rigid that it could be stood on its narrowest point –its edge. He also explained how a newspaper lying on a table has only one visually active side, the rest being invisible. But with the paper standing up, both sides had become visually active. The paper had thus lost its boring exterior, its tired appearance. The preliminary course was like group therapy.                                                                                                                                   By comparing all the solutions found by the other students, we quickly learned the most worthwhile way to solve a task.

 

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