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Curatorial Studio - Grant Watson: bauhaus imaginista

18:00 on 23 May 2019
The Reid Lecture Theatre, The Glasgow School of Art

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Grant Watson: bauhaus imaginista
Thursday 23 May 2019
6pm – 7:30pm
The Reid Lecture, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ

Curatorial Studio and The Glasgow School of Art are delighted to welcome curator Grant Watson to Glasgow to talk about the bauhaus imaginista project, which explores the potential and international reach of the famous art and design school.

The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in Germany as a manifestation of an ambition shared by artists, designers, architects and intellectuals throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States—their desire: to reinvent society.
The radical premise of the Bauhaus was to understand design as a social project, and to undertake a reform of art and design education as a step towards this new society. bauhaus imaginista set out to ask how we can understand its mission from today’s vantage point. In the course of the twentieth century, the Bauhaus movement radiated out to many nations and cultures—how can we reflect on these diverse legacies of the movement today, especially in the light of changing world geopolitics? How can we, in the spirit of the Bauhaus, reimagine culture as a social project—and what kinds of institutions would such a project need and generate?

The current exhibition, bauhaus imaginista, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin reimagines the radical ideas that underpinned the Bauhaus’s foundation is traced through differing political and social environments to form the core of the defining political environments. The project’s co-curator Grant Watson will introduce how the pedagogy and teaching practices of the Bauhaus model transformed and adapted in different locations. This intensely collaborative project began in 2016 and involves a network of curatorial researchers, artists, designers, museums, and cultural and academic institutions, in India, Japan, China, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Morocco.

Grant Watson (London, UK) is a curator and researcher. He has been working together with Marion von Osten as curator and artistic director of Bauhaus imaginista (2018–2019) since 2016. Before that he held the position of senior curator at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), London (2010–14), and worked as curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2006–10), and as curator of visual arts at the Project in Dublin (2001–06). Recent projects include How We Behave with If I Can’t Dance that explores questions of life practice and politics in cities such as London, São Paulo, Mumbai, and Los Angeles. Watson has a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College and teaches at the Royal College of Art, London.

This event is presented in partnership with the The Glasgow School of Art as part of Curatorial Studio, a project devised by curator Kirsteen Macdonald and developed with SCAN, supported by Creative Scotland.

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