La Grande Transformation 2019

100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus we perform La Grande Transformation. During the three day performative workshop participants are invited to bring daily objects from their homes that will be transformed by the historical designer’s dicipline as padagogy into non-original Bauhaus objects and highlighted in the growing exhibition in the space.

With La Grande Transformation we wants to bring together Bauhaus, a movement of modernity that shaped 100 years of global design history, and today’s local culture of Marseille embodied by its citizens, their everyday objects and the personal stories behind each artefact. The performance aims to blur the boundary between the daily used, seemingly unspectacular and the highlighted, celebrated, elite, untouchable.

The modification of the brought objects in Marseille into Bauhaus oriented objects questions the fame and actual influence of the Bauhaus as one of several modernist design and architecture groups while using the educational approach of the Bauhaus as its main source of inspiration. It confronts one of the Bauhaus’ goals to design objects for mass production and affordable to the mass that mostly turned into design classics or exhibition pieces with multi cultural city like Marseille. Through the performative workshop the contrast between the modernist idea to create simplicity and the same conditions for everyone internationally versus the cultural diversity, social inequality and individual stories that we find in Marseille becomes visible.

Collaboration with anais borie and ottonie von roeder The project has been organised by the Goethe-institute Marseille in collaboration with La friche la belle de Mai.
It is funded by the European project heritage contact zone with the support of the program creative Europe of the European Union. 
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.