100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus the performance La Grande Transformation took place. During the three day performative workshop participants were invited to bring daily objects from their homes that were transformed into non-original Bauhaus objects and highlighted in the growing exhibition in the space.
La Grande Transformation connected Bauhaus, a modernist movement 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 artifact. The performance blurred the line between the daily used, seemingly unspectacular and the highlighted, celebrated, elite, untouchable.
The modification of the brought objects into Bauhaus imitations 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 the actual current commodity culture in a 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.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Marseille and La Friche la Belle de Mai and part of the Heritage Contact Zones project which is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.