The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) regularly earns top positions in worldwide rankings. The research collaboration with UCSD has existed since 2007. It centers on an interdisciplinary network of representatives of all four faculties of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Over time, various regularly occurring projects have emerged from the long-standing workshop series »Art and Technology«. For example, there are workshops dedicated to researching space and its acoustic representation, as well as a research seminar series in which artists, urbanists, and environmental engineers work together at the interface of urban planning and public art. Another example is an interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of experimental drawing. Within the framework of the Strategic Partnerships special attention has been given to the continued development of regular exchange programmes for students and doctoral candidates.
Workshops at the Interface of Public Art and Urban Planning What started out as a workshop aiming at developing solutions for the US-Mexican border area along the Tijuana River, has developed into a truly transdisciplinary workshop series at the interface of urban planning, public art and environmental engineering. The successful cooperation, addressing such topics as borderline conflicts, mobility, migration, ecology or appropriations of public spaces, has attracted ever more departments and participants from both universities and has now become an essential part of selected courses.
Workshops & Summer School »Imagined Spaces – LoFi-Sounds – HiFi-Spaces« This workshop and summer school series explores how sound changes, extends or improves spatial experience. Instructors and students from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and UCSD explore space and its simulation in electro-accoustic composition and media art. The interface of interactive architecture and acoustics is as much a part of the analysis as is stage design as an artistic spatial experience, or light and sound control in media environments.