Things Things Things

Things Things Things

Dive into the material world and explore the power of things!

Our world is full of things: they are used, consumed, and thrown away, they are collected, arranged, presented and photographed. It’s safe to say: They influence our lives in many ways. Things are woven into social and cultural practices, they create relationships and play an important role in shaping our daily activities. More and more often things do not appear as passive objects but as actors: they change everyday processes, behaviour, habits and entire environments.

Explore the power of things & their design and develop alternative design possibilities

How powerful are everyday things? How do they affect our lives? And how can we be owned by material things? To answer these and more exciting questions, we will take a closer look at the things that surround us. You will get to know different, innovative methods to discover new aspects of familiar things – with the aim of developing an original and creative view on everyday things.

Especially for the design process it is important to know as many facets and effects of everyday things as possible. Accordingly, we will examine real things and their design, analyse their relevance and take a closer look at how they work. In doing so, we will also question the supposed passivity of objects and explore the role of design. You will discover exciting, unforeseen perspectives – which will help us to (re-)design things and develop original products.

With theoretical knowledge to practical design

During the workshop, we will read and write texts, explore objects of our everyday life in practical terms, discuss and try out different research and design methods. At the end of the course, you will have developed a flexible "design toolkit" that you can use at any time if you want to innovatively expand a design process or change and improve the design of everyday objects.

This course is open to undergraduate students in the fields of design, art, and cultural studies, as well as anyone else interested in gaining an initial insight into the subject.

Konstanze Wimmer 

She studied media culture and art theories (MA) at the Linz University of Art and product design (diploma) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She worked for several years as a designer and concept developer in Berlin's creative industry and conducts research at the intersection of art, design and cultural studies.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

You can also join the course online if you are unable to travel to Weimar.

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)


Part I:
August 15 to August 19, 2022 Online Phase

Part II:
August 26 to September 3, 2022
Presence Phase (on sight in Weimar)


The course language is English.