»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 Bachelor's students from the fields of design, art and cultural studies as well as all other interested parties who want to gain an initial insight into the topic.

Konstanze Wimmer | www.konstanzewimmer.at 

  • Product Design Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Diplom-Designerin)
  • Studies of Media Culture and Art Theories at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria (Master of Arts)
  • Several years working as a designer and online concepter in Berlin
  • Researches at the interfaces of art, culture and design theory
  • Teached in 2017 and 2018 at the University of Art and Design Linz in the department of Art History and art theory
  • Independent designer

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«
ONLY COMPLETE AND CORRECTLY NAMED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you next year. Registration and application for our summer courses will be possible as of January 2021 at the latest. If you have questions, always feel very welcome to contact us at any time!
With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.