The politics of Form: modernism and social movements & the “Bauhaus Revisited” Book Series Launching Ceremony

Time: 7:30—9:30 pm, November 6, 2020
Platform: Tencent meeting + bilibili live broadcast
Host: Lu Mingjun (School of Philosophy, Fudan University)
Zhou Shiyan (School of Art and Humanities, China Academy of Art) + Wang Jiahao (Independent curator, architectural critic)
Chu Jinyi (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University)
Zhou Bo (School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts)
Wang Jianwei (artist)

In November 2019, the Surplus Space held a group exhibition Street corner, Square and Montage. With the journal OCTOBER, which was first published in 1976, as the starting point of its narrative, the exhibition connected the new avant-garde that emerged in the 1960s with the avant-garde revolutionary politics half a century ago, and served as a reflection on current art, culture and politics. We held two theme forums before and after the exhibition, entitled Fanatic Formula: Irrational thought, art and politics since the 20th century and The Rise, Decline and “Return” of the 1960s. The El Lisstzky’s Rooms exhibition will continue the previous discussion, focusing on “form” and re-exploring the driving force and will power attached to it.

On the occasion of the publication of the “Bauhaus Revisited” series, we will also engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue on issues related to Constructivism, Bauhaus and the relationship between modernism and social movements. The purpose is not only to provide the present with some energy for action by tracing the past, but also to gain a new understanding of history itself through contemporary practice.

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