Radical Craft 2

The Direktorenhaus with its exhibition spaces and workshops acts as a transit zone for artistic craftworkers, designers and manufactories. Here “craftsmanship”, the exercising of manual skills, is being taken further. The Direktorenhaus projects alternate between design experiments, new materials, future designs for society and the art of design.

Martin Schatz

The second, ongoing exhibition “Radical-Craft 2” continues the theme started in 2020. In the first exhibition, it is about conveying the arts and crafts with design positions in order to show how artistic craft and design interact (e.g. with collectible design The following issue of Radical Craft 2 poses the question even more explicitly: Why radical? What should (or can) be radical about handicrafts?

The name “Radical Craft” refers to the design trend Radical Design, which reached its peak in Italy at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s and is considered one of the most important avant-garde movements in design history. With manifestos, unconventional language of form, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas the representatives of Radical Design protested against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture, thereby showing that designers and architects not only have to see themselves as service providers in a commercial context, but can also actively and critically deal with social issues.

So far, the artisans have omitted this innovative step. The arts and crafts (in general) lack the ambition to look beyond their own box of aesthetic production and to want to be socially effective. The artisan works inwardly and does not care about the hustle and bustle of the busy world. Or not?

In any case, there is no extended concept of handicrafts, as there is an extended concept of design. Many of the current design trends such as critical design, social design and participatory design have their origins in radical design; The arts and crafts have not yet experienced a similar broadening and updating of the horizon. Today arts and crafts are one-dimensionally combined with craftsmanship or, at best, presented as “Creativity and Craftmanship”, which promises “Inspiration around the Corner”.

But that does not go far enough. Such a view belittles this artistic branch, which earlier, for example in the Arts & Craft movement, already pursued completely different, more comprehensive concepts.

Die Ausstellung Radical Craft 2 will zeigen, dass auch heute den ausgearbeiteten kunsthandwerklichen Formen eine Energie zur gesellschaftlichen Veränderung innewohnen kann. Mit Andrei Loginov und Jürgen Eichler treten zwei ungewöhnliche Akteure hinzu: Loginov re-visualiert Bienenwaben oder Urwaldbaumstämme in fotogenetischen Leuchtskulpturen. Jürgen Eichler präsentiert holografische Glasvasen und tritt damit über den üblichen Rahmen der Glaskünstler hinaus, stellt die Frage der Grenzen der Technik. Das Duo Kreadino veredelt das Handwerk des Kalkdekorputzes zu raumfüllenden Paravents und abstrakten Wandobjekten und läßt Raumgestaltung und Raumarchitektur verschmelzen. Silke Spitzer, Dovile Bernadisiute und Edu Tarin zeigen Autorenschmuck, deren Hauptzweck nicht mehr im Tragen desselben liegt, sondern die zu autarken Objekten werden.

With:

Andrei Loginov, Amber Zuber, Edu Tarin Joseph Pintz, Silke Spitzer, Krediano Objects, Dovile Bernadisiute, Martin Schatz, Lutz Könecke, Ute Beck, Laura Görss, Jürgen Eichler, Papierwerk Glockenbach, Claudia Biene, Timo Hoheaya, Vaust, Irina Simislone Razumovsk Fezer , Jochen Holz, Elke Sada, Studio Oink, Klemens Grund, Kristina Rothe, Peter Vogel, Maria Volokhova, Johanenlies, Frameworks, Anne Petters.

 

The exhibition is curated by Pascal Johanssen