chapter  34
Bauhaus scenography
ByMelissa Trimingham
Pages 6

Scenography is identified by Sodja Lotker as "a discipline between visual arts and theatre", which is a good starting point to consider the Bauhaus. Bauhaus scenography was an "all-encompassing visual-spatial construct", which potentially encompasses a range of creative activity that took place within the institution. This chapter concentrates on what the author considers to be its central and most important idea for the twentieth and twenty-first century, that is, Bauhaus visions of affective, transformative space, and its realization both through actual theatre performance, and also through its social practices, shared spaces and communal celebrations. Performance in the Bauhaus was part of their larger social vision of art as life. This is the Bauhaus belief in scenography and scenographers "not as a service to directors, but as equal artistic co-creators of the totality of the performance as well as being artists in their own right and authors of scenographic, installation and performance projects".