During our inaugural 2020 Open House, we heartily (and safely) welcomed the public—for the very first time—on guided tours of our campus to learn about our program and future plans.
We were also thrilled to share accomplishments from our first year, including special projects such as:
For Memory Fields, a semester-long collaboration with the Design department at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (The University of Art and Design, Halle), dieDAS invited students from the university to study the role of historical surfaces in storytelling—and to propose temporary interventions along dieDAS’s exterior walls to help share the story of the Saalecker Werkstätten with the public. The students’ final proposals were presented during an exhibition at dieDAS during our 2020 summer OpenHouse.
Our new interactive media station, titled Paul Schultze-Naumburg: The Networks of the Cultural and Racial Theorist, provides information on the impact of racist ideologue and architect Paul Schultze-Naumburg (1869–1949), the man behind the Saalecker Werkstätten. The installation explores Schultze-Naumburg’s role in shaping and perpetuating racist and xenophobic theories. The project is the result of a cooperation between the Berlin University of the Arts and the Technical University of Darmstadt.
The media station’s debut was complemented by a lecture by Rainer Schmitz and Johanna Söhnigen at the Topography of Terror (Berlin), focusing on Schultze-Naumburg’s influential work. This special project was made possible by theDFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.