1st Edition

Design and Visual Culture from the Bauhaus to Contemporary Art Optical Deconstructions

By Edit Tóth Copyright 2018
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book complements the more textually-based Bauhaus scholarship with a practice-oriented and creative interpretive method, which makes it possible to consider Bauhaus-related works in an unconventional light. Edit Toth argues that focusing on the functionalist approach of the Bauhaus has hindered scholars from properly understanding its design work. With a global scope and under-studied topics, the book advances current scholarly discussions concerning the relationship between image technologies and the body by calling attention to the materiality of image production and strategies of re-channeling image culture into material processes and physical body space, the space of dimensionality and everyday activity.

    Acknowledgements; 1.Introduction; 2. Orienting The New Woman: Breuer’s Furniture and Complex Gender Expressivity at the Haus Am Horn; 3. Optical Improvisations: Jazz, Film and Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage Domestic Interventions: Brandt’s "Mediatized" Objects and Self-Portrait Photographs; 5. "Taking Apart" The Sukiya: The Yamawakis’ Postwar Tokyo Home' 6. Vertigo and Kepes’s Light Art in 1950’s America; 7. Contemporary Art, Architecture and Media Recovering Material Space


    Edit Toth is Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona.