The exhibition bauhaus.film.expanded takes up the idea of a Totaltheater – total theater – using large format projections, it creates the spatial effect of extended forms of films practiced at the Bauhaus. A tribute to the Bauhaus world of moving images!
Bauhaus director Walter Gropius designed this total theater in 1926/1927 for Erwin Piscator, which by using multiple film projectors also sought to “set the space under film.” The exhibition, curated by Markus Heltschl, Thomas Tode, and Peter Weibel, focuses on this visionary idea of immersion using simultaneous large scale projections of sixty films. Because the films are of different lengths new connections between them arise continually. New research has shown that 28 Bauhaus authors were engaged in work on films or light projections, including Ellen Auerbach, Ella Bergmann-Michel, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, and Kurt Schwerdtfeger.