The Social Bauhaus, an Urban Experience
from Hadar Hacarmel to the Talpiot Market, in Conjunction with “Open House”
The Social Bauhaus Urban Experience, marked the Centenary anniversary of Bauhaus, including performances and exhibitions in iconic venues at Hadar Hacarmel, such as the Talpiot Market and Ora Cinema, to name but two. Most of these places have been abandoned, but they were opened to the public for the three days of “Social Bauhaus,” with dozens of exhibitions, lectures, and tours. “Social Bauhaus” was held in conjunction with “Open House,” which offered architectural tours. An international conference on architecture has taken place at the City Hall, under the auspices of the Built Heritage Research Center, the Faculty of Architecture.
For three days, the Hadar Hacarmel neighbourhood in Haifa attracted about ten thousand visitors who roamed, free of charge, the exhibit route across Hadar. The exhibition route included entering abandoned or revived spaces such as the Talpiot Market - Israel's most representative building of the international style - designed by architect Moshe Gerstel. The Market featured the exhibition "With Our Love, a Body Becomes a Place”, which included dozens of artists, as well as contemporary and Ethiopian dance performances and music performances. At the same time, about sixty Open House events took place around the city, attracting thousands of visitors who wanted to hear more about Haifa's unique building style, which combined German architecture with Arab technology. There were also city tours in the center of Hadar, as well as sound and music shows such as a car ensemble playing experimental music at amphitheater Sirkin - once a vibrant cultural center and today a parking lot. In favor of the event, a unique observation point was opened for visitors on the 18th-floor of the Market Hotel in the center of Hadar, which is used daily as a storage floor and hosted a spectacular panoramic view of the city during the event.
Photo by Arik Rubin
The entire event gave an opportunity to engage in remembering, getting acquainted, and encountering, in a way that also creates a point of departure for future activity. “Social Bauhaus” invites its visitors not only to form an impression of these fascinating places but also to get a sense of what churns beneath the surface: the overt and covert, the open and the obstructed, in places that were once a core of meaning, for Haifa and for the whole country.
Dr. Galia Bar Or the curator of the “Social Bauhaus” event orchetrated this complex activity, which revealed Haifa’s inner power. It was the product of cooperation between diverse populations all over the town: civil-society associations, academic institutions, social groups, artists living in Haifa and the public at large. They collaborate in this event due to their conviction that a “place” has a great deal of pent-up power. A space makes room for the footprints of human experience along with change, vigour, accommodation of memory, the raising of conflict to the surface, and a forum for dialogue.
Photo by Arik Rubin
Haifa municipality would like to thank Dr. Galia Bar Or,the Social Bauhaus, Open House, Beit Ha'Gefen, Mifal Hapayis, the Faculty of Architecture - Technion, and the University of Haifa and the Building Conservation Department for contributing to the success of this historic event.