Education between Modernist Walls

Context: a community college built in the early 1930s in the spirit of the Bauhaus utopia of a horizontal community based on collaboration and transdisciplinarity. Still housing a school with adjacent rooms for community activities (cafeteria, pool and other games room, meeting room, concert hall, etc.), as well as a community garden. The learning rooms are quite small and intimate, and large windows on one of the walls open towards the exterior – they look more like artists’ studios. Arranged along slightly curved corridors, to the left and to the right of a central exhibition space / hallway leading to the entrance.

Intervention: In response to the architectural complex of the Impington Community College, which triggers both notions of experimental education and community practices, Cristina Bogdan develops an alternative reading of its physical and imaginary space. Using the simple technique of QR codes, she disseminates images throughout the building, which she invites visitors to discover by taking her guided tour. The images thus interfere with the architecture only by the visitors’ choice. Chosen from historical archives, artists’ photography and film, or feature films, these images suggest connections between the typically modernist space of the College and developments in education throughout the 20th C. From utopia to dystopia, from politics of the body to working notions of the community, from physical space to collective imaginaries, the installation opens up a historical place to contemporary readings.