Aftermath 2020 explores the legacy of the Bauhaus through the practices of ten contemporary artists and ten new artworks. The project is an annual collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University Art and Design Masters students. This year the students responded to the gallery’s exhibition in 2019, Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus.
Still Undead explored how Bauhaus ideas and teaching have lived on in Britain over the last hundred years. The exhibition incorporated artworks that fuelled the school’s lively culture of parties and festivals. It expanded on the experiments in light and sound, characteristic of Bauhaus students and teachers, by navigating the legacy of the school’s pioneers to illustrate their influence on pop culture and art schools.
Aftermath 2020 traverses the themes of Still Undead and adds to it; a demonstration of how Bauhaus ideas continue to evolve and inspire artists and art teaching a century after the art school’s conception. Echoing the youth culture of the 1970s and 80s, the artists featured in Aftermath 2020 take inspiration from the ground-breaking innovations of this early 20th-century avant-garde.
Students on the MFA Fine Art, Photography, Interior Architecture, Graphic Design & Illustration courses at Nottingham Trent University have collaborated to produce this public exhibition; an opportunity to make, share and connect both within and beyond the university.
In response to the new context created by COVID-19, working in times of self-isolation and social-distancing, and supported by the Nottingham Contemporary team, the students have adapted and re-shaped their initial responses to deliver this exhibition digitally.
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