Fictional, Bauhaus Foundation Residency & Exhibition

Rita Evans, Instrument, created during the Bauhaus Residency Programme, 2021. Materials: Metal, wood, microphone, woollen textiles (dyed with barberry), microphone. Photo: Valentina Buitrago Garcia

For artist Rita Evans, her work Instrument is a tool for navigating in fictional, collective spaces. The sensitive sound sculpture is a means to explore a complex infrastructure that includes touch and affect. Instrument establishes a relationship between the people playing it and the area around them, thus connecting the collective of people surrounding the sculpture and its materials. The sculpture conveys ‘touch’ and ‘being touched’ at different distances from each other. The space formed by the group around the object involves the Instrument as an actor and mediator of touch and movement.

The workshop, which preceded the exhibition opening, experimented with body and material to create novel points of relationship. These are charged with the current changes and constraints of the pandemic – in close proximity, connected but at a distance, allowing Instrument to serve as a sensible infrastructure for the players.

The Instrument also serves as an experiential medium to find out what the use or biography of their work might mean for this individual group. Is it an independent organism that gradually unfolds during the performance? Or does the Instrument serve as an exploration of collective boundaries and transitions? For Rita Evans, this use is a collective action that visualizes the Instrument and makes it tangible.

The documentation shows the workshop that took place and on which the work is based. Visitors hear how the object sounds. The drawings, plans, room scores and objects shed a light on process components that emerged from encounters with the sound sculpture.

Curator: Florian Strob

Project Management: Valentina Buitrago Garcia

In cooperation with Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig

Instrument was played on the Bauhaus Stage by students from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau. Filming: Mauricio Sosa Noreña and Valentina Buitrago Garcia. Editing: Rita Evans. Sound Production: Phil Lee Audio. Colour Grade: Mauricio Sosa Noreña.

Workshops on the Bauhaus Stage: 

Instrument on the Bauhaus Stage. Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, 2021
Instrument on the Bauhaus Stage, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, 2021

Above: A clip from Trio Spheres, sculpture performed on the Bauhaus Stage.

Above: A clip from Send Receive, sculpture performed on the Bauhaus Stage. Performed by international students at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau.

Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, sculpture), Rita Evans 2021. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, video series of 2), Rita Evans 2021. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Photo: Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, video series of 2), Rita Evans 2021. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Photo: Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, sculpture), Rita Evans 2021. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, drawings series of 8), Rita Evans 2021. Colour pencil on paper. 29.7cm x 42cm. Drawings showing Instrument in various configurations and spaces. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Photo: Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, drawings series of 8), Rita Evans 2021. Colour pencil on paper. 29.7cm x 42cm. The drawing shows Instrument in a floating configuration. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Meyer, Thomas, 2021 © OSTKREUZ
Instrument, (Installation photo of exhibition, drawings series of 8), Rita Evans 2021. Colour pencil on paper. 29.7cm x 42cm. The drawing shows Instrument within a woven-like space. Haus Gropius, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation).
Rita Evans, Instrument 2021, Gropius House Opening Night of ‘Fictional’ Curated by Florian Strob.
Image showing Instrument being played by visitors. Photo Yvonne Tenschert, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Residency Studio, Masterhouse Muche:

Rita Evans, Bauhaus Resident 2021, Masterhouse Georg Muche, 21.10.2021.
Image showing work in progress in the Masterhouse studio. Photo Yvonne Tenschert, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Rita Evans, Bauhaus Resident 2021, Masterhouse Georg Muche, 21.10.2021.
Image showing work in relation to research on Hannes Meyer’s designs for social and ecological housing infrastructures. Photo Yvonne Tenschert, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Rita Evans, Bauhaus Resident 2021, Masterhouse Georg Muche, 21.10.2021. Photo Yvonne Tenschert, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Evans holds ‘Instrument on a Plane of Prism Glass’, 2021, colour pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm. Photo from Bauhaus residency studio of Masterhouse Georg Muche. Credit: Yvonne Tenschert. Courtesy of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.
Rita Evans, Bauhaus Resident 2021, Masterhouse Georg Muche, 21.10.2021. Photo Yvonne Tenschert, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation