Station 7: Zoetrope

Root Event

Activities presented by Werkleitz for Bauhaus100 Atlas – Im Spiralnebel der Moderne
Station 7: Zoetrope
DE 2019
Zoetrop, Atlas – Im Spiralnebel der Moderne, Installationsansicht
© Werkleitz 2019, Foto Matthias Knoch

The zoetrope – invented in 1834 and becoming popular from the 1860s onwards – ranks as one of the direct precursors of cinematographic viewing. It was a favoured children’s toy and also a popular attraction for grown-up habitués of salons and visitors to fairs. The zoetrope moving images on display here show the 1972 demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe high-rise housing development in St. Louis (US). Opening its doors 20 years earlier as one of the largest socially-integrated residential construction projects of its time, Pruitt-Igoe is now symbolic of the blunders of modern urban development and the failed social utopias of modern times. For the architectural historian Charles Jencks, the day of Pruitt-Igoe’s demolition in fact sounded the death knell for modernist architecture. In the modern era, architecture – not least that of Bauhaus – promotes in a way that no other creative discipline comes close to, new social models and a revised concept of humanity. Here we view these ruins – in a potentially endless visual loop – as they are created and dissipate.


von Kim Dudek, Matthias Federspiel, Tara Guariguata, Tom Hanke, Daniel Herrmann, Michael Kaspar, Matthias Kaßner, Alexander Klose, Konstantin Krüger, Martin Kruschwitz, Maria Margolina, Max Mendez, Hilmar Prüß, Malte Roloff, Mirjam Schwab, Michael Tomalik, Malte Westphalen