Radical Craft 2

The Direk­toren­haus with its exhi­bi­tion spaces and work­shops acts as a transit zone for artistic craft­workers, designers and manu­fac­to­ries. Here “crafts­man­ship”, the exer­cising of manual skills, is being taken further. The Direk­toren­haus projects alter­nate between design exper­i­ments, new mate­rials, future designs for society and the art of design.

The second, ongoing exhi­bi­tion “Radical-Craft 2” continues the theme started in 2020. In the first exhi­bi­tion, it is about conveying the arts and crafts with design posi­tions in order to show how artistic craft and design interact (e.g. with collectible design The following issue of Radical Craft 2 poses the ques­tion even more explic­itly: Why radical? What should (or can) be radical about hand­i­crafts?

The name “Radical Craft” refers to the design trend Radical Design,  which reached its peak in Italy at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s and is consid­ered one of the most impor­tant avant-garde move­ments in design history. With mani­festos, uncon­ven­tional language of form, trans­dis­ci­pli­nary working methods and utopian design ideas the repre­sen­ta­tives of Radical Design protested against func­tion­alism and the estab­lished taste in design and archi­tec­ture, thereby showing that designers and archi­tects not only have to see them­selves as service providers in a commer­cial context, but can also actively and crit­i­cally deal with social issues.

So far, the arti­sans have omitted this inno­v­a­tive step. The arts and crafts (in general) lack the ambi­tion to look beyond their own box of aesthetic produc­tion and to want to be socially effec­tive. The artisan works inwardly and does not care about the hustle and bustle of the busy world. Or not?

In any case, there is no extended concept of hand­i­crafts, as there is an extended concept of design. Many of the current design trends such as crit­ical design, social design and partic­i­pa­tory design have their origins in radical design; The arts and crafts have not yet expe­ri­enced a similar broad­ening and updating of the horizon. Today arts and crafts are one-dimen­sion­ally combined with crafts­man­ship or, at best, presented as “Creativity and Craft­man­ship”, which promises “Inspi­ra­tion around the Corner”.

But that does not go far enough. Such a view belit­tles this artistic branch, which earlier, for example in the Arts & Craft move­ment, already pursued completely different, more compre­hen­sive concepts.




Andrei Loginov, Amber Zuber, Edu Tarin Joseph Pintz, Silke Spitzer, Krediano Objects, Dovile Berna­di­s­iute, Martin Schatz, Lutz Könecke, Ute Beck, Laura Görss, Jürgen Eichler, Papier­werk Glock­en­bach, Claudia Biene, Timo Hoheaya, Vaust, Irina Simis­lone Razu­movsk Fezer , Jochen Holz, Elke Sada, Studio Oink, Klemens Grund, Kristina Rothe, Peter Vogel, Maria Volokhova, Joha­nen­lies, Frame­works, Anne Petters.