Brutalism: A Photographic Approach

For several years now, brutalist architecture has been celebrated in the exhibitions, as well as on Facebook and lnstagram. we are going to set out on a search of brutalist buildings in Berlin and take pictures of them. Their concrete surface, their formal expression will be released and examined as a source of material. The aim of this course is an extension of perception and an artistically free approach to Brutalism through photographs.

The term brutalism does not mean the adjective "brutal" but the French béton brut, the expression for exposed concrete. Brutalist buildings break almost brute with the familiar of a conventional formal language; they are concrete memories of the post-war period and of utopias of social coexistence.

We go on a search for clues in Berlin and try to approach the buildings photographically. The Urban Hospital, the St. Agnes or Maria Regina Martyrdom Church, the Czech Embassy, the animal testing laboratory of the FU, the Corbusier House, the Lobe Block or "San Gimignano Towers" in Lichtenberg are some of the buildings we will photograph and talk to their users and inhabitants.

The buildings will be released and examined as a source of the material. The aim is a perception-expanding, artistically free access through photographs.

Few architectural styles have such a hard time as brutalism. Experts don't even agree whether one can call it an architectural style. Many see in it only ugly concrete blocks and today several buildings are threatened with demolition. But the expressive buildings were created in a time of experiments, of social upheaval. They embody an attitude of uncompromising, rigorous and radicalism that sees architecture as a social medium. No historical cement like the Berlin Palace or other historicizing fake buildings, no standardized investor architecture.
We use an artistic approach to investigate how ethics and aesthetics are prerequisites for any architect. That facade or technology never creates style, but only the artistic handling of it.

The result would be a photographic approach to architecture between everyday life, poetry, and theory.



1. Theory and history of Brutalism

2. Excursions and taking pictures

3. Taking Pictures and print them

4. Presentation

Stephanie Kloss, born in Karlsruhe. She lives and works as a visual artist in Berlin. She studied Architecture at the Berlin Technical University (diploma), and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design under Marie-Jo Lafontaine and Günther Förg, as well as Photography under Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer. Stephanie Kloss’s photographic works deal with sociological, political, and spatial phenomena. In her recent works, the subject of power is the central part. She had many solo and was part of numerous group exhibitions. Along with her artistic work, she teaches extracurricular studies at University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, curates shows such as Erotica or Pissing in a River. Again! (Kunstraum Kreuzberg), and writes articles for various art magazines.

Run period:
11.08.2020 – 14.08.2020
Course time:
10. am – 5. am
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 390

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