The Bartlett School of Architecture


Design for Performance & Interaction students take over ‘Late at Tate Britain’

24 October 2019

The school’s Design for Performance & Interaction Master’s students take over the galleries at Tate Britain to create an immersive experience celebrating Bauhaus design

Image: Project XO by New Movement Collective, at Late at Tate Britain.

The Bartlett’s Design for Performance & Interaction programme has teamed up with Late at Tate Britain for Bauhaus Recoded, a one night public show of performances, interactive installations and participatory workshops, to celebrate the Bauhaus centenary and its continuing influence. 

Ten projects by staff and students will be on show from 18:00 on 01 November including kinetic sculptures, projection mapping, DJ sets, animation, sound installation, robotic puppetry and dance.

When the Bauhaus was founded, society was questioning the role of humanity in an age of mechanical automation. The tension between human performance and machine performance inspired the design of kinetic sculptures, android costumes and geometric choreography. Today, with rapid advances in robotics and AI, such possibilities are within our grasp, and the tension between human and machine agency continues to provoke  Design for Performance & Interaction students, as they take advantage of the latest technologies to explore and advance their aesthetic possibilities.

Ruairi Glynn, Design for Performance & Interaction MArch Programme Director 


Glare in the Shadows, by Lumina

Clore Gardens, 18:00 – 21:30

Lumina is a light installation which responds to the bodies dancing underneath it. Three beams of light circle the space reacting to human motion.


Top of Manton Stairs, 18:00 – 21:30

CuGo is a collaborative board game, where humans and robots work together. Visitors are asked to interact indirectly with the robots rather than directly, giving the robot more control to move freely.

Venus Smiles

John Hoyland Display, 18:00 – 21:30

Venus Smiles is a sound sculpture for a communal performance. Copper pipes and strings are musically tuned to match the space. Visitors are encouraged to touch the sculpture and see what noises they can make.

Simple Kinematic Motion

Henry Moore Room, 18:00 – 21:30 

Kinematics is a branch of classical mechanics that describes the motion of points, bodies, and systems of bodies without considering the forces that cause them to move. Simple Kinematic Motion is an on-going series of work investigating kinematic motion and how it can be illustrated and animated.

Provoking Language

Turner Collection, 18:00 – 21:00

Pick up a Provoking Language card to discover new ways of exploring the collection. Join the Information Team at the Provoking Language corner to exchange what you discovered with others.

Bauhaus Animated

Modern Print Room, 19:00 – 20:30

Tate Collective Producer, Christine Lai’s curated selection of Tate’s Bauhaus prints and drawings will be displayed alongside animation responses from first year students of Design for Performance & Interaction.

In Rhythmic Fragments

Manton Foyer, 18:00 – 21:30

In Rhythmic Fragments is a moving sculpture inspired by rhythmic flows observed in natural environment. The piece plays with reflections of light to create a contemplative space.


Sounds, and Sweet Airs

Taylor Digital Studio, 18:00 – 21:00

Natural soundscape provides a range of acoustic cues about the state of the environment and its inhabitants. This sensory project creates a synthetic environment that plays with the uncertainty in the way we hear the world around us.


Project XO

Clore Studio, 18:00 – 21:00

Project XO is a dance production that uses wearable robotics technology to explore themes of power, agency and empathy. The performance installation is a 3-way interaction between a participant, performer and the technology providing an immersive, embodied experience.

Bauhaus Encoded

1840’s Gallery, 18:00 – 21:30

A selection of code experiments generating motion studies shared by first year students of the Bartlett Masters in Design for Performance & Interaction. These geometric investigations represent the students first explorations of code as a creative tool.

Find out more

Bauhaus Recoded will run from 18:00 – 21:30 on 01 November at the Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG.

Design for Performance & Interaction MArch 
A radical programme which teaches students to understand and design performances and interactive experiences, taught at UCL at Here East 

The Interactive Architecture Lab was founded by staff and students from The Bartlett’s Design for Performance & Interaction MArch

Image: Project XO by New Movement Collective, at Late at Tate Britain.