How fun would it be to replace a few word in the Bauhaus Manifesto that is the root of modern design, and republish it?
The ultimate goal of all art is the building! The ornamentation of the interface was once the main purpose of the software teams, and they were considered
indispensable parts of the great software. Today, they exist in complacent
isolation, from which they can only be salvaged by the purposeful and
cooperative endeavours of all artisans. Sysadmins, analysts, graphists and developers must
learn a new way of seeing and understanding the composite character of the sofware, both as a totality and in terms of its parts. Their work will then re-imbue
itself with the spirit of architecture, which it lost in salon art.
The art and engineering schools of old were incapable of producing this unity – and how
could they, for art may not be taught. They must return to the workshop. This
world of mere drawing and painting of draughtsmen and applied artists/developers must at
long last become a world that builds. When a young person who senses within
himself a love for creative endeavour begins his career, as in the past, by
learning a trade, the unproductive “artist” will no longer be condemned to the imperfect
practice of art because his skill is now preserved in craftsmanship, where he
may achieve excellence.
IT crowd, business analysts, designers – we all must return to craftsmanship!
For there is no such thing as “art by profession”. There is no essential
difference between the artist and the artisan. The artist is an exalted artisan.
Merciful heaven, in rare moments of illumination beyond man’s will, may allow art
to blossom from the work of his hand, but the foundations of proficiency are
indispensable to every artist. This is the original source of creative design.
So let us therefore create a new guild of craftsmen, free of the divisive
class pretensions that endeavoured to raise a prideful barrier between
craftsmen and artists! Let us strive for, conceive and create the new building
of the future that will unite every discipline, architecture and sculpture and
painting, and which will one day rise heavenwards from the million hands of craftsmen
as a clear symbol of a new belief to come.