“We made our own slides and we would project slides on a person or partway on a person (…). We would strive through our very poor tools to get this to happen. We did a lot of improvisation in terms of techniques and devices to get our point made.” – Pete Jennerjahn in a film and interview with Sigrid Pawelke on his experiments with project slides and the involvement of the students in the self-sufficient community of Black Mountain College.
“I remember with Merce just his sense of focus, his sense of being upright, being in the body and moving and knowing what you were going to do, being ready for the next thing, but enjoying where you are, that was just contagious” – Theodore Dreier Jr. in a film and interview with Sigrid Pawlke on his classes with Merce Cunningham and other influencing faculty at Black Mountain College
“It was always in terms of seeing things (…) and what was interesting is that he would carry this notion into other courses, so that calculus made me see things, which were wonderful and beautiful and magic, calculus were suddenly an art course.” – Claude Stoller in a film and interview by Sigrid Pawelke on Josef Albers at Black Mountain College and how he altered his way of seeing
“There were no rules, you were not fitting into an existing order, you were fitting into an alive situation like being on a river, that was making itself every moment.” – Ati Gropius Johansson in a film and interview by Sigrid Pawelke on her initial refusal of going to Black Mountain College and her later admiration for Josef Albers and his design classes.
„The living part of the whole thing was for me equally strong and expressive as was the learning. You had to realize that your mind is free – can be much freer than in the conventional college even in America.” – BMC alumna Lisa Jalowetz Aronson in a film and interview by Sigrid Pawelke about her arrival, her experiences and the learning process at Black Mountain College