SYMPOSIUM  25./26. September 2015

Black Mountain – Educational Turn and the Avantgarde

Black Mountain College (1933-1957) developed an unprecedented prominent genealogy of artists, scientists, and intellectuals in the neo-avant-garde of the 20th century. As an educational art institution, it established performative practices of interdisciplinary learning and researching, which included at least two crucial factors: collaboration and experimentation. This unique complicity of an educational turn and the emergence of an avant-garde is of crucial interest in today’s debates on issues of education and pedagogy in art, science, and academia under precarious economic circumstances.

When? FRIDAY, September 25, 6pm-9pm & SATURDAY, September 26, 10am-6:15pm
Where? Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin
How? public event (no registration required) / öffentliche Veranstaltung (keine Anmeldung erforderlich)
Who? Read the speakers’ abstracts here.
Recording: Find all videos of the conference here.


25 / 09

Eugen Blume, Gabriele Knapstein, Annette Jael Lehmann: Welcome and Exhibition

James Elkins (School of the Art Institute Chicago | Chicago, USA): What is Research?

Matt Wright (School of Music and Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University | Canterbury, UK): Black Mountains of Vinyl –The Turntable and Compositional Thinking

26 / 09

Annette Jael Lehmann (Freie Universität Berlin | Berlin, Germany): Black Mountain – Educational Turn and the Avantgarde in Past Tense

Eva Díaz (Pratt Institute | New York, USA): The Black Mountain College Experiment Revisited

Christa Brüstle (Kunstuniversität Graz | Graz, Austria): Black Mountain College and the Aspects of the Musical Avantgarde

Chris Salter (Concordia University | Montreal, Canada): Alien Agency – Techno-Science, Art and the Limits of Knowing

Dieter Lesage (Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound | Brussels, Belgium): Art, Research, Experiment – The Academy Revisited

Panel: Collaboration in Art, Education and Research Today
Moderation: Claudia Olk (Freie Universität Berlin)

Irene Campolmi (Curatorial Department, Louisiana Museum | Humlebæk, Denmark), Julian Klein (Institut für künstlerische Forschung, Radialsystem V | Berlin, Germany), Gabriele Knapstein (Museum Hamburger Bahnhof | Berlin, Germany), Nina Möntmann (Royal Institute of Art | Stockholm, Sweden), Patrick Müller (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste | Zurich, Switzerland)

Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths, University of London | London, UK): Creative Practices of Knowlegde

Christina Kral (Ykon | Berlin, Germany), Yvonne Reiners (Performing Encounters | Berlin, Germany): Everyone must win – A Recall of Buckminster Fullers’ »World Game«

Moderation: Mariama Diagne, Anna-Lena Werner (Freie Universität Berlin)