2018 Workshops

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Black Mountain College and Meaning in Contemporary Education

Mary Emma Harris

The workshop will be an open-ended discussion of the role of “meaning” in contemporary education. What is “meaning” and what is a “meaningful” education? Does a consideration of the meaning of events and information play a significant role in preparing students for life in an increasingly complex and diverse society or is it enough simply to learn the facts? What does it mean to be an American? What does it mean to live in a democratic society?

Location: The Music House


Keith Flynn

This workshop will focus on the history and influence of the Black Mtn. poets as seen through the prism of Charles Olson's essay, "Projective Verse," and will include analysis of the poets affiliated with BMC, as well as writing exercises and prompts that underscore their various techniques and strategies. Poets under discussion will include William Carlos Williams, Ed Dorn, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Jonathan Williams,  Robert Duncan, and Robert Creeley. The sonic architecture of poetry will be examined as well as Olson's improvisational, "open-field"  approach to composition, driven by the natural patterns of breath and the idea that every good poem must escape its cold bed on the page and live in the air. 

Location: Skinner Library Conference Room

What Makes Art History and What Makes Art Good? Examining the 20th Century’s Deconstruction of Art

Matt & Christine Jones

In this talk, we will use Black Mountain College as a springboard for looking at the larger trend of deconstructionist art of the Twentieth Century and follow how that movement continues to inform the art world today. We will strive to find a working definition for art along with why and for whom art is made.

Location: Mitchell, Room TBA

Co-Laboratory: Moving Into Interdisciplinary Work

Kathleen Meyers Leiner

This workshop draws inspiration from Black Mountain College's history and uses movement as the pathway to explore collaborative methods of interdisciplinary work. Participants will experiment with a movement-based inquiry structure to enhance learning and benefit from the diversity found within multiple perspectives of a group and disciplines. Specific points of departure will include The Glyph (choreographed by Katherine Litz in response to Charles Olson's poetry, Ben Shahn's painting, and performed to Lou Harrison's music), as well as chance operations methods used by Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

Location: Graham Theater

DIY: They Did It, So Can We

Chelsea Ragan & Adam Void

Inspired by the unconventional Do-It-Yourself nature of Black Mountain College, the experimental structures of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome, Robert Creeley's self-published BMC literary journal Black Mountain Review, and the student-driven construction of the Studies Building, “DIY” will show contemporary examples of epic innovative projects produced by members of the School of the Alternative. “DIY” explores the accessible and self-directed nature of making and doing from a multitude of disciplines. While discussing these projects, the workshop participants will produce screenprints employing an original technique  making use of items found around the home.

Location: Mitchell, Room 212