QUIET ODD #6 @ Czech Centre / Fully Awake: Black Mountain College

Hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933–1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped twentieth century American art. Created as an experiment of “education in a democracy,” the central idea was that the creative arts and practical responsibilities are equal in importance to the development of the intellect. The emphasis was that learning and living are intimately connected.

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Fully Awake (2007) is the only feature-length documentary film exploring the college’s progressive pedagogy and radical approach to arts education. Highly democratic and faculty-owned, the school promoted educational of the whole person: head, heart, and hand. Practical responsibilities and the creative arts were viewed as equally important components to intellectual development. During WWII, Black Mountain College was a haven for refugee European artists such as Josef and Anni Albers who arrived from the Bauhaus in Germany. In the socially conservative 1940s and 50s, the college also became a refuge for the American avant–garde, (Franz Kline, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Robert Creeley, Jacob Lawrence, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and M.C. Richards). Fully Awake explores how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model.

ODD is proud to screen this film for the first time in Romania, thanks to Documentary Educational Resources (http://www.der.org/) and with the support of the Czech Centre in Bucharest.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on the topics surrounding radical education. We will present additional materials such as exhibition catalogs and theoretical studies of various educational experiments in the 20h C.
Our interest lies in probing the ground for possibilities of developing such models in the local context, as part of a more sustained program announced by our ODD THEORY series.

Part of QUIET ODD (http://www.oddweb.org/series/quiet-odd/quiet-odd-6/) and developed in parallel to the 3rd Interactivity Series by Modulab(http://www.modulab.ro/seria-de-interactivitate-modulab-3-_-inuman-open-call/).

The screening is in English, no subtitles.

Image credits: Sue Spayth (left) and unknown students before Lee Hall, Blue Ridge Campus, c.1938, copyright and courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina. Source: Sleek.

ARTMAP

Today at 16:00, Frida Sandström: Collect the Crash Writing WorkshopToday at 21:00, Bucharest
Today at 19:00, As I Get Older I Get More Afraid of the DarkToday at 22:00, Bucharest
Today at 21:30, Seri de Film UrbanEye la Anuala de Arhitectură'17 → Fri. 30/06, Europe/Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, Vali Chincișan. [Un]related Times and TopicsTmrw at 22:00, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, Negotiating Answers / expoziție Vlad Albu → Thu. 13/07, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, Diplomă 2017: Romina Banu / Melissa Antonescu → Sun. 09/07, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, JOIA de film: Vacanță la mare (comedie, Franța, 2011)Tmrw at 20:30, Bucharest
Tmrw at 19:00, Capete, mâini și variații de tensiuneTmrw at 22:00, Bucharest
Fri. 30/06, Robert Koteles – Mater → Fri. 30/06, Bucharest
Fri. 30/06, Vernisaj | DELIA POPA: Fata cu tentacule → Fri. 30/06, Bucharest
Sat. 01/07, The Interstitial Space _ Nita Mocanu & Marius Stoica → Sun. 02/07, Bucharest
Sat. 01/07, Minunata lume nouă – Case ale migranţilor români → Sat. 01/07, Cluj-Napoca
Mon. 03/07, Open Call | Cultural Management Academy → Fri. 07/07, Bucharest
Fri. 07/07, Outernational Days 2 → Sun. 09/07, Bucharest
Thu. 27/07, Filmul de Piatra #10 → Sun. 30/07, Piatra Neamt

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Thu. 22/06, Exhibition: Alexandru Lazăr – Six easy pieces → Wed. 05/07, Bucharest