A school in the meadow? – In the footsteps of Black Mountain College
USA, North Carolina, 1933: artists, reform pedagogues and teachers from the Bauhaus school found Black Mountain College in the rural idyll of North America. The curriculum focuses on how to better perceive and shape the world. The teachers include Anni and Joseph Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Franz Kline and Richard Buckminster Fuller.
“Gaining experience instead of memorising”
To this day, Black Mountain College provides valuable impulses for the arts and their creative pedagogy. School should be a place that is constantly changing with the teachers and students. It is not just about the absence of constraints; creative teaching and learning should provide space for aesthetic experience.
“The process is the goal”
In 2016, we launched a field trial on the Coop Campus in Hermannstrasse: Together with artists, architects, performers, young gardeners who came to the city as refugees and young people from the neighbourhood, we delved into the questions, concepts and spatial atmospheres of Black Mountain College. Here you can see what came out of it: