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2016FallSymposiumURCreativityEngagement has ended
Tuesday, December 6 • 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Black Mountain Memories – Poems and Images of Black Mountain College

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Black Mountain College was a vibrant collection of creatives who made a pilgrimage to North Carolina from 1933 to 1957. The college was an experiment in approaching learning through experience. Instructors came from diverse backgrounds which fed the artistic community of the college, most notably the Bauhaus, which dissolved in 1933 during the rise of the Nazi regime. The experiential learning techniques and collaborative processes have interested me most in studying Black Mountain College that path has influenced my Capstone project. My project uses the ekphrastic poetic form, responding to my personal photography collection made at the Lake Eden and Robert E Lee campuses, the former locations of Black Mountain College. This technique will lend itself to the experiential rooting of the college itself and demonstrates the educational vision that faded into history and recognizes markers in time that are symbols of moments that have experienced trauma, as in the case of the scholarly European refugees who were invited to Black Mountain to teach. The images also will speak to the enormous amount to creative energy that came out of the small community of students and their instructors. The former Black Mountain College campuses hold a time capsule of photographic and poetic energy that have translated effectively into a body of work that speaks across disciplines

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Karpen Hall-Laurel Forum