Symposium Revisiting Black Mountain
Cross-disciplinary Experiments and Their Potential for Democratization
(in Times of Post–Democracy)

Datum: 25 May 7pm –27 May, 6pm 2018
Ort: Hörsaal 1 (3.K01)

Programmed by Dorothee Richter, Head of MAS Curating, WB, ZHdK

Bernard Stiegler (philosopher), Alfredo Jaar (artist),  Hongjohn Lin (curator), Susanne Kennedy (Choreographer), Steven Henry Madoff (author and curator), Lisette Smit (curator), Raqs Media Collective (artists, curators), Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist, activist) with lecturers (artists, designers, musicians, theoreticians, curators) of the ZHdK, to mention a few: Swetlana Heger, Dorothee Richter, Gerald Raunig, Nina Bandi, Sabine Harbeke, Brandon Farnsworth, Annemarie Bucher, Daniel Späti, Cornelia Sollfrank, and more.

Open to public and free, but please register:

Experimenting with experience, democratic coexistence, interdisciplinarity, the self-determination of students and teachers, and working in art and design to develop and reconstruct society: Black Mountain College, founded in 1933, served as a space for artistic and social utopias for two decades and has remained a starting point for discussions on the conditions for successful teaching and research in the arts and design through to today.

These cross-disciplinary experiments seem to be especially important in times of so-called Post-Democracy and Post-Facts, which imply a reformulation of the public sphere. Is there on the other hand a potential in the cultural sphere that might offer a space for democratization? Does the impact of new working methods linked to digital technology propel further interconnections and resources that create other public spheres? Might this be a catalyst for new patterns of a communal exchange?

And what does this mean for the teaching and learning of arts and design, for structures, formats and content of learning/teaching, for an institution? The symposium shows connections, interferences, contradictions, confrontations and dialogues. In this panel, we invite cross-disciplinary radical cultural practices as well as educational experiments to open up a horizon of future possibilities in dialogue with other art and design universities and with cultural practitioners, which will be able to initiate other public spheres and therefore enable democratization.

Fri 25. May 2018
7pm: Raqs Media Collective, Cornelia Sollfrank

Sat May 2018
10am: Swetlana Heger, Lisette Smits, Dorothee Richter
1pm: Alfredo Jaar
2.15-3.30pm: Jeanne van Heeswijk
4pm: Bernard Stiegler, Gerald Raunig, Nina Bandi

Sun 27. May 2018
10am: Hongjohn Lin, Sabine Harbeke, Daniel Späti
1pm: Steven Henry Madoff, Heinrich Lüber, Annemarie Bucher
4pm: Susanne Kennedy, Brandon Farnsworth, Johanna Bruckner