Instagram Collaboration July 1st – 10th
How can we think, act, and make like we were all at Black Mountain? How can we use the approaches and principles of this amazing community to expand our creative resources and ways of working together?
UK-based innovative participatory artists Leap Then Look are working with BMCM+AC to delve into the archive and create a participatory project and workshop based on the BMCM+AC permanent collection.
Leap Then Look – Light, Sound, Movement Workshop
Friday, July 10th, 10:30 AM (EST) / 3:30 PM (UK time)
Participatory artists Leap Then Look re-imagine the experimental Light, Sound, Movement workshops that took place at Black Mountain College in the late 40s, led by W.P. “Pete” and Elizabeth Jennerjahn. Little is known of the workshops themselves, except that they continued the college’s approach to interdisciplinary art practice begun with Xanti Schawinsky’s Spectrodrama and prefigured the famous Theater Piece No.1 staged by John Cage at BMC in 1952.
“We do not always create ‘works of art,’ but rather experiments; it is not our ambition to fill museums: we are gathering experience.” Josef Albers
This collaborative workshop took place over Zoom. Participants were invited and encouraged to work together to create movement, sound, text, and objects, using a variety of prompts. The work was brought together for a virtual “performance” using a randomly created time structure, allowing all elements to be included, to have equal weight and for no one “view” or experience of the piece to be the same.
From the fragments of the original Light, Sound, Movement workshop that remain in the archives at BMCM+AC, the strong spirit of experimentation emerges. Eighty years on, we create a space for improvisation, responsiveness, collaboration, and surprise in the virtual realm.
This work is part of a practical research project, and we will be posting content on Instagram (via Leap Then Look and BMCM+AC) from July 1st – 10th. Follow us @leap_then_look.
Image credits: Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie of Leap Then Look photographed by Alun Callender as part of his Phoenix Arts Pop-up Studio project. | W.P. “Pete” Jennerjahn, Elizabeth Jennerjahn dancing at Black Mountain College, ca. 1940s. BMCM+AC permanent collection.