Annette Jael Lehmann, Anna-Lena Werner

Theme: Practice as research

Black Mountain and Beyond

Black Mountain Research, a collaborative project by Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013-2015), was developed alongside the exhibition Black Mountain – An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957 (2015). Testing alternatives to the lecturing character of institutional public programs, we invited students, scholars, artists and curators to contribute to the project, using performative strategies of teaching and learning. The paper unfolds perspectives for projects based on collaborations between museums, universities and art colleges and Black Mountain Research. We regard mobile lab structures as temporary working units between institutions and other alternative best-practice models. We will address the most crucial challenges, myths and realities of participatory practices, as well as the educational turn in the arts.

Annette Jael Lehmann is Professor of Visual Culture, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has a strong inter- and cross-disciplinary focus in research and in practise-based collaborations with various institutions in academia, art and culture. Amongst several other projects, she founded and directs the educational project Black Mountain Research.

Anna-Lena Werner is a PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin, researching the subject of trauma in contemporary installation art. Having studied Art History, Theatre Studies (FU Berlin) and Art Theory (Chelsea College, London), she has curated group shows in spaces including Savvy Contemporary and Archiv Massiv, and publishes in magazines such as Performance Research, Monopol Magazine and Engaging in digital research and curatorial practices, she founded and runs the website and is Research Associate at Black Mountain Research.