College presidents and corporate executives have signed a compact emphasizing the importance to a successful career of a broad, liberal-arts education.

 aka: Employers are looking for thinkers and people instead of just students who have proven professors can fill their minds with knowledge.

aka^2: people want to hear from the minds of Bennington Grads

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Pictured above: Final from my seven week printmaking class Simple Book Multiples

The assignment was to do something with text and collaboration.

I drew quotes from my notes from my Second Language and Cultural Acquisition class, played around with them so that each one started with a verb and ended with a noun, asked five language learners to translate the quotes into a language they did not grow up speaking, (in this case Chinese, French, Arabic, German, and Russian) fiddled with the formatting, printed films and headed to the shop. 

To print the pages I used a combination of mono-printing for the background and screen-printing for the text.  

In my book work I am fascinated by complexity, sequencing, framing and layering. I wanted to use the translations as a visual wash filling and bleeding off the pages and then cut out windows to frame and capture the original English. However, when the reader turns the page, the window then frames the translation and the quote is left floating. 

Finally I bound the book with a soft cloth cover.

-Selina ‘15

Thanks to Glennis ‘15 for modeling! 

anonymous asked:

How much could you make your schedule like a dance intensive? What's an example of the most rigorous dance education possible at bennington?

Hey there! Well for starters check out the dance classes that will be offered Spring of 2015. As a general guideline your teachers will encourage you to only take up to 8 credits or half your schedule in one discipline. If you were to take a couple of technique classes (1 or 2 credits each) and maybe a 4 credit composition class you’d be in the studio a good 12 class hours/week.

Outside of class you could take attend swing club on Saturday nights, participate in Bennington Movement Collective activities (improv jams, film screenings, movement workshops, etc.), produce your own projects for public showing, and of course dance and collaborate in your peers’ work. One term I was in six different pieces which added roughly 14 extra hours of rehearsal to my weekly load. There’s also been terms where my friends and I have reserved studio space to hold our own little technique classes and stay in shape. 

The education is a rigorous as you make it and are willing to put in the hours. The gym opens at 6:30am, there’s a pool in town, the roads here in Vermont are beautiful for a nice run, the studio and performance spaces are open 24/7. Practice, rehearse, compose, create and struggle to your heart’s content. 

-Selina ‘15

Here’s a shot from the Marta Hill Dance concert that went up last weekend. Enjoy!

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Currently I’m taking a math class called Symmetry with the wonderful Andrew McIntyre, where we’ve been talking about group theory and different kinds of symmetries. We just started working on wallpaper pattern symmetries; we all received tons of sheets with these really lovely patterns, and we have to mark them all up like this, and try to find the generator shapes for each. It’s strangely cathartic to draw the lines in these, though - I would definitely recommend it (even if you hate the math).

~Maddy ‘16

Bennington's Egg: A Synthesis of Collaboration and Individualism

Almost a month ago now, a space much unlike any other space that’s ever existed before on campus went up for a couple hours on the day that Mariko Silver, our new president, was inaugurated. 

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This temporary, reusable and inflatable structure, “the Egg” (as we referred to it during its construction), was designed and constructed, collaboratively by a group of 12 students (including myself) with the guidance and leadership of digital arts faculty member, Guy Snover ‘06 and sculpture technician, John Umphlett MFA ‘99 throughout the span of 9 weeks in a sculpture class called The Field Research of Closed Cells. That very day, was the first day that any of us had ever seen it entirely inflated; it was the first time we were able to actually enter and experience the interior of the structure ourselves, given the fact that the entire time we were piecing it together, we were only able to assume what the experience itself would be like through imagination and the help of 3-D modeling. It was either going to work and be successful, both conceptually and functionally, or literally fall flat. I’d say that despite some struggles in the process of fabricating this beautiful, monster of a space, we all came together to not only enjoy the fruit of our labor but also revel in the experience of seeing and knowing that the audience of the day truly understood how transformative it was. After all, this was a project for the College that was designed to reflect what being a student at Bennington is all about, physically as well figuratively.

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anonymous asked:

Hello, this might be a bit of an odd question, but if one is currently attending a non-American school that does not have a CEEB code, what should be written in the "Most Recently Attended School CEEB" section of the off-campus interview form?

Hey there! Just put down whatever combination of numbers you need to so that the form goes through. (I checked in with counselor Liam on this one.) However, if you want to skip over this little glitch just look up who your counselor is here and drop them a line. They’d love to talk!

Funny story — somewhat related. When I was abroad in Argentina last year I went through the nightmare of processing my citizenship. After finally getting all the right translations and official looking stamps I was finally ready to head into the center where they take your picture, fingerprints and have you pay. However, in order to get an appointment I had to provide the number off my national identity card… the card I was applying to get. In other words I had to use the non-existent number of the document that had not yet been made, in order to solicit the very document I needed to process that document in the first place. I just put in the number off my US passport arrived ready to argue. All this is to say that sometimes numbers don’t line up and we just make things up to keep things flowing even though we’ll have to repair the confusion down the line.

Happy filling in the blank,

-Selina ‘15

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Bathroom Review: CAPA (Faculty Lounge Solo)

Quality bathroom. Designed by the faculty themselves. This bathroom review is in honor of St Patrick’s Day because green. This bathroom is for FACULTY ONLY. It was very difficult to get the necessary permits to enter the faculty lounge, but once I knocked it became apparent that no one ever uses the faculty lounge for anything but coffee anyways so who cares? Green. Sink and extra reflective mirror provided by Duravit: Your #1 Source for Water! I included a look under the hood in for any of you plumbing junkies out there. 250 Toilet Seat Covers included but only one toilet! Please explain?? I noticed that one of the four elusive walls of this rarely found bathroom was completely empty (besides the green) so I have thought of some uses for this wall:
1) Install jukebox? Music is very import!
2) Racquetball? As of now we have no racquetball court on campus, and since all you need to play racquetball is a room, why not this one?
3) More green? Since we already have so much green, why not add some more? Maybe a life sized cutout of Shrek? Maybe just plant some grass? Anything to go green.
4) Demolish? If this wall were demolished it would lead into the rest of CAPA, making the entire building a bathroom. Very useful. Maybe then we can fit the 3 people that the sign is trying to depict into this bathroom. Until then, who knows whether we can accomplish triple use.

Safety: 6 out of 10
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Design: O out of 10
Comfort: 6 out of 10

Don’t pretend!

-Alex BG

QUESTIONS....

Today in my advanced workshop in CAPA our professor posed the question: “What is the question you are going to FWT to answer?”

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My unedited response was: “How can the conflict resolution tools and skill sets I’ll be learning and honing - in both English and Spanish - inform and map onto the work I’ll be producing in the Spring term?

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anonymous asked:

I found Bennington last night and it seems somewhat perfect for me. I've never been one to excel when it comes to academics, but I'm passionate about all forms of art. Bennington seems like a perfect fit. I'm just worried about fitting in. I'm not what seems to be the typical "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" artist. I would generally vote republican, I like hunting, and don't really care about feminism. Would I be ostracized/completely alone?

(I ran out of room but feel the need to explain a little more) I’m gay, so naturally I’m a very open and accepting person, but I also know what I like. I’ve been harassed a lot as a gay man who doesn’t fit the stereotype, and would prefer to spend my time/money elsewhere if that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat… Just, different strokes for different folks, you know?

Hello halloooo, and thank you for writing in with such a good and important post/question.

After talking with the other admissions interns in the office and reflecting on my own experiences and impressions of these sorts of things, I would say that the main ostracized/not-ostracized factor would be the level of mutual acceptance and respect for everyone’s opinions/the way the opinions are presented, rather than the actual opinions/identifiers themselves. Because a lot of people here do have pretty similar political/social ideals, it’s actually extremely helpful and interesting when there are people in the community who have different ideas - it can get a bit tiresome to always be having discussions without much friction.

In your later post you mention being a very open and accepting person who doesn’t try to shove his opinion down other people’s throats - perfect! That’s really all that could prevent you from being accepted and welcomed into the community. My suggestion would be to come visit, take a tour, sit in on a class, and eat lunch with students, to see how the general vibe feels to you. But certainly know that not every single person is liberal here, and CERTAINLY not everyone fits into that "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" social stereotype. We like variety.

Best, please come visit, and e-mail me if you have any other questions/concerns (chloer@bennington.edu),

Chloe ‘16

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For all of you prospective students out there, march to your own beat! I know we say that casually, but Ringo Starr is so right. We are all little drummers just trying to find our own way. Bennington is a place designed to help you figure out what beat work for you. Not to be the sentimental Senior and all, but I am going to miss this place and I think my biggest take away is realizing that this community gave me the space and resources and challenges to develop my own beat. Soon Bennington will launch me into the world outside of college to continue to play that beat with Pride, after 4 trial launches of FWT of course :)

p.s. I also named my cat Ringo after this drummer!

-Alana ‘15