Blueprint for (a Media Archeology of) Counter Education
GRANTEEPaul Cronin, Adam Michaels & Jeffrey T. Schnapp
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
The project undertakes a media archeology of one of the defining (but forgotten) works of radical pedagogy from the Vietnam War–era: Maurice R. Stein and Larry Miller's Blueprint for Counter Education, published as boxed set by Doubleday in 1970, as a book accompanied by three large posters intended to serve as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education. It reconstructs the story of Blueprint as an intellectual endeavor and design artifact, retraces the debacle of its implementation as the founding curriculum in Critical Studies at Cal Arts, and "completes" Blueprint by devising an interactive sound-based fourth wall for the portable classroom—a music poster was initially imagined by Stein and Miller, but never developed. Aimed at fostering a dialogue between the visual turn inaugurated by works like Blueprint and contemporary debates regarding education and digital culture, the project assumes the form of a publishing/exhibition/installation hybrid.
Paul Cronin is the editor of On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director (2004), a collection of writings by British director Alexander Mackendrick; Werner Herzog’s A Guide for the Perplexed (2014), an interview book with the German director; and Lessons with Kiarostami (2014), based on workshops conducted by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. His films include “Look out Haskell, it’s real!” The Making of Medium Cool (2001; re-edited 2013), Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 (2003), In the Beginning was the Image: Conversations with Peter Whitehead (2006) and A Time to Stir (forthcoming, 2017), a fifteen-hour historical documentary about the student protests at Columbia University in 1968.
Adam Michaels is the cofounder of New York–based design studio Project Projects and the founder of Inventory Press. His work focuses on the active synthesis of typography and images—as well as editorial and design work—as a means of conveying significant content to diverse audiences. Project Projects works on books, exhibitions, identity systems, and websites with clients such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture, MoMA, SALT Istanbul, and Steven Holl Architects, and has been chosen twice as a finalist for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. The studio's work has been widely published, and its principals have lectured and taught both nationally and internationally. The third and most recent title in the Inventory Books series is The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback, by Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Adam Michaels, which was further elaborated upon as a full-length vinyl LP entitled The Electric Information Age Album.
Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian at Stanford University, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999. A cultural historian, designer, and curator, he is the author of over twenty books and hundreds of essays. His most recent books are The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012); Modernitalia (Peter Lang, 2012); and Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), coauthored with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner. The Library beyond the Book, coauthored with Matthew Battles, was published by Harvard University Press in 2014. Schnapp is professor of romance literatures at Harvard, where he also teaches in the Department of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, in addition to directing metaLAB and codirecting the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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