A still from an educational film.
For the latest edition of the Abecedarium,Â a format developed by Alexandra Midal, I was invited to intervene discussing the idea of educational films. At the event, which took place at the MusÃ©e des Arts DÃ©coratifs in Paris and focused mostly on the interactions between design and film, I chose to talk about some of the ways in which film and education are entangled, and focused on the rich material provided by the so-called “social guidance films” developed in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.
My talk advocated that weÂ should ask more from film as a learning space. We should ask for film as an enabler of learning spaces that are open and ambiguous, that open doors and not just close them; that open world-views and not just demand them. Of course, the Abecedarium is in itself this kind of space. Thank you to Alexandra and SÃ©bastien Quequet for the invitation, it was fantastic to be part of this format!