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North Indian Raga with Terry Riley

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Please note: We're currently in the process of rescheduling this workshop due to coronavirus - the new date, which will be in summer 2021, will be announced as soon as possible.
    
This workshop will be based around non-academic, practical sessions in singing North Indian Raga. There will be instruction in voice culturing and in training the ear to hear specific microtones inherent in the Raga melodies. We will progress from singing and tuning up long tones to learning melodic fragments that compose the raga melodies, and then on to learning traditional "bandesh's" or traditional compositions. All of this progress will be made by learning to copy phrases taught by ear.

We'll examine raga structure and how a raga develops through the progressive series of sections - "alap", "vilambit", "drut". Various talas - rhythm cycles that frame the ragas - will be explained and practiced. We'll examine how improvisation works in Indian music, and a method of how to improvise in these raga melodies will be given. As a composer, Terry will discuss and demonstrate how he has incorporated raga into his compositional activities.

The workshop is open to all levels of ability - all are welcome who have a passion to use their voice as an expressive musical instrument.

Composer and performer Terry Riley is one of the founders - arguably the founder - of musical minimalism. His early works, notably In C (1964), pioneered a form in Western music based on structured interlocking repetitive patterns. The influence of Terry's hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated Eastern-flavored improvisations and compositions is heard across the span of contemporary and popular music.

Born in California, Terry studied at San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Conservatory before earning an MA in composition at the UC Berkeley, studying with Seymour Shifrin and Robert Erickson. At UC Berkeley, he met La Monte Young; together they worked with the dancer Anna Halprin. During a sojourn to Europe 1962-64, he collaborated with members of the Fluxus group, playwright Ken Dewey, and trumpeter Chet Baker, and was involved in street theater and happenings. In 1965 he moved to New York and joined La Monte Young’s "Theater of Eternal Music." 1967 was the year of his first all-night concert at the Philadelphia College of Art and he began a collaboration with visual artist Robert Benson. An influential teacher was Pandit Pran Nath, a master of Indian classical voice; Terry appeared in concert with him as tampura, tabla and vocal accompanist for over 25 years. Terry continues to perform in concerts of his music and of Indian classical music, as well as conducting raga-singing seminars. He also appears in concerts with Indian sitarist Krishna Bhatt, saxophonist George Brooks, guitarist Gyan Riley and with virtuoso Italian bassist, Stefano Scodanibbio.

Terry joined the Mills College faculty in 1971. There he met David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet. Their long association led to 13 string quartets, the concerto The Sands (1990), the multimedia choral work commissioned by NASA, Sun Rings (2003), and The Cusp of Magic (2004) with pipa. The Kronos recording of his epic five-quartet cycle, Salome Dances for Peace was selected as the Classical album of the year by "USA Today" and was nominated for a Grammy.

The Palmian Chord Ryddle, a concerto, was premiered in May 2012 by electric violinist Tracy Silverman and The Nashville Symphony led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. A subsequent performance occurred at Carnegie Hall. Recent works include Transylvanian Horn Courtship (2008) for string quartet doubling on Stroh instruments, Universal Bridge (2008) for pipe organ, the violin concerto Zephir (2009), and SwarAmant (2012) for violin, guitar, and tabla.

Past commissions include: the orchestral Jade Palace (1991) for Carnegie Hall’s centennial celebration, premiered there by the Saint Louis Symphony and Leonard Slatkin; June Buddhas (1991) for chorus and orchestra, based on Jack Kerouac's "Mexico City Blues," commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation; the chamber vocal work What the River Said (1997) by the Norwich Festival; the piano piece in just intonation The Dream (1999) by the Kanagawa Foundation; the concerto for piano and electro-acoustic band Banana Humberto 2000 (2000) commissioned by Musical Traditions, Inc., the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Emory University, and premiered and toured by Terry with the Paul Dresher Ensemble; Bruce’s Traveling Machine (2005) for cello and tape, commissioned by the artist Bruce Connor; The Heaven Ladder, Book 6 (Night Music) (2006) for piano 4-hands, commissioned by Sarah Cahill and premiered by Sarah Cahill and Joseph Kubera; Loops for Ancient-Giant-Nude-Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle (2006) for the Crash Ensemble; the triple concerto SolTierraLuna (2007), co-commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the New Century Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco.

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/terryriley No payment is required to reserve a place.

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5 days, 6 nights
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Personal Stories In Comics with Gabrielle Bell

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 16/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
    
The evolution of the graphic novel over the last 60 years is complex, and the mainstream history of that evolution only scratches the surface of how independent writing/drawing, alternative perspectives and comics rooted in the art world, rather than the mainstream publishing/superhero sphere, have contributed to and inspired the way we think about comics in 2020. This course is an opportunity to live, work and study with one of the most acclaimed pioneers of that underground tradition, Gabrielle Bell. It's about using the language of images and words together to create compelling stories based on your personal life. At the end of the week, you'll have accumulated several short comics, each one stronger than the previous, and a confidence that you can create a comic, from the beginning to the end, about whatever you like.

During the workshop, we will:

Learn and discuss an overview of the history of independent and autobiographical comics - read and discuss key examples, and gain a detailed image of the landscape of this compelling artformDevelop your comics drawing and writing skills in a holistic, integral way, using our own personal storiesExplore character development - learn how to create complex and unique characters in your workPractice figure drawing, and drawing from the "right side of the brain"Explore design, layout, color and editing of pages

Finally, every participant will create a minicomic, which will (if you want, of course) be published on our in-house imprint and distributed worldwide.

All levels of experience are welcome. You don't need to know how to draw or write well - everyone from absolute beginners to experienced cartoonists can benefit from Gabrielle's workshop.

Brooklyn-based cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has made some of the most celebrated alternative comics of the last two decades, from her 2003 Ignatz Award-winning semi-autobiographical series "Lucky" to her 2012 globe-trotting epic "The Voyeurs". In 2017 she released "Everything is Flammable" to huge critical acclaim - the book chosen as one of the best graphic novels of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, was a finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize as Best Graphic Novel/Comic, and was nominated for a Broken Frontier Award for Best Graphic Non-Fiction.

Gabrielle collaborated with director Michel Gondry on a film adaptation of her book "Cecil and Jordan in New York", and also on "Kuruma Tohrimasu", a collection of drawings and photographs made during the production of the film.

Her work has been selected multiple times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine.

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/gabriellebell 
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5 days, 6 nights
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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 23:00
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Deep Listening, Phase 2 with Hans-joachim Roedelius, Akira Rabelais And Kelly Jayne Jones

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 02/06/2021 - 06/06/2021
    
The concept of Deep Listening, as coined by Pauline Oliveros when her nascent Deep Listening Band descended into an underground cistern to perform using the space's 45-second reverb, has become increasingly vital in modern music. She described Deep Listening as "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing".

The second of our Deep Listening workshops this year dives into the genesis of ambient music, sonic creativity in multimedia and software, and multi-sensory approaches to creating art-environments. Leading the workshop: ambient music legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius, acclaimed composer/programmer Akira Rabelais, and pioneering multi-disciplinary artist Kelly Jayne Jones.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius has blazed a trail of new musical ideas and practices for over 50 years. With a discography spanning more than 100 releases, including collaborations with Peter Baumannn, Holger Czukay, Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank and Michael Rother, Roedelius's work forms a touchstone of influence for a diverse array of musical styles, from ambient to mathrock, drone to techno. His work with Dieter Moebius (and, for a while, Conrad Schnitzler) as Cluster formed a precurser to ambient electronic music - other high profile projects include Harmonia (with Neu!'s Michael Rother), his 1977 collaboration Cluster And Eno, The Human Being, and Roedelius Schneider, his 2011 collaboration with To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider. Hans-Joachim will use his extensive catalogue of work as a starting point to explore the ideas, methods and techniques behind his work, and behind a diverse array of modern "ambient" music.

Akira Rabelais is a composer, poet, programmer and experimental multimedia artist. After studying with computer scientists Bill Dixon and Tom Erbe at CalArts, his first record 'Elongated Pentagonal Pyramid' was released on Mille Plateaux sub-label Ritornell. In 2004, David Sylvian signed Akira to his Samadhi Sound label, and the now cult classic Spellewauerynsherde was released to huge critical acclaim - a 2017 re-release on Boomkat Editions in 2017 brought the album to new audiences. In his own words, Akira is "a composer writing software, not an engineer making music" - his audio manipulation program Argeïphontes Lyre has been used not only on his own works, but also by other artists such as Terre Thaemlitz, Biosphere and Scanner. In 2005, he was involved with tape manipulation on Björk's 'Bath', on her soundtrack for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9. In February 2019, Rabelais released cxvi through Boomkat Editions, a 'years-in-the-making' album that features collaborations with Ben Frost, Stephan Mathieu, Kassel Jaeger, Biosphere, Mélanie Skriabine and Harold Budd among others.

Kelly Jayne Jones's work combines performance art, installation, sound and music. Influenced by musique concrète, she works with improvisation, graphic scores, instructions, actions, movement, installation-performance, and audience participation/interaction. She has been researching techniques to amplify slate, using rocks and geology as a sound source. Her work creates multi-sensory experiences - sight, sounds, smells, space, interaction, communication and exchange.  Recently, Kelly has been exploring themes of the unconscious, asking how can art have the potential to be a supportive environment to explore visceral emotion, psychological awareness and performance as a site for transformation; interpersonally and communally. Kelly has collaborated with Hannah Ellul (White Death), Greta Buitkute (Clout then Grappling) and Andie Brown (These feathers have plumes), and has undertaken commissions at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, CCA Glasgow, Treize Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival, Tectonics Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca gallery, Milan and for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Drawing on the practical idea of Active and Deep Listening, during Kelly's workshop we will explore our inner selves with ASMR inspired experiences and our relation to our fragile planet, whilst reflecting on physical and emotional responses to sound, tuning into our bodily responses to sound. We'll incorporate Alexander Technique, and collaborative active listening, drawing on scores by Oliveros and others.

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/deeplisteningphase2 
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5 days, 6 nights
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 6, 2021 - 23:00
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Info & booking: www.campfr.com/deeplisteningphase2
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Deep Listening, Phase 1 with Phill Niblock, Julia Kent, Bj Nilsen And Tim Shaw

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 26/05/2021 - 30/05/2021
    
The concept of Deep Listening, as coined by Pauline Oliveros when her nascent Deep Listening Band descended into an underground cistern to perform using the space's 45-second reverb, has become increasingly vital in modern music. She described Deep Listening as "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing".

The first of our Deep Listening workshops for 2020 focuses on located sound, durational music and spatialisation. Leading the workshop: pioneering composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock, acclaimed cellist/composer Julia Kent, located-sound specialist BJ Nilsen, and sound walk guru Tim Shaw.

Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer, multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde since the 1960's, influencing wide sections of the modern music landscape with his intense vision of deep, minimal drone. Niblock's music and intermedia performances have been presented at venues across the world, including MOMA, the Pompidou Center, ICA London and the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin; he has collaborated with Susan Stenger, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Kevin Drumm, Kasper Toeplitz, Jim O'Rourke, Ulrich Krieger, Seth Josel, Petr Kotik, Tom Buckner and others. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his NYC loft space, including Suzanne Ciani, Ryoji Ikeda and Zbigniew Karkowski. During a full day of workshop, performances and films, Phill will take his own music as a launch-point to explore themes of deep listening, durational music, microtones, overtones and spatialisation.

NYC-based cellist and composer Julia Kent first surfaced playing with Brooklyn cello trio Rasputina before launching her solo career with the release of "Delay" on Important Records in 2007. She signed to Leaf Label in 2013, and subsequently released a trio of highly acclaimed albums - "Character" (2013), "Asperities" (2015) and "Temporal" (2019). She has collaborated with Swans and Anthony and the Johnsons; composed film scores for Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be the Place", Michael Maren's "A Short History of Decay" and Ariel Nasr's "The Boxing Girls of Kabul"; and appeared at Primavera Sound, Meltdown Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, CTM festival, 24-Hour Drone and Unsound. Julia will explore repetition and pattern in music, how that can relate to repetition and pattern in nature, and how climate change is disrupting natural patterns. Incorporating field recordings, found sounds, and Julia's own live-looping practice, we will explore the translation of data into sound, pursuing a sort of meditation on humans' relationship to the natural world.

BJ Nilsen is a composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam. His work primarily focuses on the sounds of nature and how they affect humans - recent work has explored the urban acoustic realm and industrial geography in the Arctic region of Norway and Russia. His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance performances, and film, and his recorded works include the highly acclaimed 2013 album "Eye of the Microphone" (released on Touch), "The Invisible City", and "Storm" - his collaboration with Chris Watson. As well as having worked with Chris, Benny has collaborated with Hildur Gudnadóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stilluppsteypa, Z'ev, Alan Courtis and others. In 2014, Benny co-edited Acoustic City with Matthew Gandy; the book is a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD.

Over two days, Benny and the group will explore the acoustic environments of the alpine landscape. Through field recording, we'll discover the different layers of sound in and around the area. Together we will expand on them, analyse them and give them a voice through recordings and compositions, which will result in individual short sound pieces for a final presentation on the second day of the workshop. Following an introductory session outlining basic principles, the workshop will include active listening sessions, excursions and practical exercises, and the exploration of changing soundscapes through walking and listening. Benny will give advice on recording techniques (from monophonic to ambisonic, to contact, hydrophonic and EMF recording techniques), sound manipulation and composition.

Tim Shaw's "Ambulation" sound walks incorporate performance, walking and field recording, offering a sound responsive journey through a landscape, immersing listeners in a familiar yet abstracted environment. Participants wear wireless radio headphones, receiving an audio feed of live recordings, locational radio broadcasts and electromagnetic energy from their immediate environment. These sounds are processed, layered and re-introduced live by the artist directly into the participants' headphones as the walk continues. Using a selection of listening technologies and a variety of different microphones a diverse range of sonic material is collected, processed and broadcast. After an introductory sound walk lead by Tim, you'll experiment with the technology and techniques, under Tim's guidance, to produce your own sound walk. 

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/deeplisteningphase1 
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5 days, 6 nights
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 23:00
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Current Strategies For Improvisation And Composition with Elliott Sharp

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 05/05/2021 - 09/05/2021
    
This is an intense, five-day workshop intended to expand the source materials for use by improvisers and composers to extend outside the normal range of approaches, lead by American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer, Elliott Sharp.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Over the course of five days, working both at our facility and out in the landscape, the workshop will explore concepts including:

Biomorphism and Natural Models As Compositional Inspiration and Strategy: Fireflies and flocking birds, RNA replication, Fibonacci numbers, fractals, and cellular automata and other natural forms and processes all present useful models for structure and development.Algorithmic and Self-Organizing Systems: Genesis and development of Sharp's compositions 'SyndaKit' and 'Flexagons': music as permutational organism.New approaches to graphic notation: 'Foliage', 'Mare Undarum', and 'Sylva Sylvarum' represent current strategies in the synesthetic based on processing of modulation, filtering, layering and inverting the score itself to create work that is retinal art but also provides a score to the performers.Socio-Acoustics - Soundmaking in the Real World: A complex of equations with many hidden variables make up human interaction and the production and perception of music. This will be fodder for discussion of the process of improvisation.

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/elliottsharp 
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5 days, 6 nights
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 23:00
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Info & booking: www.campfr.com/elliottsharp
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Modeling Resilience with Art with Aviva Rahmani

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 21/04/2021 - 25/04/2021
    
At this turning point between Earth rights and Earth fragility, how might we divine messages from the non-human inhabitants of our ecosystems to protect our collective future and find hope, despite threats? Can the trees and small creatures of the world teach us to adapt to a global crisis even as much of the world holds its breathe in the face of catastrophe? Are there threads from cultural, scientific and even spiritual knowledge to lead us out of a labyrinth of trouble? Activities in this workshop are designed to go beyond mindfulness and hear the silent cries of alarm and the whispers of hope we can pass on to others to collectively find the answers we need, welcome or not.

Each day of the workshop will focus on employing familiar tools in new ways: walking, journaling, recording, sharing and discussing the implications of our observations. Our frame of reference for these exercises will be the rules of trigger point theory with the goal of identifying points for possible intervention in environmental cascades.

Aviva Rahmani is one of the most important artists contributing to the current movement of environmental art. Her public and ecological art projects have involved collaborative interdisciplinary community teams with scientists, planners, environmentalists and other artists, and her projects range from complete landscape restorations to museum venues that reference painting, sound and photography.

She began her career as a performance artist, founding and directing the American Ritual Theatre (1968-1971), performing throughout California. In 1971, she collaborated with Judy Chicago, Suzanne Lacy, and Sandi Orgel on Ablutions, now considered a groundbreaking feminist performance work on rape. After graduating from California Institute of the Arts and getting her PhD from Plymouth, Aviva began presenting workshops on her theoretical approach to environmental restoration, and her transdisciplinary work has been exhibited internationally. 

Aviva's video documentation Gulf to Gulf sessions have made international impact, and it's precursor "Trigger Points/Tipping Points" premiered at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2002, her pioneering community action project "Blue Rocks" helped restore degraded wetlands on Vinalhaven Island, Maine (triggering a USDA investment of over $500,000). "The Blued Trees Symphony" (2015 - present) has received numerous awards and had huge impact around the globe.

"Ghost Nets 1990-2000", one of Aviva's best known works, includes her original theories of environmental restoration and trigger point theory. In 2012, she applied trigger point theory and the "Gulf to Gulf" webcasts to "Fish Story Memphis," a multi-part public art project. In 2006, she initiated a series of podcasts, "Virtual Cities and Oceans of If", which segued into webcasts on climate change. She is currently an Affiliate with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado (UCB), where she has been collaborating with the Director, James White since 2007 on "Gulf to Gulf", a series of webcasts on global warming with other scientists, artists and thinkers. Their first collaborative work premiered with Cultura21 in the Joseph Beuys Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale.

In 2007, in collaboration with White, Aviva appeared in the collective exhibition Weather Report, debuting her work "Trigger Points, Tipping Points". She displayed a series of digital prints that superimposed satellite imagery with textual warnings on the morphing and changing of climate change on the global landscape. Her work embodies a discourse that focuses on the power dynamics of disaster and how rising sea levels will not only effect landscape, but also result in the relocation of communities and refugee migration. She seamlessly ties together climate change with the themes of class, power, and justice - a conversation frequently not as prevalent in the global warming conversation.

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5 days
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 23:00
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The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Info & booking: www.campfr.com/avivarahmani
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