ALTER / ALTAR III : ANIMAL, ANARCHY, ALCHEMY, ARCHIVE – a 6 wk workshop w/ ELÆ


Like its forebears, Alter / Altar I: Memory, Mirror, Monument, Map at Bowery Poetry and Alter / Altar II: Sigil, Soma, Score, Salve at Poets House, this iteration of ALTER/ALTAR is a genre defying space open to ALL regardless of experience or background. But this isn’t a “poetry” workshop, per se, and includes prompts to encourage and engage movement practice / performance, visual work across a range of media, experimental procedures, citizen science, and sound. Here we approach “poetics” as its etymological origin suggests (poiein, from *kwei “to pile up, build, make”): a practice drawing on an arsenal of exploration, documentation, and challenge.

For ANIMAL, ANARCHY, ALCHEMY, ARCHIVE we consider in particular nonhuman allyship and the human-animal body, radical forms of community (and how radical, anti-silo forms of making can support seeding this for real), making as transformational process, and consider the shifting meaning and use of archival form, from the personal to the digital-rhizomatic, to the superstructural. 

PERMISSION and encouragement to kill your darlings is paramount, but otherwise our workshop structure is built to support a range of levels of engagement, from daily practice to meta-reorientation.

Our explorations are offered as a scalar, opt-in structure, allowing participants to engage at the speed with which they are most comfortable. Each week we will have a series of readings and other interdisciplinary materials to consider, and each week participants will be offered a range of prompts across a variety of forms. All offerings are opt-in, and can provide long-term support for continued exploration well beyond the confines of this workshop.

This workshop will support the creation of zine-style chapbooks and the release of a collective publication. DM if interested in more information, and/or watch this space for more information!


ONWARD COMRADES! LETS MAKE AND BREAK. 

EXORCISE THE STUCK SPACES. GET MESSY WITH ME. 


Weekly on Zoom, Tuesdays 7:30 EST
Six Sessions, Beginning June 23


About the Facilitator:

ELÆ [LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON] is a multimodal creator, scholar and amateur mycologist, addressing intersections between bodies, language, technology, and system change. Recent and forthcoming features include Tagvverk, Urgent Possibilities – Writings on Feminist Poetics & Emergent Pedagogies, Big Echo, Vestiges, Matters of Feminist Practice, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, &Now, Ars Electronica / STWST, Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival, Performing Knowledge at the Segal Center Theater and The Exponential Festival. They teach at Pratt Institute, and are Founder/Creative Director of The Operating System. A door via IG @thetroublewithbartleby, or web: http://onlywhatican.net

[Images: “Lobster Girl,” Sunaura Taylor, 2013; “Of agricultural work,” Douglas Kearney, 2020. Author photo, self-portrait courtesy of Elæ.]


ALL ACCESS PRICING MODEL / PAY WHAT YOU CAN / COMPARISON COSTS:

Liminal Lab is committed to providing a source of income for our collaborators and facilitators in an increasingly precarious time for culture workers and educators. However, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. We ask that those who can pay the suggested price, and/or help cover the cost of scholarship slots in each of our programs by sponsoring other participants. 

  • Compare the below to the cost for a similar accredited workshop in a university setting (where most of the $$$ goes to institutional bloat):  $1035  — we show you this so we can begin to think about wtf is happening in our institutions, where both students and faculty get the short end of the stick.
  • At a standard “Market Rate,” at arts orgs: $350*
  • Recommended Sliding Scale: $30-50/session → $180-300 for the series
  • Precarity Pricing: $10-20/session
  • Barter / Volunteer / No Cost Option Available 
  • Sponsorship: You may sponsor low or no fee participants in this workshop with a donation of any size.*if you have the funds to afford the “Market Rate,” we encourage you to support this facilitator by donating at that level, which will also support other students in this course who are unable to pay.


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