WildPainting, WildSounding

Sunday 27th May to Thursday 31st May 2018

WildPainting, WildSounding

This is a new five-day experience that takes you on an amazing artistic journey of discovery and will provide an opportunity to reconnect to nature through art and music.

What happens when experiences of sound and color start to intersect, to contrast and to resonate? Are there such things as “complementary sounds” out there in nature? Paul Cézanne said, “when I paint, it is the landscape thinking itself through me, and I become its consciousness”. Can the synesthetic interplay of hearing, seeing and making art provide a unifying experience of what it means to attend to and connect with a place in nature? To hear with fresh eyes?

In this five-day course with teachers Jan van Boeckel and David Rothenberg, we immerse ourselves in the wild world of vivid colors and sounds. They will guide participants in arts-based experiences along a spiraling movement out from the 42 Acres retreat space into the world beyond human influence: the rivers, lakes and ancient forests of rural Somerset.

Rothenberg has travelled the globe listening for a music older than any made by humans alone. From the sounds of wind, water, and sea to the music made by birds, whales, and insects, he has spent years interacting with such sounds live and in the studio, and subsequently introducing this process to students at all levels.

This is the first time he has decided to call the activity “WildSounding,” in homage to his friend and colleague Jan van Boeckel, who has organised numerous “WildPainting” courses in several countries, where participants are encouraged to paint nature in exciting, uncommon ways.

For years, Van Boeckel has studied what happens when we meet the natural environment through art, putting our preconceived scientific knowledge and understandings to one side, in order to be able to heighten our receptivity and to engage in fundamentally limitless learning processes.

No experience in painting or playing instruments is required, but such experience is definitely welcome and helpful!

Participants will engage in the deep listening technique pioneered by the late Pauline Oliveros, a colleague and collaborator of Rothenberg’s Terra Nova Music. They will also learn methods of responding to sound in the tradition of R. Murray Schafer and John Cage, both of whom Rothenberg also worked with. After a few days of deep listening and nature-sounding, technology will be brought into the equation. We will record the sounds of the environment with small field recorders and microphones,

and then learn how to edit music and sound art pieces out of this material using computers running Ableton Live and Max for Live, and iPads running Samplr, Borderlands, and Fieldscaper.

At the end of the workshop students will learn how to look and listen better within their surroundings and make visual and sonic artworks in response to this, using a range of technologies.

PRICES / WHAT PRICES INCLUDE £383.00 for a luxurious dorm room (max 3 people to room) £484.00 for twin room £595.00 for double room single occupancy (£920.00 for double occupancy of double room) £706.00 for King room single occupancy (£1150.00 for double occupancy of King room) £920.00 for Master Super King suite (£1260.00 for double occupancy of master suite)

This includes accommodation for four nights, full board of delicious food and all retreat activities. Travel to the space is not included. Optional extras include massages.

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