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A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRICULUM FOR AN UNCODED WORLD

AN UNCODED WORLD: EXPLORING PLACES BEYOND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY is a directed, collaborative and dialogical residency that will have a workshop format.

Typically, the residents of this workshop will meet for late morning and/or early afternoon sessions. In addition, there will be plenty of free time for the residents to work on their own studio practices and meditate on the implications of the sessions.

All the sessions are designed to facilitate individual and collective poetic experiences specifically planned to evoke the human imagination and to stimulate new ways to explore and render human experiences in art. Though some guided conversations will take place during the residency, the sessions are primarily intended to provide a series of hands-on exercises designed to heighten participants’ awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment. Their ultimate intention is to provide new ways to perceive and experience the environment.

Some of the exercises will be in the form of individual and collective derives (unplanned journeys through a landscape) that will guide participants to be directed by the subtle aesthetic contours of the landscape. For example, participants will be asked to walk through the environment guided by senses other than sight (i.e. sound of smell). Other exercises will be in the form of ritualized activities that will include the sharing of personal narrative while sharing food or making a piece of art together. There will be collective poetry readings in a selected area of the environment and while walking through it. Other activities will be working collaboratively on a piece of art while walking through the environment. These are just a few of the activies.

Participants will share their art practices through artist talks. In addition, participants will be encouraged to provide workshops and create sessions that will enhance the overall intention of the residency if they so desire.

Ross Melanson

About Ross Melanson

He is a poet, visual artist, and independent scholar living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He is the Founding Editor of page51 – a website dedicated to exploring the relationship between art, culture, and philosophy. Read more →, or

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