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Mildred's Lane

SESSIONS 2015
 
Some of the creative practitioners involved in the 2015 sessions are:
 
Paul Bartow / David Brooks / D. Graham Burnett / Jorge Colombo / Mark Dion / Dillon de Give/ Jeff Dolven / Harrell Fletcher/ Hope Ginsburg/ Pablo Helguera / Brian Holmes / Mary Jane Jacob / Jeffrey Jenkins / Leon Johnson / Gavin Kroeber / Megan O’Connell / Claire Pentecost / Rebecca Purcell / J. Morgan Puett / Jack Ramunni / Sal Randolph / Mark Thomann/ Rebecca Uchill /  Caroline Woolard / Amy Yoes     . . . and others to be announced very soon.
 
Dates of sessions:
 
OPENING EVENT OF THE SUMMER SESSIONS
June 6 Social Saturday
Bonfire by Amy Yoes and Paul Bartow
 
AMOUR DE LA MORT
June 1 thru 21
Amy Yoes, Paul Bartow, J. Morgan Puett
 
BOOK AND BREAD: SALT & CEDAR
June 22 thru July 5
Megan O’Connell and Leon Johnson
 
WALKING, TALKING AND SOCIAL PRACTICE
July 6 thru July 19
Harrell Fletcher and Dillon de Give
 
ATTENTION LAB: THE ORDER OF THE THIRD BIRD
July 20 thru July 26
Sal Randolph, D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven, Jac Mullen, Audra Wolowiec and other birds
 
EXPERIENCE ECONOMIES: LANDSCAPE EXPERIENCE
August 11 thru 24
Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill with others.
 
Updates and details of all sessions will be posted at www.mildredslane.com
 
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
 
OPENING EVENT OF THE SUMMER SESSIONS SOCIAL SATURDAY    
THE YEAR OF WIT & WOT
July 7
Speaker TBA
 
AMOUR DE LA MORT                                   $3000
June 1 thru 21
Amy Yoes, Paul Bartow, J. Morgan Puett and friends
 
Ruminations on death. Can we shape our inevitable departure from this world? Can dignity and creativity guide our march to the end? What is it that we leave behind and who or what is left with it? Workshops and events include: designing and building a coffin, urn, or pyre; creating processional events and a ceremonial burial-burning of personal ephemera: composing individualized sound tracks for the dementia period; films and presentations about death and dying, from medical physicians, biologists, and philosophers. Also, field trips to an estate lawyer, mortician, and a gravedigger. We will read about death through George Bataille and others with similar philosophic sensibilities. Let us collectively address our rights to shape our dying destiny in a manner that is human, and empowering. So bring along your passions and wit to lighten this dark topic.
 
BOOK AND BREAD: SALT & CEDAR                         $2000
June 22 thru July 5
Megan O’Connell and Leon Johnson
 
The Mildred Complex(ity) will host a series of bookbinding workshops, and book-as-wayfinding experiments, in proximity to a range of food events during their session. 
 
WALKING, TALKING AND SOCIAL PRACTICE                $2000
July 6 thru 19
Harrell Fletcher and Dillon de Give
 
This workshop will look at existing historical walking projects, current day artistic walking practices, and ways that participatory, experiential, non-traditional work can function in relationship to museums, schools and other institutions. The workshop participants will engage in several walking projects during this session.
 
ATTENTION LABS : THE ORDER OF THE THIRD BIRD          $1000
July 20 thru 26
D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven, Sal Randolph, Jac Mullen, Audra Wolowiec
and other Birds                                                                                              
In this week-long session, indiscreet associates of The Order of the Third Bird (including D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven, Catherine Hansen, Jac Mullen, Leonard Nalencz, Sal Randolph and Audra Wolowiec) will continue their investigations into experimental protocols of Practical Aesthesis and methods of Sustained Attention. The Attention Lab is part guerrilla seminar and part meditative and kinetic practicum. A discipline of the senses is pursued. Temporary metempsychosis can occur, but must not become permanent. Investigations during this year's session will take us deeper into the territory of our relation with the natural world, including animal life and animal senses, ecological hyperobjects, and the effects of mobilizing historical modes of observation, witness, and awareness in contemporary periods of crisis. Beginning with available traditions and protocols of the Order, the group's aim will be to develop and test new experimental practices of attention.
 
EXPERIENCE ECONOMIES: LANDSCAPE EXPERIENCE          $3000
July 27 thru August 16
Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill
 
Notions of “landscape” have been deployed in the service of dominant ideologies – but can also be used to challenge them. A tangled knot of often contradictory concepts, histories, and traditions, the word landscape implies both nature and culture, representation and direct experience, physical landmarks and the immaterial practices and ideologies that give shape and meaning to them. In each case, however, landscape always implies a subject position. Unlike the categories of “nature”, “wilderness” or “ecology,” landscape is necessarily experienced (or observed, or represented, or cultivated) by people engaging it. In this session we will explore ourselves as subjects in relation to landscape. 
 
Experimentally engaging the multiple landscapes we are situated in – from the physical grounds of Mildred’s Lane to the complex cultural geography of the Catskills to wider global landscapes of political power – we will confront questions of sustainability, ideology, subjectivity, race, class, gender, culture and power that are gathered in productive tension by the figure of "landscape." Invited guests drawn from the arenas of art, urbanism, ecological science, and beyond will offer workshops, performances and conversations throughout this two-week session. Additional session activities will include readings, field trips, movement exercises and experience design charrettes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMING EVENTS

The Labor Portraits of Mildred's Lane