Life Turning Sun : Sun Turning Life
It is with great joy and excitement that we announce our 5th Summer Workshop:
If you ask a physicist about light, they will say it’s fundamental to their work. If you ask a photographer about light, they will say it’s fundamental to their work. If you ask a painter about light, they will also affirm that light is fundamental to their work. An astronomer, a filmmaker, a biologist, an architect, all will say light is fundamental to their work. Often light exposes both the commonalities and distinctions between disciplines and this can be of great value in illuminating the questions of an individual work within any given discipline.
During the four-week intensive workshop, we will bring together Architects, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physicists, Poets, Craftspeople, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Chefs, Magicians, Historians, Scientists, and Scholars to co-construct a disciplinary Zoëtrope: a living system of knowledge-transformation turning within light and time, water and clouds, life and still life, cameras and projectors, nights and days, words and voices, an emergent microclimate that evokes the origins of life itself—animation, anima, zoë, life—a “Zoëtrope Sun”.
Our Solar System contains countless Zoëtropes. The Earth itself can be understood as a Zoëtrope as its surfaces ceaselessly turn through state-changes. The sun’s heat establishes a filter for its light as the clouds form a floating blanket of evaporation, absorbing from below, backlit from above. Many suns are caught, held up by this parasol of evaporation, as some rays pass through, projecting upon the surfaces below. Then drops of rain fall, returning to the total, each reflecting their own sun, each forming a brief circle upon re-entry, an ungovernable storm of geometry, and then a rainbow.
This year’s Summer Workshop is sparking many collaboration opportunities with people and organizations near and far. One of these that we are excited to share at this time is the creation of the music program, a new component of the workshop that will be led by Musician/Composer Michael Harrison. We are once again setting the stage for the next phase in the evolution of the Arts Letters & Numbers project. Summer 2016 will see the dawn of the rising Zoëtrope Sun.
We hope you can join us.
Screening of Bill Morrison's Gotham in the Barn
This session explores the power of your body's abilities to tell beautiful, powerful and meaningful stories.
Chris will contribute ideas emerging from the 2016 update of his book about light, human perception, and how the human body solves existential problems in order to give us conscious awareness of 'being-in-the-world'.
For the past two summers Michael Harrison has been a visiting artist and a vital presence within the program, teaching workshops that explored various music elements. This summer he will take the lead on our new Music Program from July 23rd to August 7th, and will be joined Sam Torres and Sophia Vastek.
This year's Summer Workshop is taking form as another vast and exciting project at Arts Letters and Numbers. This project is being continuously developed and we have kicked off this year with some truly exciting plans, conversations and collaborations. One of these is the creation of the music component led by composer Michael Harrison.
This summers workshop will be between July 9th - August 7th. During the four-week intensive workshop, we will bring together Architects, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physicists, Poets, Craftspeople, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Chefs, Scientists and Scholars and together we will co-construct a living system of knowledge transformation; a dynamic between life and still life, between questions and works, between light and time, night and day, ice and steam; a microclimate that evokes the emergent origins of life: animation: anima, zoë, life: a 'Zoetrope Sun’. We are excited!